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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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,844 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #9

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 #8

Oct 252010


  • miles
Tire monitoring matter how many times I have these tires checked and aired, the system will not quit blinking. I checked online and I am not the only person with this complaint. GM is in the news about how they have come back, well on their come back trail can they please fix this.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 232010


  • 55,541 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Impala lt 3.9 with 55,000 miles just had to put water pump 2by pass hose and bottom hose bill came to around $470. This car has been babied ever since new and with top notch service performed regularly. Besides this problem the tire air sensors are also a joke replaced two of them at around $70 each. Still don't work properly. While I'm on roll I should mention the remote start, unlock, system is also a joke, took it to a dealer told them it would not work anything, they came back to me two hours later and said the module in drivers door was bad, two remotes, module, calibration and $917 and they would have me on my way. Ha ha. Told them to put it back together and I was paying my $80 for the time spent and leaving. As I was going to my car the service rep. Said when they put it back together it began working, everything but tire pressure info. I have read other people have remote problems just wondered how common this problem is. Also I cannot believe my water pump went bad @55,000 miles.

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 182008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions; the vehicle was consuming a significant amount of fuel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The technician stated the failure was contributed to the fuel system adhesive layer. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact was concerned about the safety risk. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was unknown. Updated 12/07/09 the consumer stated the trip computer, tire pressure monitoring system, ABS, traction control were all inoperative. Also all of the lights flash at times and stay on. Updated 12/09/09

- Jamacia, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 012007


  • miles
In January 2007 I purchased a 2006 Chevy Impala and approximately 6 months later I had my first problem with the car. First problem: "service tire monitor system" (7/07) I took the car to the dealership and the sensors were replaced for free in two of the tires. I have since experienced this same problem over and over again. I did not have this fixed at all in 2008 because the dealership wants to charge me for the replacement of the sensors. I just let the monitor continue to blink on and off. I had it replaced in 4/09 due to other standard replacements. Second problem: Heating (found problem 10/07) to get heat in the car your foot must be on the peddle and the car must be moving. The moment you take your foot off the peddle to press the brake, the heater goes out and the air turns cold. This problem was fixed in 4/09, when the other replacement parts were fixed. Third problem: On and off jerking (9/07) if you are at a stop light and it turns green. You press on the gas tank but the car does not go anywhere for a moment. Then it jerks and takes off. It seems like there is a delay in the thinking process like the car is not aware it should go when you press the gas. In 4/09 I addressed this problem with the dealership but nothing could be found wrong with the car and of course it did not happen when they took it for a test drive.

- Richmond, CA, USA

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problem #4

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 #3

Jan 302008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Vehicle has been to shop for repair of tire monitor system. Dealership did not fix a broken tie-rod. Chevrolet is refusing to return calls. Customer care rep. Paul fleming 1-866-790-5700 ext. 22113. Case number71-598223331. Originally filed with shawn carter over a week ago. Car is still not fixed. I believe there is a problem with the front drive train of this vehicle. 2006 Chevy Impala lt.

- Vienna, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 232007

Impala 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 435 miles
My car is in the shop today because of the tire monitor system. This is the fifth time that it has been in the shop for this problem. Around late January I had it in the shop for a rust spot close to the sun roof. Also someone who was looking at my car told me it had swirl marks on it because it apparently had been buffed before I purchased my 2006 Impala ss, in June of 2006.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,124 miles
The ignition switch will not allow me to take the key out. It is still in the on position. The windows will not go up. The engine light is on.the service airbag light is on.the service tiremonitor system light is on and I just took it to the shop last week for the fourth time for these same problems.we've only had the car 5 months and this cointinues to be a problem.

- Pine Grove, LA, USA

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