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#109 of 118 2008 Chevy Impala would not shift out of park!
Feb 18, 2013 (8:52 pm)
I drove my 2008 impala to the local gas station last Thursday, got gas, returned to my car..only to find I could NOT shift out of park. No forewarning, no issues whatsoever prior to this. I had my car towed to the tune of $65.00 for a two block tow, left it at the dealership I purchased my car from. I then went home and got online and did my research. Friday morning, dealership calls me to tell me what I had already guessed, wiring below my shift area needed to be "Repaired". NO NEW PARTS, service just reattached the wires. Now, $305.00 MORE dollars later, my car is back in my garage. I, however am not happy! Seems this, AS WELL AS the constant replacement of worn tires issue is common for my beautiful car! I am appalled that the shift wire issue is not a recall, and even further appalled that I have purchased two full sets of tires and two single tire's for my 2008 Impala since purchasing the car 1 1/2 years ago! I need to know who to contact about seeking reimbursement of the $400.00 I shelled out this week!
#110 of 118 Don't Give up those wheels!
Feb 18, 2013 (9:30 pm)
Hey everyone. Posting this to make others aware of a mistake that I made with this car. I am overall still way down on Chevy for their treatment of me, and I have discovered yet another annoying feature of this car.
A couple of months ago I clipped a curb at an odd angle, and while I did not flatten the tire, there was some damage to the wheel, so my mechanic suggested that I change the wheel.
Without realizing the ramifications, I went to the local junkyard and purchased another Chevy wheel for my car and had a spare tire put on the wheel and had it mounted on the car. The junkyard offered me $20 for the old wheel, and I thought, why not, and let them have it.
After changing the wheel, the dashboard computer told me that I needed to service my tire monitoring system. I figured this was because of the new wheel, so I just hit the checkmark button and went on my merry way. The message because persistent after a while, and so I decided to check into how to make it go away.
Apparently, there is NO WAY TO SHUT THIS OFF! If anyone knows how to do this, please post a solution. The solution that I got from Chevy was that I need to spend the $200+ for the new wheel with the air pressure monitor. Sorry Chevy, but that is NOT going to happen. I was able to get a perfectly good used replacement wheel for $20. Why should I pay $200 MORE plus the labor charges, etc. etc. etc. just to have one tire with an air pressure sensor that I really don't care about!
Also, for those of you measuring your gas mileage, be careful, and don't believe the dash computer. I use my gas station receipts, odometer and a little program called Excel to calculate my mileage and it is always LESS than what the dashboard computer reports.
Just another way that Chevy makes you think you are getting a good product when all they are trying to do is suck the money out of your wallet.
Good luck everyone, and don't clip those curbs! Expensive mistake!
#111 of 118 Re: 2008 Chevy Impala would not shift out of park! [sandrakay]
Feb 19, 2013 (9:11 am)
We can look into reimbursement, although we cannot guarantee what the results of our inquiry would be up front. Please email us at socialmediagm.com with more details (including your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#112 of 118 Re: 2008 Chevy Impala would not shift out of park! [sandrakay]
Feb 24, 2013 (10:47 pm)
I am also an owner of an impala 2008. I am having the same problem you have. The first time my gear shift got stuck the dealer said the shift was not assembled properly at the manufactoring company. This happened at 35,000 miles. It happened again at about 73,000 miles. I do not want to take the car back to the dealership because I do not believe they are telling me the truth. I also have a problem with the tires. I have already gone through three sets of tires, brakes, and rotors. I had mentioned this when I took it to the dealer and they replaced the rotors and brakes for 1300 dollars and they also recommended that I purchase new tires. When I took it to an unaffiliated mechanic, he told me that the rotors were undersized for the size of the car and this was the cause of the premature wearing of the rotors, brakes, and tires and that this was very unsafe to drive on the freeway. We also noticed that on the freeway, the car would start bouncing when the brakes were applied. In the mid 1990s, Ford had the same problem with the Tarus, I believe, and the problem was the undersized rotors. The car also has a major oil leak. I have also called the customer service at GM and they never returned my call. The salesman that had sold me the car later told me that we had the same problems with Impala.
#113 of 118 Re: 2008 Chevy Impala would not shift out of park! [chevyowner3]
Feb 25, 2013 (9:57 am)
We're sorry to hear about these troubles you've been having with your Impala, as well as the communication difficulty you've experienced with our Customer Assistance Center. When you called, did they set up a Service Request (71-**********) for you? Please forward us that number or the last 8 digits of your VIN via email at socialmediagm.com with a brief summary of the situation and we will check into what happened with this.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#114 of 118 Re: 2008 Chevy Impala would not shift out of park! [chevyowner3]
Feb 25, 2013 (10:00 am)
Exactly what I am finding also. Many people with same complaint, both gear and tires. I contacted someone at GM and my reply just today, states that they cannot/will not help me because of the year and mileage. Bull! I will pursue this further.
#115 of 118 skips when I hit 50 mph
Mar 20, 2013 (7:43 pm)
I have a chevy 2008 impala and for some reason when i run around 50 mph especially going uphill it seems the motor skips or sputters...then when i hit 60 its fine again any idea what this could be? its annoying.
#116 of 118 Re: skips when I hit 50 mph [camisha61]
Mar 21, 2013 (10:19 am)
What are your plans for getting this checked into? If you are planning on working with a dealership on this and would like for us to stay with you through that process, please email us at socialmediagm.com with more information (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#118 of 118 Re: skips when I hit 50 mph [gmcustsvc]
Apr 17, 2013 (11:35 pm)
well I took it into the dealership i bought it at and they changed sparkplugs....after riding it a few times did the same thing. brought it back in they said was sand in the valves...enviromental replaced that ...ran it awhile again am fed up still doing the same thing . costing me more money to fix this then am also frustrated and irritated on this.