2001 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

2001 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4L V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.4L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles

Summary:

The definition of mediocre - not a lemon, but not good

Faults:

Cooling system issues.

Head gasket.

Suspension/steering issues.

Lots of little electrical systems (alternator, switches going bad, etc).

General Comments:

Drives fantastic on highway. Roomy and comfortable on long trips.

Decent city driver, a bit clunky on maneuvering (e.g. parallel parking).

Never had transmission issues, one of the few systems that worked well. Lots of ongoing problems with many other systems (cooling and suspension particularly), resulting in big bills about every six months.

On the plus side, it's still running nearing 180K (after recently sinking in about $1200 again).

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

Review Date: 12th January, 2013

2001 Chevrolet Impala 9C1 Police Package 3.8L V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired281000 kilometres
Most recent distance319000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Very strong, but a bland package

Faults:

Headlight clip missing, which left the passenger side light assembly free to swivel around.

Head gaskets at 311,000 km.

Rotors and pads at 6-7,000 km.

Trunk misaligned.

Anti-theft system constantly thinks I'm trying to steal my own car. Immobilizer has been supposedly repaired/replaced already, and this is still happening.

Fuel warning on when tank is still half full.

Horn sometimes does not sound, takes a bit of effort to find "sweet spot."

General Comments:

Picked up the vehicle as-is for a simple repair project/beater. Heard good things about the police spec Impala, and it seemed cheap.

The best part of this car is its performance. No complaints from the 3.8L V6 besides the expected poor fuel economy. Suspension is firmer, and the brakes are strong. All these parts were upgraded for the 9C1 and 9C3 Impalas.

Holes were drilled for the antennas, and a few are starting to leak. You can still see the police markings on the taillights, holes are drilled all over the dashboard to mount a variety of removed equipment, and there was a random wooden board screwed into the trunk floor when I bought the car. There is a gap between the rear seat cushion and rear seat backrest to allow more space for cuffed hands, presumably. Also, the front bench seats were replaced by a now-removed center console and bucket seats. You really have to remember this car was used by the police, and at one point, all the holes and missing items were useful.

Electrical problems consistently haunt this car, especially the immobilizer. At least three times, the car has mistaken my key for I-don't-know-what and refused to start the engine. Every time, it's away from home, and has to be towed. Head gaskets gave out once, but damage was not nearly as bad as I thought, and seemed to be a wear issue. Mechanically, this car has held up higher than my prior expectations (though that's not saying much, it still is higher maintenance than my Volvo).

The interior is spacious and rather comfortable, if not depressing. The mild blue plastic that made up the entire interior (dashboard, door cards, pillar covers, liners, carpet, etc) really didn't help. The (blue) vinyl seats get ridiculously hot in any amount of sunlight. The trunk is accessible and spacious, and also thankfully not depression-blue. But you don't get to see that while driving, unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, everything is well laid out and easy to use, but the colour is just overwhelming and horrible. Too bad re-upholstery costs so much.

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

Review Date: 3rd January, 2011

2001 Chevrolet Impala from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Nice affordable car

Faults:

Transmission died.

General Comments:

Nothing really went wrong with the car, until one day the transmission didn't like switching gears or going faster than 55. I traded it in for a newer car, before getting it inspected...

Big car, but has some speed and style to it. Mine had the Bose stereo system and an engine block heater; nice add ons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2010

2001 Chevrolet Impala LS V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

Great ride and comfort

Faults:

The car's engine blew around 65,000 miles for no apparent reason, and the warranty had run out. Replaced the engine with the same engine from a 2001 Impala that had around 80,000 miles on it. It blew within 1200 miles of having it in. Replaced it with a 50,000 mile engine from a 2001 Impala and it blew 25,000 miles later.

Replaced it with another 50,000 mile engine, and all gaskets & parts were replaced, but it blew after 25,000 miles. Was about to sell the car when that engine blew after 20,000 miles. Replaced and got rid of it.

Everything else on the car worked great. No one knows why the engine kept blowing, except to say that it had a faulty plastic gasket on it that would allow anti-freeze to enter into the engine. The 3800 series engine was suppose to be one of the reliable engines. What happened to the 2001 engines?

General Comments:

Car rode really well. I would still have it, but I'm tired of having to pay that much for engines that should have lasted a couple hundred miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2009

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 29 reviews