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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,944 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 282015

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle stops and steering locks up while driving. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled while at a stop sign. The manifold gasket, thermostat, ABS module and ignition were replaced over a period of eight years.

- Middleton, WI, USA

problem #8

May 092012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at night, he noticed that the instrument panel failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000 and current mileage was 200,000. Updated 7/22/14 the consumer stated there was an issue with the ABS and ignition. Updated 07/29/14

- Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #7

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 #6

May 182007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


While driving in rain, the warning light for the traction control system came on showing it was "off" and pressing the reset button would not make it come back on. One of the rear sensors had failed, disabling the traction control and antilock systems.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 132007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Left rear wheel sensor failed in wet weather, disabling the traction control system and the anti-lock brake system on the vehicle. Same component failed on right rear several thousand miles earlier, in January of 2007. Very expensive part to replace ($378) in each case, plus labor.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #4

Jan 012007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Intermittent warning "service traction system" which shut off both the traction system and the four wheel ABS system (the safety issue). Regular braking still worked. Diagnosed at the shop as a faulty right rear wheel speed sensor, and the fault has apparently been corrected.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 022006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles


Traction control system failed on my vehicle. The failure turned off my anti-lock brake system and my traction control system at two inopportune times. This failure has twice in the past few months. It first occurred at the end of December during a snow storm. The second failure occurred a few weeks ago while driving through a rain and hail storm. Both times the vehicle was taken to the dealership to be fixed. The dealer replaced a faulty speed sensor. My car is about a year old and two speed sensor have already failed. I'm upset at the fact that we purchased the car based on its safety features and twice now they have failed, as I mentioned earlier, at the most inopportune moments, where we were relying heavily on said safety features.

- Dunkerton, IA, USA

problem #2

Nov 022005

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact stated while driving applied brake pressure and the brakes did not stop the vehicle. The ABS did not activate at any time during this incident. The contact's vehicle rear-ended the vehicle in front. The passenger seat didn't restrain the passenger during impact. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy, and the onstar service did not work. The vehicle was towed to a dealership. The insurance Agency was investigating the issue with the brakes. The vehicle is currently at a dealer for repairs. Updated 12/07/05.

- Old Hickory , TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 282005

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
I was a passenger in an 2005 Impala, driver rear ended a large truck, I hit the windshield, neither the anti lock brakes or the air bags worked, about $8,000 damage to Impala, none to truck. I did not have seat belt on.

- White Oak, PA, USA

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