2001 Chevrolet Impala Standard 3.8L from North America


3.8L Engine. Big engine... Big problems


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


A total lemon


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.


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


Would not purchase!


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

2001 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L V6 from North America


Like a woman.. Beautiful, but frustrating


Automatic Transmission rebuilt at 65,000kms.

Automatic Transmission replaced at 88,000kms.

Power Steering pump replaced at 70,000kms.

Passenger seat bottom replaced at 40,000kms (after receiving third degree burns from the seat heater)

Indicator stalk replaced at 80,000kms.

Passenger seat belt replaced at 70,000kms.

Clicking noise from steering wheel could not be diagnosed by the dealership (though they agreed it was there). After 7 trips to the dealership they put sound insulation pads/foam in the entire dash to remove the noise.

Ignition switch only likes to start the car when it feels like it. Since the car is now out of warranty I currently cannot afford to replace it.

General Comments:

I love my car, I really do. It's black, it's sexy, and it's just nice to look at in general.

The interior is comfortable, though not very attractive in certain aspects, has all the features and amenities that I want and expect in a car.

I've had non-stop problems with it. The vehicle has been to the dealership for repair more times than all of our previous vehicles combined for the last 30 years.

As much of a lemon as our car is (faulty transmission, electronics, etc), it's been a nice car to own. Our dealership has treated us very well, and provided us a rental car gratis every single time.

Would I buy another Chevrolet again though? Not a chance. I cannot afford the maintenance and upkeep this vehicle requires on a constant basis from mechanical and electrical failures.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th March, 2007