2001 Chevrolet Impala BASE 3.4L V6 from North America


A piece of junk - don't buy!


1) My intake manifold gasket broke at 70K miles. This has been a problem on GM's V6 engines for YEARS (affected 3.1, 3.4 and 3.8 L) Cost $700. For YEARS GM did NOTHING until around 2002/03.

2) My tranny valve body broke costing me almost $1300.

After the two repairs above, the car now burns 10% more gas which is great with gas being $3.00.

General Comments:

Rides too much like a boat.

Rear seats not comfortable as they're too low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2007

20th Mar 2007, 12:29

GM's V-6's are terrible. They are responsible for giving many of GM's cars an extremely bad reputation, especially in the 80's and 90's. They once made a straight 6 that was good, but all GM V-6's are badly designed.

2001 Chevrolet Impala Standard 3.4L V6 from North America




The 3-wire pigtail that plugs into the passenger lock sensor was bad causing the ignition to lockout for at least 10 minutes, sometimes up to 4 hours. One dealer replaced the passenger lock sensor twice. They could not duplicate the problem in the shop. I finally went to another dealer and they had seen the problem before. Cost me over $1350 total and over 2 years of frustration.

The Intermediate steering shaft felt like it had a slight wobble when turning. It was regreased and then replaced. Finally the technicians said it was not really a problem and to just ignore it.

The intake gasket leaked and had to be replaced.

The radiator cooling fans had to be replaced.

General Comments:

I like the comfortable interior and the exterior body style.

The handling and engine performance is good.

Car feels solid, well built.

Transmission shifts smoothly.

Very good gas mileage. I get about 31mpg on the highway.

Even with all the problems, I still like the way it drives. I plan on keeping it a little longer since the ignition problem is fixed now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2006

6th Apr 2007, 02:29

I had an 01 Impala that I never had a problem out of.

I drove that car to 247,000 miles and never had a problem out of it. I did replace all the bulbs though the second I bout the car at 98,000 miles just to make sure I wouldn't get pulled over.

I also had to replace the factory CD player when it started to skip at about 130,000 miles.

You have a great car don't let her go.

I now drive a 1991 BMW 525i and hope this cars as good.

1st Nov 2008, 18:44

I bought a 2001 Impala in 2002 with 23,000 miles on it.

I love the interior, the ride and the performance; that is when it is running.

I have replaced alternators, brakes like they are going out of style, radio, BCM (Body control module) intake gaskets, and all other normal wear items, and right now it is in my garage tore down to the block, because after I had the car apart a year ago for a intake gasket failing, a Chevrolet techs told me not to worry about head gaskets because they (in their words) NEVER fail. Well they did, and just before that I was having problems with the tranny shifting when it was not suppose to.

I have also had problems with the battery draining for no reason; the Chevrolet and private garages say there is not a draw. Well 4 batteries in a 2 year period tells me otherwise, and I buy all my parts and Chevrolet call me stupid, but I have my beliefs about it.

Like I said, love the design of the car and it is relatively easy to work on. CS Minnesota.

2001 Chevrolet Impala Base V6 from North America


I loved this car!!


When I sold it, the buyer noticed that it had an oil leak. I took it to a mechanic to see if the price we had agreed upon (after we noticed it needed repair) was a fair price - he told me it was a common GM problem. Also, the trunk open light was stuck on for some reason. Other than that, only the regular routine maintenance.

General Comments:

Tons of room, especially in the backseat. My husband's friend was comfortable in the back seat at 6'4".

It handled great for its size. It is a big car, but once I got used to it I could pull it into just about any parking space and turn it on a dime.

It was very reliable, in 5 years I had basically no problems with it. I only sold it because we are moving to Alaska and I want/need a truck, otherwise I'd have driven it another 5 years. I will say that I was so impressed with the Impala that I'll be buying another Chevy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2006