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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,650 miles
Total Complaints:
43 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (28 reports)
  2. replace faulty crankshaft sensor (8 reports)
  3. replace mass airflow sensor (2 reports)
  4. catalytic converter recall (a. k. a. tsb) (1 reports)
  5. replace crank position sensor (1 reports)
  6. replaced maf sensor (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Impala engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Sep 052010

Impala 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,200 miles




- catsanchez86, Bellflower, CA, US

problem #42

Apr 032012

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,779 miles

gm not doing anything to solve their wiring and sensor issues

- impalaguy, Brantford, Ontario, canada

problem #41

Jul 132011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,985 miles

I love the car, except during the summer. When the weather is hot, I will be driving and the car dies on me. I have no trouble during cold days. I have taking it to a mechanic and he is still scratching his head. It makes no sense at all.

- speedytcci, Hogansville, GA, US

problem #40

Dec 222011

Impala LS 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


I have had the car to 3 shops, no one has been able to fix it. Replaced the BCM, ECM, fuel filter, checked the fuel pump, electrical connections to find all those points in check and working. The engine stalls and the entire dash panel quits working (fuel gauge, tach, etc). I have been told that the dash problem and stalling problem are two separate problems not connected to one another but the stalling and dash problems are synonymous. The engine would not start at times for the first 6 - 9 times, on the 9th-10 try it starts. The electric door locks quit working from the switch though the keyless remote works. I think that this is a security problem, the system is trying to shut down the car because it does not recognize the key code but everyone has told me that if that were the case you could not start the car at all. Any suggestions or fixes would be greatly appreciated.

- Robert M., Uhrichsville, OH, US

problem #39

Sep 052010

Impala 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

i spent about a month trying to figure this issue out. i hate taking my car to the shops cuz they always wanna give you the run around. so at first i thought that it was my fuse box under the instrument panels under the dash cuz one of the prongs had broke off inside one of the slots. so i replaced that $100 later. and still had the problem. then i had ran into a friend who has a monte carlo same year same motor. and he said the same sh*t was happening to his car and it turned out to be the mass airflow sensor. i changed mine and waalaa it worked!

- catsanchez86, Bellflower, CA, US

problem #38

May 042011

Impala LS 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

Have always been a chevy person. Had 2004 Malibu 2.2L I4 what a piece of electrical crap that was. Once the check engine light was on, had it checked.. loss communications with ABS controller WHAT???? The car didn't have ABS! Bought a 2001 Impala LS with the 3.8 L trying to get away from the 3.1L piece of crap change intake at 39,000 miles... What???

Car has had it's share of problems. now it starts fine when cold in the morning and runs great. Go to leave work, 2 days in a row and starts fine then runs like crap! Hard to keep going until it has warmed up. Today I disconnected all the senors I could get my hands on, started back up like there was nothing wrong. No codes no nothing, I have had the issue of it just dying when idling or doing highway speeds it would just die... I have read the crank shaft sensor is probably the issue for that, but now this new issue????

- Randy R., Niagara Falls, NY, US

problem #37

Aug 102010

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


my 2001 impala will studder between 50 and 60 miles an hour if i stepp on the accelorator but if i hold it to the floor it goes away its realy anoying

- bigrod164, Churubusco, NY, US

problem #36

Sep 022010

Impala LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I have read many other similar complaints, but no one has mentioned the computer on the car as the possible problem. When my car stalled, the time changed on the clock. Also, I have had 2 times when I shut off the car, the keyless entry would not work to lock the car until I restarted the car. I believe the computer is shutting down, not the car. How can this be fixed by replacing the crankshaft position sensor?

- khovda, Estacada, OR, US

problem #35

Apr 112010

Impala LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

The car has had difficulty starting on several occasions and randomly stalls while driving upwards of 50 mph.

- Nick C., Grand Ledge, MI, US

problem #34

Jan 162010

Impala 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

this problem with this car is a pain in the butt we will be going down the hwy and it cuts off wait a couple of min. it start back up. don't know what to do.

- zelma, Arnaudville, LA, US

problem #33

Jun 062006

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Ok. I really thought I was the only one that had this problem. First off let me say that I got rid of that impala. 6 months after I bought it I started having the problem where I could not start the car and I would have to sit for 10 to 20 min for it to start again. It happened so often it wasn't funny. But what I haven't heard in these complaints was this; once my car was up and running I would get about a mile and then the battery and security lights would come on and the engine would die. As I was driving it would just cut off. Did not matter where I was. A couple of times I was driving on the freeway and I would get stuck. Now you are talking about dangerous. Sometimes I was able to get over to the shoulder and sometimes I couldn't make it. Thank the Lord for protecting me. I have had battery replacements, jumps, tows and everything else. I took it to the dealer twice. They replaced the bcm for about 500 and it still happened. The last trip to the dealer cost about 800. After that I got rid of it. The impala was top of the line with all the bells and whistles on it and it was my dream car but it was literally putting my life in danger. I just wanted to know if there was anyone else out there who has had an experience like mine.

- bauz, Lawndale, CA, US

problem #32

Oct 052009

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 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 on various occasions over the next couple of weeks and decided to look on the internet. This site popped up when I searched "stalls while driving" becuase 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. Scot

- Scot G., Clinton Township, MI, US

problem #31

Jun 082009

Impala LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Ok So yesterday I was on my way home, I was driving down hill and was about to stop at the light,I reached the bottom of the hill and all of a sudden my steering wheel got so tight I could barely move it,it was like cement was all around it it was so hard then I pressed on the break just to make sure I could stop the car and when i put my foot back on the gas the car wouldn't move AT ALL!!!!!!!!!! The battery light kept flashing. I turned off the car waited a few seconds and turned it back on and it worked totally fine. Anyone know why this might have happened??

- alexwifey16, La Habra, CA, US

problem #30

Jun 012009

Impala ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

I am glad to know some of the fixes for this not starting problem. I knew it was not a battery problem because when it starts it cranks fine. Also its good to know that this is a common problem with the impalas and not just mine. The 10 min thing seems to be right because occasionally i would wait (did not know about the 10 min rule) 15 min to 20 to start the car again. but I should not have to wait to start my car especially one made in America. Any way good to know I don't have to spend a lot of money to get it fixed. I'll just have to leave 10 min earlier.

- freno, Fort Walton Beach, FL, US

problem #29

Apr 222009

Impala LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 260,000 miles

Well, I'm 16 years of age, I just got my full license and now a new driver. My grandfather and I were looking around for a car to trade and we came across this really nice 2001 Chevy Impala, I thought it was perfect, for the most part - it was automatic, good on gas and it had a CD player, anyway ever since we have had it now for a 2 months, the CHECK ENGINE light has been on ever since we have had it, we ignore it as usual until the car stalled on me the other day going down a busy street in my community, Now when the car automatically turns off, there are no warning lights, nothing whatsoever, except for the AMP light which in the MESSAGE CENTER is a picture of a battery. anyway I pulled over to the side of the busy street, i put it in park and turned the ignition to OFF and it started right back up again(This has been the second time in the same week) I found this to be quite odd if i may say. Can anyone tell me why my car automatically shuts off while driving? Honestly this is starting to get annoying and dangerous! Oh and by the way, what is the CHECK ENGINE light trying to tell me? there are so many parts of the engine, how can i find the problem? PLEASE HELP ME ! ! !

- Brad H., Westville, Nova Scotia, Canada

problem #28

Jun 182008

Impala LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

This car has a mind of its own. It will start at times and others times I have to wait 15-30 minutes before it will start. I have replaced the battery, the BCM (ouch), the switch and I still have the same problem. When I call the dealer or the mechanic they just tell me that they can not do nothing until the car quits and will not start. So now I am going to have a tow bill.

The problem is this has gone on now for over a year and they just keep putting parts in and it has not fixed the problem just cost me an arm and leg. i just would like someone to be able to help me without having such a high cost because they are not sure what it is and just keep replacing parts because I do not know anything about cars SORRY!!! I loved my car but it is getting to be a pain in my ass. I am always depending on my car because I drive for "meals on wheels" twice a week and I am also taking care of small kids after school so I am always on the run somewhere. When you are at the point that you are afraid to turn off the car even to get gas that's pretty bad. PLEASE IS THERE NOT ONE PERSON THAT CAN HELP ME FIX THIS PROBLEM?

- Kathy W., Lansing, MI, US

problem #27

Jan 032008

Impala 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

Sometimes it just has trouble starting. No idea why and no one can figure it out. If I let it wait a few minutes it'll start fine.

- anicole, Ames, IA, US

problem #26

Jan 022008

Impala LS 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

I bought my newest car ever last year. I was so happy to finally have a newer car that I wouldn't have to work on. Boy I was I mistaken. I purchased this 2001 Chevy Impala a little over a year now from a nice dealership. They also talked me into this $1,500 warranty. I had only owned the car for about 3 days when I was driving down a busy road and the car lost all power and died. Needless to say I called the dealership and told them about the problem. They said bring it in and they would look at it. It turned out to be a sensor. Guess what? Not covered under warranty. $75.00 for the sensor $200 for labor. Then about 4 days later I went to walmart. I came out went to start the car and it wouldn't start. The security light just kept flashing. I almost called a tow truck but decided to wait a few minutes. After about 5-10 mins it started. I had this problem all year now and it drives me nuts. It doesn't do it all the time, but it does do it about once a month. Even that is too much. I never took it to get fixed because that night I got online and researched it. Come to find out almost every Impala owner out there has this problem. I saw that people had spent hundreds, even thousands trying to get it fixed with no luck. So I decided to just live with it. But if anyone has found a solution please let me know. Until I got this car I was a diehard Chevy Guy. Not anymore. My other car is a Honda Accord. I have never had an issue with it. I think I'm gonna be a Honda Guy from now on. As GM should have a factory recall on this. Thanks, Jason

- Jason B., Evansville, IN, US

problem #25

Jan 012009

Impala LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Hi Everyone, I have a impala 2001 which i like as a car so far, Ive driven it for over 2 years now and have had pretty good reliability compared to my previous vehicles. When it comes to cars i can fix most things but currently im having a my car locking do to the trying to start the car. i get three blinking security indicators which i have found out is when the car thinks that some one is trying to start it without the key.... im trying to find a solution to this problem but i haven't found a pin point answer on which part i need to replace. is it the key mechanism on my dash or is it. i currently don't know but my best guess is it the one of them. if anyone finds a solutions please post it.

- Evan Q., Federal Way, WA, US

problem #24

Dec 092008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Love my new Chevy Impala, very comfortable, fun to drive, great mpg, but has problems starting for no apparent reason. Although the car is new to me, it is a 2001 Impala that I bought off ebay. The price was right and car looked nice and runs great, except that I have to start it twice to get it to start, but only after it has been running for awhile. For example, it starts right up if it has been sitting overnight or for hours, but if I am running errands where I am starting or stopping it takes twice to get it started. Very puzzling but not inconvenient compared to the car not starting at all. Okay, it is cold outside, barely registering at 1degree this morning, but the car started then stalled then wouldn't and won't start at all. The engine sounds like it wants to start, but nothing and I don't know what to do about it.

- Tamra B., Rigby, ID, US

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