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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 7 of 9)

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problem #55

Jul 012009


  • 173,000 miles


I have a 2001 Chevrolet Impala sedan. Without warning the turn signals stop working. If I stop the car and restart it, the signals usually start working again, but for how long? the mileage is 175,000. I went online and found that GM has identified that the hazard switch is the root cause. This switch is the same switch on several models. I went to chandler Chevrolet in tappahannock, va.GM will replace the hazard switch on the 2001 Malibu (this is the same switch that is in my car). Then the service manager said up to 150,000 miles. NHTSA investigation #peo2064 my other problem is that I have experienced right rear stop light failure. However the running tail light does work. At first the shop where I took it, reynolds garage in ottoman, va figured it was a burned out stop light element. Replacing the bulb did not bring the stop light back into service. Then we replaced the section of wiring harness. Still no luck. I left the car at the shop and Mr. Reynolds spent a lot of time on it w/O solving the problem. I wonder if this right rear stop light problem is related to the failed hazard switch and its weak solder joints. Thank you for listening. William E. steinmetz

- Lancaster, VA, USA

problem #54

Oct 052009

Impala 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
My 2001 Impala with a 3.8 V-6 would not start after golf last Thursday, so I had it towed to a repair shop. The shop put in a new fuel pump, fuel filter, spark plugs and wires. The bill came to $900. I had the same problem various occasions over the next couple weeks and decided to look on the internet. This site popped up when I "searched stalls while driving" because the car started stalling occasionally while driving under just about any condition. I bought a new crankshaft position sensor from car quest installed it myself in less than an hour and haven't had any problems for about a week now. Thanks for the info.

- Clinton Twp., MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 052009


  • 100,000 miles
Security light comes on, traction light comes on, RPM's drop to 0, gas drops to 0, constant draining of battery and is dead after 10 or so hours. Many people on forums are all complaining of the same thing and even mechanics say that this is a very common problem with these cars yet there is no recall! I have spent as of now 1000 dollars on this problem and my dealer is telling me that might not fix the problem completely!!! I have put in a new alternator, new battery, new BCM, and now a new ignition switch! I currently have the old BCM and the new one is in my car.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #52

May 132009


  • 107,000 miles


Security light flashes and car will not start.

- Clark, NJ, USA

problem #51

Jun 052009


  • 126,000 miles
I have a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. I have had my car since February of 2009 and it is a terrific car with the exception of the car cuts off in the middle of traffic, on the highway and anywhere it likes. I could be driving down the road and the car just cuts off. The battery light comes one and I turn the car switch off and back on and it starts up again. I have taken it to several places and no one seems to know what the problem is. This is very dangerous for a person to be driving and this happen to them. I have gone on the 2001 Chevrolet Impala website for recalls, defects, and other issues and there are sooo many Impala's with this same issue. I have three small children and this is not safe but it is my only source of transportation.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #50

Jun 162009


  • 130,000 miles
While operating my car, when moving or stopped at a light, the engine would suddenly shut down. If the car is moving at 50 to 65 mph the engine would restart on its own. At 35 mph or less I must coast to the side of the road, stop moving and put the car in park. The car will restart with the turning of the ignition switch to start.

- Springfield, NJ, USA

problem #49

Oct 142005


  • 137,933 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. While attempting to start the vehicle, the contact noticed that it would not start due to the security pass lock. The issue has been occurring for the past three years. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 137,933.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #48

Feb 062007


  • miles
Several electrical problems one turn signals and flasher only work about half time, one brake light works about 1/2 time driverside heated seat over heated could not cut it off took straight to dealer pogue Chevrolet said they would have to put it on computer to see what the problem is, said it would cost $100 to check it out I asked them if they could check it with out me paying the $100 they said no I told them I could not drive it like that they unplugged the seat, later I was informed by my cousin who came up from Florida this was a safety issue and I should file a complaint with you people he said Chevrolet were obligated to fix any safety issues.

- Central City, KY, USA

problem #47

Jun 172009


  • miles
This problem started several years ago. At random engine will not start. This seems to affect many different models of cars. I have a 2001 Chevy Impala. I used to have to replace the battery bc it would happen every yr. Now I have to turn key to on and wait ten minutes to crank it. I am a single female and this problem is not only inconvenient but unsafe. Something needs to be done to correct it. I have spoken with my dealer and they acknowledge the problem but say nothing works for it and not to spend the money and there is nothing they can do. There has to be something because of numerous complaints here and on the internet.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #46

Feb 012008


  • 75,000 miles
2001 Impala won't start at different times have to wait 20-30 minutes, door locks don't work anymore, inside lights don't won't when this happens they come on at different times, when security light comes on sometimes the ac doesn't work. I had the ignition lock changed but still same problem. This is a safety issue at night since I am a single parent with grandchildren and also in the heat of summer having to wait for the car to start.

- Springtown, TX, USA

problem #45

May 292009


  • 125,000 miles


I have 2001 Chevy Impala and it has starting issues. It doesn't start at times and it's getting to be more often and nothing will get it to start. I just leave it sit, sometiimes for 2 hours and it may or may not start. It quit while getting ready to stop at a red light and almost caused an accident, as I couldn't steer my car and it smelled hot. Also the blinkers won't work at times and I have to press my emergency flasher switch to get them to work. I have replaced the starter and the starting issue hasn't improved at all. It is very maddening as I never know when it will not start when I go to leave somewhere and it's very undependable to take anywhere. Please can you help with this problem? it has been happening for the last year and is happening more often lately.

- Center, ND, USA

problem #44

Mar 012009


  • 80,000 miles
The BCM (body control module) caused my 01 Impala to do some crazy things. It started with turn signals intermittently working. My wife and I were in several near accidents because other drivers could not tell what we were doing. Then it progressed to each time that I applied the breaks the headlights would flash from high beam to low beam at least a dozen times. It distracted the drivers in front of me when driving at night. On many occasions it caused the entire dash instrumentation to fail with the exception of the speedometer. The message center would give me false indications of required maintenance and low tire pressure. Twice it locked the car out on "security" the vehicle would also intermittently start. After about 10minutes the vehicle typically started backup again. Once, the vehicle left the headlights on after vehicle was turned off. I had to disconnect the battery to keep it fromdraining the battery. Again, after about 10 minutes it would allow something to reset and all would be fine. After searching on the internet for similar problems on the make and model I took it toa GM dealer leading them towards the BCM. I didn't want to pay an exuberant amount of money forthem to chase an "electrical ghost". after $500 they replaced the BCM and the vehicle ran perfect for about 2 1/2 months and now the turn signals are intermittent once again.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #43

Jan 012007


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the electrical system in the vehicle was faulty and a major safety risk. The turn signals do not work, the dome light remains illuminated, the trunk opens automatically, the security light illuminates, the headlights flash off and on, and the daytime running lamps do not illuminate. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 205,000 and failure mileage was 90,000.

- Greenville, AL, USA

problem #42

Nov 052008


  • miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Impala and when you go to start the car it won't start. It doesn't do it all the time, but when it happens it takes numerous attempts with the key to get it started.

- Henryville, IN, USA

problem #41

Jan 152006


  • 45,000 miles
Service traction system, ABS light continue to come on. I have taken the vehicle to get serviced for this problem since I purchased it. It had one of the bearings replaced while under warranty, but I've had to replace the other bearing, and hub sensors at my expense. The ABS brake system activates for no reason and creates a vibration and inability to brake on time. The car also has a security light come on intermittently and the car sometimes doesn't start for no apparent reason. Usually if we wait about 30 min. It will turn back on, but I have had it towed to a dealership when nothing would turn it on. The check engine light is on and was first told it was the egr valve that needs to be replaced, but now am being told it needs a new catalytic converter. I've taken it to a certified dealership at least 5 times a year since 2006 and these problems are never corrected.

- Gregory, TX, USA

problem #40

Jan 292009


  • 5,000 miles
I own a 2001 Chevy Impala. Basically since the moment I bought it, it would randomly flash the "security" light then not start. I got several explanations about why (security fob, neutral switch, battery) and took it in several times for repairs. Because they couldn't replicate the problem, they said, well, don't worry, it's just an intermittent problem. I guess that's easy to say when you're not stuck on the side of the road with a non-starting car... now I find out that Chevy installed a passlock system which is supposed to keep your car from being stolen, but that since it was installed in their new cars, it causes this problem. They refuse to recall the cars and fix the security system problems, instead forcing their customers to waste time and money on something that they should fix.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #39

Jan 152009


  • 45,000 miles
2001 no-start situation similar to hundreds of others that are posted on the internet for the 2000-2003 Chevy Impala & Malibu (there may be other model years with similar problems). The car will not crank when the key is turned to the start position. No noise when this happens but sometimes security light will come on. It is an intermittent problem that we've spent over $1000 trying to resolve. It occurs with no rhyme or reason and has put our daughter in dangerous situations. Car always starts eventually and it seems that it's just a matter of waiting a range of 10 minutes to 2 hours. Always a pain in the butt but sometimes a safety issue with bad weather and other factors. Local GM dealer not too concerned about our problem and GM corporation doesn't seem to care either. Maybe NHTSA can get gms attention to resolve this problem because it's obviously affects many people.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #38

Jan 052008


  • 122,000 miles
My Chevy Impala ls 2001 don"T start sometimes.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #37

Nov 282008


  • 149,345 miles
Car stalling at stoplights and stop signs, and driving down the road with no warning. Numerous mechanics have looked at it and no conclusion has been made. Finally it stalled and now its stranded. It will not start.

- Auburn , IN, USA

problem #36

Nov 152008


  • 67,500 miles
I owned a 2001 Chevrolet Impala automobile. "security lock" light came on during normal drive 2 days before car failure. On the morning of failure, car doors were unresponsive to remote key. A continuous low droning noise emits from inside of dashboard. When key was inserted into ignition cylinder and turned, nothing happens. Engine did not start, electronic system checks did not come alive. Not even a sputtering sound from the car hood. After checking online for similar problem, profile fits the recurrent problem of passlock sensor of general motor cars. Car technicians quoted me $400 - $600 for replacement of ignition switch and cylinder; $600 on average for change of body control module. to the best of my knowledge, this recurring problem has been reported on various sources for the past 7 years. To this day, it remains un-resolved. I implore the authorities to take charge and investigate thoroughly the extent of this "non-start" problem that afflicts thousands and thousands of Chevrolet cars on the road. Sincerely yours, dexter (keng hao) chun

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

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