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#85 of 451 2003 Impala Trouble
Dec 24, 2007 (3:42 am)
My mother in law owns a Chevy Impala that has 63000 miles on it. Recently it had to be serviced again and she comes to find out that the laminant on the transmision housing is coming loose and she needs to replace the transmision. She has had the car since it was new and doesn't drive crazy. I come to find out that since she has had the car she already put about $3000.00 into repairs for various things, trunck locks 3 times, door locks twice and 3 times for brakes.
Is anyone else having these kind of problems since the mechanic said to her that the transmision problem is comon for this car?
#86 of 451 Re: 2003 Impala Trouble [jdcv12]
Dec 24, 2007 (6:30 am)
There have been a few posts on here regarding transmission issues but considering the amount of these cars on the road, I wouldn't call it common. My question would be do you trust this mechanic. Unfortunately, anyone who visits a service department without enough knowledge to inquire about the repairs being suggested are sometimes taken advantage of, women more so then men.
That stated, I've never heard of "laminant" coming loose. I called my nephew who works on transmissions for a living and he has no idea what that could be. If you could verify the diagnosis, that would be helpful.
Do you know if she has had regular maintenance performed on her car? The transmission is recommended to be flushed at 40K if the car is under heavy service (in her case, maybe lots of hills or heavy loads) or stop and go traffic in temperatures that regularly exceed 90 degrees. However, even if she does fall into the heavy service category, skipping that service wouldn't guarantee a problem would crop up.
Depending on what that diagnosis was, it sounds a little fishy. She might want to consider a different shop for her service but write back with a confirmation of the problem and we'll go from there.
#87 of 451 HELP TRANS ISSUE
Dec 30, 2007 (9:10 pm)
hey everybody i'm sorta new to this but i own a 2002 chevy impala base wit the 3.4v6 and Friday morning on my way to work i had sudden brake fail and there was a sudden traffic jam so i hit the brakes and the car barley slows i keep mashing the brakes and when i got slowed down to below 5mph the brakes stopped all the way so to avoid a wreck i threw it in parked an steered the car off the road and it skidded for a few secs and it stopped i killed the motor wait about 10 mins an got my self together and drove off no biggie got to work cars fine when i clocked out at 6pm i put the car in Reverse and it wait an jerked very hard an went in reverse put it in Drive Drove off no problem got home parked went to work this morning the car didn't move when i put it in Reverse so i put it in [N] pushed it back put it in [D] drove off wit the motor getting loud trying to get rolling finally it kicked very hard and drove off no problem got with few feet of my turn to pull into the employee parking the car is basically no power to the wheels its dead so i pushed it in the parked let it sit left today got about mile stopped for a red light car didn't move had to call a wrecker any one els had this problem or have any ideas Thanks
#88 of 451 Re: MORE transmission issues [cjegger]
Feb 25, 2008 (8:31 pm)
I have a 2007 Impala LTZ and I had the transmission repaired recently under warranty. It was slipping at take off going in 1st. Something is not quite right all these transmission failures. Some how I missed the problems when researching before I bought. I like GM/Chevy and I am trying to give them every benefit; if it goes out again after the 100k warranty expires my family and I will be gone for good.
#89 of 451 Re: MORE transmission issues [level]
Feb 29, 2008 (7:29 pm)
Well in defense of general motors..the unit in the car is actually a very good unit. Sorry you had problems with yours...but anything man made can and will break. If you do have a problem before a 100 thousand again...then cards are stacked against ya...you have crappy luck..lol!
#90 of 451 Transmission
Mar 05, 2008 (12:36 pm)
My husband bought me a 2003 Impala LS, about 2 months later the dealer had to replace the under carriage & that was only the beginning. I love this car but it has been to the dealer a lot, and it 's been well maintained. Just recently we had to replace the transmission after the dealer had serviced & said it was fine even when I told him something was wrong. I know the way my car drives & it's not right, they said there's no codes coming up we can't do anything! It was shifting hard. Cost us 1500.00. And I think I'm still going to have to take it back. We also had to replace the drive shaft ,so you want to talk about crappy luck ?? Or should I say still think it's crappy luck?? Plus I have a big stack of even more service receipts.
#91 of 451 Transmission as smooth as glass!
Mar 05, 2008 (10:56 pm)
I just had my '06 SS out for a long spin today and the transmission shifted as smooth as glass. The car is almost two years old now and I have had no transmission problems whatsoever. I think that this 4-speed Hydra-Matic transmissions is one of the world's best in any car.
#92 of 451 Nightmare 2005 impala owner
Mar 15, 2008 (11:46 pm)
Hello all, well I did it I bought a used 2005 Impala and before I could even get it off the lot the dealer had locked the keys in the car and did not think to call onstar to have the doors popped in stead they tried to break in and messed up the door panel, so they had to replace that, They also had to replace the intermedit shaft in the steering because they are not grease able just FYI. So i went back the next day and got my car because they had to get a special code to have a Key made for it, then when I drove it off the lot it started to CLUNK... So I called them and told them about it and they said they would look at it when i brought it back to them to change the shaft and the door panel... ya right I drove it for 4 days and still no better on the trans, so I called them up and said look im not driving this car, so they had a tow company come out with a FLAT BED to pick up my new to me car... the tow company got my car to the dealer, and when they unloaded it they ripped of the front bumper... you problem saying OMG ya so did I when they asked me over the phone if i had hit any thing with my car and i told them no, so they called the Tow company and they confessed it was there driver ... That was replace at the tow company's cost, Oh ya I had a 3 month 3000 mile dealer warenty on this thing.... Thank Goodness... So they get my poor car and they cant get it to do the clunking on the transmission the first day and then they try again and it dose it ... Hell ya im not crazy after all.... lol so now they get it over to the Chevy shop in there line of different dealers, they have like 7 that this one owner has... So after some time and work they decided that it would be cheaper to just replace the whole transmission with a brand new one on them at a cost of 3,289 and a three year 100,000 mile warenty... so I finally got my car back after 5 weeks, but during that time we wanted to take our family vacation so they offered us a rental car at there cost so i took full advantage of it after they had my car for 2 in a half weeks, I made them pay for the first and the last tank of gas in the rental along with fueling up my Impala after they were done with it because it went in with a full tank of gas... It took a long time to get it back because the warenty dept was arguing over replacing the trans, and the Paint shop ordered two wrong bumpers... this was a nightmare... but now she is running fine and thank goodness she is paid for... I don't blame the Dealer because they did take care of us, but I do blame the other owner because she could have been a little more forth coming about the problems she had with the car and the reason she was trading it in... but hay she was getting a new car right so why lower her trade in value... well after she got her new car and all the papers were signed she could have said oh and by the way the transmission slips you might want to have it checked... If you wonder why i had the dealer pay for the gas, they offered and well you see the rental car they got me was the EXACT same CAR she got when she traded off the impala...
#93 of 451 Whining noise on my 06 Impala
Mar 18, 2008 (8:40 am)
Hello! My car makes a whining noise between 80-90Km/h,but only while you have the gas pedal depressed..when you take your foot off,no noise. My car has been at 2 different GM dealers,and they checked wheel bearings,drivetrain,etc...but no codes,no nothing, its just the way it is.(So they say)
My Impala is a 3.5L LT which has 63000km,I bought it when it had 24,000km and it has made that noise(which has not gotten any worse) ever since. If anyone has this problem or has heard about it I would like to thank you in advance for any ideas or suggestions...cause this thursday i gotta spend $700 on my exhaust that is gone on my Impala. Trying to keep the costs down!
#94 of 451 Re: Whining noise on my 06 Impala [mikey101]
Mar 20, 2008 (7:20 pm)
I had a 2000 model that made a noise that varied with the speed of the engine (but not the speed of the car...you could put it neutral and rev it up, and the sound would change, so I knew it wasn't drivetrain related). Anyway, my problem was low power steering fluid, and the noise was the power steering pump. Once I got the fluid topped off, the noise went away. Not sure that's your problem, but if it is it's an easy (and cheap) fix.