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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,255 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Apr 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


I don't remember the exact date, but approximately 2 yrs ago, I began seeing the sequence of messages, "service traction control, service stabilitrak, engine power reduced, " and the engine light comes on along with the traction control system light. The car speed was obviously reduced and I couldn't really accelerate. I took the car back to carmax and they said they couldn't find anything and did not know what I was talking about. It happens sporadically, but seemingly always on the interstate while I'm traveling around 65--70 mph. This is very dangerous, and I've been trying to research what needs to be fixed. I do not understand why this is not a recall item. I think this will be the last Chevy I purchase!

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #19

Nov 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The check engine light came in, then the stabilitrak light came on, then engine power reduced car stopped in the middle of traffic, could have been fatal. Waited car powered back on. A known issue in this model.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #18

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 #17

Nov 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 54,327 miles


While going onto the highway the light on dash board lit up stating traction control appear then 2 seconds later the reduce engine power appeared causing the car speed to cease while on the highway luckily it was not rush hour if so there would have been an a fatal accident and luckily I was able to coast to the sided of the road.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevy Impala. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine problems. The consumer stated while driving home, the traction control and check engine light illuminated. The engine cut off, and the consumer lost power steering. He was able to coast off the road, and after a few minutes, he re-started the engine.

- Beaverton, AL, USA

problem #15

Jul 032013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 51,350 miles
My car suddenly lost power while driving, no warning. Engine light came on that says "service stabilitrak". I was able to pull over safely and after a few moments I could drive again. I previously owned a 2009 Impala and this same thing happened! it would have cost $1900 to fix which is why I just decided to upgrade and by another. This appears to be a common problem with this type of vehicle.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 222011


  • 37,000 miles


I was driving on a rural road at 55 miles per hour in my 2010 Impala and it was just a normal activity no excessive turning or driving. My light came on and said to service traction control. Then my light said engine power has been reduced. I was trying to get to a safe place to pull off the road an my light came on again and it said it was disengaging the throttle and my car just quit. No power steering no warning just quit and I barely got it off the road in time to keep me from crashing! the car wouldn't start for about ten minutes but finally I got it started and made it home. If I had been on the interstate this could have been tragic !

- Glasgow , WV, USA

problem #13

Nov 162010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that power steering fluid had to be continuously added to the vehicle. In addition, the contact was driving at an unknown speed when the traction control and engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle independently decelerated to 20 mph and stalled. The vehicle was restarted within fifteen minutes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that power steering fluid was leaking internally and the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not inspected for the stalling failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 32, 000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #12

Feb 152013


  • 55,000 miles
My car is having issues with the service traction control, engine power reduced and will shut down. This has happened to me over 5 times now. I can't even pick up speed after this happens. I was on the highway one time doing about 65 and the car just shut down, I was on an incline/ramp and an 18 wheeler was behind me and I could have been killed. I have taken the car into to get the codes ran but can not seem to get to the root cause. I am thinking about just giving the car back and having it go on my credit.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 102013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the check engine, stability and traction control, and engine power reduced warning lights illuminated then the vehicle stalled. The contact also mentioned that the failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 82,000. Updated 10/02/14 updated 03/02/2015

- Saint Joseph , MO, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Feb 152013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while traveling 55 mph, the traction control and check engine warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel as the vehicle stalled. The failure recurred also when using cruise control function at various speeds. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 63,000.

- Cleveland, MO, USA

problem #8

Jan 042013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 65,143 miles
Driving at approximately 65 mph ad then all of a sudden the warning lights come on : check stability tracker, reduce power, and the vehicle shuts down.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012013


  • 130,000 miles
I own a 2010 Impala with what seems to be a wiring problem which causes a huge safety concern. When I google the problem to try and find out what is wrong it seems other people have had this same issue with the Impala. The problem causes the car to completely shut down while you are driving down the highway. If you are unable to make it to the side of the road before it shuts off, it just dies right there in the middle of the road with oncoming traffic. First the traction light will come on a couple of times and then your car will say something like shutting down, then it will just turn off. This is very scary. If other people have this problem, isn't it a matter that Chevy should have to recall? I can't imagine this is something that happens to most cars, especially when it is only 3 years old. They seem to have a feature that shuts down the power if the car things it is losing control of the tires, but the problem is, the tires are fine but the sensor is messed up. I have read many posts complaining of this same issue. It can't be safe to have cars just shut down right in the middle of the highway. I was almost hit! my daughter was in the car. I was barley in the shoulder as it shut down right as I was pulling onto it.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #6

Dec 282012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 45,570 miles
Driving home Friday night 12/26/12 on cruise set at 65, bang, car dropped power drastically, kicked off cruise, and the three rotating messages appeared on dash, 1)service stabilitrak, 2)service traction control, & 3)engine power reduced. Both orange placards lit up on dash, service engine and traction. Pulled out of traffic and re started the car. Was able to drive at normal speeds but codes still rotating and placards still lit. Couldn't get it into the shop until Monday 12/31/12. When I started it up to take it in, codes were all cleared and car ran just fine. Dealership told me it was the pedal sensor and would cost me $275 to repair. How can we get GM to do a recall on this on going issue? this is a 2010 Chevy Impala lt with 45000 on it. This repair should be covered under warranty and I was told it is not. There have been numerous individuals with this same sensor failing at about 45000 miles. A sudden drop in power to a speed of 25 while driving at highway speeds is very dangerous. It is amazing with as many failures as have been reported to GM on just the edmunds car form site alone that there have not been any serious crashes. Please take a good look at this issue and see if you can't get GM to recall these sensors and get them replaced with better ones.

- Reed City, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 282012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 87,500 miles
I was driving to work, nearly at the end of a 50 mile trip, the car was functioning normally with no abnormal noises or indications of problems. I drove the car into the parking lot and was making a slight right turn, traveling at about 15 mph, when suddenly the car screeched to an immediate halt and stalled the engine. The sudden stop was violent and threw me against my seatbelt. I moved the gear selector lever from drive to park and restarted the engine without any trouble. The engine ran smooth and without any unusual noise. I put the car into drive, but it would not move and it made loud grinding and clunking sounds. I put the car in reverse, but still it would not move and again made loud noises. I put the car in neutral and a friend came over to help me push the car to a more safe area, but still the car would not move. Apparently the drivetrain was locked up and would not move, no matter what gear position the transmission was in. The car was later dragged on to a flatbed truck and taken to my local auto service center, where they determined the transmission was bad. The vehicle was then towed to my local Chevrolet dealer to be fixed under the GM 100,000mi/5 year powertrain warranty. I am very shaken up by this incident and fear what would have happen if the vehicles front wheels would have violently locked up like this at highway speeds. I fear the result would have been a total loss of control of the vehicle and possibly severe injury or even death to myself and others. I hope GM and the NHTSA investigate this incident and find the cause of the transmission failure with the goal of preventing this from happening again before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Cream Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 122012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The 2010 Impala was at hwy speeds at approx 65mph. The traction control light came on and the check engine light and the message display was flashing traction control failure. The lights stayed on. It also said engine at reduced speeds. The traction control failed at hwy speeds which left me coasting to reduced speeds and then the car shut off at 20 mph with no power steering or braking. I was able to coast off the highway into a parking lot off the service road.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 212012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 35,600 miles
I have a low mileage vehicle. I have remained current on all of my routine maintenance. The car recently had the warnings: Service traction control and engine power is reduced. I have looked on multiple outlets and saw that this is a common problem with this vehicle. The solution that the dealer gives is varied and coincidentally not covered under warranty.

- Farmington, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 072010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 80 mph, the trac stability and engine warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle immediately stalled. The vehicle was restarted after twenty minutes and resumed normally. The failure recurred three times when driving extended distances. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 132012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 53,108 miles
I was driving and the car shut off. No brakes, no power steering, nothing.....I coasted to the side of the road, put it in park, took the key out of the ignition, put it back in and the car started. Now I am scared to put my 5 month old in the car because it is not safe.

- Camp Springs, MD, USA

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