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Chevrolet Impala Transmission Problems



  • Have the same year you do and the same thing just started with the lag and then it just slams and goes. i think this is a bunch of BS i don't have any hard mil'' on my car all highway most anyway and for a tran to go only after 80.000 and dam $3000 give me a break. i can tell you one thing DON'T TAKE IT TO A DEALERSHIP what ever you do they will screw you over much less taking it some place other then them. hey good luck, and yes i'm thinking of trading mine in before it goes tu and it won't be CHEVEROLET. :-(
  • Hey that would be great if you started something like that and if you need any help just let me know i'm very good on the phone and have time in the day . so if you do my email is plus i needto get my car fixed
  • Hey that would be great if you started something like that and if you need any help just let me know i'm very good on the phone and have time in the day . so if you do my email is plus i need to get my car fixed i hope to here from you blitzz01
  • dwk5023dwk5023 Posts: 1
    edited January 2011
    I've noticed the same issue in my 2005 Chevy Impala 3.4 L with 164k miles... As the car speeds up (10-30 mph) it jerks when shifting through 1st and 2nd gear. It makes me nervous that one day its going to jerk hard and screw everything up. All of the miles put on my vehicle are basically highway miles. If you need someone else to join you please let me know. I will help out however I can, I think its morally right that they fix this problem on their dime. I am half tempted to nix Chevy all together if they don't do something about this problem. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE HAVING THE SAME ISSUE! My email is ...let me know if I can help.
  • lahj2lahj2 Posts: 2
    I have this very same problem. It is dangerous as the car will jerk into motion when gas is applied causing erratic direction of the car. It is nerve wracking for an old man (67 ) to have this happening .My wife is afraid to ride in the car.
    I would gladly join in a suit to have this problem rectified. We pay a good amount of money to drive our cars and this should not be happening to so many Impala owners.
  • I have read many of he Impala transmission posts here and I apologize in advance if this is redundant. It might, however, be of some interest.
    I bought a new Impala LS in 2000, its first year. I was told by some friends that buying a new model car in its first year is not a good idea. They were right. For the first two years it seemed that everything that could go wrong, did. My Impala was in for repairs at least on a monthly basis. It was under warranty - so, financially , at least, it wasn't a problem - however, it was very time consuming, and frustrating. GM, (as a good will gesture?) gave me a three year warranty extension at half price. One of the treated problems during this time was intermittent rough shifting - two clunks shifting up and two lesser clunks shifting down. The service manager (now a friend after so many visits) said it was a computer problem and a new computer was installed. The shifting remained smooth after that for about four years. Then it began showing the old misbehavior. After about a year goes by, and While an AAA mechanic was installing a new battery in the Impala, I mentioned my transmission problem. He replied that this new battery would fix it. I laughed, but he was serious. When he finished, I drove away with the Impala smoothly shifting! It remained that way for about six months. One explanation I heard of this "cure" is that the electronic system, being disconnected to install the new battery, made the computer reboot and that cleared out a computer error. I have since tried a reboot by disconnecting the battery negative cable for a half hour, but with no success at eliminating the intermittent rough shifting. Any thoughts, ideas?
  • I have a 2000 Impala ls my son uses to commute to college and home. Recently after driving around 2hours and 90 miles pulling out from a red light the car would not move. Trying all gears and nothing he pushed it into a parking lot and called service. After sitting for 30 to 45 minutes the roll back arrived and the driver was able to put the car in gear and drive it on the truck. When it arrived home we were able to drive it off the truck. The car has 158K on it with no transmission problems. Has anyone experienced a similar problem. Could it be a solinoid or control problem.and lastly does the cost prohibit the repair the car has its share of dings and bumps.(college student)
    Thanks for the input
  • lahj2lahj2 Posts: 2
    From what i have read in this forum, it seems that there is a solenoid problem in this Impala.
    I am having problems with intermittent jerking into motion after a full stop mine is a 2006 Impala LS. When I pay this car off, I am trading or selling this thing and going back to Toyota. The dealer shop does not know what to do about this problem so I am left with a note and a very likely warranty claim in the future.
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  • My only question is who is the company that he got the kit from? And where can I get it? I am having some issues out of my 2003 Impala LS that I just bought from a chevy dealer that said it was in tip top shape. Hard shifting from a stop. And also hard shifting when driving. Is this kit readily available? Have you had this done yet? And did it work like it was supposed to. Please let me know my email is I would need this info please.
  • I agree. there seems to be so many people that have this same problem. what would the next step in getting this recall be?
  • Hey folks I am getting ready to take my car in for a second opinion i have a slow leak of transmission fluid. the first garage i took it to said it had a bad seal and needed to be rebuilt. i have been taken for a ride before with techs and i cant afford another unneeded repair. I have read a couple places it could be a solenoid or something. Is there anything else it could be or anything i should know or say to keep them from screwing me over.
  • alyn1alyn1 Posts: 4
    just recently bought a 2000 impala. guy said the tranny was junk. once i got the car home i started it up and the car seem to be ok except for the tranny wouldnt shift properly. so i checked the fluid and it was almost black and about 3 quarts low. i dropped the pan and changed the fluid and filter myself. the car shifted better but still had a problem shifting from 2nd to 3rd and now the engine light popped on. so, i had the car tested and it showed a mis-fire and the TCC solenoid was bad. so, i started reading through all the posts here to get some opinions and info on how to fix. now, thanks to all the help from you guys, i was able to replace the tcc myself. BUT, i still have problem. here is what i have done so far.
    1. complete tune-up. (no more mis-fire)
    2. added sea-foam trans cleaner and drove car. changed fluid and filter.
    3. dropped trans and changed TCC solenoid.
    4. completely removed cat-converter (added straight pipe for time being)
    since the repairs, this car runs and shift great in every gear but 3rd. no slipping, no hard shift, no nothing. it just wont shift from 2nd to 3rd unless i let off the gas. driving the car like normal, after it shifts into 2nd, it gets up to about 50mph and high rpm then i can just barely let off the gas pedal and it will shift just fine into 3rd and then goes rite into OD no probs. the only other thing i can thinnk of is changing the pressure solenoid but not sure if that would fix or not. any suggestions please....
  • alyn1alyn1 Posts: 4
    anybody got any idea.
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
    Since your question is pretty technical, you might try our general Transmission Traumas discussion. Sometimes, mechanics drop by that discussion.

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  • cfrokjercfrokjer Posts: 1
    I have been reading that this is a common issue and I have only 89,000 on my car and would like to know what other people have done in a similar situation. I am going to call and make a complaint with GM because I feel they need to take responsibility as this is happening too frequently.
  • klm005klm005 Posts: 2
    After recently replacing the head gasket (71,000 miles) the car hesitates when shifting from first to second gear. Also, I smell gasoline from the front end after using the car. As a side note, the speakers to the radio on longer work. If there is anyone out there who can give me ANY idea what I can do next, I would appreciate the help.
  • shane82shane82 Posts: 1
    hi i am having the same problem from what i read it is a intermintent jerking when you first go at time but doesnt feel like a real tranny slip just seeing if you found any answers my car is a 2003 chevy impala about 142000 miles so the miles are starting to get up there thank you
  • Did you ever resolve this problem? I have a 2004 Impala that after driving at slow speed for a distance starts banging into gear and gets progressively worse if I keep driving. I pull over and shut off engine for 3 minutes then restart and the problem goes away until next time. I think it is a computer problem also. My check engine light doesn't come on, does yours?
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