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#1114 of 2014 Theft Deterrent Systems
Feb 13, 2005 (10:11 pm)
I just purchased my 2003 Chevy Impala LS, and I've been loving it. The one question I have is in regards to the factory theft deterrent system. I know this car has it installed in it... The blinking light on the radio, and the Carfax stated it was present at the time of the second inspection. However, when I go into the car setup, I am not given the option to change the Alarm setting. It's not present on the menu. I can change all the other settings but not the alarm setting.
Could this be because the previous owner had the theft deterrent system installed after he purchased the car? If so, how can I make sure it's functional? Is there a way to set it off by accident?
#1115 of 2014 theft deterrent/nixd=ed
Feb 14, 2005 (11:26 am)
lock your doors with the key pad....then unlock your trunk with the key on your key pad....the alarm should activate with the horn beeping ..then push the horn button on the key pad to deactivate the alarm...if this doesn't work then you system is not functioning...
#1116 of 2014 Re: theft deterrent/nixd=ed [charts2]
Feb 14, 2005 (5:32 pm)
Thanks for the reply. After locking the doors with the keypad, I checked to see if the light was blinking on the radio. I tried opening the trunk with the key to the car, but no alarm. If I press the alarm button on the keypad, it will simulate the alarm for up to two minutes, but I've yet to be able to make it go off any other way.
I looked on my insurance slip, and they gave me a small discount for having an "anti theft device on the car". If it's not the factory theft alarm, then I wonder what it is they are referring too. I'm going to give the dealer a call tomorrow so he could shed some light on this. Maybe it's there, but not active like you said.
#1117 of 2014 Re: theft deterrent/nixd=ed [nixd=ed]
Feb 14, 2005 (8:08 pm)
Well when I bought my impala ls new in 2002 the alarm was partially programed,it would chirp when pushed but I could STILL OPEN the trunk with a key without the alarm sounding,so as far as that being a test factor I wouldn't rely on it,the other thing is some gm's don't chirp you have to go into the radio or rds system in the radio by holding a series of buttons and making a series of selections on the types of chirps you want your car to make,the best thing to do is get out your owners manual and go step by step to get it to do what you want it to also there is a site that gm has with the owners manual in pdf if you for some reason no longer have a owners manual http://www.chevrolet.com/mychevy/ well good luck and I hope I shed some light to the situation. P.S. I think it may not be listed as alarm it could be listed under other things (long chirp,short chirp) you'll just have to look in the book and research it
#1118 of 2014 Re: theft deterrent/nixd=ed [chrisis30]
Feb 15, 2005 (10:55 am)
You could try testing the alarm by having the trunk lid down but not latched, and setting the alarm with the keyfob, and then opening the trunk - that should set the alarm off. On the 2000 models (which is what I've got), the trunk would barely open when you pressed the button - there's been a couple of times when I've pushed the dash button for the trunk to open, and gotten out and automatically locked the doors with the keyfob, then reached over to open the trunk and set off the alarm.
Or maybe try rolling down a window, then locking the doors with the keyfob from the outside, and then reach in and unlock/open the door; that'll usually set it off too.
#1119 of 2014 Re: Impala Pedals & Seat Cushion [bh628]
Feb 15, 2005 (11:24 am)
I'm thinking of buying a new car, Impala 2001 V6 Power, 55,000 miles. After reading all the messages from this website I'm not to sure. What really worries me is that I can't reach the pedals good, to where I feel comfortable. I've already tried adjusting the seats but it doesn't work. Does anyone have a suggestion or any advice, Should I really buy the car???
Somebody please give me some advice....
#1120 of 2014 RE: Theft Deterrent Systems
Feb 15, 2005 (4:03 pm)
I think youd better reread your manual. Im not sure what you mean by "changing the alarm setting"
THeres the "passlock, VTD" TDS and the "content" TDS.
I believe all of the cars come with the passlock and its suppose to keep the car from being stolen along with someone stealing your radio and trying to use it in another vehicle. The passlock is suppose to disable the engine and NO alarm is sounded.
the "content" TDS is an option and it works like your typical alarm if someone breaks into your car.
hope this helps.
#1121 of 2014 RE:Re: Impala Pedals & Seat Cushion [bh628]
Feb 15, 2005 (4:09 pm)
Is there a reason why you want the Impala?
Have you tried the MAXX? its suppose to have adjustable pedals on the upper trim version.
If you are height challenged? (PC), i would try alot of other vehicles and check specifically for your requirements. EIther go to one of the rentals that have a selling lot, or maybe a used car lot. I detest dealers, and ive found that the Car rentals/sellers are more likely to leave you alone.
#1122 of 2014 Re: Fuel Gauge Problem [hchu1]
Feb 16, 2005 (9:25 am)
I have the same problem with my 2000 Impala LS. But after 196,000 miles of faithful service, I am not surprised. The problem is the fuel level sensor cost about $200.00.
It has also just started having transmission problems sliding between 3rd and 4th gears at 45-50 mph. It is currently being rebuilt by AAMCO for $2,500. I've been driving a KIA rental for 5 days and can't wait to get back behind the power of my 3.8 V6 engine!
I'll drive my Impala till the wheels fall off!
#1123 of 2014 Re: Fuel Gauge Problem [luvmyimpala]
Feb 16, 2005 (9:35 am)
Is the fuel level sensor something easily replaced by the shade-tree mechanic, or is this an "in the tank" complicated thing best left to a trained professional?