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#121 of 479 50th Anniversary Impala
Oct 26, 2008 (5:24 pm)
I got one that will top you all. We have a 2002 Impala LS that we love; no problems, good mileage; excellent car. In July; whike car shopping, we ran across this Golden Anniversary Impala. Pretty cool car. Only 6000 made. Only comes in two colors: Black ans Red Jewel Tint. Tried it out; liked it and made the deal. Around the 4th of July, Chevy had a deal with 0% financing for 60 months. You can't beat that. The car has the 3500 motor, compared to the 3800 our '02 has. Therefore should get better mileage. WRONG!!! "02 gets 26-27 in town and 32-33 on highway. '08 gets 23 in town and 26 at best on Freeway. That's driving only 68 mph. That should have been my first clue. At 800 miles, the tranny starts this up-down clunking transmission trick. Called the dealer. They came and picked it up at my work. Oh yeah; the AC was cool at it's lowest setting. Out of its first 22 days we owned it, it was in the shop 12 days. I told them that I wasn't picking up that car when it was fixed. I wanted a different car. I filed a claim with Chevrolet; they give me some reference number. Basically after e-mailing the head of Customer Relations. and ED Pepper ( the North American Vice-President); I loose. You cannot beat a large company, even when they turn out a pile of CRAP!!!. So I drive this car which by now I truly dislike; and guess what? I was at a locksmith class out of town, and all of a sudden, I pull into Arby's for a bite to eat, and I can't get the shifter anywhere above Neutral. I shut car off. Turn back on several times while trying to move shifter, and finally it moves. It pulls this trick on me several more times that day. Made an appointment at the Dealer; and they tell me that there are no computer codes designating anything wrong. Also they cannot duplicate either problem. Car now has 3055 miles on it, and I hate it. Chevrolet won't back or help me at all. Every time I get some e-mail or letter, the last question is always: How do you like your 50th Anniversary Impala? I always say that I am extremely disappointed in this car. They could give a crap less. This is the 6th new GM vehicle that we have bought since '77, and it will be our last one. I guess that I should have taken the 4 month wait and gotten the Car I wanted in the first place. The TOYOTA PRIUS. Foreign will be our next vehicle. Harry Jonas, Central Wisconsin.
#122 of 479 Re: 50th Anniversary Impala [jonashs]
Oct 26, 2008 (7:35 pm)
Something is going on with GM. I think they want to put out consistently good vehicles and the engineering is right, but due to their financial woes they cut back on costs where they can --- parts, 3rd party components, warranty work, etc. Plus I think one major problem is they can only focus on putting quality into a few models at a time, right now Malibu, Saturn Aura, Silverardo. I feel you, my wife and other family members have started switching to foreign models after buying GM for years.
#123 of 479 Re: 2004 Impala Transmission [rbrase]
Nov 04, 2008 (7:32 am)
See my post #120.
#124 of 479 Re: 2003 Impala Transmission Problem [rails31]
Nov 04, 2008 (7:35 am)
See my post #120.
#125 of 479 Re: Transmission Problem [cuff]
Nov 04, 2008 (7:50 am)
I have a 2007 Impala and have been experiencing the same transmission problems as most of you. My car about three times a month slips when taking off at light, sometimes catching me by surprise ---strong jerk, once pulling car into next lane.
Who is up to joining me in class action against the 3rd party transmission supplier & perhaps GM?
I buy American products but with this performance I'm not sure how long I can hold out given the economy and the need to get good "lasting" value for hard earned money. Now is the time to demand better of our American companies before the remaining consumers bolt for foreign vehicles!
#126 of 479 2001 Impala Police Package 3.8 V6
Nov 13, 2008 (7:37 pm)
I bought this impala three days ago from the County I live in. Its a retired police cruiser. The transmission was rebuilt in warranty by Chevrolet at 54k. I bought it with 104k for 2000 dollars and it seems to run fine, with no check engine lights or anything. I drove it up to work today on the interstate and it seemed to sound like it was running at a high RPM at around 80-90mph. When I let my foot off the gas it didnt slow down super fast like I would think it would do in third gear... but still it sounds like the engine is working harder than most other cars would. Any suggestions.... and would the check engine light come on in this car if there were a tranny/overdrive problem??? Also, I did shift it from D down to three a few times, but only once I got to the city, and I never could tell a difference or a changing of gears, unlessI let off the gas completely. Then there was some definite tranny movement. I am getting around 17-18mpg and I am told for an Impala this isnt that great. Is mileage worse maybe on a POLICE Impala? I drove home later that morning and it did the same thing on the interstate, however when I got back into town and shifted it from D down to 3 there was a definite downshift or transmission movement of some sort again, although slight at around 50MPH. I took it to Nash Chevrolet and they checked for codes and said all was well code wise... why would it do this on the interstate but not in-city? Is it a police package thing for more power? I think the crappy mileage may be to all the extra 9C1 gears weight (seperate coolers for EVERYTHING). Tell me what you guys think!
#127 of 479 Re: 2001 Impala Police Package 3.8 V6 [toyoman1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 13, 2008 (9:37 pm)
Well you might have a lower rear end ratio in that package, for more power, thus higher rpm, worse gas mileage.
Also at 90 mph you aren't going to get good gas mileage anyway, so forget that.
#128 of 479 Re: 2001 Impala Police Package 3.8 V6 [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 14, 2008 (11:31 pm)
I was told by Chevy Dealer that the Police Impala had the same gearing in the Transmission that the Pontiac Grand Prix gets, which is Higher than the standard Impala. Don't know if this helps but the gearing ratios out to
Final drive ratio:
Overall drive ratio:
Still... 17MPG... that sucks, I am pretty convinced I bought a car w/ no Overdrive.
#129 of 479 2001 Chevy Impala transmission whine 4th gear
Nov 29, 2008 (9:06 pm)
I recently bought a used 2001 Chevy Impala & its a nice car for the price.
The only issue is that when it's good and warmed up, the automatic transmission makes a low whining sound when its in 4th gear. If I downshift manually to 3rd the whine goes away. If I shift back to D, it starts whining again as soon as it upshifts into 4th.
It does not slip or seem to misbehave in any way, but I'm afraid to take it on long trips for fear that it's going to go out on me, and I'll be stuck with a 3 speed.
Any ideas? Or should I just drive it until something happens?
Thanks, B Dear
#130 of 479 Re: Transmission Problem [level]
Dec 02, 2008 (3:53 pm)
i have an 04 impala and both ours cars have the same problem,sometimes it jerks a little and sometime it wont sometimes it slip just a little and then it'll be awhile before it happens again,i took it to a trans shop they told me i have an internal trans problem it they would charge me 400.00 to tear it down to see what the problem was i was like no way,that wasnt including the labor and repair.i'm all for a recall my car gets routine oil change and tune up.i'm in on a class action.now i feel better it wasn't just my impala..i like my car dont get me wrong and really dont wanna let it go,but gm is starting to make me wonder.