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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,767 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #58

Aug 012014


  • 85,000 miles


My key is stuck in the ignition of my 2006 Impala. The first few times I was able to shift the car out of gear and back to park, while turning the key back and forth and the key would release. Now the key is stuck and will not come out of the ignition. Shifter is stuck in park. It starts just fine and goes into gear but I just can't shut it off.

- Fort Hood, TX, USA

problem #57

Nov 202013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, another vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the contact stated that the speedometer failed. A police report was filed and the contact sustained injuries. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #56

Jul 142010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the key seized in the ignition while trying to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the ignition switch was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hinesville , GA, USA

problem #55

Aug 182014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #54

Aug 182014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #53

Aug 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The manufacturer stated that the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The contact believed that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 10/09/14 updated 3/26/2015

- Morrilton , AR, USA

problem #52

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 #51

Apr 012014

Impala 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Impala is experiencing problems with the tire pressure monitoring system, as well as the remote keyless entry system. Both systems use the same antenna in the vehicle, and the module controlling each system is defective. Many times a day while driving, an alert will appear saying "service tire monitoring system" and I will lose readings of my tire pressures. Mandated in 2005, TPMS systems are as important as air bags and seat belts in vehicles, so this is a serious safety concern. I recently had a flat tire that could have resulted in a blowout on the expressway had I not visually checked the tire because the TPMS system was not working correctly. I have found a service bulletin regarding the issue with a document id of 1990156. I have contacted GM about the issue and was told that it was no longer covered by the original vehicle warranty and a service bulletin is not enough for them to replace the equipment without charging myself, the consumer. This safety issue needs to be addressed because these systems are in place to increase the safety of the vehicle and they are not serving that purpose due to poor design right out of the factory. In addition to the failure of the TPMS system, the defect also makes the remote keyless entry system useless due to extremely poor range (~2 feet). This is more of a convenience issue, but it is still caused by the same defect.

- Smiths Creek, MI, USA

problem #50

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 #49

Jun 282014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
There is a very common problem with 2006-2013 Impala rear defrosters not working. Look on youtube and you will see the problem is very evident. GM/Chevy used a small bulkhead connector for the high current defroster wires located on the passenger side kick plate of the 2006-2013 Impala's that burns out. This really should be a recall due to a fire hazard. The "how to" fix on you tube looks like it will work, but this really should be addressed and fixed by GM. Inexperienced mechanics trying to fix this may get hurt, let alone increasing the electrical/fire hazard by improperly "fixing" the problem. GM is recalling their vehicles for everything else so why not fix a known problem? sad for people in winter climates not being able to see out their rear window due to this systemic problem associated with the Impala.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #48

Apr 102014

Impala 8-cyl

  • 43,265 miles


While driving home from work traveling at a speed of 70 mph I suddenly received a notification of reduced power and to service my traction control had the problem diagnosed as a faulty engine control module still having this problem.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #47

May 222014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
I was on the freeway going 60-65 mph. My car jumped or I just felt a change and my RPM needle moved. As I tried to push in the gas pedal the RPM needle would move up to 4rpms but my speed wouldn't increase it was almost as if I was driving in neutral I pulled off to the side of the highway just in time for my car to stall. I sat there for only a minute and started it again and drove back home fine to my cousins shop where he found nothing wrong, no codes found and their was never a code displayed on the dash during this. My transmission fluid wasn't burned and it was clear and pink. I'm frustrated bc this is an GM issue and they aren't doing anything. I could of been hit and killed. My dad has a Blazer that is sitting in our driveway for the same issue, the GM dealership among a couple other places can't find out what's wrong. Someone please help me among others get GM to look into our cars at least for free. I have a child that is always in the car with me an if anything was to ever happen to us because of an issue GM won't resolve there will be many lawsuits including mine.

- Lyndhurst , OH, USA

problem #46

Mar 132012


  • 82,000 miles
From time to time I hear some banging noise like someone is in my trunk or like it the side. I'm not sure what it. Also my power steering make noise all the time. And my driver side headlight bulb comes loose and blows out a lot. It seems like it's something with the connector. To many issues with this car.

- Vadnais Hts , MN, USA

problem #45

May 112014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Its a 2006 Impala she was driving down the freeway and smoke came out the vents of the dash !!! the traction light was on and the power seats do not work but it still runs, she left the car and had it toed ! so I was wondering if this has happened to any one else ? it looks like it happens a lot but GM has not done anything about it !!!! I read a lot of dash fires from the electrical box on different complaints and some the door locks do not work when the electrical problems begin and traps you in the car !!! its hard to believe this goes on with no outcome its like someone has to die or get killed before anything is done.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #44

Mar 182014


  • miles
The key got stuck in the ignition switch...GM dealership cannot locate the problem.

- Tucaloosa, AL, USA

problem #43

Feb 172014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Shortly after purchasing the vehicle I noticed that when opening the driver's side or any other doors dic (driver's info center) stays lit and radio stays on for 15 minutes. Was told it may be the BCM (body control module). Also checked vehicle's oil and all was fine then 2 weeks later check engine light comes on and dipstick shows no oil. No leaks anywhere on driveway nor under carriage. Steering wheel squeals when turning yet all fluids are topped off. Is this vehicle a lemon?

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #42

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 #41

Feb 152014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 83,108 miles
Going 55 mph car suddenly dropped to 35 mph almost got rear ended by cars behind me. Dash lights came on service traction control, engine power reduced, check engine light came on, cruise control not working. Had some work done at Chevrolet dealership 100 miles ago so maybe something they did wrong. But I see there are many complaints and dangerous situations caused by this very same message. Someone is going to get hurt or killed by this sudden deceleration with no warning.

- Braselton, GA, USA

problem #40

Feb 022014


  • 80,100 miles
I was jus leaving my job on my way to school when as I reached about half a mile away from my job the car displayed a message engine power reduced I was goin the speed limit which was about 45 to 50 when I was suddenly uncontrollably brought to under 20 mph cars nearly ran into my rear several times so I had to quickly put on my hazards N pull into a nearby shopping center I had to have the car towed home N now I'm car I don't have the necessary funds my local Chevrolet dealership is chagrin to fix this issue especially when they charge by how long the job takes after for the life of me I can't understand how my 2005 Chevy Impala which had 155000 miles performed better than my 2006 I never had as much issue as I did with this car as I did with older also in this 2006 Impala this cooling system part are very cheap I would not recommend a Chevy to any one after experience the problems I did with this car especially when I was driving and lost all my power steering fluid after just having a recall for an power steering pump hose repaired.

- Miramar , FL, USA

problem #39

Aug 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Original owner of vehicle. Noticed sometime in August of 2013 that the rear window defogger wasn't working. Checked fuse, relay, grid connections and found incomplete circuit. Traced open circuit to a wiring harness connector behind passenger side kick panel under glove box. Found that rear window defogger wire (purple) was burned and insulation was melted. Separated the wiring harness connector to find that specific connector for this wire inside connector was also burned and melted on both sides of the connector. Concerned about fire hazard.

- Middleburgh, NY, USA

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