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Chevrolet Impala: Problems & Solutions

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  • Well, bad news. Car stalled again and again. My husband was planning on driving it on a long road trip and he got about five hours in and it stalled and took an hour to restart. Started again and then stalled again for a short time; needless to say he turned around. He was able to make it back and is planning on taking it back to the dealership. I loved(past tense)that car but I no longer trust it to run properly.
    Any other ideas besides the computer re-learning? And a week after being at the dealership, is it suppose to be stalling again? Mind you, he drove it for that whole week and only had one other time were it seemed to be a harder start during that week; no stalls.
    :lemon:
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I couldn't find your original post, but have you had the fuel filter changed? Does the just "die" with no warning, or does it sputter and cough a little first?
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    I'm sorry to hear that. I am sure it is just something simple. I doubt it is a new issue, probably related to the service visit a week ago. I would give them another chance - take it there and don't settle for taking the car back until they find the problem. What year, what miles?? Especially if it's under warranty, don't give up. Talk to the service manager and dealer manager if necessary. I have usually gotten GOOD service if I ask the service manager "Can we go talk somewhere privately?" and keep my cool.

    Once you get over this hurdle, it wouldn't surprise me if you have many more years of hassle free driving. :)
  • We have had the fuel filter replaced and I guess it was the PCM(?)the was replaced. Is that the same thing? (I am not with my car because we have since moved, so my husband is taking car of it; hence the long drive). We have had the ignition control module replaced and every thing else that might possibly cause a stall. Noting has worked.
  • And it just dies. No warning lights or anything...no chug or sputter. Just engine stops running.
  • I wish this were true. I am the husband and I have had the car stall more than 5 times since that stall coming home from the dealership. I like the Impala but it is a first rate POS.
  • I have always bought American cars even after Japanese cars were made here in the USA. I can no longer see the point in buying a car that leaves me on the side of the road in 100 degree heat or on the side of a busy interstate. I paid the yahoos at the dealership 803 dollars to fix a problem and I still have the same problem. For my money its Dodge/Chrysler or foriegn from here on out. Tessa I am sorry but your gonna be pimping in a Subaru Outback. For those of you who are taking notes and have this problem this is what I had done; new pcm, fuel filter, icu, clean charchol filter, new crankshaft position sensor and she still stalls. SCREW CHEVY!
  • bxdbxd Posts: 186
    I understand your frustration. Can't blame you if you don't buy another Chevy. I will say that this dealership has definitely wronged you. They should NOT have thrown all those parts at it!!!!! In an intermittent stall condition where they aren't sure what's wrong, they should have hooked up a data recorder and let you drive the car till it stalls out. That way they would have captured EXACTLY which sensor is failing to cause the stall. These black boxes store info for everything electrical and provide history leading up to the stall.

    Would have been much cheaper than throwing all these parts at it!!!

    It really is too bad to be in your position, but especially since you have invested so much TIME and MONEY I wouldn't walk away now. I would FIGHT the dealership to get the problem resolved. Every manufacturer makes some lemons - it's sad, but true. Ford, Nissan, even Toyota with its Camry transmissions have had serious problems over the past year. It's how the dealer works to fix things that is absolutely not right!

    Ask them why they have not hooked up a data recorder?
    (They may call it a laptop with data scanning ability.)
    Ask them why they don't diagnose the problem instead of guessing and changing parts?

    :mad:

    My personal money is on a defective replacement PCM. Of the parts you list, only two could cause a sudden, complete stall: the PCM and the crankshaft position sensor. The CPS is not very fancy, not much can go wrong with a new one. PCM's on the other hand are sensitive and tied into a lot of wiring. If for some crazy reason they won't give you a data recorder to drive with (for FREE OF COURSE) they ought to try and put a new PCM in for you. Still shooting in the dark, but it's the most likely target.
  • You can see how frustrated my husband is at the car. I am really sad to see it be like this with only 75,000 miles on it. I am upset by the dealership as well. It's back there now. Apparently my husband ran into another Impala owner with over 120,000 miles on his car and has never had a problem with it! That is really frustrating to me becaue I honestly love that car!! I love how roomy it is I love the look....everything! It's a great car..fantastic....when it runs!! :mad: :cry: My problem is can I trust it once it got "fixed" and we choose to keep it? I have a baby and I don't want to be stranded on the side of the road with her in the car! It's so frustrating to have to part with a car under these conditons!!
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I know exactly where you're coming from; I had a similar experience with my wife's previous 1984 Ford Escort. It left me stranded twice (once with my then infant daughter on board), both times due to computer problems. While we fixed the car and drove it another few years, it soured me towards Ford cars from that point forward.

    I've got almost 98k on my 2000 Impala, and the only time it has left me stranded has been when the battery has gone bad (knock wood!). My Impala experience has been comparable to my previous Toyota experience, so I'm very pro-Chevy/Impala. I wouldn't blame you for considering a Toyota or Honda next time, but I'm not so sure you'd be doing youself a favor by going to Daimler-Chrysler.
  • When the Impala stalls or dose not start for 10 minutes is the outside temparature always hot or can it be in cool weather also? Just curious because mind did it in really hot weather so I changed the coolant and so far so good. It has been a month since it happen. lomax
  • Okay, they finally took the car in and properly diagnosed it. They found ALL FOUR rotors out of round. After the car had 6,000 miles on it, they could feel the difference while braking. I am just super sensitive to ANYTHING. Also, they had to replace the ignition switch (different problem) because with the key out and the door open the bell said "hey, you left your key in the ignition".
  • I am now experiencing a similar problem. I noticed this morning that my temp was getting hotter and hotter until i drove. I never did get any defrost or heat
    How did you resolve your situation??
  • I am also having problems putting gas in the 2000 Impala i have. My check engine light is on though. I took it to Auto Zone and got a code P0440 malfunction in the evaporative emission control system. I have called the dealership many times. They are so busy to even look at it for a month. I need some help.I see your post is the same.Were you able to get it fixed. I also changed the filler tube. Still having problems. Can you help??? :cry:
  • mrwaynemrwayne Posts: 20
    I'm not familiar with the specifics of the code, but this problem is most likely a clogged charcoal canister, and/or a clogged charcoal canister vent, or lines. Try inspecting the filter in the canister for any type of blockage. (Dirt or fuel) Also inspect the vent for any dirt or blockage. I know a guy who constantly overfills his gas tank. (Fills it till the gas actually comes up the filler tube). This causes gas to get into the evaporative system and drain into the charcoal canister, which clogs it. Also check the air filter, and change if clogged.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    Please go to the group top level and create a discussion that fits your Impala comments/questions or post in an existing discussion.

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