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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,156 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Apr 132016

Impala

  • 175,555 miles

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

175555 miles fuel smell and fuel loss when car is running. Rough start, some missing. Fuel filter failed at filter inlet spraying gas onto underbody of car so didn't see the fuel spill. Replaced filter and O rings.squealing belt sound at start up. Serpentine belt tensioner broke, replaced tensioner and belt. No check engine warnings, no electronic gauges I have the basic Impala model. Watched the fuel gauge drop by lines while driving and smelled gas when shut off car. Fire hazard, and engine failure if the belt broke completely..another 300$ spent

- Dunkerton, IA, USA

problem #22

Dec 272015

Impala

  • 294,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 15 mph, the acceleration decreased and the vehicle stalled. The battery warning indicator illuminated. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road. After five minutes, the contact restarted the vehicle but the failure recurred. The vehicle was left on the side of the road until the next day. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the body control module was damaged and needed replacement. The vehicle was driven to another dealer for a second opinion who diagnosed that the throttle plate had carbon build-up and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 294,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #21

May 012013

Impala

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 35 mph, the contact noticed a burning odor emitting from the engine compartment. In addition, the gauges provided incorrect readings, the vehicle overheated, and the ABS, check engine, and multiple other warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the water pump and multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V201000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The failure mileage was 85,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #20

Dec 122015

Impala

  • 126,000 miles

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

All gauges on the car stopped working 4 years ago around the time the pass lock had to be replaced. I have been locked out of my car many times. The valve cover leaks oil which might result in a fire. Driving it results in thick black smoke coming from the valve cover leak.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #19

Dec 212009

Impala

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. After shutting off the vehicle, it would restart after approximately five minutes. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle was involved in a crash where another vehicle crashed into the rear and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were unknown minor injuries sustained that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #18

Oct 292014

Impala

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 45 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. The contact also stated that during cold weather, the vehicle failed to start intermittently and the alarm security warning light illuminated. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Wrens , GA, USA

problem #17

Sep 252014

Impala

  • 170,000 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 while driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled and all the lights on the instrumental panel illuminated. The problem recurred twice. The vehicle was towed to the impound. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #16

Jan 212014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 35,998 miles
When starting the vehicle, the engine intermittently starts, runs rough/sub idle then stalls. When the engine starts it seems to run normally, but on at least three occasions, while driving the vehicle the engine would stall and I would loose power steering and brakes. I took the vehicle to jeff wyler Chevrolet for repairs. They had this vehicle from Jan 21 - Feb 11, and replaced the body control module at a cost of approx $435 dollars. When I started the vehicle the conditions remained the same. I subsequently took the vehicle to an independent repair shop (kt automotive llc). They replaced the ignition switch and condition was corrected (approx cost $180 dollars). Note; this condition existed with multiple or no additional keys on my key ring. On 17sept GM recall 14350 was completed on my key(s). Given the experiences described above, this recall will not correct the faulty ignition switch defect on this vehicle.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 142014

Impala

  • 131,100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled causing the contact to crash into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belts did not secure around the occupants at the point of impact. A police report was filed and two injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,100.

- Benson, UT, USA

problem #14

Feb 032014

Impala

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times. The contact had to attempt to turn the key several times before the vehicle restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #13

Aug 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles

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

Driving 2005 Chevy Impala on interstate 95 North when vehicle unexpectedly went off the road and crashed into the guardrail, vehicle bounced off of guardrail and spun around three times before coming to a stop with vehicle resting in the middle of the highway in the corresponding direction of traffic. The airbags did not deploy.the vehicle would not immediately start, but after two or three attempts, the vehicle started. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder of highway. The vehicle did not start again and had to be towed from accident scene. The vehicle was deemed a total loss.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #12

Nov 012013

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated while driving at 10 mph attempting to accelerate from a complete stop, the engine loss power without warning in the middle of the intersection and another vehicle crashed into the vehicle. The driver of the oppose vehicle sustained shoulder injuries. A police report was filed. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #11

Jun 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. When the vehicle came to a complete stop, there was a delay in acceleration and it jerked violently. The failure persisted for the past year. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 10/22/14 the consumer stated when the air consdition is on it speeds the motor up and the shifts better. When pulling out from a red light the vehicle will get sluggish. Updated 4/6/2015

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #10

Feb 032014

Impala

  • miles
Seems a lot of 2000-2005 Impala are experiencing the same issues as I am with the dash instrument panel and possible issues with the passlock system. Sometimes I have to wait 10-15 minutes to crank my car when it wont start or do the lock and unlock trick to reset the passlock system. Ironically enough haven't had issues with the ignition switch which now has an active recall. Instrument panel speedometer stuck on 120 mph while in stop position...almost got a ticket over memorial day weekend because I was speeding...showed the officer my speedometer that was sitting on 90 mph at the time and he gave me a warning and told me to get that fixed.

- Odenville, AL, USA

problem #9

Jul 172014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 77,540 miles
Defective vehicle key switch forced vehicle to shut down while driving on southern parkway in islip NY. We managed to push vehicle to dealer where it currently is awaiting repairs. There is no current recall on this car - there should be! my family and I could have been seriously injured or killed.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 122013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
First happen around 8-12-2013, driving from baltimore md., to syracuse N.Y, stopped at traffic light to get on highway to syracuse car turn off and would not start, I called aaa auto, after along while waiting for aaa auto, I turn the car key and the car started, I have been having the same problem when starting my car, all year, from Jan. Through now (June 2014).

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #7

May 292014

Impala

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle would not immediately start. The contact mentioned that it took numerous attempts for the vehicle to start. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000 and the current mileage was 129,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #6

May 162014

Impala

  • 150,000 miles
Problem started first with car not starting and then it would start few minutes later, now car will shut off completely while driving low speeds/coasting even. Cel blinked several times once still giving 0300 code. Changed spark plugs and nothing changed. I have to shift car in neutral when this occurs and restart engine but have to push on accelerator to get to start and shift into drive. This is dangerous and could kill someone if they didnt know what to do.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #5

Nov 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
When the Impala is at normal operating temperature the engine dies when you remove your foot off the accelerator as when approaching a stop sign. If the engine has not reached normal operating temperature this does not occur.

- Rusk, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 202014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the engine stalled with the illumination of the warning indicator. The vehicle was restarted on the first attempt and the contact resumed driving. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Cochran, GA, USA

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