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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,216 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 262013


  • 46,000 miles


When the incident first occurred, the engine light came on and the dash read "service stabilitrak", "service traction control" and "engine power reduced". it seemed fine when I turned off the car and turned it back on. The next incident didn't happen until a while later, and then it wasn't that bad. A few months later, I was driving back on the highway and the same thing happened, except it said "starting disabled, service throttle" and the car shut off. I pulled over to the side and I was able to restart the car after waiting a few minutes. It was a scary experience. Eventually, leading up to today, my car got worse and worse, and eventually it just started turning off at stoplights with the message "starting disabled, service throttle". it starts with the other messages almost as soon as I turn on the car. The engine revs and the car sounds awful.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #15

Apr 042014


  • 83,000 miles
While driving down I 80 West of princeton ill the check engine light came on followed by the check traction control light.the dash then light up like a christmas tree with lights I had never seen and can not duplicate with turning the key to on.the car immediately died and I lost power steering and brakes.I got the car stopped safely.I called a mechanic in the town I live in and he asked if it would start again. Earlier when I tried to start it it acted as though the battery was dead. This time it started and I drove it home.a local repair shop replaced the gas pedal.I had bought this car new and it has never been in a crash or had any repairs done besides routine service. No one was hurt but this car should not have shut off at 70 mph because of a defective sensor on a gas pedal.I am a retired state trooper and I am sure my training saved me from being in an accident yesterday because I happened to have other cars and semi S driving near

- Newark Ill, IL, USA

problem #14

Nov 202013


  • 82,000 miles
After wet wearher stability light message, traction control comes on while driving as does engine power reduced message power is reduced and vehicle dies if you do not pull over and turn it off and bck on. This is a very dangerous and expensive problem which GM is aware of and could cause serious injuries if not dealt with,

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #13

Jul 032013


  • 450,000 miles


My wife was driving on a four lane in mn when the car just quit, as luck would have it there was a off ramp and we coasted up to the top. We didnt know what happenened so we never reported it, and it started right back up. Wasnt till today my wife saw where GM had a problem sounding like happened to us.so I went on line with GM the girl said take it to a dealer, its out of warrnt so I ll have to pay grrrrrrrrr I said its not my trouble why should I have to pay for something that is your fault. She didnt care, no big surprize ! I told her that I printed out what she aid so if something happens to my wife or me I have proof I told them of my trouble. Thought you would just like to know so if anyone else should report the problem they are not alone.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #12

Dec 262013


  • 44,000 miles
My wife and I were traveling North on pa route 15. We were on speed control at 55 mph. An error signal appeared on the dash board saying service trakcontrol a few seconds later a signal said--- losing engine power. I was able to get to a somewhat narrow shoulder in a few seconds before the engine died. I could not start the car. A called aaa and after 45 minutes was towed to a garage in dillsburg. Just before the tow truck arrived I was able to start the car. The mechanic tried to determine the cause and could not. I decided to drive on to my destination in. NJ the error signals appeared once more but I was able to pull into a service station and sit. I restarted car and drove to my destination. The next day I went to "rt 46 Chevrolet"in NJ three days later a new accelerator pedal was installed and I was able to drive to my home in NY state.. it was very scary to lose power on a hwy at 55 mph and I wonder about trusting the car!!!!!

- Gloversville, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Every other week or so I get the "engine power reduced/ service stabiltrack/ service traction control" and the car will loose power. After an hour or so of sitting with the car off, it resets and the check engine light stays on until that eventually also resets. Today I was driving the same trouble codes came on and the car completely lost power I had no ability to accelerate, the power steering was disengaged it also mentioned something about the throttle body this time. Luckily I pulled into a nearby parking lot and the car reset after sitting for about an hour. This warning light and the reduced engine power has been an ongoing issue but I never lost complete power to the engine and steering light until today. This is an unacceptable issue that is ongoing with many GM owners. There needs to be a recall immediately!

- Wareham, MA, USA

problem #10

Nov 162013


  • 74,500 miles


The rear defroster stopped working. After investigating the issue I discover the electrical harness connectors holding the wiring for the rear defroster(and all other wires) is burnt., the electrical connectors are harnesses for wiring leading form the engine area, to the rear of the vehicle for all electrical components, including the rear defroster. Visibly you can see the area that is burnt for the rear defroster. The wiring for the rear defroster is not fused, and in my opinion is a fire hazard. While doing research on this issue I discover that other owners have had these issues, and is very prominent in Impala's between 2006 and up. With out a fuse for the rear defroster there is no safety mechanism preventing a short, or burn out of the components, thus creating the potential for a fire inside the compartment of the vehicle, and the rear defrost not to work.

- North Canton , OH, USA

problem #9

Sep 042013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 56,103 miles
My wife was driving on interstate and all of a sudden lights start flashing on dash board saying traction control, engine performance reduced and check engine light comes on. Car completely shuts down on major highway. GM needs to do something!!!! before someone seriously gets hurt or worse. Went to auto shop and they said it is the accelerator pedal sensor gone bad already at 56,103 ? I just bought the car, and only had it for 1 year. I will never buy anything GM makes or recommended there vehicles to family or friends this is ridiculous. Someone needs to care about public safety because obviously they do not. Please do a recall and save a life !!!!!

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #8

Aug 232013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 51,923 miles
When turning on the air, there is a knocking noise on the passenger side by the glove box. Sounds like the air door actuator. It was the same thing with my 2003 Chevy Impala. Check on youtube. There more and more problems with this part. Just purchase this vehicle on July 24, 2013 at a dealership.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #7

Jul 022013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, all of the instrument panel functions failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Two Harbors, MN, USA

problem #6

Apr 162013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 44,750 miles


Riding along at 70 mph traction control light and check engine light comes on. Computer says engine speed is reduced. Drove two more miles to pull over safely but car cut off and computer says engine start is disabled and car would not restart until I unhooked battery. Not real fun with rush hour in St. Lewis.glad I was not [xxx]ended.

- Meherrin, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 202013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Key wont turn car off completely, wont come out of ignition, I see where many people have had this same problem with Chevy, why no recall? obviously its a problem coming from GM.

- Alpine, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 072013


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that after parking the vehicle, he was unable to remove the key or turn the vehicle off. He eventually disconnected the battery. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that wiring in the shifter had become worn and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 47,000.

- Strong Heights, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Purchased by Chevy 2010 Impala on January 25th of this year and just last night (March 18th around 715pm) on my way home from work just as I was speeding up after getting on the 405 in wa. My check engine light came on, the service stabilitytrac came on, check engine light and there was this other light what looked like to be a picture of the car swerving on ice also came on. My car slowed down, but never cut off. My get up on my car wasn't what it normally it. I was able to make it home from work, but I thought it was weird that my car started to do that. I purchased this car with only a little over 40K miles on it. I checked the owners manual and there is nothing in there about a "service stabilitytrac". I immediately send 2 emails to the gentleman that I work with at the local dealership that I got my car from. It was after hours when I sent the emails, so I have yet to get a response. This morning though, my check engine light was the only thing that came one this morning. I went ahead and drove into work which is about 25miles away from my home and the check engine light stayed on, but yet the other 2 didn't ever come on and there was no problem with accelerating. This is my first ever newer car and I love love love Impala's, but I have been reading all the other posts and it concerns me because I'm not rich nor do I have the money or time to fix a problem that wasn't created by me. It's very disappointing to know that with all these postings that GM hasn't stepped in and fixed this problem nor come up with a proactive solution for their customers.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 132013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My key is stuck in the ignition and will not turn back to the off position so I can get the key out. I have to disconnect my battery to keep the battery from draining completely when not in use and reconnect my battery when I need to drive my car, and I cannot lock my car because of this. I feel this is a safety issue because I could get injured while connecting or disconnecting my battery and I cannot secure my car. The passenger air bag indicator is on. It was not on when I purchased this used car but it came on at approximately 70,000 miles. My rear defroster barely works. The speedometer sticks at zero then starts working for a few tenths of a mile then goes back to zero again. I have to guess what speed I am going. The speedometer started malfunctioning at about 68,000 miles. Chevrolet refuses to repair any of the above at their expense. Stating there is no recall on this vehicle. I have seen numerous complaints about the key getting stuck in the ignition on many models of Chevrolet vehicles on the internet. Why isn't there a recall on these issues?

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 252013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 38,173 miles
While traveling away from home I parked my car and the key is stuck in the ignition. This is a safety hazard due to I had to leave the keys in the car. The next morning the car would not start due to the battery being drained because the key was not in the off position. Therefore I had to be troubled with finding jumper cables while away from home or be towed to the nearest Chevrolet dealer (whom I might add did not have a technician that could fix it on a Saturday morning). I called another Chevrolet dealer in another county close by and their service department is closed on Saturday. So therefore I have had to either leave my vehicle running, loosen the battery cables or be close by to another vehicle that can give me a jump. (more inconvenience and safety hazards for a female) I notice while researching the problem online that this problem has occurred on the Impala since the year 2000. It is now 2013 and the problem has not been recalled or improved over the years. I feel this not only is an inconvenience to me (your customer) but also is a safety feature that has failed to exceed my expectations of driving a Chevrolet vehicle. I expect and hope that my inconvenience can have an impact on Chevrolet to not only take care of my problem but correct the situation and recall the problem so other individuals will not experience this turmoil. Research also reflected that the cost to me, the owner would be about $600 or more to fix the problem. Right now I am still with the key stuck in the ignition. (more inconvenience of being a Chevy customer) I suppose I will expect a check in the mail to cover the expenses this has caused to me (your customer). Also a Ford dealer has stated they can fix the problem. I see something wrong with that picture. Bumper to bumper warranty has expired..... thank you for your attention to this inconvenience.

- Waverly, TN, USA

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