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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,683 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Oct 262016


  • 139,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was stationary, the low beam headlights malfunctioned. The contact stated that the headlights would not illuminate when prompted. The vehicle was taken to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #53

Jul 022016


  • 275,000 miles
My turning signals work on and off all of a sudden. The first time it happened I was on the freeway and was attempting to get over and my right turning signal wouldn't work but the left turning signal worked fine. Then after a day or two the right turning signal would work but then the left turning signal won't work. Then all of a sudden they would both work then both stop working. Now a month has passed and neither one of them work most the time, but will work for a hot second and then stop working. This is only for the rear turning signal though the front turning signal have always worked properly and still do.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #52

May 152014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the cruise control activated independently, the headlights and brake lights flickered, and the instrument panel warning lights illuminated intermittently. The contact mentioned that the heater had to be running for the cruise control to deactivate. In addition, the exterior lighting flickered when the engine was not running. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failures were undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #51

Mar 312015


  • 150,000 miles


Sometimes when im driving and im trying to pass someone and I go to use my signal light they do not work then I can go down the road they will work plus my lights wont go on bright without shutting off.

- Winona, MO, USA

problem #50

Jan 132015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 90,100 miles
Headlights suddenly went out when driving. No warning. Could only use high beam lights when lever constantly pressed when driving. Very dangerous. Not fuses, not bulbs, ultimately $800 multifunction switch needed replacement. Appears to be a known hazard.

- Willow Springs, IL, USA

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problem #49

Oct 152014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving on interstate 78 at 60 mph I attempted to switch from low beam to high beam. Asi did that, I lost all lights. I jiggled the high beam switch and the lights came back on. This has happened several times since then.

- Middlesex, NJ, USA

problem #48

Oct 032014


  • 186,300 miles


The contact stated that 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the headlights failed to illuminate and the brake light continuous illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the dimmer switch need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,300.

- Athens , GA, USA

problem #47

Oct 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
In the summer of 2013 my daughter reported the multifunction lever on her car was hard to operate when trying to activate high beams. One night while driving down a dark country road she attempted to operate the high beam switch and the headlights went out completely. Luckily she was able to safely pull over and put the car in park. At that time she played with the multifunction switch and was able to get low beams to come back. I've spoken with two mechanics who said this is a very common problem with the early 2000's Impala which means there must be serious accidents / injuries associated because these are very popular cars. Chevrolet should issue a recall for this prolific, well-known safety issue.

- Windham, ME, USA

problem #46

Apr 172014


  • miles
I was on my way home from work when my driverside head light went out so I stopped and bought a new bulb at the closest store when I replaced the bulb the light still didnt come back on then the dtr light also started having issues the only time you get any lights on the driver side is when you move the entire headlight assembly around then you get dim lighting so for the past couple months we havent been able to use our car at night. I keep checking for recalls but I havent seen any and we have always had problems with our dtr lighting including the ones that control our dash lights. Cause we have none they work during the day when they want too but at night we have no lights in our dash. Also the drivers side heated seat has quit working. It all occured roughly around the same time. Nobodys been able to fix the issues.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #45

May 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Every time it rains my entire vehicle floor is flooded. My radio has stopped working and my dashboard lights flicker. I have been researching and there are several models with this problem from 2002 to 2005. This happens often and can eventually lead to electrical problems. I pay a lot if money for this vehicle and still have a ways to go before I am done paying for it. I have 3 children that depend in thus car along with myself if there are so many people with this problem this is definitely a defect and should be recalled.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #44

Apr 182014


  • 197,000 miles


While driving at night, the headlights have begun to go off automatically. So far, we can click the lights from high beam to low beam or vice-versa and they come back on. This started the latter part of last year, but last week they actually started flickering right before they went off. I searched the web and found this is a common complaint with many consumers. I live in rural America and fear the lights going out where there are no street lights or any other type of lighting. There are many curves and hills and fear what could happen especially if my teenager is driving and panics. We have searched for the "fix" but no one seems to know for sure and GM has made no attempt to recall this problem. My complaint is why nothing has been done to fix this problem. It is very dangerous and needs to be addressed immediately. I have read so many suggestions on what it may be but no one has the exact remedy for it.

- Hardinsburg, KY, USA

problem #43

Feb 102014


  • 204,511 miles
While driving at night the headlights went out pulled over on side of road, pulled on timer switch headlights came back on. I have been reading about many issues related to headlight failure. GM needs to recall my 16 yr. Old daughter 03 Impala, before she gets hurt.

- Southhaven, MN, USA

problem #42

Feb 052014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 214,000 miles
The headlights just quit working on 2 5 2014.

- Cda, ID, USA

problem #41

Oct 302013


  • 98,740 miles
The car will not start no matter hot or cold. Once started the electrical system throws multiple errors, from security, battery, service engine soon, ABS light, seat belt light, and brakes. The complete dash board goes dead including all gauges, from the speedometer, fuel and temperature gauge. The warning bell continues to ring as the battery light comes on - it does this continually while driving. Often times it will not start. I have a 6 year old daughter and I am concerned for her safety when this happens. I have put a new batter, new starter and new alternator in this car. GM knows about the problems and they should be required to re-call these cars and fix the problem.

- Sidney, OH, USA

problem #40

Aug 232013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 150,400 miles
When the weather is hot, the car will not start. Once started the electrical system throws multiple errors, from security, battery, service engine soon, ABS light, seat belt light, and brakes. The radio is locked out and the ac fan runs but will not allow the ac compressor to function. Also the head lights flash and the complete dash board goes dead including all gauges, from the speedometer, fuel and temperature gauge. The warning bell continues to ring as the battery light comes on. This is a could cause a very dangerous situation with no head lights and no working gauges on the dash, and should for some reason the security system shuts the car down while driving, could cause a serious accident. GM seem to be neglecting this issue, and even GM and their dealerships claim to know nothing about this. Yet in multiple Impala forums, this is the top issue with this vehicle. I would like to see something done about this before someone gets killed, and it is not fair for the consumer to pay thousands of dollars trying to chase this issue down. I just wish american car companies would stand behind their products, especially when the public's safety is in question.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #39

Feb 182013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
We own a 2003 Chevy Impala I purchased it because I thought they were safe vehicles. In the last 2 months we have had multiple issues with traction control and our interior and exterior lighting. We have lost all function to our dash lights our head lights only work when they decide too and my traction control fails to work and when I don't need it engages.....this is not ok! we have had everything checked. All fuses and bulbs are good. We have had diagnostics done a couple of times and nothing ever shows up. I have seen hundreds of complaints about the same stuff. Please tell me nobody has to die or get seriously injured before you make them fix these issues. We all paid a lot for these cars they need to fix them now!!

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #38

Oct 152012


  • 194,511 miles
My turn signals went out. Will not work and idk what's going on but I have read many same complaints the net.

- Idabel, OK, USA

problem #37

Apr 052011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 98,200 miles
Headlights keep going out, have installed 2 parts will last a couple months than will go out again. Will go dim than go off.

- Dekalb, MS, USA

problem #36

Aug 112012


  • 148,086 miles
Low-beam headlights have failed to come on and will no longer function. High-beams and daytime running lights still function, but at dusk the low-beams will fail to light; however high-beams can be used instead creating a traffic hazard. I replaced the multi-function switch with a new switch, and replaced the relay with a known good working relay. The relay will still work and actuate indicating that the relay is not the problem. I checked the bulbs and they are still good, fuses are fine, 12V positive power is present at the bulb, but the ground is not activated on either side at any time. All problems point to a bad body control module (BCM). I have checked online and there are many many complaints about this vehicle with the same problem. If the low-beam headlights fail on somebody while they are driving, it could cause a crash and with that comes the possibility of the fatality of the driver and passengers. The BCM computer is known to cause many problems with starting the vehicle, flashing the lights both interior and exterior and these will cause safety issues with the vehicle.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #35

Apr 042012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased from valley Ford 4/18/2009 I have had nothing but trouble with it ever since I purchased it. I have had rocker arms replaced, pins, the aftermarket warranty company wouldn't replace them because they told me that it was not an internal problem, I have had pass lock problems which I had to get done, I just replaced the transmission in 2012 the computer on the car read that it was shift solenoids when it turned out to be the transmission. Now as of the past three months my low beam head lamps will not come on.the day time running lamps work but when it gets dark they shut off & the parking lamps stay on. The only way I will be able to drive is to hold the turn signal towards me, its not the bulbs they have been replaced & its not the fuses and no one seems to know what the problem. My cruise control light flashes on and off while im driving & while the switch is off & also my check engine light flashes on & off but when I take it to auto part store to have it hooked up to the machine it doesn't read anything.....I ask that you guys can please help me with this car, & I also have proof of everything I just wrote receipts and all.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

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