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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,151 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.

2005 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 11 of 11)

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problem #5

May 132008

Impala 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Car fails to start about once a month for the past four months--always first thing in the morning. Radio plays and dashboard lights work, but engine fails to turn over. Often security warning displays in instrument panel. After turning the key many times for 10 minutes or so, the car starts up with no problem. Once, while pulling into the garage, the security light flashed and the car stalled. Chevy dealer could not reproduce the problem.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 212008


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala caught fire under the hood in an accident. Consumer states that when the car first caught fire the vehicle stayed in drive and would not go into park and ignition would not turn off causing the vehicle to feed fuel to the fire. The driver of the Impala was involved in a moderately low speed front end collision with the rear of another vehicle. According to the fire report, the fire a cap was missing from the fuel return on top of the engine which would have spewed gasoline as long as the engine was running.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #3

Mar 142007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Impala it has around 44000 miles. I have had it about one year, about a month ago my wife was driving home after dropping me off it was about 2 in the morning she was about 10 miles from the house and the head light went out on her. She got the car stopped and after about 15 mins they came back on, so she started to go again got about 5 more miles and they went out again. After about 10 mins they came back on. There has been no problems for about 3 weeks. Then again the other night they did the same thing but this time she was going around a curve in the road (thank god she knew the road) now she only drives the car after dark if she has to.

- West Plains, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 162006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle caught on fire without warning while was parked in the driveway overnight. The fire originated from the engine compartment and battery area, as flames were clearly present. The fire department extinguished the fire and determined the fire was electrical in nature. The police were on the scene and a report was taken. The vehicle was totaled due to the extreme fire damage. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Monticello, NY, USA

problem #1

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

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