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2005 and Earlier Chevrolet Impala



  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Sounds like we've had many of the same problems with our 2000 models!!! My auto dimming mirror only has a narrow band right across the middle that still dims; I went to (Chuck Hutton Chevrolet) back in December and at that time they wanted @ $125 for a new one - my fear with buying a used one is it's going to eventually do the same thing, so I may eventually spring for a new one just to delay replacing it again as long as possible.
  • 2000imp2000imp Posts: 3
    My wife's Impala will be running perfect and then suddenly die. This usually happens at low speed, but really concerns me. I have replaced the Pressure Regulator and the Fuel Filter. Is there a fuel relay on these cars? Anyone else heard of/know what is causing this? The car could run fine for days and then die. I would love to finally end this problem!

    Thanks for any advice in advance....
  • jons01jons01 Posts: 59
    My 2001 Impala is now about 4 !/2 years old and I am wondering how much longer I can expect the battery to last. When did you guys replace the battery?

    It is working fine, but it may be better to not wait for it to fail and get a new one now.

    Any thoughts?
  • jucejuce Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 impala with 40000 miles, I bought the car brand new. Recently the security and battery lights were flashing, so I took the car to auto zone a couple of days ago and had the battery and alternator checked which they said were fine, but this morning the car is completely dead, won't start, no power at all, the doors won't even unlock with autokey device. I haven't tried to boost it yet, wondering if anyone had an idea on what the issue could be without taking it to dealer since its past the warranty. This is the fourth vehicle I bought(first domestic), others were a mazda protege - 295,000 miles - it finally died, nissan pickup - 75,000 miles - traded it in for a honda accord - 95000 miles that was totalled in a car accident. No issues with any of the previous, so I'm quite frustrated at the moment about my most recent purchase.
  • chrisis30chrisis30 Posts: 20
    I had similar problem the battery light would also flash on my car when it was turned off,see if yours does that mine was a BCM (body control module) and was replaced under warranty,and brought no codes up at GM garage, it had to stay two days at the shop and as far as the domestic vs. foreign goes they all go bad things happen to all cars no matter what type think of this the computer in my car was made in another country right? so I guess its the foreign countrys fault right?!!
  • Well something similar happened to me with my 2001 LS ... the security light came on and stayed on while driving. When I arrived home, the car remained park for several hours when I tried to start it to run an errand. The car was completely dead. Nothing...... I got idiot lights on the dash, and had power to my windows and car stereo, but the car would not crank. I got in touch with onstar, and they connected me to a representative with road side assistance. After telling the person that the security light came on earlier, he told me that the car's computer shut the vehicle down thinking that it was being stolen. He mentioned to turn the ignition key for power only, not to try to start it, and leave the key turned for power for fifteen minutes. He said after fifteen minutes my car will start. Well he was right. The car started after fifteen minutes. I didnt have any issues with my battery light coming on like what happened to you, but this could be a combo situation where your battery is on the way out, and your ignition key's computer chip was either dirty or the key needing to be replaced. When you see that security light come on, clean the key immediately or use your spare key. Replacing these keys can be expensive, but there isnt anything one can do to fool the computer if the chip isnt working properly. ... I hope I was able to help you. Goodluck.
  • We bought a 2001 Impala in November 2000. Replaced the battery about 1 month ago just before getting stranded.

    Check out Advance Auto. They checked the battery and replaced at the store and I was on my way in about 15 minutes.
  • hanna5858hanna5858 Posts: 6
    This post is my solution to all the posts about brake problems with the Impala. I had to replace my front brakes on my 2001 Impala. This is a pretty easy job. I replaced the front brakes and rotors,the car has 50,000 miles on it. I used the inexpensive rotors. After the job, the brake pedal was pulsing as bad as it was before the repair. I read all the posts on this site about it being a must to replace the rotors with the $200+ high performance rotors. Before going this route, I decided to replace the rear brakes and rotors which still looked good. The rear rotors were a little worn and had some small grooving. I also bought the inexpensive rotors for the rear brake replacement. Well guess what, this solved the pulsing problem. Lesson learned , always replace the front and backs together even if they don't look bad. No more pulsing, smooth stopping, and all with inexpensive rotors. Now I'm not saying the the cheap rotors will out perform the high preformance ones. Of course you get what you pay for, but this fix will still work. Hanna5858
  • I just thought I would document this. I was taking a trip to Arizona to visit some friends in my 2004 Impala, and the seat belt broke. (Not good during the "Click it or Ticket" Campaign) The receiver would not take the seat belt and secure it properly, unless you pressed down the button and it seemed to hold. I went to a local dealer that said it would take 5 days for the part to arrive from Los Angeles. I said no thanks, and took it to my local dealer when I got back.

    They said that since it was a safety issue, I could get a rental car at Enterprise for free (guess what I picked? An Impala!) I only put about 24 miles on the rental, since my part was in the next day. Had 6000 miles on the OD, so I had them rotate the tires too.

    I didnt notice that my car rides a lot better than that rental car!
  • frankf3frankf3 Posts: 96
    I just check with my wife to see if the problem had ever come back. Believe it or not, it happened twice last week. Even this is a vast improvement as it was happening continually before. I had "closed the book" on this repair, but at this point, things may have just been disturbed to cause it to go away for a while. The dealer had replaced the headlight switch and for all purposes untill this week I thought we were ok. I am going to keep monitoring it to see if there is a pattern or a condition that makes it happen more often. Please let me know if some fix turns up for you.

  • bigjoe1bigjoe1 Posts: 2
    after much arduous searching, i have come to the conclusion that i am unable to make my 2002 3.4L impala any faster than it is. no matter where i turn, it seems that there are no parts available to upgrade my vehicle. no intakes, no exhaust systems, no nothing. am i destined to lag behind my friends and their fast cars, or can someone rescue me from my slow nightmare ? if anyone knows what to do to make my impala speed up, please let me know. email, IM, doesnt matter. anything to get this car moving.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Have you stopped by our brand new Speed Shop: Tuning & Modification board? You might find some help there and it's a great place to ask.

    By the way, let's get folks to answer your questions here in the Forums so everyone will benefit from the exchange. Good luck. :)
  • anidezanidez Posts: 1
    I have Limo tint on my back windows and one shade lighter in the front on my Impala and on my tbird I have limo on the back and 40 on the front it doesn't look bad
  • brohabroha Posts: 1
    The Driver side window switch in my 2000 Impala hesitates to roll back up. If I pull the switch up from the other side, sometimes it works. So I figured that the switch underneath must be dirty or has a bad connection. I took it all apart and everything seems to be fine. Does anyone know anything about this??..Or know where I can get a driver side window switch chip board... ??
  • johnclineiijohnclineii Posts: 2,287
    It may not be the switch at may be the "regulator." Which is, in fact, the power window motor. Just a thought. I wouldn't be a parts changer unless I was sure of the diagnosis first....
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    If you're only having problems when the window is going up, odds are your switch is going bad...same thing happened to me less than a year ago on my 2000 Impala (probably around 70,-75,000 miles). At first it acted like there was a short in the switch, and if you experimented you could find just the right spot where it would still roll back up, which I did for several months...but in September it quit all together (and of course, it was when the window is DOWN, so you're stuck with an open window).

    From what I can tell the switch can't be repaired; a new replacement costs @ $90. When mine quit I was in a bind because I HAD to be at a presentation the next morning, and couldn't leave my car unattended with the window I ended up running to Radio Shack about 8pm and buying a set of small jumper wires...if you remove the 4-window switch from the driver's door you can jump the wires to the corresponding connectors on the passenger door switch next to the bad driver's switch, and get the window least that's what I did...then I removed the switch so I wouldn't accidentally open it again, and bought/installed the new part at lunch the next day.

    It's an easy enough part to remove/replace yourself (actually the night mine quit the only tool I had was a pocket knife with a broken blade, which JUST happened to fit in the screw heads in the armrest to remove the switch!!), so don't pay the dealer to install it by any means.
  • road46road46 Posts: 18
    average life of a battery here in upstate nys is 4 to 5 years....past 5 years you are pushing it. Not only cold but heat kills batteries. 3 very cold days in a row will kill a marginal battery. I know since I spent 5 years working for a auto parts wholesaler and the batteries would fly out by the third day here. Later
  • captcapt Posts: 1
    My 2000 Impala went to the Chevy store for a recall on something about the fuel pressure regulator and coincidentally (maybe) the engine started surging 2 days later, it is usually after it upshifts the last time and more so when it is pulling a grade, usually worse when the engine has not reached operating temp. but it will surge at times fully warmed up with 92 degree outside temp, no check engine light has ever came on with this problem, your help and comments appreciated.
  • So when is GM going to make this car a worthy RWD competitor to the Daimler-Chrysler RWD sedans? (300C and new Charger?) :confuse:
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    No more RWD from GM, I hope. If you like spinning around in the winter get a RWD DC.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I have no problems with RWD in winter here in Arizona.... ;)
  • pluto5pluto5 Posts: 618
    What's winter like in Arizona, 80 degrees instead of 120? :P
  • 2k_impala_ls2k_impala_ls Posts: 311
    Our 2K-LS only had about 17k on it last November when it quit. The positive terminal fell off right in my hand. It had the dreaded leak that eat it away. I have heard of alot of delco leaks. Not sure if it is from over tightening at the factory or a defective battery.
    I als had to remove the battery tray to clean all of the acid up.
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100

    I am just about to ship my 1/2year old, mint condition 2004 Impala cross country. I love this car, I got just what I wanted (and more!). I have anxiety about damage during the shipment, but it's my best (probably only) option.

    They drive pretty fast on those big car-shipping trucks. I need to empty the car completely because the vibrations from the truck going down the road can really move things around violently. Only factory installed items ok, license plates & spoilers have to be firmly fastened (I hope mine are, they're factory installed!).

    I've arranged for someone to meet the car shipper at the other end at a GMC dealer, because I figure they would have a big lot for offloading. A win-win situation, because the sales manager of the dealership starts off with me in a good light, and I get my car offloaded and can get my car serviced near where i"ll live. Smaller town, few dealershps. I just had visions of a manager of a food store in a shopping center coming out and yelling at me to get that big shipping truck out of his lot. :cry:

    Question--should I have the service dept of the new dealership look my car over after the car shipment? The car shipper release I have to sign says the shipper is not responsible to problems in suspension from vibrations (and any other damage, except a truck accident). My insurance tells me they aren't responsible while the car is being shipped--what you get when you buy low-cost insurance, I guess.

    I wish there were another option than using a car shipper, but this is the way I need to go. My spouse already drove one car accross country, and it almost cost the same when you consider the flight back here and the days of hotel and food bills. We don't have a friend to drive it accross country, and our insurance would only cover people named on the insurance policy (yes, if a friend drives you home after a party, the insurance isn't in force if they get into an accident.)

    Thanks! I'll probably be asking later about tips driving in snow. I have never been thru a real fall or winter. :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi - you might want to have a look at our Car Transport Companies discussion. You might find some answers there, but it would be a great place to also post your questions as they are not specific to Impalas.

    Meanwhile we'll see what other Impala owners have to offer on the subject.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    It seems that no one wants to accept any responsibility for the car during shipment. What's up with that?
  • bh628bh628 Posts: 100
    Thanks for the link! I got some good ideas of what to check in the delivery process. Looks like I should note condition on the pickup report and also list mileage. I saw a few referrals, but i got a little anxious--this morning i paid a $200 deposit (credit card) on a pickup. Made the pickup dates WELL over the date i am to leave. So if any delay in pickup, I have 1 1/2 weeks left after the window.

    i did some checking, even on the website. I'm going with A to Z Auto Shipping. I have heard good and bad stories about auto shippers. A friend said his brother's car was parked under a car with an oil leak. when he went to use the wipers, the oil made a big mess. i think it's good that it's being offloaded at a GM dealer, I think I'll have it serviced upon delivery.

    I wonder if I would get better service if I tell A-Z that i'd give a good online review for them? I told A-Z about the bad review to on a competitor at, and they said that it could be a competitor doing the bad review. They trust the bbbonline. The bbb online states that their record began in '96, and i don't see any complaints for A-Z since '03. They may have had complaints, but none posted there.

    All questions to A-Z were fielded to "Barry," who may be a "closer." But he seemed pretty open about answering any questions.

    At some point, you just have to take a leap and decide. Wish me luck! I'm going to TN! :shades:
  • Today by complete surprise while my 01 Impala LS was having its oil changed, I was given a set of keys to the new 06 Impala LT from the salesman who sold me my 01 LS. I was very excited and could'nt wait to see the car and test drive it. It was white, and fully loaded with a sun roof. When I got in the car, all my excitement went out the window. I was very disappointed. The interior looked and felt so cheap. The dash cluster was different from my 01 with the DIC display around the guages, big control knobs for the stereo and climate controls, and the ignition being re-located back to the steering column. The rear view mirror had the Onstar controls on it, but it lacked the auto day/night feature. The outside mirrors on the doors also were a lot smaller then the 2000 - 2005 Impala's. The car appeared to be bigger while sitting behind the wheel, but I noticed that it appeared to have less leg room for rear passengers.
    When I drove it off the lot and onto the main road, it drove and handled great. The 06 has the new 3900 V6 engine. I did notice that the feel to the steering wheel was different too. It didnt have that thick leather feel that my 01 has. The radio/cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel are different too. All radio/CD controls are on the right side, and the cruise controls are on the left. It took a little while to get use to how the controls worked. The volume control has two spearate buttons for hi and low where you push the buttons towards you from the behind the steering wheel without having to take your palms off the wheel. This was different. I didnt like the radio display. All the preset radio stations are displayed continously from left to right in one column. Whatever preset you choose puts a bright box around the station ID. I didnt like this new display. The radio in this car had only AM and one band FM, no XM. The sound wasn't all that great either. I had to boost up the bass level by three notches beyond center, where on my stereo in my 01, my bass setting is set at center. Chevy added a tweeter mounted on the left and right pillars too. This was a great idea, but for some reason I just wan'st impressed on the overall sound of the system. I also noticed that I had to reach a little farther to get to the controls on the radio then what I would do with my own car. This was uncomfortable since I wasn't familar with the controls and my eyes were going off the road trying to learn what knob did what. Of course in time once you become familar with everything, it would take no effort to control all the features.
    Overall I drove the car for about 10 miles at hi way speed and city speed. The car handled great, and at one point, I decided to park the car off road and take a better look at the exterior. What I noticed is that the new 06 Impala resembles a grown up Cobolt & Malibu. Very similar tails and headlamps. The trunk lid at the bottom has this silver chrome plate that goes from the left tail lamp to the right tail lamp. It looks nice, but in time will become scratched and ugly. It has the big gold bow tie center on the trunk lid too. There should be an option where you can have the bow ties removed from the front and back. I never liked them. Well I got back in the car and drove to the dealer where when I drove into the parking lot, I saw my 01. Of coure the 2000 to 2005 Impala's have their own issues, but comparing it to the new 06 makes my 01 LS far more superior. Will I ever buy the new Impala ? I dont think so. I wasn't really happy after getting out of the car.
  • batistabatista Posts: 159
    Having checked you had the 3.5L engine not the 3.9L. It mentions that the LTZ models have the 3.9L and the LT and LS has the 3.5L.
    You give a very thorough description of the sound system but not the engine's performance. Any better than the 3.8L? Smoother?
    A lot of auto critics say that this new Impala has a way better interior with tighter fitting parts and better quality feel to the materials used. Why do you think the older impalas are better?
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Are you serious, the 06 interior was "cheap" and the 01 is "far superior"?

    I have driven many a 01-05 Impala and I can't see how you can say this. The new Impala interior is superior in every way and is not "cheap" by any stretch of the imagination. The reason I did not buy an Impala in the past was the horrible interior.

    Maybe you like the old fashioned look interior, but that is another story.

    As for the car over all, no doubt some features will have changed, but I doubt you will find many people who will agree the old Impala is "far more superior". New cars have more power, better interiors and better driving dynamics.
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