23rd Jul 2007, 01:35

July 23,2007 1:35 A.M.

I have recently purchased a 2000 Impala and have had it about 3 days now. I noticed a light that continued to stay on even after I drove several miles. Reading the manual I found out that its the airbag censor light. It says that in some cases the airbag won't deploy on impact from a wreck or would just deploy with no just cause. Being a single mom with two small children I worry more now then, I did with the old clunker I had.. Anyone know the odds on such event happening? Or know what a dealership would charge to have it looked at?? weezie_stout@msn.com.

30th Jul 2007, 21:37

I have a 200 Chevy Impala. Currently I am having hesitation problems. Replaced fuel filter and had one of the ignition coils changed. Problem still exist! What to do next!

16th Mar 2008, 22:23

Owner of a 2000 Chevy Impala LS ~95000mi.

My dad owned a 2000 Chevy Impala LS and also had problems with it. His SECURITY light would come on one day and then the next day his car wouldn't start. This happened several times and after replacing the ignition and many other things (he sank about 3K into it) he finally gave up and bought the 2008 Impala edition. So far he hasn't had any problems yet.

About two or three weeks ago I was driving home from work and the Security light came on. Didn't have a problem with it until about three days ago when I went out to start the car. It wouldn't turn on. The key would stay in the on position, windows went up and down, etc, but the engine wouldn't start. However, the SECURITY light stayed on. Woohoo me, right? So I turned of the car and took the key out. Called my dad to see what place I should have it towed to and he told me to get back in the car. Wait 5 minutes. Bounce around in the seat. And try to turn the car on again. I'm be darned if it didn't work. This was what his old car did to him. So I called a dealer and they told me I probably needed a new ignition. (In case you were wondering: new ignition - $191, new keys - $16, labor - $93.) So I am wondering if it is ever worth it to get it fixed? Whenever he took it in, the computer that they hooked up wo his always said nothing was wrong. The problem is that once the security light goes off, they can't find the problem. He even had On-Star do an evaluation while the security light was on. Nothing was wrong they said.

My little sister is having the same problem with her 2000 Impala. She called On-Star to find out why her car wouldn't start and they told her there wasn't a problem. To which she said 'My car won't start, what do you mean there's no problem?!'

I just don't know. I love my Impala (as do my Dad and Sister). I have/had every intention of using until it wouldn't run any more. I even wanted to buy the newest edition when I did have to buy a new car, but now I don't know. What are the odds that three different cars would all have the same problem?

Has anyone else had problems like this? Did you find a solution as to what was wrong? Please let me know. eklinke1983@aol.com.

3rd Mar 2009, 22:29

I bought a 2000 Chevy Impala to drive back and forth to work only (180 miles round trip). This car is a death trap and a piece of junk. I had about 65,000 miles on it when the tranny started to act like it was gonna explode. Overheated constantly. Burned oil like a furnace.

Chevrolet really should fess up to all the major problems with this car. Very upset to say that I probably will never buy another Chevy. Not just because of the poor quality, but also because of the poor service I received. The dealership is a complete joke. Almost a big of joke as the car was.

Thankfully I hit a deer with it and it was totaled. A huge blessing in disguise. BEWARE OF THE CHEVY IMPALA.

20th Aug 2009, 07:25

I just bought a 2000 Impala police edition. I had the car for 4 hours and heard a loud bang come from the underside of the car, along with a strong smell of transmission fluid. My husband looked under the car and the side of the transmission is blown out. It literally exploded. I should have listened to my gut and walked away from this car. I bought it from a private seller so now I am stuck with the repair costs for a car I go to drive once... Also the paint is peeling and I know that is a common GM problem... I will not buy another one..

20th Aug 2009, 20:26

Oh my god! It actually exploded?! Wow, I believe that it happened because it's a GM. I've just never heard of that ever happening before! Sorry that you got stuck with it though, should've bought a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

18th Apr 2010, 20:24

I've been reading all the things on this site, and I can say a lot of you have been very informative.

Since I got mine, 2001, I've realized that it doesn't like to go up hills, seems to shift better if I go fast, and there are metal shavings in my trannie fluid (I'll look out for the 'exploding' issues, but I've had mine for almost 3 years and it's easy to maintain).

I had my blinker system blow out (800 bucks later.. gah) but that's because the rain got into the system, and like a lot of you I'm having that 'security' issue where the car won't start unless I turn the key and hold it down. I'm very curious to WHY it is doing that.

If I need a new battery (since it's 9 years old) I know it's not my keys; I tried all of them, it could be my ignition switch. The dealer I went to only 'refurbed' it (sigh).

I do love this car; it's like driving a mini boat, and the engine has the sweetest little hum. I'd love any help on this if possible, so please reply if you know anything at all!

Thanks a ton!

30th May 2010, 23:25

This person can't be serious. Please find me a 98-02 Accord that still has the STOCK transmission in it. It will be nearly impossible.

I have never heard this happening to any newer GM before.

16th Mar 2012, 09:09

2004 155k miles, gauges went nuts and then quit. Quoted over $500 to replace the cluster and then scan the old mileage to the new one. Found the stepper motors online, replaced them and the gauges work great. NOW the message center won't light up, but I hear the tone when I have low fuel... very annoying.

It eats coolant and oil, but not more than expected from a 8 year old car with over 150k miles.