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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,545 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #164

Nov 112015

Impala

  • 5 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Reduced engine power message. This message came up after have car at mechanics for a repair on actuator. We took back to mechanic and he cleared message however message has appeared after a week of driving car less than 10 miles per day. Mechanic said possible fix resulting in another $300 repair. The message came up while doing local driving around town less than 5 miles before it will appear

- Breinigsville, PA, USA

problem #163

Aug 012014

Impala

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was parked, all the doors failed to unlock electronically. As a result, the contact had to manually unlock the doors. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #162

Dec 122014

Impala

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While attempting to start and move the vehicle, it would not shift out of park. The contact stated that the failure occurred on a previous occasion. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence where an interim repair was performed in order to drive the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness was inoperable and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was not available.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #161

Dec 112013

Impala

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a loud clicking noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

problem #160

Sep 182014

Impala

  • 85,733 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the key fob was not able to be removed from the ignition and the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it could not be diagnosed. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was remedied under NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the failure recurred twelve times after the repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 85,733.

- Uxbridge, MA, USA

problem #159

Apr 012011

Impala

  • 30,000 miles
I bought the car in 2009 and it had given me problems since I bought it. A week after I bought the car, the gas sensors went bad, the door handle came off and the locks wouldn't work. That was a $1000 bill. The tire sensors went bad and now the locks are going bad again. Ever since then, the blend door actuator, which regulates the heat or recirculating air has consistently gone bad. I have replaced it three times so far and two of the actuators have gone bad again. It makes a loud knocking sound under the dash whether the car is running or not. It also happens when I'm driving. I have called Chevy so many times, I remembered the script they read to you. They never helped. It is a $200 repair bill every time it is repaired. I tried to let it burn itself out and it lasted over a year. I was told by a mechanic that it is a problem on 2004-2008 Impala but they never recalled it. It also causes the air to blow cold in the winter. Why wasn't a recall done on these vehicles.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #158

Oct 072015

Impala

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle stuck in park unable to shift from the parked position. Parked in front of my house went to go pick daughter up from school and couldn't shift gears.

- Chicago Heights, IL, USA

problem #157

Sep 052015

Impala

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that there was a random failure with the service stability link and service stability traction control. In addition, the service engine warning light illuminated frequently followed by a drastic reduction in speed without warning. The contact had to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road each time the failure recurred, turn off the vehicle to reset the computer, and restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who was not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and was to be taken to a dealer for inspection and diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #156

Sep 082015

Impala

  • 12,300 miles
My key is stuck in the ignition. I am forced to disconnect battery & hope that nobody goes looking through my car or attempts to steal it. My second complaint is knocking sound coming from my HVAC. It will happen wether car is in or off.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #155

Mar 072015

Impala

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that all door locks failed to lock and unlock electronically and manually. In addition, the contact stated that the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light illuminated. The service tire monitor system was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the all four locks and the TPMS sensor needed to be replaced. The tpsm was replaced on multiple occasions. However, the failure recurred. The locks were not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #154

Sep 022015

Impala

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While attempting to turn the vehicle off, the key remained in the on position. In addition, the contact was able to remove the key while in the on position and the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Rocky Mount , NC, USA

problem #153

Mar 032015

Impala

  • 103,358 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that all four door locks malfunctioned and prevented the doors from locking. Also, the contact mentioned that the rear doors failed to unlock intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that all four door actuators were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,358.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #152

Jul 292014

Impala 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the door locks malfunctioned. The contact stated that in order to open and close the vehicle they had to manually open the locks through the windows or adjust the seat to manually open the door. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician confirmed that the locks were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 105,000. MA 09/25 the consumer stated she was locked inside of the vehicle. Updated 01/28/16

- St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #151

Sep 142014

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the dealer refused to service the vehicle under the recall because the contact did not have the two ignition keys available. The contact stated that he received only one key when the vehicle was purchased. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Marianna , AR, USA

problem #150

Jul 082013

Impala

  • miles
Door locks won't unlock. They will lock most of the time when put in gear. They won't unlock except manually. We have grand children in back seat at times. If we got into an accident you can't open rear doors and you can't reach lock lever to release. Car has about 65000 miles on it and locks started acting up around 40000 miles. Now they are all defective. One was replaced under warranty around 30000 miles. Car has been kept in garage since new, I think this should be a safety recall.

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #149

Jul 082015

Impala

  • miles
This is the third time since I bought this car (new) that the wiring on the shift lock has failed. The problem is well reported on the web for 2007 and 2008 Impala. The car has been towed each time and wires fixed. The cost has been running #300.00 to $150 and the fix last about two years, I have googled the problem and found many others suffering the same problem, yet your recall log shows nothing.

- Gray , ME, USA

problem #148

Jun 172015

Impala

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. The dealer stated that the ECM computer failed. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V35500 (electrical system); however, the ECM was not covered under the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure; however, the contact was not offered a remedy for the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #147

Jun 262015

Impala

  • 77,120 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle did not restart. The dealer was contacted, but the vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 77,120.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #146

Mar 072014

Impala

  • 47,500 miles
The left rear door started to stay locked when put in park and the remote would not open it. Now all four doors are doing it. One might unlock or two but it's never the same doors. Now they are popping halfway up and unlocking when you put it in drive. A severe safety issue especially when kids are in my car.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #145

Jun 162015

Impala

  • 60,000 miles
I recently had a vent actuator fail; the sign was a loud clicking noise coming from the failed vent actuator located behind the glove box. According to the information that I have been able to gather, there are 4 vent actuators located behind the dash of the vehicle. These vent actuators seem to fail on a regular basis from complaints that I have been able to review on the internet. These are $25 parts, however the labor costs are ridiculous; $300-400 per vent actuator. If these vent actuators fail at random times, that is at a cost of up to $425 for each visit to the dealer, and there is no guarantee that they won't fail once again. Chevrolet is fully aware of the problem, according to their own web site. However, they continue to charge the owner of the vehicle these outrageous fees. I am seeking assistance in having Chevrolet replace all the vent actuators with a quality product; nothing like cheap chinese plastic. In addition, they need to quit passing the labor costs onto the owner for a problem that they refuse to address.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

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