Starter Problems of Chevrolet Impala - part 1



Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 46 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 1
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

Pursuant to the letter I got in regard to recall 14350, I contacted the dealer where I bought my car, jim butler Chevrolet. I got an email back from them saying the only recall they show on my car is 13036, and they will only schedule me for that service. I verified the VIN on your website, and 14350 is indeed correct. Note that I have contacted this dealer repeatedly over the past two to three years, because my car won't start after I shut it off when it isn't in park. It's left me stranded more than 20 times (which is dangerous in itself, plus I had to call for road service, which isn't free), and the service manager has so far refused to take any action and in fact did not even return my many phonecalls about it. Now they can't even get the safety recall number straight (until I let them know I'd be contacting you, suddenly, it is the right number). This is why people are dying: dealers ignore reported problems because it costs gm money; they stonewall you until you die in a crash or die standing by your car waiting for the tenth tow. Thanks to gm, I am done buying american cars. Please investigate this common Impala non-starting issue (search online: it's not the starter, and I've already paid to replace the ignition, but they still won't give me my key codes).

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 2
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

2002 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to recall # 14350. * ld the consumer is seeking reimbursement , for the starter he had replaced.

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Failure Date: 07/24/2014

This auto theft system,pass-lock in the ignition has caused myself and many other Impala owners to be stranded in the all kinds of unbearable weather,and unsafe conditions. The cars after being shut off will not start again until maybe 20 min later. My car would not start after two days I had to leave it in the mall parking lot until I could find someone to tow it for me,there I was stranded a second time with my children in the car and it was above 90 degrees outside. This is very inconvenient I do not have the money for a mechanic to guess at whats wrong with my vehicle. Its not the starter,or battery please do a recall on this issue.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 4
Failure Date: 02/05/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle would shake vigorously when the brakes were applied. The failure occurred while driving various speeds. The dealer replaced all four brakes, rotors, and tires and performed an alignment; however, the failure recurred. In addition, the vehicle would fail to restart when turned off for thirty minutes or longer. The starter was replaced twice, but this did not remedy the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 161,000.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 5
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while exiting a parking lot, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The starter disabled, service throttle and engine power low warning messages displayed on the instrument panel after the failure. The vehicle was restarted after numerous attempts however, the failure progressed into an intermittent occurrence. The vehicle was taken to the dealer , who stated that the engine control module would need to be replaced. The manufacture was alerted about the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 115,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 6
Failure Date: 10/30/2013

The car will not start no matter hot or cold. Once started the electrical system throws multiple errors, from security, battery, service engine soon, abs light, seat belt light, and brakes. The complete dash board goes dead including all gauges, from the speedometer, fuel and temperature gauge. The warning bell continues to ring as the battery light comes on - it does this continually while driving. Often times it will not start. I have a 6 year old daughter and I am concerned for her safety when this happens. I have put a new batter, new starter and new alternator in this car. Gm knows about the problems and they should be required to re-call these cars and fix the problem.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 7
Failure Date: 07/08/2013

The car has a problem with the passlock/bcm system. I have tried numerous times to fix the problem with the car. The bcm needs replacement it is a very known and common problem that gm is well aware of. The passlock system in the ignition cylinder will either go bad or short out and then the bcm will see it as the car is being stolen and then shut down the fuel injections and the starter preventing the car from being started. I am so sick and tired of doing the relearn of the bcm/igniton so that I can start my damn car. The needs to be a major recall on the chevy line with the pass lock ii system installed in it!!!!!!.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 8
Failure Date: 09/24/2012

As I was driving to golf on Monday September 24th, on interstate I-80 heading west, my 2009 chevy Impala onboard computer stated the following, service traction control, reduced power, starter disabled and the check engine light all at roughly the same time. My car completely died and I had no power steering. Luckily I was able to coast out of harms way and get to the side of the road. I checked some wires under the hood and didn't find anything loose. When I attempted to start the car back-up, the onboard computer flashed, starter disabled. I sat with the car for about 15 minutes and tried once more. This time it started and ran normal, but the check engine like was on(still is). How scary is this really? enough to make me hate driving this car anywhere. Not to mention I'm a single dad of 4, who needs to get to work, school and many other things.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 9
Failure Date: 08/30/2012

Tried to start car, wouldn't turn over even though car had power, no noises or sounds made when trying to turn over even though I had full power to radio winders doors and electric dash board. Had a new starter put in because I thought that was the issue. 2 weeks later security light comes on while driving and stayed on. Tried to turn car on same thing happened have power. But no turn over and security light is still on. Turned off car took out keys and left car alone came back later and car started w/o incident. No security light on. Same issue keeps happening maybe 4 times a month if not more have to wait 10 mins in order for car to start. Issue happens at gas station, home, work, hot and cold weather. Before I figured out 10 min delay had car towed and spent money on repairs that aren't necessary. Noticed one day while I sat in car for 10 mins in summer heat with 3 month daughter, that car makes a sort of computer humming/buzzing sound. After the 10 or so I hear a click or as I call it a shut down sound and then I am able to start car.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

The passlock security system in my car disables my fuel and my starter. I have been stuck places before because the car won't start. The security message is on and so is the battery along with service vehicle soon. The car will not start and hasn't for months now. I am very upset, my radio says locked and I have tried everything to get my car to start. It will leave me stranded at some point if it starts.


 
car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 11
Failure Date: 04/27/2012

Every now and then you go to start the car it won't do anything. All the lights, radio, everything comes on as normal but when you turn the key over to start it won't do nothing, click, or anything. One time we left the car over night, locked up, the next day it started like nothing was wrong. Another time I let the car sit for 15 mins and it started fine. Then another time, I kept trying every 10 to 15 mins for an hr but nothing. Then let it sit for 25 to 30 mins then nothing but I left the key in on position for a couple minutes while all the lights ran and then it started fine. Some people say its the starter, ignition or even the security. A lot of people have had this problem there's even videos of people complaining. Id say that there's something that needs to be looked into so everyone w these vehicles know what's wrong. Thanks.

car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 12
Failure Date: 05/12/2011

My chevy Impala 2003 intermittently will not start; it seems that there is some electronically activated lockout system that temporarily prevents the car from being started. (the battery, starter and other conventional part of the starting system are ok. ) under certain situations, this is a safety issue since the car has been in potentially hazardous locations for a 30 second stop but then it won't start for 10 minutes due to an unknown problem with the car's passlock security / electrical / key tumbler / systems. Aside from the frustration, I cannot rely on my automobile when transporting my 90+ year old parents to lunch or whatever because I may become stranded and their health issues cannot tolerate sitting in a hot car for unknown periods of time.

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Failure Date: 04/25/2011

2003 Chevrolet Impala security system causing starting failure. Car has new battery, starter, and alternator, and has no other defects, other than intermittent failure of the security system, causing failure to start.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2011

Bought this car used and it was running fine for about a year till it got to the point that the car would not crank and security lock would pop up frequently now it almost takes an hour to crank it even if u hit the starter the stater moves but want crank the car I have spent over 4 grand on it trying to fix it but nothing works even checked fuses wires and computer box nothing looks bad cruise control stopped working awhile back too.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 15
Failure Date: 01/28/2011

2000 Impala, car has died 2 times since purchased 2 weeks ago for no reason while driving. All electrical still works but starter will not engage, after 5-30 minutes of waiting it will start. Chevy dealership says to change the ignition switch sometimes it helps. Chevy knows about this problem but wont do anything it. Also have the turn signal issue where they quit working until you turn on the flashers. Fuel guage doesnt work. All of the recalls have been done to this car. Why wont chevy fix the dangerous one about the car stalling at freeway speed and loosing the power steering and power brakes do to a stalled engine. 119000 miles on the car.

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Failure Date: 12/03/2010

Car doesn't want to start if it's cold outside (35 degrees or colder). Sometimes it takes 10-30 minutes for the car to finally start. It happens numerous times. I've replaced battery, I've had car alarm system checked, starter checked, and still have problems. I have read online of thousands of people with the same problem with various brands from general motors.

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Failure Date: 11/06/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the starter switch continuously failed and the vehicle could not be started. In addition, the headlights had become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that there was an electrical failure, such as the anti theft and pass lock systems, which constantly caused the entire electrical system to fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that they were unable to repair the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 153,000.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2010

2001 Chevrolet Impala LS. Electrical problems causing vehicle not to start if is sits a number of house I. E. Overnight. Took vehicle for servicing to dealer they tried twice and they cannot fix the problem. Took the car to chevy dealer they disconnected car alarm system only for the problem to still exist. I work nights I cried because of being stranded in the middle of the night alone. How could this be and gm not doing anything to help. So many complaints and still no action. I will try to contact to see if assistance can be given. If not I will make it my personal mission to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. This happens almost everyday now and I am beyond fed up. The altenator, two batteries, starter, control module, and fuses were replaced and yet experts cannot fix the problem. Gm should be ashamed I taking a plan of action to contact my local news station and bbb. This is not fair and not customer service. As a result my children have been late to school and missed school, I have been late to work and missed work. This car has been a curse and I would sell the vehicle but I cannot imagine disadvantaging someone else as it has been done to me. May god continue to bless.

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Failure Date: 08/25/2010

Ignition sporadically fails to start vehicle. All electrical systems will turn on, but ignition will not turn over starter. Left with a completely unreliable car that has left me stranded on multiple occasions; only to go back to the car an hour later and have it start! told this is an electrical problem that gm has had on multiple makes of cars throughout the past. It is widely known to be a problem, yet no recall has been issued.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 20
Failure Date: 08/23/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the security warning light was illuminated and the starter failed. The dealer inspected the charging system and determined that the starter had a defective solenoid. The dealer replaced the starter and cleaned the cables. The contact stated that shortly after repairs, the security warning light was illuminated again and the vehicle would not start. The contact believed there was a connection between the security warning light and the vehicle failure and stated that the failure was a risk to safety. The failure mileage was 72,013 and the current mileage was 72,030.

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Failure Date: 05/20/2010

The starter will not get a signal from the ignition switch. I have changed relays, ignition switch, starter, key core and passlock, all to no gain. Gave vehicle to they local chevy dealership who changed to bcm and reprogrammed the security feature and when I went to pick it up from the dealership, it wouldn't start. The starter gets no signal about 90% of the times I turn the key. For the 10% it does work, there seems to have had no issue what so ever. It turns on smooth and runs like a dream. Yet it can be the first attempt or the 50th before the starter catches a jolt and starts the car, there seems to be no pattern. The security system works fine b/c we installed a simple push button switch to the starter and it worked every time with no trouble for a few moments till the gas was taken away and the car turned off. Bypassing the security feature and allowing a secondary ignition methos would seem to resolve the issue. I find this to be a safety issue due to the potential of being stuck out in the middle of an intersection if the cars happens to stall. Or if an infant was loaded into the vehicle and it would not start for 15 to 30 minutes, leaving the child with the risk of heat issues. The problem itself came suddenly without warning.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2010

We have experienced electrical problems with this vehicle for the past couple of years. We have replaced numerous parts dealing with the ignition/starter, pass/lock, power lock, and security system. We recently have been dealing with the car starting or not starting for that matter. At first, it was once in awhile and now it doesn't start 7-8x per week. It is extremely frustrating to have to constantly throw money at this problem. Once again it is going into the shop for diagnostic and more parts. This is a big problem and needs to be resolved. It is obviously a defect of some sort and needs to be handle accordingly.

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Failure Date: 02/22/2010

02 Impala 3. 8 engine would not start. It has done this countless times and I will have to wait 20 or 30 minutes for it to start. My battery is like new, and nothing is wrong with the starter, I've had it all tested. I've read it could be the passlock system or something called the tumbler. My security light comes on randomly even when driving on the highway. I've read that many Impala owners cars have cut off while driving on the highway and I'm hoping mine doesn't do the same. My car was a former police car. It now has about 112,000 miles on it. I hope I never had to go somewhere in an emergency or get stuck in the middle of no where at night. I've read several forums explaining how chevy knows about the defect but will not fix it unless you pay about 600 to almost 1,000 dollars. But then when they claim it's fixed, the problem happens all over again. I read from a mechanic that worked for chevy in the past, that they politely ignore complaints regarding this passlock and security problem. I guess no one will take it seriously until people start to get injured or even killed like Toyota drivers. Must we wait for the death toll to rise before the government steps in to act??? policemen drive these cars although there slowly being phased out with the newer models. A policeman that cannot get to the scene of a crime on time because his car wouldn't start. I guess that's the headline were waiting for before chevy or the government decides to do something about the passlock problem that countless americans are having and gm doesn't want to fix. This is why I will never buy another american car because the parts are cheap and gm could care less. The time to act is before major incidents happen, before people lose their lives, before 5 car pile ups on the highway, before an emergency that gm drivers cannot get to because there car will not start. Not after!!! that's Toyota's problem now. Advice for gm and the u. S. Government - get it together!!!.

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 24
Failure Date: 08/06/2009

My vehicle was parked in my garage overnight and on 8-6-09, I tried to start the car to go work and it would not crank. I had lights but it would not start. Checked battery-o. K. Hit starter with a hammer. Vehicle started. Taken to garage for a new started. Started installed; next morning it would not crank. Towed to chevy dealer. Told it needed a new pcm(powertraincontrolmodule) which was under the emissions warranty. Vehicle now starts, but the security warning light stays on and the ignition sensor would have to be replaced. ( a new battery was installed. ) ignition keys had to be reprogrammed. This failure has occurred only 1 time so far. I've been told this is a problem with this model vehicle and the problem is in the ignition switch which may fail again at anytime.

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Failure Date: 06/23/2009

I own a 2004 chevy Impala. I found this website full of the same complaints as mine, with the vehicle not starting when it should. I have first experienced this at 75,000 miles and I would put in the key and nothing happens except the lights and radio come on. No click no nothing. . . Had the alternator replaced, and it still does it. Had the starter checked, it still does it. I have been stranded at work, late for work at home, at restaurants in below zero weather with a child. Please see this website, because there are thousands of complaints, and it appears this is a gm issue that should be recalled. I can give the date that happened the other day at work in 110 weather (with humidity) had to wait 1/2 hour then it finally started. Something is wrong, and why should consumers have to pay for this problem when clearly it is a gm problem. The website of the complaints (that in order to get an answer you have to pay for. . Read more...

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