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#1214 of 2014 Why GM doesn not want to fix known problems
Apr 23, 2005 (5:28 am)
I have a 2001 Impala. I have had the same problems, the ISS, the brakes, the Intake lead. I have had the tach problem but did not do anything, just noisy in the cold weather. What amazes me is that GM knows about these problems and they still manufacture these vehicles with the same parts. I am in the market for a new car, since my 16 year old started driving; so she'll have my 2001 Impala. I really like my Impala. But reading the forum, I my discouraged that after 4 years, the ISS shaft problems has not been addressed. I am sure it's the same for the break problem; undersized rotors. Doesn't it cost more for GM to fix these under warranty than to fix the problem at the assembly line? And what do they expect the consumer do? It really amazes me. And they cry when the sales are down and Honda and Toyota are gaining a bigger share of the market. Today, if you compare Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry with Impala, they are in the same price range. So, why would anyone buy a chevy with known problems when they can buy a Honda that will run forever. I do hope that GM and other US car makers will start producing quality cars before they close the doors on manufacturing US cars. It's sad that they don't care and expect the consumers to buy their cars since they are American made (or should I say North American made since Impala is made in Canada). Just venting my frustration.
#1216 of 2014 Re: Plug-in for Cell Phone [charlottesweb]
Apr 25, 2005 (1:47 pm)
You should check the contacts for continuity and for power. If you have a multi-meter it should be easy. If not, see if you can pry the socket out of the holder and physically check the wires for proper connection. The constant pull/push into the socket can cause wear and tear on the contacts or breakeage. Replacement of the socket should be fairly straight forward if needed. Good luck
#1217 of 2014 Low Oil Level Warning
Apr 26, 2005 (5:33 pm)
About 3 months ago I started getting a Low Oil Level Warning from my 2000 Impala 3.4. Oil level is fine - no leaks anywhere and it doesn't appear to be burning oil. Usually the warning will continue (only at start up) until I change the oil then it goes away for about 2000 miles but comes back until next change. Suggestions?
#1218 of 2014 GM/Fix problems/gooddriver
Apr 27, 2005 (4:07 am)
The ISS problem has been addressed......after several attempts during the past 3 years there is a new part that replaces the original. The brake rotors on the Impala are the same ones used on the Police Impala......no major complaints from them......in fact it beat out the Police Crown Victoria in brake testing for police vehicles......If you have a complaint about your Impala and the service manager has told you there is nothing he can do, and you believe you have a legitimate complaint, ask the service manager the name of the owner of the dealership.......then write a letter to the dealership owner explaining your problem....send a copy to the service manager as well.....if you get your car serviced at the dealership explain that also in your letter......if you have owned previous GM vehicles say that........If you stop at the point you are at now you have no further reason to complain......its up to you to take further action! Thats how things happen! If you check the box at the top right of this page that says search this discussion and type in noisey tach or brake problems check out all the posts copy them and send them in with your letter to the owner of the dealership, informing him that these issues are common.....Good Luck!
#1219 of 2014 Blower and Overhead console problems
Apr 28, 2005 (8:50 am)
I hope anyone out here can help me since the dealer seems to be stabing in the dark about my problem. Here it is: The blower and the overhead console info sometimes works and sometimes does not....sometime it comes on when I start the car and sometimes it comes on later while driving and sometimes it doesn't come on at all.....so far the have replace the blower control ( the panel that houses the buttons etc that control the air, heat etc....now they are talking about maybe it is the body control module (which according to all the msgs I have seen, has nothing to do with my problem). Does anyone out here have a clue what the problem may be? 2000o Impala 73000 miles.
#1220 of 2014 Re: electrical problem? [don102]
Apr 28, 2005 (8:56 am)
Don I just read your msg here and I have the same problem and the dealer can't seem to pinpoint it .....what was the outcome of your problem
#1221 of 2014 Disp button does nothing
Apr 30, 2005 (8:51 am)
I recently had the Low Tire Pressure light come on on my 2002 Impala LS. After checking the tires I looked in the manual to see how to reset the light. I used fix number 1 which was turning the interior lights on and off 3 times. That was after trying to use the settings on the radio. I tried for 15 minutes to get the settings menu to come up by holding the Disp button for 5 seconds or longer with the radio off (as instructed by the owners manual). I never got anything to happen. Any ideas here? I'd really like to have that menu available, but I can't seem to access it.
#1223 of 2014 Checking air pressure of spare tire
Apr 30, 2005 (7:29 pm)
How do you check air pressure of the original spare tire? My new '04 car was purchased end of last November, but made about a year before I purchased it. The tires lost a lot of air pressure.
I have a digital tire pressure guage, and am able to get the tire pressure of the four regular tires ok. To make a good seal for accurate reading, I hold the stem with one hand, and the guage with another. Takes some effort, but I can make it work.
The spare, however, is another matter. The stem is hard to reach, and impossible to hold while checking the air pressure. It's under the metal "cover" of the middle of the tire.
This is the second time I have tried to do check the spare's tire pressure. I think the tire pressure is 45psi, vs the 60psi that it should be. But I could have measured wrong. After trying this last time, I figured I'd give up because I'm afraid I could break the stem.
Anyone have ideas? My next idea is to take it to the dealer, but I'd hate to wait for hours for them to check the tire pressure of my spare. On the other hand, I'd also hate to get a flat and not have enough air in the tire.