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#903 of 2014 Re: 2004 Impala Problems? [tschux #816]
May 22, 2004 (6:12 am)
OK, I talked with my local Chevy dealer mechanic about the 2004 Impala problem fixes. The manifold problem that existed in the 2000-2002 years are fixed for 2004. The steering column problem is not fixed, my mechanic said that the chances of new cars having a problem are 50/50 (that didn't sound good!), but if it did have a problem they would just pack it full of grease, and the problem would be gone. I will be taking my car in at 30,000 miles to have this done while it is still under warranty. As far as the rotors go, I never really got a straight answer because it depended too much on driving conditions. So, I feel pretty good about what's been done, the manifold was my main concern.
#904 of 2014 Replacing stereo with aftermarket unit....
May 22, 2004 (7:22 am)
I've been contemplating changing my cd/cassette player in my 200 Impala due to problems with the cd when it gets hot(looking a a tasty JVC)....does anyone know if I buy an aftermarket radio how will I reset the low oil/change oil lights etc. that I now reset using the radio controls?
#905 of 2014 No Power Steering at Low Speed
May 27, 2004 (4:46 pm)
On a 2000 Impala when operating at low speeds, as in parallel parking, the car drives as though it does not have power steering. The car has 65k, likely the original serpentine belt, (I bought it used at 50k), which looks OK. I have topped off the power steering fluid at least once, but it is not empty, and the steering is fine at anything over parallel parking speed. Can someone tell me the progression of things to look at?
#906 of 2014 Transmission Problem
May 27, 2004 (5:18 pm)
I just stumbled across this site...wow, what a great place! I have a 2001 Impala LS and it left me on the side of the road Monday morning. It started making a terribe grinding noise and by the time I had pulled over, it would not move in drive or reverse. I called my Onstar and had it towed to the dealer where I purchased the car. 2 hours later they call me and tell me I need a new transmission! Can you believe that! They said there were metal shavings in the transmission fluid. Of course, the warranty has run out already and I am up the creek! $2600.00 to replace it with a "Certa remanufactured" trans. I am so sick!!! How could this happen at 3 years old? I am a single girl and I dont understand all the gobbley gook there are telling me. All I know is this doesnt seem right! I had a problem simular about a year into owning the car, I took it in but it was documented as "brake shudder". These are not my words but theirs. I just dont know if I have any recourse or not. The service manager seems to have an attitude about the whole situation. It is still sitting at the dealer and I am driving a friends bombmobile. I want my Impala back!!! Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me?
#907 of 2014 Call GM's Customer Service...
May 28, 2004 (5:29 am)
Explain what happened with the transmission, and ask them if there are any service bulletins for it or any way it might have been defective to die so quickly.
I have a 2000 Impala with approx 95,000 miles on it, I drive it like a maniac sometimes but knock on wood the transmission never hiccuped in the least. Your tranny should not have died at such a low mileage. Make some noise with the salesperson who sold it to you and they usually can push in your favor with the service department a little. Or at least get the service people to listen to you.
At worst, call GM Customer Service, and complain. Maybe it will get them to reimburse half the cost.
#908 of 2014 HVAC bulbs - some answers
May 29, 2004 (5:00 am)
I also had a light go out in the HVAC controls. It wasn't just one, but two.
Being fairly fearless I took the dash cover off and then removed the HVAC controls; I also disconnected all of the wire harnesses and hoses to it.
Upon inspection I saw that the lights inside were actually LED's. There is no way to replace them directly as they are soldered onto the circuit board inside of the controls.
The main reason I made the effort to get the controls out was that on my base 2000 Impala the fan motor switch no longer works at setting #1. A few pages back someone mentioned that they had the same problem with the fan motor switch and that a resistor was the problem. He had had the dealer replace it and now the blower motor worked on all settings (1-5). However with the LED's burnt out I might just replace the whole unit. I've found them for as cheap as $119.00 US dollars.
#909 of 2014 Bad brake system
May 29, 2004 (5:33 am)
Hi, I own a 2001 impala. Everything is great except a problem with the brake system. I need to have the rotors turned down about every 3-4 months. I have been to the dealer many times on this and called, emailed corporate with no help. The car has 40,000 miles now and I have turned the rotors down 6 times. Replaced them once. Help! Anyone else with this problem or any suggestions? This is getting VERY old. Thanks! Wendy
May 29, 2004 (5:54 pm)
Same here Wendy. I've had several Impalas, all with the same issue. I believe allot of it has to do with the person using the air gun when putting the tires back on. They should do this by hand, so that the 100 lb torque is not exceeded, however that would mean that they'd actually have to do something manually.
#911 of 2014 Transmission trouble : Isabella
Jun 03, 2004 (3:31 pm)
...Did you purchase this Impala brand new.....or was it used.....
I would get a second and third opinion before spending that kind of money....A problem as you described because of metal shavings, transmission would have started giving you minor problems first before giving up all together as it did....I am sure it is transmission related but could be something that would not require the transmission being replaced.....do some leg work and get other certified transmission shops to check it out.....it just might save you $1,000 or so....