ok i first started with a complait to gm and they sent me to this wed site on other complaits with the same problem and someone e-mail me back with this step to bypass the passlock:
On top of the ignition switch there are three thin wires with black friction
tape covering. The wires are black, yellow, and white. Cut the yellow wire in
two. Strip the insulation from the middle of the black wire but do not cut the
wire. Place the red clip from a multi-tester on the yellow lead going to the
ignition switch. Place the black clip on the bare section of the black lead.
Try to start the car and read the resistance (mine is 557 ohms). Go to Radio
Shack and get as close as you can get. I placed a 220 and 330 in series.
Solder the resistor(s) between the bare section of black wire and the yellow
lead that does not go to the ignition switch. Tape everything up and you should
be good to go.
This is on a 2000 Malibu. I can’t be sure that all are the same colors and
now i had someone try this on my car but could not get it to work so not sure if he did something wrong or what he just put the car back together an i am still having the same problem. i just really need to find someone that will really look at it that knows what they are doing and not charge me an arm and leg. so now i have sent a letter to gm again.
here is also the response i received back when i filed my first complaint.
Hello Kathy, thanks for adding the electrical complaint with your 2001 Chevrolet
Impala LX - it’s been added to CarComplaints.com! Click on the link below to
view your complaint:
This is a widespread problem with the Passlock 1 and 2 anti-theft systems on
virtually every GM model made from the late 90s into the mid-2000s. Here is the
list of complaints we have for this:
Also there is a website about how you can bypass the security system instead of
spending $400+ on a repair that may not work, see the link below:
If you find out what the problem is, you can update all your complaint
information here: http://www.carcomplaints.com/update.shtml
When you experience any other problems with your Impala, please remember to come
back & add them using the Add Complaint form: http://www.carcomplaints.com/addreport.shtml
you would think if they know this is a wide spread problem that someone would know how to fix the problem or at least do a recall for the problem!!!