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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,394 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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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 192015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles


I was turning off of elberton road onto veribest road & I heard the front tire made a knocking sound about 3 times while turning & continued to drive after the car felt okay, then I felt as if the car dropped or the tire was coming off & the steering wheel locked up, traction control light started to blink & the brakes went out & we crash due to me not having control of the vehicle! me & my 3 kids were badly injured!

- Lexington, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012014


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the power steering and brakes seized without warning. As a result of the failure, the contact crashed into the preceding vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact did not specify if any injuries were sustained. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Huston, TX, USA

problem #9

May 012014


  • 214,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph attempting to engage the brakes, the vehicle failed to respond causing the contact to crash into a guard rail. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle had not been repaired. The vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 214,000.

- Cawood, KY, USA

problem #8

Aug 182014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


I've received a letter stating my vehicle is involved in GM recall 14299, thanks for the update, but parts are not currently available"! the letter repeats how the repairs will be performed for me at no charge... whoopie its your mistake I should not even have to worry about this type of thing. And so what you repair what you didnt get right in the first place, what about the gas I have to put in to drive over 50 miles away to get to a GM dealer? what about the days I miss from work and/or my college classes? oh you're sorry for my inconvenience? what good does your sorry do for me? I work full time, go to college full time and I run my own household I dont have the time or money to drive that far to sit around a garage for an hour or more for it to get fixed. Not to mention the stress I endure while im driving in what I thought was a reliable family car, now I am merely waiting for it to go off the road unintentionally move the key away from the run position and lose my engine power, power steering, power braking and the air bags not deploying increasing my risk of injury or fatality"! now I am supposed to just rest easy and wait for my fatality to possibly occur at any moment while im driving my car that I pay good money for while you figure out when you'll be able to send me a letter which could take months and then set me up an appointment that doesnt interfere with my schedule which is highly unlikely and could also take months. So until then I am to just drive my death trap and wait for the next letter to arrive. I've never bought anything but a Chevrolet but with this incident im not sure I'll ever buy one again. Something should be done. I understand you make mistakes im not blaming you there but you should have to pay for your mistakes not me, a full time college/working student trying to make my while through college on what little I make.

- Enfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 112014


  • miles
As I'm approaching up the highway 1/2 mile from the car that is slowing down ahead I tried to press in my brakes but my car refused to stop I tried turning my while off it failed to turn. Basically I went straight in the back of the car. Its like the car jump as I approach the car ahead as if it reset itself then approach to turn after hitting the vehicle in front me it was a very scared site to experience. No airbag came out it was just me bracing myself against the seat holding on the wheel bracing hoping the car stops.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 272014

Impala 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While driving the car the car shut off and the steering got stiff. I was unable to control the steering which caused me to run into a brick mailbox.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #5

Jul 062010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


I was driving on the freeway in St. Paul, mn. I started up an incline to exit the freeway. I suddenly lost all control of steering and brakes. I traveled uphill until the car rammed into the curb on the other side of the exit ramp. I turned off the car and got out and called the police.

- St. Paul, , MN, USA

problem #4

May 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 75,333 miles
I was turning from one street onto another and all of a sudden there was a clanking noise coming from under the car and then the power steering went out along with the brakes and my acceleration. I had to pull over and stop the car. After all this my car would not start and every time I tried to start my car, it sounded like the battery died but I know it wasn't the battery.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012014


  • 240,000 miles
1. the car would stop accelerating and completely turn off while driving. Steering wheel would lock and would coast to a stop. All the lights on instrument panel and everything would turn off. 2. 3 seat belt latches no longer work.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 292012


  • 186,000 miles
I was driving my company assigned car down a steep hill when the engine stalled without warning. This has happened 5 other times with this vehicle. This was the first time I was traveling fast though. It's like the engine just turns off. The lights are still on but I lose the power steering and brakes. It was terrifying and extremely dangerous. This problem happens completely randomly with no warning. It has happened to others in my company with their Impala. I looked online and found numerous other instances of Chevy Impala of various model years doing the same thing. It is currently in the repair shop and the mechanic can't duplicate the problem. I told them its random and occurs about every 4 months or so. I am afraid I will have to get back in this death trap due to my employer making me. Please help- I don't want to die because Chevrolet has a problem with their electrical systems in their cars.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
While backing car started to jerk due to traction control problem caused distraction and I paused the car and looked at dash board and continued to back up hitting car in parking lot isle way- had the car repaired spent $ 900 on ABS traction control and front wheel bearings problem still exists and GM will not divulge what is causing the problem- car is not safe to drive- you cannot trust to pull out into traffic car stops when it should not.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

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