Transmission Solenoid Problems of Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala owners have reported 25 problems related to transmission solenoid (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Impala based on all problems reported for the Impala.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala 1
Failure Date: 03/29/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the transmission gears failed to properly change over in drive to accelerate. As a result, the vehicle intermittently decelerated and jerked. There was no warning indicator illuminated. There was also a drastic reduction in engine power. The dealer had not been contacted. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the control pressure solenoid needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not able to be safely driven and was parked. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2
Failure Date: 02/27/2018

This car has been a lemon since we owned it. First the electrical system shut down (while we were driving at 70 mph), then the wheel barrings needed replacing at 60,000 miles, and now the solenoid has gone bad preventing the car from shifting.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 3
Failure Date: 07/29/2017

The transmission will frequently fail to engage when starting from a full or partial stop. Turning left across traffic is extremely dangerous, as you never know when the transmission will fail to engage. This has been a ongoing problem with this vehicle since the car had 38000 miles on it. This is our third Impala that has had this problem. The first Impala that had this problem, the Chevrolet dealer could not diagnose. The transmission pressure solenoid was replaced by a local transmission shop. This fixed the problem for that car. We also have a 2008 Impala that has the same problem. Three Impalas, the same transmission problem in all three. The part needs to be recalled. We have delayed having the part repaired because it is quite costly and we had hoped that Chevrolet would do the right thing and recall the part on their own.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 4
Failure Date: 07/17/2017

Dealership could not find problem with transmission stalling out on pulling out. Now with warranty lapsed transmission solenoid is bad. $1300 to repair.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 5
Failure Date: 07/10/2016

When stepping on gas car hesitates before engaging into gear. It is intermittent and seems to happen periodically especially after car warms up. It jerks into gear from a dead stop. Was told by the dealer it was the transmission solenoid switch but was not covered. It would cost over $1000 to have it fixed. It's been going on for about 1 year and a half.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala 6
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

When your at a complete stop vehicle gives a hard jerk like someone has rear ended you. All of the Impala's have a failed transmission pressure control solenoid which can cause accidents when it jerks very hard causing someone to run into the back of another vehicle. No check engine light or anything will come on letting you know the problem. Years 2000 to 2015 all have the same problem. Needs to be recalled before someone seriously gets injured.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 7
Failure Date: 08/03/2015

Was on my way home from work and the transmission started slipping out of gears. Came to a stop at a traffic light and when the light turned green I could not go toward. Engine just revved. Had the car towed and was told I needed to replace transmission control solenoid because that was the issue. Had part replaced only to find the tranny itself went. Did some research and it looks like this is a very common problem and I am not the only one experiencing this issue. Why isn't this issue or defect under recall when its such a common problem and very costly as well?.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 8
Failure Date: 07/25/2015

The transmission shifter lever is stuck in park and the key is stuck in the ignition switch due to a very poor electrical design. The electrical wires attached to the connector that operates the solenoid that unlocks the transmission shifter button in the park position and that also connects to the ignition switch and operates various functions such as releasing the ignition key and allows the vehicle electrical system to be completely turned off ,breaks off due to electrical wires being too short and the back and forth movement of the shifter . Checking the online blogs this is a known issue that has been happening on several gm vehicles for some time without any recalls despite constant customer complaints due to the very poor design. Some dealers have suggested leaving the key in the ignition switch and unlocking and locking the vehicle with the key fob. This invites vehicle theft and by not having the electrical system completely turned off, the battery runs down as the accessories and ignition is still turned on and the transmission lights on the instrument panel remains lighted. Some customers have had repeat reoccurrences after having the issue repaired at a cost of between $500 and $600. After inspecting the operation of the shifter and the affect it has on the electrical wiring it is obvious that the wiring will fail and in the blogs as early as whilst under warrantee. I am concerned if there are any other issues that may occur especially safety ones as there is 5 wires I do not know the function of each wire . Can you please investigate this issue.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala 9
Failure Date: 06/24/2014

Upon starting and attempting to back out of my garage to go to work, the release button on the floor mounted gearshift lever would not depress, thereby preventing me from shifitng into reverse, let alone drive if I was successful in backing out of the garage. Here is the description on my receipt for repair: "inspected loss of power at shifter at r. T. S. I. Solenoid - (previously repaired ground circuit 1135 green voltage supply broke at connector) - nec to replace complete connector and harness and route correctly -- grid# 013, doc id#'s 1912937, 2417697" this is the second time I've had this issue. The dealer took care of me appropriately each time. However, I see that other owners of Impalas are experiencing the same problem via the internet. I sure would appreciate it if it was looked into. I'd hate to see any body have this problem in a not too friendly area, let alone my spouse. Thank you.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 10
Failure Date: 04/07/2014

The vehicle failed to shift into park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that there was a broken wire in the btsi solenoid terminal which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired by re wiring the ground wire to the shifter where the pin had broken. On may 3rd the key got stuck in the ignition and would not come out. Let the car sit for 24 hours the battery died and the key released out of the ignition. Took the car to the dealership on may 5, 2014 and the shifter wires were re constructed. Car still acts as if the shifter is not going to shift.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala 11
Failure Date: 03/08/2013

Gear shift stuck in park position. Would not shift into any other position. Chevrolet mechanic found electrical problem and made following comments on the repair order. Found that shift lock control solenoid inop. Found that green wire melted about 12 inches from shifter and also connector for shift lock control had high resistance. . Repair commented: replaced connector and repaired wire working as designed at this time. Mechanic stated that this was not uncommon. Also found numerous internet forum comments about this problem. . Very serious fire hazard. Gm seems to be aware since above repair implies a reworking design of wire working. : evidence of burned wire inside a vehicle should be considered a serious fire hazard.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala 12
Failure Date: 12/21/2012

First. . . My car all of the sudden started leaking like an oil tanker last January 2012, and the abs/traction control lights came on. Took the car to the chevy dealership, and had major repair work done on transmission, and engine for leaks. Spent $2100 and was quote $2600 to replace the abs/traction control modulator for my abs/traction control to work again. The code they pulled was c1218. Needless to say it has not been repaired yet. A month after spending this money, I had to replace the water pump, and almost a year later I had to replace a plastic elbow from the water pump to my radiator which was another $300. Then this past December 2012, my transmission all of the sudden jerked hard from 1st to 2nd and so on during local driving. Max speed limit is 40mph locally. Took it to chevy and was told I need a new transmission, so I took it for a second opinion and was told code p1811 was coded for a long shift, but that my transmission was a 1/2 quart low so they filled it with trans additive. They suggested I try a "transmission shop" for them to check because maybe my trans solenoid was bad, which would still cost quite a bit for repair, but not nearly as much as a new transmission. My car has 122,000 long highway miles, not local; stop & go. I do not feel my abs/traction control, nor my trans should be bad. I maintain my car, and based on my internet searches many people have had the exact same problems with these cars. I emailed chevy and was basically told this is my problem and no concession was offered on their part to assist me with these repairs. I have been laid off from my job, and returned to school so needless to say cannot afford a new car, but this car is costing more than it is worth. Chevy needs to quit ignoring these problems, and take care of loyal customers before they lose them.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 13
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

Started having trouble with my transmission a while back. If I was at a stop and tried to accelerate it was slowly take of then all of sudden slam into the right gear then take off. It also happened even if I didnt come to a complete stop and tried to go again. My check engine light came on after about a month of this happening. I had it checked. It was a shift solenoid. Since I was still under warranty I had it replaced. It was fine till about a two weeks ago 08/20/2013. Now my transmission is doing the same thing again.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Impala 14
Failure Date: 04/02/2012

1) airbag light intermittently has gone on and off for months. I asked dealer about it, they said it would be expensive to diagnose because they would have to trace the wiring harness, removing seat and dashboard. Labor would be expensive. I complained to gm on a couple of occasions and was given a case#. I was told car is out of warranty, therefore, it would be my expense to have this diagnosed and fixed. Dealer said airbag would not deploy if light is illuminated. This a major safety defect. Fall 2013. 2) the rear window defroster stopped working last fall 2013. I had to pay for total repair as it was not covered under warranty. They said it was a wiring issue. Impala's have been known to have issue. Oct 2013. 3) the gas pedal fell off while I was driving. Dealer said they never experienced anything like that before, but would have to replace the entire assembly. Not covered under warranty, therefore, entire cost was mine. Saftey issue. Sept 2013 4) the evap vent valve and solenoid had to be replaced. System leak pressurized evap would not hold. Apr 2012 other issues have been reported/repaired, however, do not have paperwork at time of this complaint.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala 15
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

The transmission hesitates at stop and go traffic, tranny shop says it is a switch solenoid that is defective in the transmission itself. It is commonly reported by many consumers of this make, model and year. Seems to shift fine when driving on longer drives ie. Interstate driving. Could cause potential safety hazard when trying to pull out into traffic from stopped position.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 16
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that he could not remove the gear shift from park. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the mechanic stated that the gear shift control solenoid switch would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Impala 17
Failure Date: 12/04/2010

Parked car in driveway after coming home from work. Went back out to go out and could not get car out of park. Had to be towed to dealer, supplied with "rental vehicle" which I paid for. Dealer stated broken wire in solenoid connection in center console.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala 18
Failure Date: 07/01/2010

I have a 2006 chevy Impala and there seems to be a problem with the transmission. We have taken the car to the dealers several times. We have changed the spark plugs, changed and flushed the transmission fluid. We are still having the car jerk off at a stop light. We you are stopped on an incline it also hesitates to go into gear and the jerks away! the dealer can never find a anything wrong and we have done all the recommended fixes. This seems to be getting worse. The gas cap and solenoid have also had to be replaced which everyone has had problems with. Gm should recall these cars before someone gets hurt!.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 19
Failure Date: 10/16/2009

I have been looking for a page like this for a few years now, I don't even know how I got to this one. This 2003 Impala started acting like this before the miles I place down, because I bought this car use and my warranty end, I was told I couldn't do anything (the dealer stated) when I come to a stop and then start well try to start the car hesitate and then a hard kick/punch and it would do this only at red lights, stop signs, or reverse. So on 05/12/2010 I bought this car to a auto repair shop they perform a test and it check out two of the shift solenoids for the transmission were bad so they replace both shift solenoids, side cover gasket and transmission filter. Cost me $1,120. 56 with in a week it was still acting like it was never work on. I started asking other owners about there Impala they all said it did the same to them. Now here it is 2012 and my car still kick hard and I can't believe there are no recall on the transmission. I am a little shock my mother use to work for gm -.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Impala 20
Failure Date: 07/28/2006

The transmission has suffered a failure of the solenoid and valve body. Apparently through speaking with some other owners of the same car, it is a known issue by gm as they have issued service bulletins in relation. This has occurred in cars as early as 30,000 miles. It causes the vehicle to shift hard and the transmission to fail as an end result.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala 21
Failure Date: 07/19/2006

The traction system was activating for no reason. Service abs light came on in vehicle. Dealer replaced left wheel hub, including sensor. Problem recurred the day after and the wrong assembly was installed, the correct assembly was installed. One month later problem recurred. Dealer claimed it was a loose connection on wheel hub assembly. Seven months later problem recurred. Dealer now says the right hub assembly needed replacing, as well as the transmission solenoid. Repairs have not been done for the latter because we want dealership to repair free of charge.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 22
Failure Date: 03/18/2006

: the contact stated while traveling between 15 and 55mph the vehicle will shift hard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the transmission was flushed out. The problem was with the pressure control solenoid in the transmission. The manufacturer has been alerted.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala 23
Failure Date: 03/01/2004

1. Within this past month, am noticing tremendous power loss and shifting/timing issues with the transmisson when accelerating to higher gear. . Potential consequence would be insufficient power to accelerate out of the way of oncoming traffic. 3. Have investigated and seen numerous complaints online concerning a shift solenoid that is a very troublesome issue with a lot of gm owners. Typical parts cost and labor for this problem runs in the $400. 00 ballpark.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Impala 24
Failure Date: 09/17/2003

While gradually accelerating from 42 to 43 mph the engine surges and then settles back down. Dealer states they found codes that indicate a solenoid problem in the transmission. I only have 52,000 miles on the car. Dealer also states that the transmission could change to any gear at any time or speed.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Impala 25
Failure Date: 12/06/2002

I was driving on the interstate anf as I was slowing down the car began downshifting rough. As I increased speed out of the exit the car was "jerking" and shifting very rough. The "check engine" light came on. It took 2 weeks to replace the transmission valve body, wiring harness, and solenoids in the transmission. This car only had 400 miles on it.



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