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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 2
Average Mileage:
72,617 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 5 of 9)

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problem #95

Nov 062010


  • 153,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the starter switch continuously failed and the vehicle could not be started. In addition, the headlights had become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that there was an electrical failure, such as the anti theft and pass lock systems, which constantly caused the entire electrical system to fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that they were unable to repair the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- Kittshill, OH, USA

problem #94

Jun 202012


  • miles
My car has a starting problem my security light use to stay on for a while and then one day (June 20 2012) my car wouldn't start at all it use to take up to 10 minutes and then it would start but now its completely nothing my security light use to also blink and then and for the first time its not started for 4 whole months I try everyday seeing will it start but it hasn't can U all please make this problem noticeable and do a recall.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #93

Feb 112012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the anti-theft system engaged and as a result, prevented him from starting the vehicle. The security warning lamp was illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the body control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #92

Jun 182012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 159,444 miles


Fathers day I was driving my Impala about 9 miles to my house everything was fine the engine wasn't hot no warning that somthing was wrong. I have always maintained my vechicle kept up with work on it anyways I drove it home parked it went inside and not even 5 min later there was smoke and a fire had started underneath my hood. Looked like it was somthing electrical and all I have on the vechicle for insurance is liability.

- Hazelton , IA, USA

problem #91

Feb 162012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
We have a 2001 Chevrolet Impala ls, and have had a couple incidents involving the vehicle anti theft system. The vehicle wouldn't start, and would display a security warning on the dash. Typically we had to wait about 10 - 15 minutes to try again, and the vehicle would start. I have looked online and have found many complaints about the anti theft failing on these vehicles not allowing them to start. GM has not issued a voluntary recall, and even after the alleged issue has been fixed by a dealership, many owners have complained the issue still exists.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #90

Mar 012012


  • 14,428 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the anti-theft security battery warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the resistor and anti theft module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 14,428.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #89

Mar 012011


  • miles


Cars battery dies when parked for a full day. Interior lights do not work, cannot turn on fog lights, driving lights don't come on, lights staying flashing. Battery lights on and so is the security light. Im not even comfortable turning it off when I get off at stores cause the car doesn't restart I have to wait an hour before restarting. Factory radio is locked when I took it in they charged me to unlock it but said that it'll come back on that they pretty much don't know why it happens all they can tell me was that it is a security problem.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #88

Mar 012011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Bought this car used and it was running fine for about a year till it got to the point that the car would not crank and security lock would pop up frequently now it almost takes an hour to crank it even if U hit the starter the stater moves but want crank the car I have spent over 4 grand on it trying to fix it but nothing works even checked fuses wires and computer box nothing looks bad cruise control stopped working awhile back too.

- Grenada, MS, USA

problem #87

Jun 092010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
This models electrical system is flawed. Its been nothing but problems, for example I have replaced the blower motor and resister two times now took it to a mechanic and problem persist!! others include one headlight dual, lights in dash cutting in and out, and rear defrost. I am done with this car and its company! from now on I am only buying Ford!

- Litchfield, IL, USA

problem #86

Jan 192012


  • 116,000 miles
Car won't start then 10 20 or even 30 minutes later it starts.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #85

Aug 012011


  • 126,000 miles


My turn signals worked intermittently. Pressing the hazard switch a couple times fixed problem. Online forum said replace the hazard switch. Fixed the problem for about a month. Now, my car needs to be running and warmed up before the turn signals work correctly. Problem seems to be worsening has the temperature drops.

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #84

Nov 052011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 98,450 miles
When car sits for a day, battery is dead, and car will not start. Requires a jump, then car cuts out intermittently while driving. Dies when at slow speed or idle.

- Estacada, OR, USA

problem #83

Oct 062011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
My car will not start due to an issue with the passkey/passlock system. It is a anti theft function installed on several of the GM models that when it fails to work it actually keeps the owner from using the vehicle. After going on line to research this issue I noticed that this was a very common and expensive problem to have. In addition to getting the system fixed many owners say that after about 3 or 4 months the problem comes back and have even died on them as they were driving. Some try to bypass this system and others attempt to have it fixed, but regardless of how they deal with it, I believe that it is the manufactures responsibility to address common problems with the vehicles they sell; not to mention that Honda was having the same issue with their vehicles and issued a recall.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #82

Aug 312011


  • miles
Security light comes on and car will not start for extended periods of time.

- Mount Vernon , NY, USA

problem #81

Mar 012011


  • 148,000 miles
I purchased a used 2001 Impala with a little over 145K miles on it in November 2010. It drove fine for about a month until the check engine light came on. No problem. Eventually it had cooling issues and we had to replace the water pump. It is understandable to replace such parts on a used vehicle. The real issues began in the spring whenever my car started to display security warnings, battery warnings, and service vehicle warnings for no reason. I could find no mechanic or electrician who could diagnose the problem. Eventually, the problems became worse: The blinkers would not work, my odometer, temperature, and fuel gauge all quit working. My air-conditioner would no longer cool. The radio "locked". and whenever I applied the brakes, an electronic "pop" was audible. Chevy dealerships are left with the exhaustible task of dealing with these issues--when they are not their fault, but the manufacturers. A quick search online will reveal that Impala are plagued with electrical problems from the body control module to faulty amps in the trunk. If these problems are so widespread, why hasn't there been an effort by the manufacturer to help find a solution? it's questions like these that make me wonder why our government bailed out a company that can't stand behind their product--or even correct a very serious and potentially dangerous problem in their vehicles.

- Hewitt, TX, USA

problem #80

Jun 232011


  • 91,000 miles
Trouble starting my 2001 Chevrolet Impala., I try to start my car and it wont start, security light pops on and wont let me start my car. Car has left me stranded and late many times. If I wait 15min-1hr I can then get the car to start. I have done some research on this problem and many GM vehicles have it. They need to put out a recall.

- Mn, MN, USA

problem #79

Jun 222011


  • 80,000 miles
As I've found from many other folks through the internet and in person, the passlock system in my 2001 Impala is faulty and dangerous! the best case scenario the engine won't start and when you come back 15 minutes later it starts just fine assuming you are in the comforts of your own living space. When on the road this is a severe problem!! also, my wife recently was driving through and intersection and the vehicle just quit! same issue. Wait and it starts!!! now in this case there wasn't and accident, but very easily could have been!! cars dying when making a left turn is not my idea of a safe vehicle!!! since that episode, we've had the vehicle looked at, but no one seems to be able to find the problem. After some research, I'm now 100% sure it's the passlock anti-theft system. Once again, this very morning we went to drop kids at daycare and the car would not start............wait 15 minutes and it starts just fine. There is and obvious problem with the anti-theft system on these vehicles and they need to be addressed!!!

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #78

Nov 012010


  • 130,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala ls. Electrical problems causing vehicle not to start if is sits a number of house I.e. overnight. Took vehicle for servicing to dealer they tried twice and they cannot fix the problem. Took the car to Chevy dealer they disconnected car alarm system only for the problem to still exist. I work nights I cried because of being stranded in the middle of the night alone. How could this be and GM not doing anything to help. So many complaints and still no action. I will try to contact to see if assistance can be given. If not I will make it my personal mission to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. This happens almost everyday now and I am beyond fed up. The alternator, two batteries, starter, control module, and fuses were replaced and yet experts cannot fix the problem. GM should be ashamed I taking a plan of action to contact my local news station and BBB. This is not fair and not customer service. As a result my children have been late to school and missed school, I have been late to work and missed work. This car has been a curse and I would sell the vehicle but I cannot imagine disadvantaging someone else as it has been done to me. May god continue to bless.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #77

Jun 012010


  • miles
Bought my Chevy 2001 Impala May 2010 at 114,000 miles. A week later the check engine light came on for the mass air flow sensor. Car ran fine, changed the maf in February 2011 as the car began to chug at stop lights. A week later the car stalled on the way home after about an hour of driving. Had spark plugs, filters, fluids, tps sensor (twice), crank shaft sensor and ignition module changed. Car is now chugging, stalls out, after stalling the turn signals do not work for a while and has trouble climbing tall hills (does not accelerate). The check engine light comes on occasionally and it reads the tps sensor is bad. Checked the wires near the tps sensor and maf sensor noting when touching wires the idle of the car increases. Come to find out there was a compartment fire before I had bought the car and it appears some wires were spliced. In process to change the wiring harness. Unsure if this will fix the problems.

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #76

May 152011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 105,600 miles
For the third time a power window "regulator cable" has broken in my car, twice in the driver door (9/29/04 and 5/15/11) and once in the passenger door (09/15/09), each time while driving the vehicle on a street or highway. Nothing noticeable before windows dropped. Had to drive it to a dealer (once for several hundred miles). Cost of repairs were as high as $433. I have owned this car since 11/2001.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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