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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,227 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #99

Feb 132015

Impala

  • 67,000 miles

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

While driving about 35 mph, my car instantly reduced speed and the traction control and powered reduced to engine light displayed. My car reduced speed to about 10 mph and I couldn't accelerate anymore. I began coasting. I drove directly to the dealership and was charged $400 to "fix" the problem.

- Lagrange, NC, USA

problem #98

Feb 182015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I have been having the service engine light come intermittently along with the service traction control light. I have had a technician look at this for me and advised that the throttle control sensor (accelerator pedal) is going in and out. The accelerator pedal is connected to a sensor that drives the throttle on the engine. When this happens intermittently the vehicle looses engine power and traction control.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #97

Jan 252015

Impala

  • 215,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 60 mph, the service traction and reduced engine power warning lights illuminated. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not accelerate over 10 mph. The contact coasted over to the emergency lane and shut off the vehicle. The contact restarted the vehicle, but the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 215,000.

- Milan, NM, USA

problem #96

Feb 132015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 113,149 miles

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

This is the 3rd time: While driving, speed reduces dramatically, service engine indicator comes on followed by warnings: "engine power reduced" and "service traction control". my research on the issue to find out how to fix, shows many people having the exact same problem that isn't getting resolved by GM. Engine power reduction to such a dramatic speed can be extremely dangerous for not only the operator of the affected vehicle, but also anyone else on the road near the driver.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #95

Feb 132015

Impala

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and shut off without warning. The vehicle restarted after numerous attempts. The engine power reduced warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #94

Oct 282014

Impala

  • miles
On my display I have seen daily (service traction action) and (engine power reduced) along with (service airbag) for more than a year, did not service due to cost and it is not my fault! my car usually slows down once the engine power reduced displays causing the car to jerk due to me trying to give it more gas so as not to be hit from the back. As my grandchildren and I were headed home on the freeway my car decided to just shut off. On the display it read first.. service traction action and then starting disabled service throttle. My car immediately lost power and I began to pray hoping I would not get hit from the back with my grandchildren sitting in the back. Once I pulled over my car would not start I sat for about a minute and tried to start again and it started. Just today 01/12/2015, with my grandchildren in the back of my car again my car decided to loose power again but this time it did something very different, it would not allow me to first reverse and then it allowed me to but soon after I could not go forward. The gas peddle acted as though the car was completely turned off but the car was running. When I attempted to press the gas peddle I pressed it all the way down to the floor, nothing happened. I ended up calling a towing service and after telling them what happened I was told my issues stemmed from a electrical system issue that Chevy had recalled. This does not make any sense for so many of us to go through the same issues but nothing be done about these issues. Something needs to be done quickly!!

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #93

Jul 282013

Impala

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph and encountering the railroad tracks, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and resumed to normal. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Kiel, WI, USA

problem #92

Jan 282015

Impala 6-cyl

  • 98,780 miles
Driving to work and the service traction control light went on then engine power reduced and throttle error and the car would not accelerate and powered down. I was at red light so I turned the car off and turned it back on the car would not accelerate so I turned it off again and waiting put my flashers on, waited a few more minutes and the car finally started to move. I took to the dealership because it's a powertrain issue and I have 100K powertrain warranty and the dealership said it's not powertrain and wanted $778 to repair, I called Chevy after seeing the forums only this is a known issue thousands of people with the same complaint and Chevy said they are going to work with the dealership. I have to be back at work Monday and drive through a very rough neighborhood I do not want to breakdown in that neighborhood.

- Clementon, NJ, USA

problem #91

Dec 162014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 50-60 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle could be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. Updated 3/3/15 the consumer stated it was obvious the vehicle had a faulty ignition. The engine would stall on a major highway. Updated 03/26/15

- Glen Cove, NY, USA

problem #90

Oct 092014

Impala

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled as the traction control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was shut off and failed to restart. As a result, the vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bush, LA, USA

problem #89

Dec 072014

Impala

  • 40,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the speed reduced warning light illuminated as the interior lights illuminated and a chime sounded. In addition, the vehicle reduced in speed to 30 mph and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the throttle control sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Oxford, CT, USA

problem #88

Jun 262014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 71,407 miles
I was involved in a violent, jarring collision on June 26, 2014 with an SUV in las vegas, nv. I was rear-ended by a Toyota rav 4. I sustained significant injuries, & my car suffered substantial damage, which resulted in my vehicle being deemed a total loss. The engine automatically shut off & the vehicle airbags did not deploy because the ignition switch moved out of the run position, turning off the engine. The GM provided remedy was not made available until September 2014.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #87

Dec 132012

Impala

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). While driving approximately 35 mph, the traction control and engine power reduced warning lights illuminated. The vehicle stalled and was able to restart; however, the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #86

Nov 022014

Impala

  • 115,000 miles
At 55 mph, a warning message stating service traction control-engine power reduced appeared. While driving downhill or on level ground, I had sufficient power to continue driving. When headed uphill it was extremely difficult to get the car to shift into a lower gear. When it finally did shift, it shifted hard and really jerked the car. A few miles down the road, I rounded a corner and began to pick up some momentum. Without warning, the engine stopped and another warning light stating starting disabled-service throttle appeared. I had enough momentum to move off to the side of the road. I tried to start the car several times. The engine did not crank and the message continued to flash. I completely turned the key off and sat for a few minutes. I was about to call for a tow truck when I tried again. The engine started and I was able to continue home with no issues. A few days later, the first message I mentioned appeared (service traction control-engine power reduced). I was still at work, so I found a parking space and turned the engine off immediately. A few minutes later, I restarted the engine and drove away. I guess I'm just lucky this didn't happen on the turnpike or interstate. GM has to know about this. I guess they don't pay attention to near-misses.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #85

May 122014

Impala

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, the steering seized and the vehicle exhibited a loss of engine power. The contact crashed into the guard rail and the front driver's air bag failed to deploy. The contact suffered unknown injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not destroyed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) and believed that it's directly related to the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Mountain Green , UT, USA

problem #84

Oct 312014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 90,680 miles
Car states reduced engine power stalling to about 10mph very dangerous. Many complaints about this issue.

- Attalla, AL, USA

problem #83

Jul 012014

Impala

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that when approaching a stop, the "low oil pressure shut off engine immediately" warning light illuminated. The contact checked the oil consumption and was there was no shortage of oil. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Centerfield , UT, USA

problem #82

Oct 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 111,005 miles
My engine power reduced light came on alone with the traction light.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #81

Sep 112014

Impala

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. The contact stated that prior to the vehicle stalling all the lights on the instrument panel illuminated and the passenger side air bag light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the modules in the communication circuit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #80

Mar 122014

Impala

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 10 mph and making a turn, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred when making a turn. The dealer replaced the front driver side wheel bearing, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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