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2008 Chevrolet Impala wheels / hubs NHTSA complaints: Wheels

NHTSA — Wheels Problems

2008 Chevrolet Impala (Page 1 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,757 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Sep 162014


  • 151,000 miles


Premature wear on rear tires, less then a year old and ruined.

- Kewadin, MI, USA

problem #20

Feb 282014


  • 36,000 miles
This car is so dangerous due to incredible wear on the tread on nearly new tires. All 4 tires are very worn when the tires have only 10,0000 miles on them. We are slipping and sliding on wet roads. Even though we have had the car aligned -- there is something wrong with this car!!!!

- Lyme, CT, USA

problem #19

Aug 012014


  • 62,000 miles
While driving at highway speed, noticed some vibration from rear tires. Checked tires when I got home. Rear tires have extreme tread wear on the inside edge. This wear is hidden because it is on the very inside edges of the tires, and you don't notice when looking at the tires from the side of the car. Most of the tire you can see looks normal. The wear is on the inner most 5% of the tread. And it is extreme wear, all the way through the steel belts. I researched and found a GM service bulletin for 2007-8 Impala tire wear and suspension problems like this. But that bulletin only called for service on models with police suspension in the rear. The solution required replacement spindle arms to be installed. Called GM and they will not replace my consumer spindles. But I have the same problem. This tire wear has caused bow outs and crashes if you look at reports that a google search can find. Search for Impala spindle and tire wear. You will be amazed at how obvious this deadly defect is.

- Oregon, WI, USA

problem #18

Dec 092011


  • 67,122 miles


Excessive left side tire wear, especially left rear. Left side tires need replaced every 34 thousand miles. I guess the left rear would go faster if I did not rotate the tires to to spread the wear. Car when bought came with replacement tires at 34 thousand miles, I replaced them at 67 thousand and 102 thousand. Problem still exists. I keep an eye on them, otherwise left rear tire would likely have been destroyed by this condition. At 67K miles Firestone said they would have to drill holes to align car properly. This is an obvious safety problem, especially since the wear is on the inside of the tire where most folks don't look. I called and mailed GM and they don't care, guess we need some accidents first.

- Summerhill, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012012


  • 40,000 miles
Tire blowout. Due to defective rear suspension that caused tires to be misaligned. The defective spindles caused the weight of the car to ride on the very inside corners of the rear tires. 90% of the tire wear was on 10% of the tires. This caused the hidden inside one inch of the tire to wear through the tire safety belts, expose the tire threads, and then blowout. Both rear tires did this. The pictures are stunning to see how much of the tire tread looks perfect and how devastating the wear was to the inner most inch. To most people looking at the tires from the side, they looked fine.no one expects the damage they don't see hidden from daily view. The tire wear is extremely accelerated once it reaches the soft material just under the tread. It can go from thin tread to a hole in the safety belt material in 1000 miles of wear. GM issued technical service bulletin in 2008 about this exact symptom, but only called for repair of police model Impala. They have not called for repair of similar general public owners models. So we did not know until we had a blowout. The dealer would do nothing because it was not a police car covered in the tsb. We paid for 4 new times, and alignment. But the problem still exists. The new tires are wearing out the same. There is little winter traction in the rear because of such small amount of tread on the road.

- Oregon, WI, USA

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problem #16

Feb 212014


  • 49,000 miles
Just bought the car 3 weeks ago with brand new tires on them, and now the rear tires are going bald on the inside of the vehicle. Going to dealership on Saturday to get new tires that they are paying for on the back, but I don't know why this is happening. Very unsatisfied with GM product, I want in on that lawsuit that is going against GM for this faulty year.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #15

Nov 012012


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the rear driver's side tire blew without warning. The contact also mentioned that the problem had occurred on three separate occasions with three different tires placed on the rear driver's side. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Proctor, AR, USA

problem #14

Mar 152011

Impala 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
The incident date above is approximate but the first event with a tire center was a Saturday in March 2011. (although the tire pressure issue had been on-going during the warranty period, it did not appear to be related to the warranty.) the car was taken to american automotive tire and services, stafford, va. The tire had been losing pressure. Several months later, on Feb. 1, 2012, my friend took the car to another tire service center along garrisonville road, stafford, va, where the service technician provided copies of GM bulletin # 05-03-10-003F: Low tire pressure, leaking cast aluminum wheels (repair with adhesive sealant) - (Apr 27, 2010) and a technical service bulletin for the 2008 Chevrolet Impala ss. On Feb 2, 2012, radley Chevrolet, fredericksburg, va, (radley) found that "the left rear rim is leaking air" and "found inner rim leaking air on bead." The technician followed #05-03-10-003F and verified the repair. On Sept 12, 2012, radley's tech "found after letting rim sit in tank for period of time - very small leak coming from inside of cast aluminum wheel... " on Oct. 11, 2012, radley cleaned the corrosion from the wheels and added adhesive sealant. The tire continued to leak. On Oct. 22, 2013, ourisman Chevrolet, alexandria, va, found "ongoing loss of air from tires - possible bead corrosion; cause of air loss from left front wheel small leak threw [sic] rim in where rim has oxidized [sic]...other wheels showing same oxidized [sic] marks." GM agreed to pay 60% of the cost of one wheel replacement $330.28. The dealer recommended to GM that all four wheels be replaced for $1088.73. GM authorized replacing one wheel. GM's #05-03-10-003F applies to all prior years of all passenger cars & light duty trucks. GM must resolve this long-standing dangerous safety issue. General Motors should pay to replace all of my wheels at its sole expense.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #13

Jan 192010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 22,348 miles
Needed 4 new tires & cam bolts on 3 wheels due to excessive wear (down to thread) after only 22,348 miles. I was (at first) told it was because most of my driving was around town & that I made a lot of turns! tires had been rotated regularly since 2008...dlr. Never mentioned known problem w/camber. (mechanic said he sees all the time for this make/model.) saw that this model was recalled for police dept. Purchasers but not for the rest of us. My last Chevy!

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #12

Mar 162013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 89,998 miles
When my Impala first started to display the engine power reduce message. I was told that it was the accelerator pedal position sensor. So I change the gas pedal the engine light when off for about two weeks. Then my car cut off one day as I was on my way to work. When I went to get it check they told me it might be the alternator and then it was the throttle body. Then there was nothing wrong with it but my car is now park and refuse to stay running. It will start only to cut off a mile or so into driving.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 012010


  • 80,000 miles


Excessive wear on my rear tires. I have been told that the suspension is faulty and that excessive repair work had to be done to remedy this. I had to call aaa on one occassion because one of my rear tires blew out because of this problem. No injuries and I was lucky that I was driving in the city when this happened. On the highway, I could have cause great damage to myself and possibly to others around me. My car burns thru oil so super fast. It burns a quart of oil approximately every 750 miles.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #10

Jan 062013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 33,300 miles
Premature tires wear on the inside tread of the rear wheels. This is causing steering issues at high speed. Not noticeable until rear tires are rotated to front, then there is a shake. There is a pending lawsuit for this occurrence on the 07 and 08 Impala. Apparently the rear spindles are to blame due to poor design.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 152012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
We purchased the car new from grand prize Chevrolet. At about 8000 miles I noticed uneven wear on the front tires and called the dealer. I was told that the warranty only covered wheel alignment for the first 6000 miles. Accordingly, I took the car to tire kingdom, a tire dealer, and had the car aligned. At 20,000 miles I again noticed uneven wear in the tires and took the car back to tire kingdom. They aligned it again and said it was ok. It wasn't. at about 35,000 miles it was aligned again by tire kingdom and I put in new tires. The store manager, [xxx] told me he had done the alignment himself and that all was within specs. At 52000 miles one of the tires failed. It was all worn on the inside edge where I had not noticed the uneven wear. I then took the vehicle to maroone Chevrolet who told me they could not align the car without the installation of what they call a "camber kit" because my 2008 Impala had no other way of having the camber adjusted. In summary: My 2008 Impala was misaligned when I purchased it and 52000 miles later is still misaligned because the manufacturer failed to include camber adjustment in the design. Neither the manufacturer or the dealer accepts responsibility for this defect, have not issued a recall and will not fix the problem unless we pay their blackmail. However, according to reports on the internet, a recall for this very same problem was issued by the manufacturer for police vehicles. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 262012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Impala on January 14, 2012 and the inner tires on the rear were worn almost to the metal cord. I slid off the road on February 26, 2012. When I took the car to the repair shop the front left wheel bearing was loose and also the outer tire rod on the front left was also loose. The auto repair specialist informed me that the suspension on the Impala is a common concern. I was also informed that GM recalled the 2008 Impala but only the police cars.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 192010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
In less than 30,000 miles, I've had to have wheel alignments each time I was force to replace 2 sets of rears tires on my 2008 Impala due to excessive wear. Before having to replace the first set of tire, I had the car into the dealership twice for car vibration at speeds of 50 to 65 mph. I was told the first time that all the wheels had to be re-balanced which did not make since to me. The second time I was told that nothing was found. Then the first tire failure and fortunately only at 35 mph. This first failure was at approx. 15,000 miles. One tire, but both were worn enongh that the dealer should have forewarn me before I left the dealership. The second set of the original tires moved to the rear, wore-out at approx. 28,000 miles. I have never in my 47 years of driving had tires and mulitple alignments as I've had on this car.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 182011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
Premature tire wear attributed to faulty rods in the rear suspension linkage suspension defect.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 262011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
In March 2009 I purchased a 2008 Impala nice car. New tires were purchased at app 26000 mi. By previous owner. App19,000 mi later I must buy new tires. My rear tires wore down to the metal this winter. I did all the proper rotations and maintained proper inflation. I thought the tires were inferior but my tire people say its the car. I have a warranty on the car but the service dept says this problem is not covered. I need this problem addressed by someone.

- Camden, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 062011


  • 0 miles
Driving the Impala ss on winter roads in Indiana has become a challenge with this car. Any ice or snow on the road will only allow you to drive 45 mph at the max and then the rear of the car starts to swerve back and forth as if the tires are fighting one and another for control. Contacted the local Chevy dealer and was told by the service department that it is a tire problem with the good year Eagle rs-a P235/50 R 18 and they have had a lot of complaints on no traction with these tires. Service rep stated the tires needed to be taken off and new tires put on. Not covered by the warranty. Called good year customer service told them the problem and they schedule an appointment for me. Took it to the authorized good year dealer and they called back and said the tires have half their tread left and no problems with the tires. He stated that the tire is to wide for driving in the winter time and basically floats on the ice and snow and would suggest only diving the car in the summer months. So here is the dilemma, the manufacture knows that they have had a lot of complaints with the tires (which are the original tires that are sold with the car. The tire manufacture states the tire is to wide for driving on snow or ice and I need to park it into summer gets here and if so if I drive the car in the winter, I have been warned that it is too dangerous to drive.

- Plymouth, IN, USA

problem #3

Dec 302009


  • 52 miles
2008 cheverolet Impala - 3 wheel bearing put on in less than 1 year on front passenger side. This was supposed to be a certified guaranteed car, but immediately after purchasing, took to my mechanic and would not even pass inspection. Wheel bearing bad. State line auto in andover Ohio wil not even enterain fixing it for the 3rd time.

- Cochranton, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 282008


  • 14,000 miles
At 12K miles inside of rear tires were worn smooth. Chevrolet only acknowledges this on the 2007-2008 Impala police cars. My vehicle is a 2008 Impala ltz and it had the same exact problem.

- Crestview, FL, USA

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