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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 3 of 10)

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problem #144

Jun 012015

Impala

  • 108,500 miles

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

Came to get in and unlock car when I noticed only the front passenger door unlocks. Had to climb through the car (while 5 months pregnant) to unlock both backseat doors for my niece and infant nephew to get them in the car. The 3 locks, besides passenger front, only work maybe once a week randomly. I have my first child on the way in November, and now I have to worry if I will have to set my baby on the ground during winter to climb through the car to unlock the back door manually.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #143

Mar 152015

Impala

  • 98,000 miles
I started my car and the RPM's went to 0. message stated "service traction control" and engine power reduced". when I looked up information online I noticed many people had the same problem with Chevy/GM cars.

- Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #142

May 012015

Impala

  • 120,000 miles
Driving on the highway during rush hour thru a construction zone my car gave me the engine power reduce then not even a mile down the road the starting disabled service throttle message came then the car stalled with no shoulder to pull over on. Sat for about maybe 5 min then made it home. Not it happens more frequent. Took to the GM dealer to get it diagnosed and they told me they couldn't find a problem with it. So basically spent 40 bucks to hang out at the dealership for them to tell me nothing. They even checked my VIN and no recall.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #141

Feb 012014

Impala

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was parked, the ignition key became stuck in the ignition switch. The failure recurred on several occasions until the key was unable to be removed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and informed that the failure was not related to the recall. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #140

Apr 152013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 99,200 miles
The car was performing wonderful for several months. This particular day, I drove to the store, put the car in park, attempt to remove the key from the ignition and it was stuck. After several attempts, I was able to remove the key. This has happened at least once weekly, to once daily. The key would not switch completely off leaving the battery source to drain and having to get boost or replace batteries more often, when the recall was issued, I was somewhat relieved, thinking that this would resolve the issue. Fast forward to October 2014, I the key was stuck in the ignition again on the particular day I took the car in for there service. The service person witnessed the key stuck in the ignition. I had to leave the car there and with some manipulation, he was able to remove the key and complete the service call. The service department manager was adamant that this was not a recall issue and that placing a hole in the plastic hub of the key was to relieved the weight to prevent the key from switching off while drive the vehicle. Now it is 2015 and this is a continued issue with my car. Upon further research (via the web) this is has been problematic with the Chevy Impala (2006- to present) with other issues to include unable to shift the vehicle of part, or will not start at all. This is not a key cylinder problem. Today I contact GM directly (case #71-14632344170) concerning this issue. Representative very understanding and attempted to help with this issue. There was a conference call with a local Chevy dealership for a diagnostic test and they could not schedule the appointment until next Tuesday. Understanding the key has been in the ignition switch since last Thursday, with the consequences, dead battery (twice), leaving the car running to keep the battery from dying while at clients homes, losing work because I can not leave the car unsecured.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #139

Mar 102015

Impala

  • 69,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving, the rear window defroster failed to activate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 69,500.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #138

Mar 232015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 116,230 miles

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

Door locks will not lock/unlock with fob or lock/unlock button and the more you press the button the weaker the signal to lock/unlock the doors become. Very dangerous!

- Nekoosa, WI, USA

problem #137

Feb 182015

Impala

  • 105,200 miles
As I was driving, I got a notification on my dashboard that read "engine power reduced service traction control". I continued to drive to my destination or somewhere I could safely pull over. As I drove, the power to my vehicle had reduced significantly. During this time, the check engine light as well as the traction control light stayed on. After about 20 minutes or so, the lights went off and the car begin to operate without incident. After the day of the initial incident, I had the same problem occur 2 more times on 2 separate occasions. I have had my car since 2011 and I have had no accidents so I am not sure where or why this issue is happening but I am definitely not happy about it. I am also having issues with a knocking noise coming from my glovebox as well as the airbags light keeps coming on. Is there a recall that I am not aware of that affects these issues? if not, what can be done to rectify this problem. I am a proud Chevy owner and would like to remain loyal to Chevy however if I am not able to get some sort of resolution for these problems, I may have to look at going to a different manufacturer.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #136

Mar 192015

Impala

  • 168,000 miles
While driving on the highway (60mph), without warning the car slows to 20mph and the check engine light comes on with an error message about the traction control. Extremely dangerous situation, but I was not rear-ended.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #135

Mar 042015

Impala

  • miles
No incident. This is a complaint about the recall for Chevy ignition switches. Chevy's repair is to give you a key ring that separates the ignition keys from the other keys. Most people won't bother and a friend driving your car isn't going to know. All you have done is give GM's lawyers a loophole for large lawsuits. They can claim the owner didn't separate the keys. This is [xxx]. the correct repair is to replace the bad switch. How many people have to die or get injured before you do the right thing instead of letting GM do the half ass thing that protects them from lawsuits. Hasn't GM been bailed out enough. Why would you protect GM over and above the safety of the american public. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #134

Feb 022015

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2008 Chevrolet Impala. The consumer received the ignition recall. However, the vehicle was repossessed.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #133

Nov 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I received notice of a safety recall #14299 from Chevrolet instructing me to call my local dealer and schedule a time to have the ignition repair. The local dealer, campbell Chevrolet in bowling green, ky told me they did not have the parts. The dealer instructed me to leave my name and telephone number and they would call when the parts came in. This call took place on November 13, 2014. I still have not heard anything from the dealer. I believe there has been more than enough time to get the parts needed and fix this problem. Meanwhile, I am still driving the car with this known risk. If this is the manner in which car manufacturers are allowed to state they are taking care of recalls it is no wonder more deaths are not avoided. If I attempt to trade the vehicle I am sure this will be an issue and most probably devalue my car. Is there other recourse a consumer can take to remedy this issue?

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #132

Jun 152013

Impala

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the key failed to eject from the ignition switch and remained in the off position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic was able to remove the key from the ignition and stated that the linkage in the gear shift failed. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that three months later, the contact ejected the key from the ignition while in the on position. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Marlette, MI, USA

problem #131

Apr 012014

Impala

  • miles
Letter from constituent who experienced problems with her 2008 Impala, seeking reimbursement for the repairs she believes were all part of a recall. The consumer stated on April 1, 2014, she had just exited the interstate highway, when suddenly the engine shut off. The vehicle would not re-start and a message appeared on the dash that read throttle control system. The vehicle was towed to a service station. The throttle body was replaced. On April 19, 2014. The check engine light illuminated as she was driving. She pulled into a parking lot, and turned off the engine. The vehicle did not re-start, once again, the vehicle had to be towed. The power train control module had to be replaced and the computer was re-programmed.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #130

Jan 222015

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) however, the recall remedy failed to repair the vehicle. After the vehicle was serviced under the recall repair, the vehicle failed to start. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Eunice, LA, USA

problem #129

Dec 152014

Impala

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the engine failed to start on numerous occasions. In addition, the vehicle failed to shut off due to the ignition key sticking to the ignition switch. The vehicle was towed to a dealer on several occasions where it was diagnosed that the gear shaft wires were sending the incorrect signal causing the solenoid to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #128

Sep 142014

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #127

Jan 102015

Impala

  • 146,635 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While attempting to reverse from the park position, the vehicle failed to shift. The contact also mentioned that the key was unable to be removed from the ignition and an unknown warning light illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the ignition switch was replaced, but the shifter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 146,635.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #126

Jan 072015

Impala

  • 60,760 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the gear shift lever failed to shift from park to drive. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the gear shift center console was faulty. The vehicle was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,760.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #125

Jun 022014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I have had the ignition switch repaired under the recall thinking this might help the problem. I will be driving down the road when the steering will lock up and the car slows and cuts off. I have had several near miss accidents with other cars and am literally afraid to drive the car anymore. I have taken the car to several other dealers and they claim they are unable to determine what is wrong or how to fix it. It is only a mater of time before I have an accident and injure myself or others.

- Bennettsville, SC, USA

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