2000 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

2000 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired171000 miles
Most recent distance171800 miles

Summary:

What's wrong with it?

Faults:

The car just shuts off while driving down the road.

The dash and gauge lights are on the lightest setting, and will not increase in brightness.

Steering is tight at low speeds.

General Comments:

Nice ride, good power, comfortable, roomy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd April, 2011

3rd Apr 2011, 15:23

Sounds like the alternator to me.

4th Apr 2011, 19:16

I own two Impalas. Both have had problems with the rack and pinion steering gear. On one they have replaced the rack and pinion steering gear unit three times in 30,000 miles. The steering is hard at low speeds and turning in parking lots.

The car is a piece of junk, and is the last GM car I will ever buy.

On my second Impala, they replaced the infamous intermediate steering shaft, and then a lower column bearing on the steering unit. After they fixed these two items, they now say I need a new rack and pinion steering gear on my second Impala too.

A friend of mine is a ASE certified mechanic, and he tells me I should have bought a FORD Crown Victoria instead, because the Impala has a poorly designed steering gear unit that is prone to problems.

There is also a power steering fluid hose that goes from the power steering pump into the rack and pinion steering unit. The hose is prone to have breakage at the connector, and the fluid then leaks out. Later Impala's were recalled for this problem, but GM did not have to recall the 2000 thru 2005 models to fix this defect. Rack and pinion steering gear unit repair and replacement on these cars can run from $1,200.00 to $1,400.00; not a cheap repair.

2000 Chevrolet Impala Base from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

The car is bad and should be avoided, look elsewhere - fast

Faults:

Head gasket blew out, paint on radio worn, fuel gauge not working; ignition worn.

General Comments:

This car is a lemon; 3.4L V6, do NOT buy one, many parts worn out early. It is a cheap piece of junk. The rear end looks cool though. BEWARE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2010

2000 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance194000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Stylishly average

Faults:

It is a decent model car that I will only want to own one time.

I like the look of the 2000-2005 Impalas over the current ones, but in general, I have no interest in owning another one down the road.

I must agree that the biggest reason to have this car is the legendary 3.8 that they stopped making in 2005.

I just did upper and lower intake manifold gaskets myself, which is a common problem and fairly easy to fix, along with new front wheel bearings because they needed replacement.

The ride is a little too stiff and feels more like a unloaded pickup truck on bumpier roads, which is unusual for such a heavy car.

Replaced the radiator at about 125,000 miles, and the A/C needs about 3 cans per year to keep it cool through summer. The A/C is not worth getting it professionally fixed at this point.

Very little rust on the car, which is nice, but the transmission has a jerky feel to it once it reaches overdrive.

Gets around 25 mpg highway regularly.

We also have a 2000 Silverado 1500, and I really think Chevy stopped making vehicles as good as the old ones used to be. I know because that's all I used to drive... old Chevy's that some how didn't have engine knock.

Our 1991 Toyota Camry is the most dependable rust bucket car we've ever had. Sorry. I think it was made in Tennessee though. The Camry is closing in on 250,000 miles with very little mechanical issues except rust. It's just the opposite with Chevy.

Overall, the Impala is an okay car that we will have for awhile yet, but probably not again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th July, 2010

2000 Chevrolet Impala 3.4 litre from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.4 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carCadillac Fleetwood

Summary:

I love my Impala

Faults:

There is a clicking noise from the steering column. The fix is to replace the secondary steering shaft.

General Comments:

The Impala has a great ride and is real quiet inside.

Gets really good gas mileage on the highway.

The trunk is very large.

The stereo sounds great.

It's very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2010

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 39 reviews