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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    There are trans repairs that can be done under $1k that are short of a rebuild. GM has some problems with the TCC (torque converter clutch) and valve body problems. The TCC problem doesn't allow the torque converter to lockup when in OD. This doesn't make the car inoperative, it just means if left alone, the trans will probably overheat, and also lose fuel economy. I'm not 100% these problems are found in the Impala but, they do effect FWD Cadillac's & Suburban's etc. It's hard to say if someone opted for the cheap way out or not. With as many used Impala's around you might be better off looking else where.

    BTW, my 2000 suburban required a trans rebuild at 46K which cost me $1800.
  • Hey guys! I'm a proud new Impala owner. I just turned sixteen and I got my old man's 2001 Chevy Impala LS. I love it, it has to be one of the coolest cars. There's an All-American Makes Only Street Group at our school I joined and I'm looking to add some street parts to the Impala. So far I'm having trouble finding stuff. Since I'm on a limited budget I'm going for exterior first, namely; LED's and aero kits. Anyone know of good sites? It's hard to find stuff for the newer Impala models. Anyone have any personal recommendations for LED's?

  • jarndt1jarndt1 Posts: 11
    I know as a young person with a limited budget you may be drawn towards "appearance" based modifications, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, real performance upgrades will always be more satisfying and earn you more respect over the long run. My suggestion... BE PATIENT! Don't waste your money on LED's and aero kits. Instead, get some good detailing supplies and make your car look its best in stock form. Meanwhile, save your $$$ and investigate the most cost effective performance upgrades available for your car. Look at brake system upgrades, exhaust components (particularly the U-bend ahead of the cat), tranny shift kits, throttle body mods, computer upgrades, cold air intakes, etc. There are plenty of good resources out there. It's true, big performance costs big money but there are lots of modest performance gains to be had for little $$$. Congratulations and good luck with your future projects!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi David, welcome!

    You should check out our new Speed Shop: Tuning & Modification board. I think it's just what you are looking for.

    Have fun!
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    I would pass on the car. Maybe the transmission is fine and will last 150k, but used Impalas off-lease are very common and there are tons of them without the transmission issues.

    You are NOT getting bad prices. I can get a '02-03 Impala w 45-60k miles from a couple of the leasing companies that I have contact with for $5.8-6.5k.

    Remember, you should be looking to get 150-200k miles on the vehicle and to put aside enough to pay cash for your next vehicle.
  • I have spent 1 week looking for the part number for the 2000 Impala LS key FOB and had no luck. Can anyone with this vehicle and Key FOB let me know the part number (top row of numbers on the back)? I appreciate the help. Thanks!!!
  • tom41tom41 Posts: 3
    i have a 2005 chev impala LS. the dealer told me that because of the design of the rocker panels on the LS that they do not make a molded mudguard for the LS, they will not fit. the mudguards are evidently made for a regular impala. does anyone know of a company who makes a molded mudguard that fits a 2005 impala LS, front and rear.
  • stan18stan18 Posts: 8
    The SS is supposed to have a better suspension in addition to the +40hp.

    The supercharged 3800 will run on regular, but you may get worse gas mileage (and you lose many of your 40 horses). At least that's what my Dad told me about his Buick Ultra with the same engine. He switched back to premium because it was cheaper for his driving (he lives in the hinterlands so most of his driving is steady highway, not city or stop and go).

    I'd recommend driving them both. I recently test drove an SS. Nice car. You should be able to get a reasonable deal since it appearst that most of the target market is waiting for '06 and the V8.
  • tommy42tommy42 Posts: 70
    I got the part # from G M Accessorie zone site. Front12496349 $28.00 Rear 12498346 $28.00.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    What does everyone think about GM putting the 5.3 as an option in the Impala.

    I question this decision because I have a 5.3 in my Suburban and I don't find it to be overly refined and more suited for truck duty. I know GM is adding DOD, but is the engine being reworked for car duty?

    I'm going to be curious to see how it handles, that will be quite a bit of weight over the front wheels.
  • tom41tom41 Posts: 3
    does anyone know of a manufactuer who makes mudflaps for a 2005 impala.
    the dealer dont have them and couldnt find anyone who made them. the 2005 impala has a flare in the rocker panels and the rear quarter that wont allow earlier years to fit.
  • middleageguymiddleageguy Chicago areaPosts: 42
    Here are the numbers on the key FOB for 2000 Impala LS:

    GM/UTA: 25678792
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    From what I have read the new 5.3 V8 for the 06' Impala is 20 pounds lighter then the 3800 V6 that it is replacing..(more aluminum components) ....and it is being re-engineered for front wheel drive applications for the Impala and Pontiac Grand Prix GXP.....Chevy indicates they have reworked the transmission, and front end components to handle the additional torque.........
  • Thank you middleageguy!!!!!!
  • spsmithspsmith Posts: 3
    I have a 2001 Impala with 3.4. I have had the low coolant light on for months now. I was not concerned about it because someone told me to just change the coolant sensor. Which I did and the light is still on. I now called a local dealership to see how to reset the low coolant light and he indicated that it should reset itself and I may have other problems. I do not have any overheating, the oil and radiator fluid looks fine, and I do not loose radiator fluid. I am slightly concerned because of all the postings regarding the here about the leaking fluid issues.. Does anyone know how to reset the low coolant light (if possible)? Any other suggestions?
  • 3rcr4ever3rcr4ever Posts: 1
    I just spent over $300 for the dealership to tell
    me they don not know what's wrong!!!

    The dash and counsel lights are out on mine too.
    The LED? (green) displays are fine during the day,
    but are invisible at night.
    The sensor seems to be working properly and
    all other lighting is fine.

    The radio is awful and picks up static from the
    LED? displays!!! This really stinks because I am
    on the road a lot and the radio is my only friend.

    The dealership pros, stated that I had to pay for
    the BCM they replaced cause they could not
    return the old one after it was removed. ($190)
    I am seeking to find if this is true.

    If they do happen to fix your lights, PLEASE inform
    me as to what it was. The car is GREAT and all
    but I don't need a nickle and dimer either.

    Thanks in advance.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    If you go near the top of this forum page (right side search this discussion) box type in COOLANT LIGHT dozens of posts on this forum for the past few years will come up regarding other Impala owners with similar problems and maybe a few remedies you haven't tried.......good luck...
  • hvan3hvan3 Posts: 630
    You can buy the FOB on Ebay for cheap!
  • bonni43bonni43 Posts: 2
    The passenger side of my heat/ac climate control no longer lights. Anyone happen to know which fuse supports this light? The owner's manual doesn't seem to provide me with any insight.

  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    My 2000 Impala has the same problem; my guess is that it isn't a fuse, but likely the actual bulb that burned out. Seems like I posted the question here awhile back, and the sense was that the bulb couldn't be replaced without replacing the entire AC control module. I've never looked into it to confirm that though.
  • bonni43bonni43 Posts: 2
    Not the greatest of news but thanks for the assistance! In the event I get a favorable answer, I'll be sure to give you an update, in the event you still own your Impala.
  • jim51jim51 Posts: 3
    you talk about the traction cont/abs brakes---hope you don't have a prob. with one
    of your abs sensor,because you lose your abs brakes as well as your traction
    cont. now the expenses kick-in. i own a 2000 imp.(63k) and starting to have
    some prob.--2-tie-rod ends,rear shocks and the tract./abs sensor prob.

    luckily,i found the prob. for the sensor--it was in the rear,broken wire in the
    harness at the abs sensor--very happy--everything is working is back to normal,
    for now.
  • joe40joe40 Posts: 2
    What is the expected oil usage for 2001 Impala LS? I have heard that 1qt. per 1,000 miles should not be considered a problem.
  • jarndt1jarndt1 Posts: 11
    I'm having the windows tinted on my '04 LS. The laws in Virginia are 50% front side, 38% back side, and 28% rear window. Should I go for max tint on all windows, 50% on the fronts and 38% on the back and rear, or 50% all the way around? What would look best? Would having different tint levels on different windows look funny? Any advice would be appreciated.
  • jarndt1jarndt1 Posts: 11
    Correction: 35% back side. And I've seen conflicting info on the rear window. (35% vs. 28%)
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I bought my 2001 LS brand new........I only have 40,000 miles on it. The most I have ever added is 1/2 quart between changes most changes 3500-4000 miles.....I am sure others will vary......I have a few friends that have Impala's including my son who has a 2003 LS and oil consumption has never been a can check all the previous 13,000 posts on this forum and I don't remember it being an issue with this engine....
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    I saw a nice article in an Auto Club magazine about the pros and cons of FWD, RWD, and AWD. Here's the link:

    I've seen postings about AWD, and was surprised that there is a disadvantage to them--reduced gas mileage. Although it's only 1-2MPG less, that's a factor if you drive a lot and live in a pretty dry part of the country (which isn't this rain season, in the SW--37inches of rain). Then article also mentions when AWD and 4WD would be preferable.

    Maybe something Edmunds might like to post on their website? I've seen the "Read Only" lists, but you have to go thru a lot of postings to get the information. An article would be nice.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I'm quickly approaching 80k miles on my 2000 Impala (3.8l engine) and haven't had any issues with oil consumption at all - I've been using Mobil 1 synthetic since about 5k; I check the oil occasionally, but I don't recall EVER adding any oil between changes.
  • rhedrhed Posts: 2
    I had this happen to my 2000 impala while still under extended warranty - they did have to replace the entire a/c control module. Sorry...

    does anyone happen to know where I can find a used auto dimming rearview mirror?
  • rhedrhed Posts: 2
    My 2000 did too - it was still under exteneded warranty though and they did have to replace the entire AC control module. It was one of many problems I had. The body control module and the power locks were replaced besides the AC. The intermediate drive shaft also was replaced. New transmission put in at 60,000 miles. I love the car but thank goodness for the extended warranty or I'd have paid through my nose for this car repair.
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