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#1099 of 2014 Re: leak - front floorboard - 2002 chevy impala ls [distantrunner]
Jan 10, 2005 (2:35 pm)
From my experience with the exact same problem I would have to say it is a GM design flaw. Ive been under my dash and had the cold air vents below the wipers opened and cleaned the drain. It drains fine. My 98 Grand Prix has the same problem during hard rains. Its very sad. I have a solution you can try if it is still happening. When I leave my car before shutting it off I turn the control to max a/c then turn the fan off and it does not leak in. The reason is because when the heat/ac runs on any other setting the vent opens to bring in fresh air. When the setting is on max a/c the blower motor shuts out the fresh air vent and re-circulates the air in the car so when it rains hard the water does not backflow from that cold air vent into the floorboard. Its rediculous to have this kind of problem on an automobile that costs thousands but so far this is the only way to prevent this from flooding and you may want to try this.
#1100 of 2014 Re: Impala Pedals & Seat Cushion [nosirrahg]
Jan 10, 2005 (6:46 pm)
I guess it is all relative! With my size 13 EE shoes, it is nice to finally (in my 05 Impala LS) be able to reach the gas pedal without having to worry about catching the brake pedal at the same time!
#1101 of 2014 Re: Impala Pedals & Seat Cushion [bh628]
Jan 11, 2005 (6:17 pm)
Thank you for your suggestions. While we don't have the store you mentioned, I've found a man who does restore/modify auto seats and he has good references. He's willing to remove the center part of the seat and replace the foam with something more to my liking. His estimate was $90 -$120.
I haven't scheduled anything since my wife is now driving the Impala with her own seat cushion invention. We'll see how long that lasts before she wants our Vibe back.
I've talked to a couple of dealers about trades, but we would just be pounded by doing something now. I will have the seat re-done before giving up.
I checked again with my dealer about adjusting the throttle/gas pedal so that I could rest my foot on it when up to a relatively steady speed. They again said that is controlled by the computer and there is nothing they can do. I understand some Bonneville owners have the same complaint.
It sort of reminds me of the time I had a Pontiac Sunbird and you could not use the visors without hitting the rear view mirror. That's GM for you.
#1102 of 2014 Re: Impala Pedals & Seat Cushion [scheck]
Jan 14, 2005 (1:23 pm)
Regarding the pedals, there are many ways to use them. For me, the placement is great for the way I use them. However, I don't feel comfortable making these suggestions, especially on a permanent web posting, and neither of us posts their email address. Could be questions of liability, who knows? But I am sure you will figure out a different way of using them. Good lucck.
Jan 16, 2005 (10:19 pm)
Help! I've just leased a 2005 Chev Impala Sedan. I love the car, but my rear and drivers side windows get really icy when I drive on the highway. I've been to the dealer once about wind noise and they said they fixed it, but the problem (noise) is still there. Is there anything I can do? Would an auxillary heater work or some special kind of window coating? I live in North Dakota (it was -18F today) and it isn't safe to drive with Window like this.
#1104 of 2014 Re: Further Impala adventures [cudsoccer]
Feb 06, 2005 (10:24 am)
Why did you have to pay if it was a recall???
I refuse to pay.
#1105 of 2014 Re: Impala Pedals & Seat Cushion [arby]
Feb 08, 2005 (8:06 am)
Update. i called my dealer parts dept to price a leather seat. Seems the seats come in numerous pieces, and assembly is required. It's also expensive. The parts guy hooked me up with a guy that does custom interiors for street rods. He was well aware of the problem. He has a new GM pickup that he has had to modify the seat a few times to get comfortable. He told me that in the past couple years GM discontinued making their own seats, and that they buy them from an independent supplier-I think he said Lear Corp. This explains the big difference betwen the seat in my wife's '00 Impala and my '03. Anyhow he put in pads where I wanted more support, and the result is a fabulous improvement. Well worth the $'s. Anyone else with a similar complaint should find someone who can rework these lousy seats.
#1106 of 2014 Temp gauge issue01 LS 3.8 119,000 miles
Feb 08, 2005 (12:09 pm)
My '01 LS with over 119K miles continues to run strong and achieve 26-29 mpg with freeway driving.
During the last round of cold weather here, the temp gauge reading dropped during my morning commute. It dropped completely out of normal range. I checked coolant level and all was fine. On the drive home, the check engine light came on. On-Star ran the codes as I drove, and the code showed a cooling system failure. Not a critical problem (according to them) but should be checked in next few days. The next day the temp gauge was normal. After a few days it malfunctioned again, but I noticed that when the gauge ran too cool that the cooling fans were running continuously. If I disconnected one of the cooling fans, the temp would rise. I checked relays and sensors and possibly had a loose connection on the coolant sensor located on the front of the block. After that I ran the car for awhile and the computer reset itself. No check engine light, and the temp gauge has been normal. It's probably sensor and computer related but I still don't know what caused it for sure. It sounds like this is not an isolated incident. I think it is time to start filing complaints with NHSTA http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ . The only thing that seems to get GM's attention is numbers.
Other than that the car is great. The warped brake rotor problem is common with many new cars. Switch to heavy duty service types for the Imp and you should have no more worries about warped rotors..
#1107 of 2014 Re: Temp gauge issue01 LS 3.8 119,000 miles [txguy]
Feb 08, 2005 (12:36 pm)
Just went thru same thing with my '01LS with 105k, turned out to need a new thermostat.
#1108 of 2014 Re: Temp gauge issue01 LS 3.8 119,000 miles [etcarroll]
Feb 08, 2005 (5:12 pm)
Interesting. I wonder why mine fixed itself without me replacing anything?