2001 Chevrolet Impala LS V6 from North America


Great car that I enjoyed owning


Drivers seat heater didn't work when we got it.

At 83,000 miles the dash lights quit working. The running lights are set to be on. I used the light switch to turn the lights off immediately. The head lights work, but the dash lights won't come on at night. I have checked all the fuses and played with the light Isn’t this a safety issue that should be covered by something? How do I find the TSB’s? I could use a little help with this problem if you want to reply here or email me direct at jrs@ardnet.com.

General Comments:

Even with the airbag problem with my previous Impala and dash lights problem with this one, I still like my Impala and will probably get another one when I get rid of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2006

2001 Chevrolet Impala BASE (with some options) 3.4L V6 from North America


Great value!


Nothing really. It has a small coolant leak and it maybe the manifold intake gasket, but for now I've added a stop leak powder into the coolant which may cure it.

That sympton is common the Chevy 3.1 and 3.4 engines.

General Comments:

Comfortable ride. Quiet and VERY roomy! Not a gas hog. Easily can get 28mpg on the highway. A lot of bang for the buck. Prefer the base version to the LS as it sits slightly higher and rides quieter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2006

2001 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4 from North America


Expensive Piece of Junk!!


I purchased my Impala on August 10th, 2005.

August 17th, Mileage: 59,345. Check Engine light came on. There was a problem with the evaporation system and fuel system. Cost $79 to fix.

August 22nd, Mileage: 59,668. I had to return car to shop due a horrible rattling noise on acceleration. Turns out muffler baffles were rotted. $33 for temporary fix, but muffler will need replaced soon.

December 9th, Mileage: 62,799. car taken into shop due to check for a strange clunking noise coming from the front end of the car. Turns out this is a chronic problem for the Impala. No recall from GM. I will have to deal with this problem out of pocket.

February 13th, Mileage: 64,004. car taken to shop for low coolant light. Turns out most of the coolant leaked into the engine. Intake Manifold Gasket had to be replaced. Turns out once again this is common defect on GM vehicles. $595 out of pocket for repairs.

March, my transmission is starting to slip. I don't even want to know what that is going to cost!!!

General Comments:

This is a beautiful car outside, but is junk on the inside. Granted, I bought the car used, but it only had 55,000 miles on it. To have this many problems this frequently is absolutely ridiculous! I have only owned the car for seven months and I have already sank $700 into it! Now my transmission is starting to slip!

Buying the Impala was the biggest mistake I ever made. I will never buy a GM vehicle again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2006

1st May 2006, 17:54

A lot GM FoMoCo and Chrysler Co. front wheel drive cars have transmission problems I have a Chevy and yea I had to replace my transmission except mine was at about 150K miles. I guess the Big Three just have trouble with that. The intake gasket thing I thought GM had that fixed, but I guess not. Before it was the intake itself then they recalled some of them (they were plastic and were replaced with aluminum ones) I'm a GM man through and through, but my next vehicle will be a Nissan, unless I come across a lot of cash and buy a CTS-V, GTO, or Vette. Notice all rear drive with LS2 V8s and cars not trucks.

29th Aug 2006, 13:03

It pays to check out the car's history before you buy it. Use CarFax. Talk to the previous owner. If the dealer won't give you that information, then don't buy the car, no matter how nice it looks.