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Print this page Notes: Top complaints for the 2006 Chevy Impala include how the transmission slips, clunks and fails. Or how the power steering knocks and squeals. In other words, this car is a noisy bucket of eventual failure points.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,083 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.

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 032015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the rear driver side and rear passenger side doors failed to open from outside and inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 092014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the rear driver side door failed to open even while the door was unlocked. The door failed to open from inside and outside the vehicle. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #8

Oct 252006


  • 790 miles
This has occurred now four times since I bought the car the first three times were repaired under warranty. Now it has happened again. The door between the ac and the heat gets stuck on way or the other now it is stuck where you get heat on drivers side and ac on passengers and in the Texas heat this is a safety hazard, its a known defect because other Chevy owners know about it and mechanics yet nothing is done once a gain by Chevy to fix the issue, I know of Suburban owners, truck - Silverado owners, Impala owners, Malibu owners of all years who have had this problem.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 032013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Last June I went to the store and tried to open my back doors and they would not open from the inside. I was able to open one of the back doors from the outside only. The door locks indicated the doors were not locked. If I was involved in an accident and needed to get people out of the back seat of my car they would not be able to get out on their own. The locking mechanisms failed on both doors. Both doors has this lock issue for about 3-4 months and then one of the locks started working again from the inside. Eventually the other door started working again once it was getting close to winter. This is a serious safety issue that needs looked into and a recall done by GM. GM consistently puts out expensive cars with inadequate parts that fail. I researched this issue online and found this was typical of all Chevy imapla's no matter the year.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #6

Jan 032011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that both rear doors would not open from the inside or outside. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Oswego, NY, USA

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problem #5

Jun 102014


  • miles
Someone exited the vehicle's rear driver side. Once the door was shut I was never able to open again.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 162012


  • 134,000 miles


Rear passenger door will not open from inside or outside. Tried unlocking and locking several times. Son was stuck in car seat until I could get him out from the other side. Not sure what would have happened if there was a crash and I could not get him out. Have seen lots of others with similar problems on the internet. Seems like this shoudl be addressed or someone will end up getting killed becasue they could not get out.

- Drummond, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 142011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Rear drivers side door does not open from inside or out. Son was stuck in car. Nothing has been done about this.

- Raymond, NH, USA

problem #2

Jul 282010


  • 77,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Impala 8 months ago the left back door would not open, a couple months later the right back door will not open. I was unable to get my grandson out of the car seat I had to climb over the front seats to unlock the car seat undo the seat belt climb back over and than lift him out through the front seat. If there would have been an accident I would not have been able to get him out through the back doors. There is a safety issue with this problem.

- Shoreview, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 172008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,041 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 65 mph, the power steering failed. The dealer stated that the power steering hose was leaking and they repaired the failure. Currently, the power steering column has failed again after the dealer stated that the vehicle was operating properly. The current and failure mileages were 36,000. Updated 03/26/08. The transmission reverse gear was defective, the transmission also had a delayed engagement. The windshield was cracked, the left front door was out of alignment. One of the tire was loosing air.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

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