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#72 of 477 2004 Impala
Nov 27, 2007 (9:31 pm)
I have 04 impala. Bought it used in 05 with 19k. When I bought the car I noticed front end vibration right away and was told by GM dealer it was wheel balancing. Well after 3 set of tires 4 complete sets of front brakes and about 15 wheel balancings my car shakes so hard at 50-65 that the dash is actually rattling. I now have 155k on the car and would like to lite it on fire some days because the vibration is so annoying. I have read all the posts related to the impala and have expierineced almost all of the problems except the catalytic converter being pluged. Currently I have the transmission problem where it will not shift. The problem comes and goes. Today the check engine lite came on for the first time since Ive owned the car. I stopped in at a small garage that I knew had a good obd II scan tool. Finally a code!! PO751B "shift solenoid A - performance or stuck off". This problem I am told is caused by debri built up in the solenoid which causes it to get stuck. The new solenoids sold by GM now have a built in screen which does not allow debirs into the solenoid. I am also told this is a big job and could cost up to $1000 depending on who you bring it to. After reading all of the posts here relating to the Impala and having done business with rock auto in the past I am going to attempt to change these solenoid packs myself. And when I say packs I mean once I get that cover off I am going to change everything in there that is replaceable. If when this repair is complete and the vibration issue and shifting issue is fixed I am going to consult and attorney. It seems to me GM has known all along about this problem and just refuses to take car of their customers. Also the several dealerships that I brought the car to for diagnosis including the Chevrolet dealer I bought the car from has given me the run around now for 2 years and I am Pissed to say the least. If a class action suit has been filed will someone let me know.
#73 of 477 MORE transmission issues
Nov 28, 2007 (6:54 am)
Got the "new" transmission in my '03 Impala, (bought new 4-03), 62,000 miles less than 2 weeks ago....guess what? BACK at dealer for SAME transmission issues, in addition to new issue with slippage going into first.....PLEASE someone tell me there is a class action lawsuit!
#74 of 477 Pressure Solenoid
Nov 29, 2007 (7:07 am)
Has any been successful in getting money back from GM with regards to the pressure solenoid issue? Iíve had this issue twice now, once while it was still under extended warranty back in 2002, and the second time just this weekend. Realistically, if they have not been able to engineer a better replacement part, why the heck should we have to pay to get this fixed over and over again?
#75 of 477 Another Impala transmission failure
Dec 05, 2007 (8:07 pm)
Last week I was driving home from work in my 2000 Impala LS (123,000 miles) when I noticed a loud whining noise, then transmission started to slip. I limped it another 15 miles to the dealer I bought the car from back in 2000. The next day they called with the bad news. Quoted me $2,500 to $3,000 to replace the trans.
Since the car would only be worth that much as a trade in operating condition, I passed. The service manager said they might take it as a trade in its current condition. Again I passed...not interested in buying another Chevy. A local shade-tree mechanic quoted me $1,200 to $1,500 to put in a used trans. I ended up selling it as-is for $1,200 to a guy who had a totalled Grand Prix with a trans that would fit my Impala.
The transmission always seemed to have problems in cold weather. It tended to clunk from one gear to another and occasionally would whine.
The longer I owned that car the less I liked it. After 20 years of buying Chevies (usually pick-ups), I won't buy another. This morning I bought a '08 VW Jetta.
#76 of 477 Re: Another Impala transmission failure [corky86]
Dec 05, 2007 (8:40 pm)
I've heard some horror stories about VW service...both in terms of number of problems, and with poor dealer response. Admittedly I haven't researched specific VW vehicles to know if the Jetta is more/less prone to problems, but if you were unhappy with the Impala after 8 years, I'd be willing to bet you'll tire of the Jetta's problems sooner.
#77 of 477 Re: Another Impala transmission failure [nosirrahg]
Dec 06, 2007 (5:28 pm)
Guess we'll find out. The car has a lot of nice features and they seem to hold their value better than a Chevy.
I have to say, I really love the Chevy dealership in my town. The service has always been top-notch and their prices have always been best in our area. Wish they sold something other than Chevy!
#78 of 477 Re: Another Impala transmission failure [corky86]
Dec 07, 2007 (6:22 am)
I had the GTI on my list of new car options briefly, but never really seriously considered it (primarily more on cost than anything else). But I have a co-worker who had a '99 Passat, and he said the dealer in this area was notoriously difficult to deal with. And since there's only one for probably 150 miles in any direction (and it's probably 15 miles from where I live), I never really gave it serious consideration. I remember test driving a GTI back in '84, and really wanted one then. Maybe the GTI will be my midlife crisis car in 10 years!
#79 of 477 Re: Pressure Solenoid [freebsd]
Dec 07, 2007 (6:30 am)
As stated in my previous posts, had to get new trans in '03 Impala w/62,000...then less than 2 wks later, same issues started (shifting hard) in addition to slippage. Dealer kept it a week....said the computer kept "resetting the code" and they knew there was a problem but couldn't pinpoint it so they replaced all the parts (in the NEW transmission) that it could be, one of which was the solenoid. SO frustrating.....NEVER, NEVER, NEVER buying another GM vehicle! Just make a decent, reliable product....shouldn't be THAT hard to do!
#80 of 477 Re: Another Impala transmission failure [nosirrahg]
Dec 07, 2007 (7:08 pm)
Greg, I bought a GTI in Jan 1983 after reading about the European version for years. I can honestly say that the only car I have enjoyed as much was my '56 BelAir. The GTI was incredibly responsive--engine and handling. I would still have it, but it got pretty severely beat up in a west Texas hail storm in '95. I continued driving it for a couple years, but didn't have the heart or the cash to invest in the body work. However, it had more than what I considered "normal" maintenance; it was constantly chewing up CV boots, and the fuel injection system had some peculiarities as the miles accumulated. I also had some ignition system and electrical system problems; relatively easy for dealership to diagnose, but expensive to fix. Having said all that---the performance and handling made it ALL worthwhile. The '56 had a 300hp 327--and the GTI was every bit as exciting.
#81 of 477 Re: Another Impala transmission failure [cnw]
Dec 08, 2007 (8:30 pm)
I always put off test driving a GTI this time around, probably because I knew if I did drive one nothing else would compare and I'd be smitten. Still regret not getting one in '84 when I had the chance; ended up getting bland (though reliable) Buick Skyhawk instead.
As for my Impala (just to keep things on topic), other than replacing a pressure solenoid at one point early on, and having the fluid replaced, I haven't had any trouble out of mine. I'm at 114k miles now, and just bought a new vehicle, so I should sell it...thought I posted an ad in the local paper via their website, but it hasn't shown up in print yet. I have a daughter that turns 15 next month though, so I'm seriously contemplating keeping it around for her to drive when she turns 16.