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#129 of 477 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 477 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.
#131 of 477 Re: 2001 Chevy Impala transmission whine 4th gear [bdear115]
Dec 04, 2008 (10:20 am)
I'll put it to you like this, I bought a used 2001 Impala that had 30,000 miles on it when I bought it. I replaced the catalytic converter at 45,000, the transmission at 60,000, the power steering at 75,000, upper and lower intake gaskets, at 85,000, another catalytic converter 95,000 and I now have 105,000 miles on it and the HVAC blower is out and for the past few months my windshield wipers decided they would stand straight up when not being used instead of laying down flat. I have to replace the brakes every year, I've replaced the thermostat, and the majority of the rest of the cooling system components. I have put almost as much into it as I have paid for it, and why have I never traded it in? Because there's always something wrong with it and I almost have it paid off now and would rather not take on another payment/problem. So enjoy your car while it runs well, because I would bet it won't be for long.
#132 of 477 2000 Impala LS Transmission
Dec 14, 2008 (9:21 am)
I have a 2000 Impala LS with 96,000 miles on it. Recently I have started to have some problems with my transmission. From a stop, when I give it gas, it's like the transmission won't engage and start moving the car until the engine is running around 2000 RPM. I checked the fluid level and it was a little low (but not to the add mark). I filled it up, but I'm still having the same problem. It only does this in Drive and 3rd. When I have it in 1st or 2nd, it doesn't have any problems.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
#133 of 477 Re: Transmission Problem [mrcorey985]
Dec 21, 2008 (12:49 pm)
my 2003 impala 3.4 v6 automatic also has transmission problem . transmission was service by gm dealer 55000 kilometers/33000 miles (new filter and fluid)
now 75000 kilometers/45000 miles transmission periodically is slow shifting into reverse then engages hard and there seems to be a shift flutter from first to second you mention class action i would like more details before i have transmission inspected/diagnosed/repaired. please reply
Jan 18, 2009 (9:12 am)
i think that this is crap! i have an 06 impala and i only have 36000 miles on it and the second i hit 36800 when my warranty was out, my transmission is now failing. i have always had chevys i have never drove anything but a chevy, and they wont do anything
#135 of 477 Re: 06 impala [kenney55]
Jan 20, 2009 (5:58 pm)
I feel your pain. I have the same problem with my 2006 Impala SS. My first trans went out at 42,000 miles ($4,700) and now at 74,000(80% highway) I am in the same boat. The good news is for me is the second trans I paid for is under warranty. I call GM/Chevy CS line and the first time and they told me they could not help. I will tell you get it fixed and get rid of it. That is what I am going to do. I spoke with a Service manager and he told me they have a lot of problem with the trans in the 2006+ Impala SS. They trans can not handle the power. Don't get me wrong I love the car when it is running, but I am done. I will not buy a GM product due to the way they handle the issue.
#136 of 477 Re: Transmission Slips then Stops [level]
Jan 26, 2009 (9:02 am)
2007 LTZ -
Purchase dealership replaced the original tranny at 12K miles due to first gear slip.
Same initial slip problem became bad again at 49K. Took it to a different local dealership this time around and gm decided to replace the whole tranny again. (warranty is 100K on drive train in 07). Two days later same slipping from a stop. I took the car back and tech drove and recreated the problem. He said that the prior tranny was replaced due to a stripped 4th gear (not even the reason that I took the thing in).
One week later, gm is sending the now 4th tranny to be installed into this car. They tore down the new one (#3) and cannot find what part of the new one is failing. (I don't think it is the transmission, it seems like it must be something else - computer etc., but I am just guessing) Local dealer was supposedly working with gm's technical support to get this resolved. Will see what happens when #4 is installed.
Only other issue is ISS. I paid out of pocket to replace that when tranny #3 went in at 49K. ~$250 dealer did the work.
#137 of 477 Changed Transmission Fluid - now have problems
Apr 13, 2009 (5:40 pm)
I changed my transmission fluid in my 2003 Chevy Impala with only 53,000 and now after 1 week, I am experiencing a hard shift into second and vibrations at around 35 miles an hour. Can someone give me some advice....It was running great. I kick myself for changing the fluid. I went to a Valvoline instant oil change center. They told me it was because the fluid may be low. They added another pint after inspection and it still does the same thing.
#138 of 477 Re: Changed Transmission Fluid - now have problems [mnielsen]
Apr 16, 2009 (8:54 am)
i have an 01 impala 3.4. bought it with 63,000 and now has 181,000. trans. worked fine till i had the it power flused at about 145,000. soon after started intermitant whining and hard shifting. it has done it now for almost 40,000 miles and is seemingly impossible for gm or anyone to diagnose the problem. it also started throwing up a 742 code indicating converter in failure. after 3 converters i let the last one run for nearly 20,000 miles with no drivablilty issues so there is obviously nothing wrong with the converter but in nystate i can't get the thing inspected w the lite on so arghhh. other that that i have had no issues w the car its my second in the family as well