Originally Posted by Fast enough
She wanted to know if they have alot of trans problems?
Hate to tell you this...
2000 Impala LS
tranny was on its last leg as of october
replaced in early December for 1100 bucks (used 2003 tranny)
There are certain steps you can take to prevent it, one of which is (since it'* at 50k miles) flush the tranny fluid. Emphasis on the word flush. Another, a more costly one, but it will happen eventually, is to replace the shift solenoids. When these go bad, your clutches will wear out VERY quickly. For example, I guesstimate that my solenoid died around August. Late August, my torque converter started failing, and then in September it started shuddering. October it started slipping...
I replaced my tranny with a 2003 tranny instead of rebuilding it because in 2003 they updated the solenoids and the valve body to be MUCH more reliable. I have heard one of our "former" members made modifications to his tranny to update it with the 2003 changes. Not sure on the specifics.
Overall, I love my Impy. It'* very comfortable, and very easy to drive. It'* a little bit harder to work on than my old Bonnie, due to the space, but it'* still the all-familiar 3800. The sound system is surprisingly good, the technology in it, although not easy to spot, is almost state of the art (IMO), and I get 35 mpg on the highway easily