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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 8 of 9)

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problem #35

Nov 142008


  • miles


This is an ongoing repeated problem. My 2001 Impala randomly won't start about 3 times a week. I will take the key out of the ignition wait 10 minutes and the security (passlock) system will reset and the car will crank, but no time in between...this has been going on for about 8 months now and I have seen numerous occasions of this happening to other people both that I have spoken with and that I have read online.. this does not just occur in Chevrolet. One person said that it occurred in a Pontiac. I would assume this is a GM problem...and why has this not been recalled" this is an extreme inconvenience from Chevrolet and I have read instances where the problem had been fixed by replacing the ignition, BCM, etc. And this problem still continues. Why are there so many people with this problem and no known solution. Recall? defect"

- Abita Springs, LA, USA

problem #34

Jul 072008


  • miles
For the past few months, my 2001 Chevy Impala has been very difficult to turn the ignition to start. It is becoming increasingly worse as time goes on. I have to keep turning the wheel as I turn the ignition to get it to start. I am thinking that one day I will not be able to turn it. I have no idea why this is happening.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #33

Aug 012008


  • 38,000 miles
2001 chevorlet/Impala purchased new, current miles 51,000. Intermittant loss of directionals. * complete loss of directionals and emergency signals. Failed recent car inspection. Additional failures include: Complete brake loss at 38,000. Resulting in replacement of entire brake system. Firestone tire, West roxbury, MA stated on documents that "rotors were thinned down to size of sheet of paper &/or completely gone." Two tire blowouts at 35,000, also replaced by above repair shop, with 4 new tires. Battery leak with corrosion to extent of need of connection cables to be rebuilt for attachment. Battery replaced with new connections at 40,000 by sears auto body in dedham, MA. Passengar side wiper fixed and replaced after failure. Worked for 3 months and has failed again, has not at present been replaced/repaired. Care of car was updated and maintained according to all requirements/recommendations by manufacturer. No history of accidents. This including, oil changes, wiper blade changes, tire rotations with evey other oil change, which was done every 3 monts, etc. Brake inspection and pads changed on car 1 year before complete failure. Brake loss was thankfully uneventful only due to time of night and low traffic, only able to stop car with gliding to stop. Then towed to service station. On average my present yearly milage is probably less than 3000. I am the only driver/operator to this car and althogh mentioned #1 owner, my father originally purchased the car, (howard chevorlet, West roxbury, MA) but did not drive it. I currently am the title holder. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any recommendations that could help me. I feel that there is major failure that beyond my control and is dangerous to myself, others and most important to me, my 4 Y/O daughter. Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you (someone) soon. Teresa corrigan

- Dedham, MA, USA

problem #32

Jan 012007


  • miles


Major electrical failures on our 2001 Chevy Impala. Turn signals work intermittently, power windows failing, alarm sounds if the remote key is used to open car. I have read many complaints online and experienced a couple from acquaintances as well.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #31

Sep 012008


  • 104,000 miles
My car randomly doesn't like to start. I have been stranded in many places because of it. I do not think it is fair to me to have to be late to work just because my car doesn't feel like starting for 10 minutes. It's getting to the point where I am going to have to start it like a half hour early just so I know that I won't be late to work. I have also been stranded at a store at night. What would have happened if someone would have came up to me...let me see a young girl sitting in a car late at night all by herself...that's not a good way to get robbed or anything else...thank you GM for a wonderful car.

- Clinton , ME, USA

problem #30

Sep 042008


  • 80,000 miles
Passlock system in Chevy Impala prevents car from starting intermittently. Depending on circumstances, location, and persons on board, this could lead to illness or injury.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #29

Jul 202008


  • 131,256 miles


2001 Chevy Impala security light came on for a week car shuts down while driving, won't start, only after 30 minutes it will start, installing a new passlock ignition switch cost of over $500 with tow and diagnostics, this should be a recall, or covered by GM. This is the cost if this works it still could be something else, but the code reader spit out the passlock fault.

- St Stephen, MN, USA

problem #28

Jun 032008


  • 85,000 miles
2001 Impala sometimes won't start. Had car three years. Replaced ignition cylinder once already. When this happens you turn the key clockwise and wait 10 minutes then turn off and try again. Usually after 10 minutes it will start, but sometimes have to go to round 2 or 3 and once through round 7. that's right an hour and a half! occurs about 4-5 times a month I'd guess. Not what you want to have to endure alone and 19 and late at night and my daughter. This is a safety hazard whether GM wants to admit it or not. This should be recalled and fixed!

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #27

Apr 162008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
Security light comes on, lights flash on and off (especially dangerous at night) clicking noise, radio locks, battery light comes on, air bag light comes on. Clicking noise happens whether the car is on or not. Cannot unlock or lock car with the report. I've seen hundreds of complaints on the blogs about this. There is a bulletin from GM #04-08-47-003 so obviously they know about this problem. This a very dangerous situation.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #26

Oct 252007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Service traction system light on at 78K miles; and mechanic claims it is a faulty ECM. Many others complain of this and ABS light problems with an electrical issue.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #25

Feb 132007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Vehicle shuts off randomly while driving, I have to pull off the road, and the car will restart. There is not always a safe place to pull off the road, this car shut down on me in a snow storm in the Sierra, in the dark I was lucky to find a place to pull off and restart. This car is extremely unsafe at this time. The dealer cannot find the problem and just wants to start replacing parts, very expensive. The comment from the dealer was if the part we replace does not fix the problem the we know that was not the problem. I have no problem paying to repair this car if they can tell me what the problem is, I don't want to start replacing parts good parts @ $500 a pop because GM can't find a problem, right now I am afraid to drive this car because some can be hurt or killed.

- Rescue , CA, USA

problem #24

Dec 012005

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
My 2001 Chevrolet Impala started this problem about a month ago. Obviously, it is annoying, but it concerns me mostly due to the safety aspect. I believe I have discovered the problem by my research on the internet as well as finding the same problem with the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am on the internet from other owners. My trips to multiple dealerships and repair shops have proved worthless. The car will fail to start at times. The security light comes on. After 10 to 15 minutes it will start and run great. It appears to be a passlock security problem that will be very costly to repair. I believe GM should issue a recall so the consumer does not have to foot the bill to have this repaired. The car cranks over fine and the battery is new, but it sounds like no fuel getting to where it is supposed to go. Please research and I am sure you will find that other Impala owners have the same problem. I did not see a recall out on this problem yet.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

problem #23

Oct 032006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Turn signals fail sporadically since dealer replaced body control module. Dealer doesn't think new BCM is problem but can't fix trouble for sure until there is a complete failure.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #22

Nov 252006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
No accident has occurred as of yet. The car stops when I am at stop signs and red lights. It has even stopped when on the interstate and I have gone from 70 mph to 0 mph in less than 60 seconds.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Jan 202005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I am having problems starting the car. About once every 2 week it just will not start. I have had the battery replaced twice in one year. In the winter you can turn the key nothing happens but on the flip back it will start, . now this summer it just won't start and I still have electric. Then sometimes it will go into a very high idle and I turn it off and restart it to fix it. What do I do?

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #20

May 262006


  • miles
Traction control rust on wheel speed sensor GM recall number#05068 why was my vehicle's not listed on recall 2001 Impala ls 51000 miles.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #19

Jun 232006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala ls 3.8L: Body control module failure at 60,000 miles and again at 90,000 miles. Car will not start; vehicle and driver stranded.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #18

Apr 162006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,379 miles
I have a 2001 Impala we bought new. It has 62,379 miles. I took it in for a brake job last month for the first time. The company I use has a good reputation in town. They told me after the first turning of the rotor which they did that there was not enough metal left to turn again. That seems ridiculous. Also, the car at times wont start and have to let it sit for 10-15 minutes before it will start. I have read a lot of reviews on various sites and it seems this is a very common complaint. I can't afford to throw out hundreds of dollars jut hoping that it will be fixed. I have heard anything from the ignition switch going bad to the passlock anti theft systems errors and or the BCM module going back. Also someone suggested that I might just need to get a new key cut as the old was has gotten worn and the anti theft devise is thinking that someone is trying to steal the vehicle.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #17

Mar 212006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,508 miles
Reported to fairgrounds Chevy that all the emergency lights came-on intermittently - Aug 12, 2005 we heard a hissing noise from the dash area and that the emergency lights still come on as reported earlier. They determined that the instrument cluster was bad.

- St James, MO, USA

problem #16

Jul 302005

Impala 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Impala had a clogged catalytic converter.** answer required***. the vehicle lost pressure while driving up a hill, the battery had gone dead without warning, rear defroster shorted out and almost injured the consumers daughter, the doors seized, the driver window seized constantly, and the fan blower only worked on 5.

- Westbrookville, NY, USA

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