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:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,433 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 drivetrain problems

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Nov 102010

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


I got my car March 2006 ran smooth for two years then problems started. First my driver side window fell. Next when I turn on my heat or a.C loud tapping sounds occur for about 5mins. Third when I turn my steering wheel to the left it make a popping sound. And the worst of all my transmission is slipping. Everyone I know with Chevy Impala are having some of the same problems. Something need to be done!!!!

- Friars Point, MS, USA

problem #6

Mar 012009


  • 100,010 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle would shift hard and would remain stuck in a certain gear. Also, the vehicle would violently jerk. The contact was awaiting a service appointment with the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 124,906 and the approximate failure mileage was 100,010.

- Mount Plesant, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 042011


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated while making a left turn the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle also hesitated then surged forward, after the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the manufacturer was contacted regarding the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 032011


  • 142,000 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle began squeaking abnormally. The contact mentioned that the vehicle hesitated and she was unable to continue driving. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be rebuilt. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 142,000 and current mileage was 150,000.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012010


  • 26,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Impala has nothing but issues. Window scratch when going up and down, tire pressure monitor needs replaced, remote start has no distance, water pump leakage, transmission line leaking, rotors, tires and alignment wear out prematurely.

- Gilmore City, IA, USA

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problem #2

Oct 102010


  • miles
I have a Impala lt that suddenly started locking in park not allowing me to shift to other gears. Apparently there is some solenoid that runs from the shifter to the brake pedal which released the button on the stick shift. I have to take it in yet to confirm the problem.

- Bailieboro, 00, USA

problem #1

Jan 302009


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions for failures with the heater blowing cool air, the gear shift changing incorrectly, and the tire monitor indicator constantly illuminating. On January 30, 2008, the contact drove approximately 25 miles. She then pulled into the driveway and noticed smoke underneath the hood, followed by flames. She quickly extinguished the fire and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. It was diagnosed that the power steering hose failed and caused the fluid to leak. The vehicle will be repaired. The current and failure mileages were 51,000.

- Verona, VA, USA

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