2001 Chevrolet Impala Reviews - Page 3 of 9

2001 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8 gas from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired68900 miles
Most recent distance70400 miles
Previous carChevrolet C10

Summary:

Stings like a beemer, drives like a Cadillac!

Faults:

I bought the car with a clunk in the steering. I took it into my mechanic; he checked out everything he could that could be wrong with it. He said nothing was wrong, and the intermediate steering shaft (ISS) was fine.

Other than that problem, the front rotors need to be turned and or replaced.

After they found nothing wrong with the ISS, I had them replace the coolant.

The previous owner said they just had the intake manifold problem fixed at around 67k miles.

General Comments:

I love this car; it gets great gas mileage.

The interior was a huge mess, so I got some OXY power out, and the whole interior turned out great.

The car is gold, and has tan interior with after market tinted windows. It looks really sleek.

My previous vehicle was an 1987 Chevrolet C-10 pick-up. With that car I got 10mpg in the city and 12mpg freeway. The mileage on this car is awesome; I am averaging 18-20 in the city and 28 freeway.

I really like all the bells and whistles this car has on it, and it has an astronomical amount of space in the car and in the trunk.

My mom likes my car more than her 2001 Honda Accord. This car handles nicely, but it's not a sports car. It does a good job at what it is made to do, gets me from point A to point B.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2007

2001 Chevrolet Impala Standard 3.8L from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired56500 miles
Most recent distance67500 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

3.8L Engine. Big engine... Big problems

Faults:

New transmission needed at 58,000 miles.

Intake gasket replaced at around 60,000 miles.

New motor needed at 67,500 miles.

Headlight cover fogged over and needs replaced.

Air conditioner and heater will only blow on high.

General Comments:

Interior is very comfortable and is great for long distances.

However, too many problems for so few miles. My grandmother owned this car before me (she was 90) and didn't abuse it in anyway (other than maybe not driving very much and driving to slow) and still all these things needed replaced.

Our family has *always* been a GM car family, but this car has me thinking that GM sure isn't what it use to be... very very disappointed.

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

Review Date: 10th July, 2007

2001 Chevrolet Impala LS V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

A total lemon

Faults:

Replaced four electric window regulators between 3700 and 4200 miles.

Replaced automatic transmission at 43000 miles.

Replaced intake gasket at 39000 miles.

Replaced blower motor at 41000 miles.

Replaced cloudy distorted headlamps at 41000 miles.

General Comments:

The car rides very comfortably.

However it is a major lemon in terms of mechanical and electrical failures.

Premature failure of transmission.

Multiple failures of the electric window regulators make this model a very expensive vehicle to upkeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th June, 2007

3rd Jul 2007, 15:23

Hmmm. Sounds familiar. Problems with my 2001 Impala:

Head gaskets done at 37000 miles.

Transmission rebuilt by dealership at 38000 miles.

49000 miles: WE NEED ANOTHER NEW TRANSMISSION!

After the first transmission rebuild, GM customer service offered to pay 50% of the bill (1400$). We are in the process of being negotiated upon for this next rebuild.

I need someone to explain to me how GM can do business like this!

10th Jul 2007, 15:16

Ditto here... Have a 2001 Chevy Impala. At 57,000 miles I needed a new transmission. 60,000 intake manifold gasket replaced... and now at 67,000 miles am told that I need a new engine. This being a 3.8L engine... oh yeah, the power steering fluid leaks in cold weather and the headlight has a leak or something so it's all fogged up. This car makes me mad!!!

6th Mar 2009, 20:51

My 2001 has had a new head gasket, intake gasket, blower motor, transmission leak, catalytic converter stopped up, alternator.. It is a total piece of crap.

2001 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8 V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Would not purchase!

Faults:

Heated seat went out $100

Transmission went out at 74000 miles $3000

Rear speed sensor for traction control $500

Cd player stopped reading cd's, did not fix

Left axle seal $140

Valve cover gaskets $400

Mass air flow sensor $385

Alternator $280

Many more things...

I owned my Impala for a little over a year and in that time the total repairs on the car was about $7500.

General Comments:

Although I had plenty of problems with the car I did enjoy driving it. It got good gas mileage and it was powerful. I got tired of having to bring it in every couple of weeks for problems so I sold it.

I was extremely unhappy with all of the problems that happened.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th April, 2007

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