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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,714 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Impala steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 062004

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


My 2001 Chevrolet Impala is jerking when applying the brakes, front end sounds like it is ready to fall apart, front end wobbles when driving, knocks when put into drive or reverse, transmission bogs when shifting brought to the dealership they drove it and decided a new steering shaft would solve all my problems, amd GM is also aware of this problem and used to repace shaft but that got too expensive so now they have a kit to lubricate the bearing. My car is under warranty, but this problem is not included. Steering is essential in a vehicle. I find this problem a safety issue for myself, passengers, and others on the road with me. I am filing this complaint for documentation. If ever there is an accident related to the steering issue of my car I want the courts to know that all were aware of this problem I was having and nobody wanted to fix a defect that they were aware of. I will be fixing it at my expense and when it is recalle I would like to be reimbursed.

- Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #6

Jun 122003


  • miles
Why traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle just shut down, power steering and brakes also failed.

- Muscoda, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 272002

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
2001 chev Impala pol;ice int. 9C1 officer swerved at intersection to avoid vehicle. Struck utility pole front bumper to the right of center. Over $3000 damage. Air bag did not deploy. 20-30mph

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 182002

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Steering system is defective...too hard to turn. This has caused the fingers and thumbs to become deformed (twisted and bent) from turning the stiff wheel. I also have a neck pain which leads to a pain shooting up the back side of my neck and causing a headache. These problems started after I purchased my 2001 Impala.

- Marlette , MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 172002


  • miles
Bent and twisted fingers morse lee is an 80 year old gentlemen. His index and middle fingers are bent towards his baby fingers. His center joint of the middle fingers are off parallel to the other finger joints approximately 15 degrees. The last joint of the middle finger is off parallel the opposite to the middle joint. The index finger joints are off parallel also. These joints are displaying the typical bending and twisting found with Impala drivers. He and his wife both share this problem. Submitted on the behalf of Mr. And Mrs. Lee by mike tomich 989-665-2311

- Deckerville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012001


  • miles
Tight/stiff steering has resulted in index and middle fingers becoming bent and twisted to conform to the Contour of the steering wheel. This high effort damage to the fingers are irreversable. This has a crippling effect in that it cause the tendons to move off center to the fingers and reduces the griping efforts of the hands and restricts finger movement. This stiff steering results in shoulder pain which often forces people to seek medical attention because the pain radiated down their arm and they think they are having a heart attack and if visit the hospital for such. The shoulder pain has also resulted in an increase in physical therapy treatments. This information presented by my friend mike tomich 989, 665-2311

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 272001

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling in passing gear power steering fails.

- Huston, TX, USA

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