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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,838 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #70

Jan 252011


  • 85,000 miles


Instrument cluster failure, speedometer stopped at 55mph even when I stopped the car and shut it off. When I started the car and begin driving the speedometer was going up to 105 mph. I have no idea how fast the vehicle is going.

- Gaylord, MI, USA

problem #69

Feb 152009

Impala 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 50-55 mph, the contact noticed that the speedometer was not working properly; it indicated incorrect speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that they would have to perform a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000 and the current mileage was approximately 88,000. Updated 01/19/11 the consumer stated numerous of calls to GM a new instrument cluster was furnished for free. The consumer was responsible for the labor to install it. Updated 02/22/11 updated 09/27/11 the consumer stated GM agreed to furnish the instrument for free if he agreed to pay for the labor. The entire instrument cluster had to be replaced in order to replace the speedometer. The consumer agreed to pay for the labor at a cost of $ $136. Updated 09/30/11

- Greenleaf, ID, USA

problem #68

Nov 012010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 102,300 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Impala ls 3.8 liter, the speedometer quit working all of a sudden. I can not safely judge the speed I am traveling. Upon my research I have found that there have been several other consumers who have had this same issue on this model of car. The estimated repair would range from $400-$600. A rather expensive repair that I feel could possibly be a recall issue.

- South Bloomfield, OH, USA

problem #67

Oct 222010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


With 92,000 miles on my 2005 Impala the tachometer is working strangely, and now frozen at 6,100 rpms. I fear the entire gauge package will fail. The speedometer is starting to seem impacted now too. The internet is full of complaints on this issue, but GM will not recall" please help. We have owned this car since new, and cared for it well. It is in great shape and we love it. But now gauges" help!! thank you.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #66

Sep 242009


  • 84,000 miles
Speedometer not working, sometimes it will read 80mph stopped & not running. Or you could be going 50 & actual Y going 80 & get a ticket, this has happen to us 5 or 6 times within the last 2 weeks, I have read a lot of other people with the same problem. My car has less than 85, 000 miles. Do we not make quality cars & trucks in the good old U.S.a. "?? maybe I should have bought a Kia with 100, 0000 miles warranty bumper to bumper " thank-U for U time.

- Edon, OH, USA

problem #65

Jun 012010


  • miles
2005 Chevy Impala, the speedometer sticks and gives false readings. It is impossible to know the speed the car is going.

- Camarillo , CA, USA

problem #64

Jan 102010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Impala, the speedometer does not work. At about 80,000 miles it would say I was going 80 or 120 mph when it was actually about 60mph. Now it doesn't work at all. I have no idea how fast or slow I am going. This is a safety concern for me being disabled, and I can't afford to get rid of the car right now. This should be a re-call.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

problem #63

May 012008


  • 70,000 miles
Speedometer no working consistently. Shows I am going 120 when I am going about 40. Very sporadic.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #62

Apr 142010


  • 103,117 miles
2005 chevorlet Impala: The speedometer gains/drops speed at any given time without warning causing miscalculation of speed during travel. At first, the speedometer returned to the original state, however, after resetting the cruise control function, the unit failed to register speed properly. It has affected the maintenance and performance of the vehicle. Ultimately, the RPM and speedometer gauges, cease to work properly and the car tends to skip between automatic gear shifts. Also, I received a traffic ticket in the state of nc due to the speedometer malfunction. In order to fix this problem for my vehicle, 2005 chevorlet Impala (mileage: 103,117K), the instrument cluster has to be uninstalled from the vehicle, rebuilt, and reinstalled back into the vehicle according to my dealer and a licensed mechanic. This repair on average ranges $400-$800 ( according to research, speedometer failure is a common but expensive problem among 2000-2006 chevorlet models.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #61

Apr 042010


  • 89,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala speedometer not working properly. It reads much faster than you are actually going, often times 40mph +. the problem started on a long trip. Cycling the ignition would bring it back to zero, but that no longer works. There is not one single event that triggers the problem. It cause the driver to maintain speed either way too slow for traffic or way too fast. Creating unsafe conditions. Parts are available, but the parts and labor will cost a minimum of $460. Buying a used part is not a viable option since the instrument cluster is coded to the car. A simple google search produces many thousands of complaints about this problem, yet GM will not run a recall on this. They recalled the Silverado with the same problem.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #60

Mar 012010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Over the past 6 months my speedometer on my 2005 Chevy Impala has not been working correctly. The speedometer will say that I am going 20 mph on the interstate when I am actually going 60 mph or faster. The speedometer will be at 0 mph when in town driving. I have no idea how fast I am going. The speedometer is not working 90% of the time.

- Peoria Heights, IL, USA

problem #59

Jul 112009


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated the speedometer was exhibiting failures by inaccurately reading the speed of which the vehicle traveled. In order to maintain an accurate speed, he would have to utilize the cruise control mechanism. The dealer advised the contact that the entire instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The contact was concerned that only the stepper motor would need replacement as opposed to the entire instrument cluster. He was also concerned with being unable to determine the rate of speed in which he was traveling. The failure mileage was 67,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Exeland, WI, USA

problem #58

Oct 202008

Impala 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Speedometer on my 2005 Chevrolet Impala randomly starts dropping speed or showing no speed at all. Has happened multiple times but also random, no constant way to make it occur.

- E. Amherst , NY, USA

problem #57

Feb 222010


  • 42,000 miles
The speedometer in my 205 Chevy Impala does not show the correct speed. It shows the rate of speed at about 1/2 of what it actually is.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #56

Nov 292009


  • 42,000 miles
Speedometer on 2005 Impala would not go below 40mph, never returning to zero, other instruments started to fail.

- Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #55

Jun 012008


  • 50,000 miles
Speedometer gauge not showing proper speed shows doing 100 when parked, took car to dealer and was told nothing was wrong with it. Speedometer completely quit working and now the fuel gauge is not working. Speedometer quit working 2 years ago. Cruise control has went out several times and no longer works transmission started slipping around 80,000 miles. Traction control and ABS light is constantly on and stating that it needs to be service when traction control was never engaged.

- Harrodsburg, KY, USA

problem #54

Sep 032009


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated the transmission, speed odometer and antilock brake is faulty. Contact stated she had to replace the rotor, pads four times and the transmission is jerking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and contact the was told she has to pay the expenses for these repairs. There are no recalls or warranties on the vehicle. The VIN number is unknown. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #53

Jan 122010


  • 72,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala. Speedometer works only intermittently. Sticks at zero when it isn't working. At times, when functioning, though I increase speed or decrease, needle doesn't move in timely manner thus not accurately reporting current speed; needle lags way behind changes in speed. This is dangerous as I can not determine how fast I am going, especially in areas such as school zones where others are anticipating a certain speed and I am sometimes exceeding it unknowingly leading to some close calls with me almost hitting people who pull out in front of me; if I were able to determine my speed accurately and travel at that speed there would not be these close calls. Not covered by warranty due to intermittent problem not complete failure and as warranty is almost expired and will be too cost prohibitive (in excess of $800 and several weeks without a vehicle) to get it fixed after warranty ends so I will have no option but to dangerously and knowingly drive a car not able to determine my speed due to GM's failure to fix this problem that they are more than aware of as they have received multiple complaints. To me, this is a huge safety issue for myself and others I encounter on the roadway and I feel it is Chevrolet responsibility to fix this problem for all of us as they used motors in the instrument cluster that are prone to failure!

- Vergennes, VT, USA

problem #52

Dec 152009


  • 75,000 miles
Speedometer began not working.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #51

Nov 022009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving speeds ranging from approximately 35 mph or more, the speedometer and the temperature gauges displayed inaccurate readings regardless of the speed being traveled. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 02/10/11

- Boweling Green, KY, USA

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