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Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 126 problems related to car will not start (under the electrical system category).

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 1
Failure Date: 08/16/2014

On 8/15/14 we came out to the vehicle and it would not start. No power at all and the key would not come out of it. Left the vehicle sit overnight and same thing in the morning on 8/16/14. We called and got a jump from a tow truck and drove the vehicle home. While traveling home on the interstate (70 mph), my husband noticed that when he turned the driving lights on the vehicle shut off. (luckily he knew what to do and managed to not kill all of us in the vehicle and anyone around the vehicle; (2 adults and 2 children in vehicle;) he also noticed that when he signaled a lane switch the cruise control would turn itself off. We got the vehicle back to our house, waited 15 minutes and tried restarting and the battery was completely dead again. (no dome light, bells or anything when opening the door). Since then, he has tried putting a different battery in it and we get the same results. When we got home we did a google search and found several others that this same thing has happened too. Luckily no one has been killed from it but it is extremely scary when your vehicle turns off doing 70 mph. I would also like to inform you that there was no warning whatsoever that the battery was low or there were any electrical complications going on with the vehicle. There is no voltage meter anywhere on the vehicle. No warning lights came on either.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 2
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

The car keeps running after it is turned off. The fan also keeps running, then the next morning the car wouldn't start. The air won't turn down and sometimes it doesn't work at all. There doesn't seem to be a difference between air and defrost. While I am driving, the light keep getting dim, then brighter, then dim, then bright. It was the next morning then when it wouldn't start! sometimes when we put the key in, we couldn't get it out. We had to keep trying to turn it on and off, then it finally let us take the key out.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 3
Failure Date: 07/19/2014

Often my 2004 chevy Impala will not start on the initial try. I have to wait several minutes with the ignition on for the system to reset. This is a widely known issue and Chevrolet should own up to the mistake and fix the problem.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 4
Failure Date: 06/13/2014

While driving car started to jerk and hesitate the check engine light came on along with a message of reduced engine power. Could not drive the drive over 5 mph. Was able to get to the side of the road. Had to push the car into a parking lot as the engine will no longer start but cranks over fine. Had to buy a scanner to read the code because the car was not able to drive to a auto repair shop or auto parts store to read the codes. The po641 code was set. Checked and tested the sensor wires for the 5volts every one that I tested showed ok. Replaced the gas pedal assemble because of the code that could be a source of the problem no difference. Cleaned the throttle body unit no change car will not start. Checked and gave all the wires a good pull and or tug to wiggle the connectors and took apart all sensor connections no corrosion was found. All grounds appear to be good. No broken wires are found no blown fuses were found. After 2 days was able to start engine with the message reduced engine power and car died again and would restart but not idle. Was able to rev engine and keep it running but once it idled it would die and sometimes not restart again. At this time car is unsafe to operate on any roadway because it might die and random times.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 5
Failure Date: 05/23/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the headlights would activate and deactivate independently. In addition, the radio would activate independently and there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who reset unknown codes however, the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala 6
Failure Date: 05/22/2014

Security system comes on and the vehicle will not start . . . . . . . . . . .

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 7
Failure Date: 05/04/2014

Cranked up the car to go home. Stability light and "engine" light was on. While on the interstate passing a truck the engine died. Display center indicated service stability track and reduced engine power. Coasted over to rt. Shoulder. Car would not restart for about 30 sec. Cranked it up and made it home. Trouble code is p2138 which seems to indicate the throttle position sensor d/e voltage. Will take to dealer in am.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 8
Failure Date: 05/03/2014

When driving through st. Louis around midnight on I-270 on may 3, the "engine power is reduced" message came on and the car slowed dramatically right in the middle lane of the interstate. Quite scary indeed, not to mention the lurching. After being nearly run over on both sides, I pulled off in a very dark part of town and the police came by to check on me. Initially the car wouldn't start with the message, "starting is disabled, service throttle. " after about an hour, the thing allowed me to start it, but still with the "power is reduced" message. I actually drove that thing home (over 90 miles) with semis bearing down on me, alternating flashers and watching over my shoulder. Anyway, the next day, it still wouldn't run normally, but I limped over to an autozone and I replaced the throttle assembly and the throttle body (the engine code said p0651, but that was a waste of $300). No help, same message. I let the car sit. When it first started up, still had the message. But about 5 minutes later, the car started normally!!! the check engine light is on now, but those codes haven't been accurate so far. While the car was running normally, I went out and jiggled all the wiring both under the dash and above the throttle, but could not find a loose wire or get the car to shift into the "engine power reduced" message. I also tapped on and jiggled the air box (because I was told that's where the ecm is located). Still couldn't get it to go bad. Came back out the next time and the car had the "engine power is reduced" message and running horribly. I was fortunate not to be killed, these cars are moving chicanes. I am totally at a loss as to what is going on. Gm service reps say "go to the dealer" but online shows this only results in a bunch of expensive replaced parts that didn't fix the problem. I only suffered a backache but this car is an accident waiting to happen.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 9
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

On the night of April 24, 2014 at approximately 10:30 pm I had just got off work and went to start my car and it would not start I got a message displayed on the control panel which says security after sitting about 30 minutes in the rain and cold it started up then I got home and turn it off then tried to turn it back on and it would not start it show security on the dashboard I have reviewed a couple sites on the internet and a lot of people having this problem with Chevrolet Impala's from 2000 to 2004 I think that's a big concern being a electric problem because you can be in the middle-of-the-road and a car just cuts off and will not start back up.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 10
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that security light illuminated intermittently and the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed the ignition cylinder had a short circuit. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 11
Failure Date: 04/08/2014

The car will not start. Due to security system. Then I found out that I had to wait 10 minutes for the car to start.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 12
Failure Date: 04/04/2014

Last Friday I got in my car around 2:30am and it wouldn't start. I thank god I was on a somewhat safe street and with friends. My car wouldn't start for 15-20 minutes. The lights, radio and everything else worked but the car wouldn't start. This was happening on a regular basis a few months ago but then it stopped. I took it to the shop and was informed that I need to replace the ignition switch. I couldn't afford to get it replaced so I just dealt with it. As I stated before, it's been months since the last occurrence then it happened again. I continue to follow the gm recall hoping they will include the Impala because of the ignition switch and other electrical issues. There are times when I am driving and the entire dash board lights up (check engine, check battery) and the all the things that light up on the dashboard when you first start the car. Please address this issue before another fatality occurs.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 13
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated when inserting the key into the ignition, the vehicle would not start properly. The vehicle only started after multiple attempts. The contact began to smell fumes seeking through the vents after multiple attempts of starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that the key would not eject from the ignition on other occasions. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis and the mechanic stated that could be an ignition switch failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had received NHTSA campaign number 14v355000 (electrical system) notification and it stated that the parts were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the problem and they informed the contact that they were uncertain when the parts would be available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Gb.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 14
Failure Date: 03/19/2014

On the above date I was driving home from work when my car just shut off on the highway. Had to pull of and car did want to start notice the passlock 2 system security light was on. I had the car towed home car start right up drove to work car didn't want to start again. Has not start since. Note I spent 700 on the passlock system a year in half ago. This is bull gm needs to fix this problem for good.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 15
Failure Date: 03/12/2014

First of all my security light flashed on and off several months before, and then it stayed on right before these times my car would not start. I was out of town at the hospital. Went to start my Impala and it wouldn't start. I had to wait 20 mintues and it started up and ran perfect. Got home ,shut the car off ,went back out to go to the store and it wouldn't start again. Waited 10 mintues ,still would not work. Waited another 15 mintues ,car started. Went to the store. Came out of the store started right up. Went home shut the car off ,next morning had my husband try and start the car. It started right up . So I thought everythings ok . Got in my car to go to the doctor would not start. Waited 30 mintues started. That's were I'm at now . I was told while im driving my car it might shut down and cause me to wreck , it has something to do with the security passlock system. I've read a lot about other 2004 chevy Impala;s doing this also. Should'nt gm do a recall before someone gets killed.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala 16
Failure Date: 08/14/2013

My car had been showing the service battery charging system for about two days. When I called southeast kia of somerset, they tried to say it was the actually battery, keep in mind, I have only had this car for six weeks. I knew that it wasn't because I had been having no problems with my car whatsoever before this, and I was raised around mechanics and truck drivers, I do know a little about cars. When I turned the car off it would not start back up. I had the battery jumped three times and it died sitting there, we finally got it charged so that I could drive to my mothers, but had problems on the way there. As I was driving, all of my gauges completely stopped working in my car, and I thought the car had died and that I was coasting. So I pulled over to the side of the road, with my three children in the car, and realized the car was running. I shut the car off, but it kept running. Now, kia is saying that if it's the altenator it's not covered under a two year warranty that I have, because they don't want to have to fix it basically. I have been severely ripped off, and now me and my children are without a car. I think it is ridiculous that car lots are able to send out terrible and unreliable cars to people without a second thought, and then don't want to fix things. Now I am trying to find a way to get a different car and leave this piece of junk on their lot, I will probably never buy a car again unless it only has about 20 miles on it and is brand new, and will definitely do more research on the type of car, along with the dealership selling it to me. And kia has not heard the last of me as well.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 17
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

Car will not start and battery will not take a charge. The battery is good, however. This seems to be an electrical problem probably involving the bcm. Chevy should own up to this and repair for free. Once the battery is partially charged, lights flash, speakers hum, and things click. Its definitely a problem with several models.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 18
Failure Date: 07/01/2013

Vehicle will not start periodicaly, wait a few mins and it will start. When automatic lights come on, the dash lights go out. All lights on go off. Makes night driving dangerous.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 19
Failure Date: 06/12/2013

(3) problems that are, and have been, occuring. 1) security issue: car will not start when key is turn to start. Happens randomly. Have to let security reset itself after 10 minutes and car will start again. 2) abs light random. Brakes will grind at certain times when braking. Harness and/or sensor problem. 3) traction control light traction kciks in when driving for no apparent reason. Have to turn tractoin off for it to stop.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 20
Failure Date: 06/08/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on several occasions. The contact mentioned that the battery was replaced and the vehicle was able to start. Additionally, the contact heard a loud abnormal noise when starting the vehicle. The vehicle was also taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the security system sensor data circuit, and the keyless entry data link may not have been reading properly and the computer needed to be reset. The independent mechanic suggested that the contact have the vehicle repaired by an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14e021000 (aftermarket replacement ignition switches). The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 21
Failure Date: 04/19/2013

Car would not start desplaying security message, have had this problem multiple times had to disconnect the battery and then was able to start car most of the time have seen alot of this problem on similar vehicle and would like gm to do something about this proble they are haveing because I dont want the car to just stop running and cause an accident.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 22
Failure Date: 04/16/2013

Riding along at 70 mph taction control light and check engine light comes on. Computer says engine speed is reduced. Drove two more miles to pull over safely but car cut off and computer says engine start is disabled and car would not restart until I unhooked battery. Not real fun with rush hour in st. Lewis. Glad I was not ass ended.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 23
Failure Date: 04/02/2013

When I attempt to start the vehicle , sometimes it will not start. No ignition. There is power but not ignition. After I wait 10 minutes it will start. It has something to do with the ignition switch. I have been informed that this is a security switch in the ignition switch, the shuts the car down, so the car cannot be started. And after 10 minutes exactly the vehicle will start. I have talked with other individuals that state that they too have this problem.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 24
Failure Date: 02/26/2013

Car began to flash security light. Then within a month the light stayed on all the time with signal light making a clicking sound then not able to flash preventing the drivers behind me not to know the direction im turning. The switch you have to juggle and the car would not start anymore. I had the bcm changed the radio is locked the lights use to flash on and off. Now the car starts interment and the radio is still locked the security light is still on, cruise light, and passenger airbag light on. This is a problem for the chevy Impala to but their is no recall. . . . Why?.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 25
Failure Date: 01/16/2013

I was in a k mart parking lot I hit a speed bump and when I did my car just shut off. Recently I was at work I got in my car to go st home and my car wouldn't start I waited 20 minutes tried it again it started up this has occured quite frequently now and when I took it to my mechanic he hooked it to a car analysising machine it just says security fault. My mechanic feels it is in the switch and my father is a retired mechanic and he said it is a bad part of the switch also.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 26
Failure Date: 01/03/2013

The first instance I was driving and the "service brake system" flashed on the display. I had all brake pads replaced at dealer on 1/3/2013. 2/7/2013 I was in traffic and the car suddenly slows to about 10 mph and would not accelerate the dash then displayed "reduced engine power" and the check engine light came on. On 2/14/2013, I had the throttle positioning sensor replaced and at the same time had the rear defrost wiring repaired because that had not been working for over a year. On 3/4/2013 the car would not start by the factory remote start, so went out and started the car with the key, when I returned to the car the vehicle would not start at all the chime would sound the lights on the dash flashed but no start. I waited a few minutes then tried again, the car started briefly (50 seconds) "reduced engine power" appeared on the dash then it shut down completely. I looked under the hood saw the battery attachment was loose, tightened that up and then the car started up. However, the car radio (factory radio never replaced), the chime, or the ticking of the turning signals no longer work. I have an appointment with dealer on 3/14/13, but the car seems to be failing all around. In reading chevy/gm forums, there are thousands of chevy owners experiencing these same issues, chevy/gm needs to take ownership and investigate these vehicles to determine the root cause of the problems. Nearly 3000 dollars later in dealer repairs is not getting to the bottom of the issue. I was nearly in a crash due to the reduced engine power issue and that was scary enough to make me not want to drive this car or an at all.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 27
Failure Date: 10/09/2012

Driving along and security light came on and car died. Waited some time after pulling over and car started sometimes car will not start right away because of security light this is random and very annoying as you do not know when the car is going to die. Dealer wants to replace parts that are very expensive and I did this once before (out of warranty) and can't see doing it again if this is not a fix.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 28
Failure Date: 08/20/2012

The car will not start and I have to sit and wait 5 minutes or so until it will start. I have been reading online that this is a big problem and Chevrolet has not done a recall to fix it, it is very sad. I would like to have this electrical problem fixed.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 29
Failure Date: 08/07/2012

The vehicle was parked for 2 days in mexico and I attempted to start it early afternoon and it after 1 hour of waiting to start it again, it would not start. This has happened to me a in the past and the last time it did was about 3 months ago. My car would not start at first and then after 10-15 minutes of waiting it would then turn on but now its taken longer to function. I don't know the exact reason why this problem is occurring but would like it to get fixed ASAP.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 30
Failure Date: 06/20/2012

My car has a starting problem my security light use to stay on for a while and then one day (June 20 2012) my car wouldn't start at all it use to take up to 10 minutes and then it would start but now its completely nothing my security light use to also blink and then and for the first time its not started for 4 whole months I try everyday seeing will it start but it hasn't can u all please make this problem noticeable and do a recall.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala 31
Failure Date: 05/07/2012

I have had this car towed 4 times since March 2012. When the car decides to start and is driven for short destinations, it will not start. Problem is intermittent. Gives no warning of impending doom! cranks but will not start. On April 13, 2012 vehicle started after having set in driveway for a week or more. I drove it to nearest dealer, merollis Chevrolet. After 7 days, dealer requested I pick-up vehicle because it started each day and they could not diagnose. Fearful of a repeat performance, I drove car home and parked it. Several days later, car failed to start. Following day 5/7/12, car would not start. Towed car to james martin Chevrolet. They cannot diagnose because it has started daily for dealer. Our world is too dangerous for anyone to drive a car that will leave them stranded for unknown reason. This is a life and death issue. Help!.

car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 32
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

Car stalled on the interstate. Merged car to break down lane without being hit. Traction control light illuminated. Car would not restart for about 20 minutes. Car then restarted and warning light was off. Previous electrical issues with this vehicle including rear windows that will not roll down and defective air bag sensor.

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car image   Car Will Not Start problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 33
Failure Date: 04/25/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The security warning light illuminated as the contact attempted to start the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.


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