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10.0

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

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2005 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 11)

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problem #185

Sep 082015

Impala

  • 150,073 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Fuel, tachometer, speedometer, odometer failed / no longer working.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #184

Aug 062012

Impala

  • 56,000 miles
Intermittent no crank, no start. Problem is known problem with ignition switch, tumbler, and defective "passlock system". dealers charge excessive proces for repairs that may or may not actually fix the problem. It seems to be a bad design issue, and is related to the defective ignition recalls. There is a fairly extensive complaint list, and the mfr certainly has data reflecting that the problem covers multi model and years of GM cars and trucks.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #183

Jun 182015

Impala

  • 135,000 miles
Intermittent non-start that resets in 10 to 15 minutes. Non-start occurred once after the car stalled on a highway. It started after about 12 minutes of time lapse.

- Kendall Pk., NJ, USA

problem #182

Mar 032015

Impala

  • 109,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Taylorsville, MS, USA

problem #181

Feb 122013

Impala

  • miles
Problems before GM recall 14350/campaign id 14V400. Problem 1 the ignition switch continued to still engage after vehicle was started and key was in the run position. Problem 2 after turning the key to stop engine would continue to run until you jiggled the key in the ignition switch. Problem 3 hitting a pot hole at 45 mph shut the car off lucky my quick reaction was put it into neutral and restarted the car. September 2014 received the safety recall followed the instructions as claimed which made me laugh cause the only thing I had on the key ring was the key and entry remote. November 2014 recall was done with a plastic insert on the key to keep the weight center mass on the key. As of this day March 2015 I still have all 3 problems I stated earlier, that recall has not fixed the under lining problem of a defective ignition switch its not the key its the switch itself because the car still does all the problems I mentioned in the beginning, I find this a cheap and scary no fix but to satisfy anyone who thinks this was a fix but in reality will cause more harm. The switch needs replaced.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #180

Mar 102015

Impala

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the ignition key failed to release from the ignition switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer verified that the vehicle was affected by NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the recall did not cover the ignition switch and cylinder. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #179

Jul 012014

Impala

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. After the contact's vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Defuniak Springs, FL, USA

problem #178

Jun 012010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving horn sound weak and stopped working I had to take out fuse for the horn because it was just sounding off. Another important issue while driving at night low beam headlights will turn off while driving in the dark. This can cause a serious wreck especially if you are on the highway and could kill someone. Very dangerous situation. Same thing with the horn, someone can pull out in front of you and you cannot blow your horn.

- Flint, TX, USA

problem #177

Feb 162015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 139,458 miles
Owner of 2005 Chevy Impala tried multiple times to start car. Passlock system preventing car to start.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #176

Sep 112012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #14350.* ld the consumer stated the vehicle would occasionally stall while driving. The vehicle was inspected and the battery, starter, alternator, etc. Were ruled out as possible causes. The consumer had to incur the cost of a faulty ignition. The consumer finally received a recall. But, was still denied reimbursement.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #175

Aug 162014

Impala

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, a speed bump was encountered and the contact lost control of the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle stalled and crashed into an embankment and guardrails. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a back injury that did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000(electrical system). The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Fair Haven, VT, USA

problem #174

Nov 122014

Impala

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on multiple occasions. The vehicle was able to start after multiple attempts. In addition, the seat belt, the battery, and the ABS warning lights flickered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact felt that the remedy for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) would not repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Sunnyside , WA, USA

problem #173

Dec 012014

Impala

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala consumer is asking for compensation for repairs on vehicle, relating to ignition recall.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #172

Sep 182012

Impala

  • 95,000 miles
First, I had to replace the rack and pinion steering. Could have been the steering knuckle, don't know. Then, I was driving about dusk and the low beams went dark. The car has an automatic switch that moves the headlights from daytime mode to nighttime. Local mechanic called the GM dealer and spoke with a GM mechanic. The GM mechanic told him the turnstalk assembly was defective and that they frequently replaced them on Impala. I paid for both repairs out of pocket. Then, the heater would only work on the passenger side; heater blend door on driver's side was defective. Recently, I had the heater blend door repaired at my expense. Then, I had the transmission rebuilt at my expense. GM would not assist with any of these repairs even though service bulletins existed on all of these issues. Looking at online discussion boards for this car I found all of these issues with numerous owners. The transmission would slip when going from first to second gear and then began bumping in other owners. What a lemon this car has become.

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #171

Nov 032014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala consumer is concerned about air bags after hitting a deer and they did not deploy and the security light came on. The dealer informed the consumer, the ignition switch and cylinder needed to be replaced. The consumer then went to a repair shop, to have the work done. A short time later, the air bag light illuminated.

- Piedmont, AL, USA

problem #170

Jan 302012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala consumer seeking reimbursement for out of pocket expenses prior to the recall being issued the consumer stated the vehicle would stall, while making turns. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, where it was determined, the ignition lock cylinder needed to be replaced.

- North Branch, MI, USA

problem #169

Nov 122014

Impala

  • 182,000 miles
When you insert the key into the ignition switch it won't turn over and start vehicle also started showing security light that won't turn off.

- Crossville, AL, USA

problem #168

Sep 102014

Impala

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to ignition cylinder and other vehicle repair issues. The consumer stated sometime ago, she was not able to start the vehicle. Upon contacting her insurance company, she was advised to press down on the brake and then start the vehicle. It worked. On September 10th the dashboard flashed a security. The consumer stopped by a repair shop and was informed it could have been due to a malfunction with the car key. Three days later. The consumer was unable to start the vehicle. She tried the brake solution, but to no avail. Again, the problem seemed to be with the key. On September 17th the security light flashed again and the vehicle would not start. After going back and forward with the key, she managed to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop, where she was informed the ignition cylinder needed to be replaced and the pass key needed to reprogrammed.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #167

Oct 132010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
First just a few minutes, now security light stays on...cant start. When the security light comes on my car won't crank and I have to let it reset before I can do anything. It has done me like this several times causing me to be stranded. I depend on this car to be safe and dependable and right now it is neither one. I take care of it, keep it serviced, and clean. This is a problem that I feel is beyond me and something that GMC should be responsible for fixing at no cost to me.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #166

Oct 232014

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and it was difficult to turn the key in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Eunice , LA, USA

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