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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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,204 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 #16

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 #15

Jun 192013

Impala 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal tapping noise from under the air conditioning unit. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the air conditioning unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Goose Creek , SC, USA

problem #14

May 012013

Impala 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated the transmission was slipping. She explained to the dealer, there was a recurring problem with the transmission. Each time, the consumer went to the dealer, she was informed they could not recreate the problem, and therefore no problem existed. Besides the transmission problem, there was a horrible ratcheting machine-gun type noise coming from behind the dash, when she changed the vent position. The loud noise lasted for about a minute and was almost ear-piercing. Also, the engine mount broke, the water pump, steering and tie rods failed, the engine burned excessive amount of oil, and the engine low oil light illuminated. The windows made a screeching sound, the sunroof would drag, the plastic headlight covered were fogged and faded. The tire pressure monitoring light was constantly on. On April 24, 2013. The consumer took the vehicle to an independent transmission shop to have them assess the same transmission slipping problem, she had been experiencing for seven years. They dropped the transmission pan, and they found fine metal, pieces of aluminum and clutch material in the pan.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012010


  • miles


I have a 2006 Chevy Impala and there seems to be a problem with the transmission. We have taken the car to the dealers several times. We have changed the spark plugs, changed and flushed the transmission fluid. We are still having the car jerk off at a stop light. We you are stopped on an incline it also hesitates to go into gear and the jerks away! the dealer can never find a anything wrong and we have done all the recommended fixes. This seems to be getting worse. The gas cap and solenoid have also had to be replaced which everyone has had problems with. GM should recall these cars before someone gets hurt!

- Camden, NY, USA

problem #12

May 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 57,058 miles
Displayed on panel "reduced engine power". on star diagnosed service code "P2138". on 05/01/2012 while driving through a large intersection my engine power was reduced to 3 or maybe 5 mph. I was trying to get through the intersection without the acceleration that was so desperately needed. This is definitely a safety issue. In addition to being concerned about getting into an accident, I'm fearful I will be the one causing a fatal pile-up. I have been to the Chevy dealer 4 times and they were unable to fix this problem.

- Forest Hills, Ny, NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 012007

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
My car was purchased brand new in 2006. It has given me trouble very early on. For almost a year now, my gas gauge has not worked and I was told I need a new transmission. Could the lemon law apply to this car? also, there have been many times that I feel like the brakes are not going to work, they slip. Please help!

- East Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #10

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

problem #9

Nov 102009


  • 58,000 miles
2006 Impala - during the winter of 2009 I had to rev the engine for it to put out heat. During the winter of 2009 car overheats unexpectedly and now during the spring 2010, car continues to overheat unexpectedly. Took it to an independent mechanic when the overheating first started. The replaces antifreeze and hoses. It helped for a while.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 212008


  • 44,000 miles
2006 Chevy Impala caught on fire, and was completely destroyed. I called GM to notifiy them, but they made it impossible for it to be investigated. Our insurance company gave us a check for the car, but we still had to pay over $2000 to pay off the car. The fire started after the car lost power on the highway outside Wisconsin dells. The fire started in the engine, and only took 13 minutes to completely destroy the car. At the time we were the only ones to have this happen, but the more checking around the more reports I see. Me, my husband, and our two children were in the car when the fire started. How many engine fires does there have to be before GM is held responsible?

- Cedarville, IA, USA

problem #7

Feb 282009


  • 76,700 miles
I took my car to the shop the other day to have it checked because it stopped getting hot and I was putting antifreeze in it about once a week. It would only get hot if I was pressing on the gas or was driving. They told me it was leaking from my head gasket and that they have seen this problem with these cars often. They told me to take it to a Chevy dealer and they should fix it. Im going to go to the Chevy dealer and see if they will fix it or not.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 172008


  • miles


Excessive oil consumption; 1 qt every 1500 miles. Impala 2006 ss. 5.3L. Dealer claims this is normal.

- Laingsburg, MI, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

Jan 302009


  • miles
I have only had my car for 9 months and have had trouble from the beginning, the heater will not heat up and when it does it goes cold unless you are pressing the gas and will not defrost and it keeps losing fluid so they replace the radiator has a bad shimmy and a popping in the steering wheel it has less then 45,000 I really think they need to check in on all the problems people are having with the 2006 Impala.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 212008


  • 36,500 miles
I purchased the 2006 Impala in 11/2006 when stopping the steering and front end shakes and vibrates. 1st the keyless remotes stop working which included my automatic start not working that happened 12/7. I am a trooper so I waited took my car to the Chevy dealer 4/08 and they said there was a recall on the system so they fixed that and my tire monitoring system(which went out again on 12/1/08). My seatbelts wont lock in you have to force it hard several times and then still comes out on both the passenger and drivers side. My rear left door stop wrkg 6/08 1st the door would not close now it does not open at all. On 12/21/08 the power steering went out while driving at 55mph on the expressway. Also the heat stop working and the rear defrost 12/16/08 and it is freezing in Chicago. Took car to dealership and of course the warranty was expired so I was stuck paying the $300 bill for the power steering. My husband refused to pay the $400 for them to replace the thermostat and thermostat gasket. Well two days later car is back in the shop because now 1/3/09 the water pump is leaking waiting on a callback now from the authorized mechanic with the final report on what all is wrong with this car that just came from the other authorized shop on 12/21. Mind U the car was only driven like 4 miles B4 the other problems started happening. I have had it with this car. I will send in more information when I get the final verdict on the death trap from the authorized mechanic when he calls me back today 1/3/08.

- Markham, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 172008


  • 43,500 miles
I have a 2006 ss Impala I've had nothing but on going problems. 1st waterpump went out then 2nd driver tie rod was replaced 3rd powersteering hose replaced 4th battery went dead 5th power steering hose out again and tie rod on passenger needs replaced also. I'm so fed up with this car and its problems!these have been on going problems since 2006.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 092007


  • 31,174 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 50 mph downhill, the vehicle began to vibrate when the brake pedal was depressed. The brakes failed. There was no damage or crash. The brakes were replaced by an authorized dealer. The contact then heard a knocking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. A repair was made, but the noise still persists. She noticed that the steering wheel was loose and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The rack and pinion were replaced in the steering column. Recently, the water pump began overheating and has not yet been repaired. The failure mileage was 31,174.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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