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#254 of 272 Old GM Quality vs. New GM Quality
Nov 08, 2012 (4:42 am)
The bailout does not change a poor design and quality process, GM has a flaw(causes slippage) with these transmissions that typical occur in the 55K-65K region, this is just another problem, also the front door speakers are dead, the remote only works from 10 feet due to receiver being blown out by static electricity, and the brakes are the worse, very undersized. I am shopping the competition today, never buying a GM again, done after 30 years.....previously I owned a 2001 Impala that went through the 6 re-designs of the intake manifold gasket, sad story, sad company, stay away from them.
#255 of 272 Check engine light
Nov 24, 2012 (5:45 am)
I have a 2007 impala ls and recently the check engine light came on, it happened about a month ago and then went off , i tried tightening the gas gap and it seemed to go off shortly after that for a while until I filled up with gas again and after about using a quarter tank the light came back on, was wondering if you had any insight or suggestions.
#256 of 272 Re: Check engine light [bbutler54]
Nov 24, 2012 (6:23 am)
Greets. A couple of ideas for you. first, clean the gasket and filler neck surfaces completely free of the blackish buildup to promote a good seal. If that doesn't work, there is a solenoid in the rear drivers fenderwell behind the filler neck that can be accessed easily by removing the rear tire. This is notorious for failing, and will throw a code, P0440 or P0449 IIRC. On mine, i opted to pull it, shot some WD40 into it, used a 12 volt battery to cycle it several times, reinstalled, and never had another problem with it. Others have just replaced it. Once accessed, it's only held in with one 10 mm bolt. I'd strongly suggest joining an online forum called NAIOA, It is one of the best W-body forums around, of which I am still a member even though my Imp has been gone for a few months now. Great information, and the guys there are very helpful. Good Luck with yours. Peace, John
#257 of 272 Re: Recall on 07's... [gmcustsvcsarah]
Feb 27, 2013 (2:37 pm)
I have a 2006 Chevy Impala SS I bought with with about 75k on it, and it has about 95k to date. I have had a water pump, two batteries, two tire press. sensors, ventilation system servos, broken wire to the tranny lock, and 3 wheel bearings replaced. Add to that, the parking brake won't stay in adjustment, the b-pillars are silvering, consumes a quart+ of oil per change, and the transmission slips.
Compare that to the 1991 Caprice Classic it replaced with over 400k miles on it that still ran great but failed the NOX test by 12 points. I got 175k miles per tranny rebuild, about the same duration from water pumps, it burned 1/2 quart of oil at retirement, was never rebuilt, and still had the original starter.
I think I need to come run your engineering-design quality processes for you.
By the way, the transmission slipping started immediately after getting a tranny flush, and predominately happens in cold weather at low idle speeds (500 rpm range), the bands/clutch grips when the rpms get to about 800, which would indicate to me it's a sticking hydraulic servos (if this car even has them). - JB
#258 of 272 Re: Recall on 07's... [tucson_jim]
Feb 28, 2013 (5:41 am)
We're sorry to hear about all the work you've had to have done on your Impala. Was it all performed with a GM dealership? Let us know if we can look into this further with you!
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#259 of 272 2007 Chevy Impala Transmission failed
Mar 05, 2013 (7:01 pm)
Tonight, while trying to pull out of work, my transmission seemed to go right in the middle of oncoming traffic. I was pushing on the gas but nothing. I would hit the gas, the RPMs would rev, but i could not move. Cutting it way too close for comfort, at the last minute, my car jolted forward. When i finally made it across traffic, I had to pull off the side of road to collect myself. I finally make it home after driving 40 mph with my blinkers on the highway. I ask my boyfriend to check all the normal fluids. Everything checks out good. He tries to move the car, but it wont move in reverse or drive. He then tells me the transmissions shot! Dont get me wrong, I am very thankful i made it home from work in one piece. What i am not thankful is coming home and getting on the computer to see how many other people have had their tranmissions go in their Impalas. I am a single working mother who bought Chevy because my father instilled in me that American made is always the way to go. Even though everyone else told me to buy Toyota or Honda. This was my first brand new car. It has 115,000 miles (of course out of warrany) on it and I am looking at a lot of $$$$ to repair that i dont have. This will be the last Chevy I own. It is sadly disappointing to say.
#260 of 272 Re: 2007 Chevy Impala Transmission failed [mbuter]
Mar 06, 2013 (7:01 am)
We're sorry to hear about this situation with your Impala's transmission, mbuter. If we can check into anything further for you, please contact us at socialmediagm.com with more details (including your name, contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#261 of 272 Re: Couldn't shift out of "Park" [john_gilius]
Jun 09, 2013 (10:39 am)
This happened to me after my friend and I ate dinner. Today I was able to get my hand underneath the console, found the solenoid, pushed it in and voila the car was able to shift out of park. After watching a video on YouTube, I was able to remove the trim around the shifter and was able to see that one of the wires is broken. I am unable to remove the console itself though. According to the video if you remove the tray in the compartment bin there should be 4 screws in the bottom. There are no screws in the bottom of my compartment bin. If there are, they are hidden underneath. Anyway, if I can get this center console removed, my friend can replace the brokern wire. Any suggestions?
#262 of 272 Re: Recall on 07's... [gmcustsvc]
Jul 14, 2013 (11:45 am)
Yes Sarah, And, since I made my original post, I have had both a battery and alternator replaced. That's the 3rd battery since buying it 22 Oct 2010. I am on a first name basis with the dispatcher at the towing company. And, being unemployed for three years, I keep hoping that each repair I perform is the last for a while, instead of just biting the bullet and selling the thing.
I am in denial that, after 6 previous Impalas that were absolutely great cars; all those Failure Mode Effects Analysis, 6-Sigma, Automotive Parts Quality Process, Design for Assembly, Design for Manufacture, Process Control Charts, Risk and Opportunity Management, ANSI/ASME GDT, processes used by GM's "best in class" college educated engineers... have yielded such utter garbage.
#263 of 272 Re: 2007 Chevy Impala Transmission failed [gmcustsvc]
Jul 16, 2013 (6:47 am)
I saw your posting on a website in regards to Chevy Impala issues... I have to vent here and hopefully this catches someones ear and they're able to assist with these very annoying and expensive problems my wife and I have been having with her Impala for about 2 years now...
Here is some details about the vehicle -
We're the original owners
Purchased new in 2007 from Crane Chevy in Clifton, NJ
2007 Chevy Impala LTZ
VIN # - 2G1WU58R579315819
Mileage just hit 50,000 miles
My wife drives this car about 12 miles total each day to and from work
1) Brakes - Over a period of about 25,000 miles we've experienced severe steering wheel shaking when braking at any speed. Originally a Chevy mechanic (working for Bellavia Chevy in East Rutherford, NJ) cut the rotors and replaced the brake pads about 3 years ago in efforts to resolve this problem. About a year ago the problem returned so I replaced the rotors completely as well as the brake pads again even though the current ones seemed just fine I didn't want anything left over from the previous issue. The problem seemed to have gone away for about a month and a half and then came back. Ever since the issue has been getting progressively worse and just this past weekend I took it one step further and replaced both from calipers, rotors (again) and brake pads (again even though the others didn't look worn) again to not have anything existing left over... As of right now, about 3 days after the repairs were completed the car seems to brake like it should and without any steering wheel shake what so ever. But remember... this happened both of the other times that brake work was done on this car and then the issues quickly came back... I've read on other forums that this seems to be an issue with or year Chevy Impala and that heat is the utimate issue... Not sure how true that is but every time the car has been taken to the dealership they tell us 'Oh just replace the rotors and pads and you'll be fine'... Then we explain that we've done that twice already in the past two years, now along with calipers too! The technicians are then speechless and have nothing else to say.... We're at a total loss if this vehicle starts to do this again after replacing everything brake related up front this past weekend...
2) Transmission - Just recently, about 2 months ago is when my wife first experienced this issue. She'd hit the gas to pull away from a parking spot or to cross an intersection and the car would rev and then bang into gear and pull away. This issue also seems to now happen during driving the vehicle too and not only from a dead stop. It seems like something is slipping and we're told (by our chevy mechanic friend) that all fluid levels look good and nothing seems to be burnt but that this seems like an internal transmission problem that could be costly... I've read on several forums that many other people are experiencing the same exact thing but do not seem to have posted any resolution...
We really need to figure these two problems out fast. I'm loosing my patience with this vehicle. My wife and I really like the car but i'm pushing to get rid of this car if we cannot figure out these issues. We continue to waste money on things that should not be happening...
Any help would be appreciated.
Joseph and Rosanna