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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • I was on this site from long ago . Our 2k LS that we bought new has 32,000 miles. It has the original brakes. I just checked them and the pads look about 50% wear, no rust.
    My 2002 trailblazer I just changed the rotors and pads myself, all 4 rotors were rusted badly on the inside. The impala is always garaged and the TB outside so that could be it.

    anyway, the problemn with our cd player is the disc would go in, and you could hear it try to start, it would spin and start a few times, then the check cd message.

    I hope this works. I may have to start a side radio repair business. LOL Will advise.
  • Do you happen to be one of the folks who got included in the 2001 Impala brochure? I wound up getting a quote (but no photo :( ); I think I was one of the few here at the time who had a base model. I'm almost at 111k miles on mine; I think I got @ 45-50k miles on my original brakes, so I'd say you're on target.
  • My quote was on page 32. My 1 year of fame in every chevrolet dealer across the country. I have about 20 copies somewhere.
  • I've got a case of the 2001 brochures under my bed; my quote is on page 28! They sent a couple of photographers here and we spent the better part of a day taking various shots of me with my car (none of which made the brochure, though the photographer sent me several carspace page has one of the photos on it).

    One funny thing I remembered in leafing through the brochure, the photographers who came here had spent the day before with a guy in Dallas (they specifically had me wear a blue shirt, because they knew the other guy wore a red shirt). Anyway, his picture is in the brochure on page 20, and the guy is sitting inside his car. The reason for that was that a day or two before the photo shoot he'd had a wreck in his car, and they said there were literally pieces hanging off the front of it, so the only decent shot they could get was of the interior!

    Kind of neat going back through the brochure actually; they got most of the quotes from people in this forum, so when the brochure came out it was almost a "who's who" of the Edmunds Impala forum...except we knew everyone by their screen names instead of their real names used in the brochure. It'd be interesting to see how many of the folks featured in the brochure held onto their cars, and what their experiences were.
  • do you still have the gift set they sent to us, the pin set. I do. it was cool
  • I say I still have mine somewhere, but I haven't been able to put my hands on it lately. I either did a really good putting them away for safekeeping, or a really bad job. I think mine is in a storage container in my garage, but I'm almost afraid to dig into it and look for fear it won't be there.
  • If anyone has a wet carpet on the passenger side 04 Impala-check your air cabin filter gasket seal. The leak will be under the glove box area. I think the GM term for the part I am referring to is "deflector". It's about 2 feet long gasket/seal type of rubber material. This part can get get dried out and fall off or be not installed correctly when the air filter is replaced or checked. The GM part # for my model was 10388810. I paid less than $15 for the part at the dealer. This seal deflects water/rain from the cabin filter and fan blower. If this part is not installed correctly water will pass thru the blower assembly and into the pass cabin floor area.
  • I just changed mine over the weekend. it had 30k on it.
    I noticed that gasket you talked about and the baffle must be put in correctly also.
  • I got the replacement CD part and 2 buttons shipped for $20 shipped. I took the dash apart, took the radio out, put it all back together and the CD works again like new. If you have any mechanical ability, you should be able to do it. I have had the dash trim off so many times it is easy now.

    You have to have a good memory, I have this ability to take anything apart, spread it out on the table and put it all back together from memory. I do other car repairs for friends too.
    It helps to remember LOL

    I found this guy, he is in Philly, he was selling radios on ebay, I called him then he created this page
    with pictures of it to make sure it was the same.

    call him for parts, very good service. If you cant do it yourself, they fix them too.
  • Thanks for the info; I'm just glad to know the CD player is a separate unit that can be replaced without creating problems with the radio head unit (which is critical for all the various settings you can change through it, and which I've heard nightmares about replacing because of the theft prevention system built into it).
  • Hi everyone, I just found this site and I love it, you people are seem so helpful. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind. First I own a 2000 Impala Dark Green, the paint is only peeling on my spoiler, would any dealer have the right paint? second my blinkers are going bonkers, if I turn and they don't work I have to hit the emergancy hazard blinkers first then my blinker will work, it's on and off any help in this dept? thanks my fellow Impala's,
    Terri :confuse:
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    I can't help you on the paint, but I can on the blinkers! From what you describe you need to replace the hazard switch (the same one you push to jump-start your blinkers now). I don't have the part number handy, but if you do a little digging around online you can find the info. If I'm not mistaken just the other day someone posted the part number, as well as some pictures of the process they went through to replace it.

    Two approaches - One is to remove the front of the dash (which isn't as daunting as it sounds) and approach the replacement from the backside of the dashboard; the other is to pry the switch out from the front. I went the dashboard removal route, and it wasn't that difficult. After I did so I saw how approaching it from the front could work, but I think I might have screwed up something doing it that you'll probably let go of the wiring harness and it'll fall behind the dash, so you'll end up taking if off anyway!

    Actually I just went and found the post someone else left earlier; it's under Chevrolet Impala Lighting/Electrical Issues and it's post number 227 (the last one there currently). It also lists the part number. When I replaced mine I also found some info at that was helpful (especially in terms of removing the dash).

    Good luck!
  • Hello, I recently had my winshield wipers stop in mid wipe while I was driving. After some investigating after removing the arms and cowl to see the linkage, I found that the screw that attached the crank arm to the motor had loosened up. After fixing this, the wipers work on high and low and even park in the correct position. But when i use any of the intermittent settings, the wiper will go up, then down and about 3/4 of the way back up and pause for the rest of the interval. and that's how it will continue to operate until I turn them off, then they go down and park like normal.

    Does anyone have any ideas?


  • I have a 05 impala and the horn just died. It sounded weak for about a month, then it just stopped working. What happen with your horn? The dealership figure out the problem?
  • :mad: Well...i have no idea what this problem could be, but this is what happened. I was driving yesterday with the heater on 2....suddenly the fan was blowing like it was on 5.....i tried to turn it down, but there was no change. when i got home i turn the car off, took the key from the ignition and the fan for the heater was still blowing. Needless to say my battery went dead. I have never heard of anyone having a problem like this.....i think i have a phantom heater!!!!
  • I know exactly what your problem is, it is the blower motor resistor. I have replaced them on a few different cars, usually what happens is that you loose some of the speeds on the fan. Not sure of the exact location on the impala but It is located under the dash on the passenger side, it bolts right into the heater box. Should be easy to change.
  • Thanks for your reply to my question.....but i've read another comment posted by an Impala owner (message #131413) and it was talking about Air Cabin Gasket Seal.....and that seems to be my passenger side floor gets wets when it rains....and the day that the problem with my fan started, there was a heavy rainfall which resulted in inches of water on the passenger side cabin floor. so, i'm thinking that water has shorted out the fan blower......have you ever heard of this problem
  • Did you change your cabin air filter recently? When I changed mine, there are a few rubber strips that need to be in the correct location to prevent leaks. sounds like that is your problem. It is under the black plastic cover under the windshield wipers on the passenger side.
  • i don't know if the cabin filter has been changed...i just recently purchased this car...thought i was getting a great deal....kinda rethinking that now. So do you think that the rain water could of ran into the fan blower and shorted it out? because the fan keeps running even after the car had been shut off and the key out of the ignition.....i even removed all the fuses...and the fan kept blowing....i have ruined my battery. and thank you again for your suggestions:))
  • I was thinking of replacing it (the horn) myself as well, but I'm not sure of how difficult a job it may be. I've done repairs on cars before but if it is too involved I'll just take it to the dealer.
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