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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,050 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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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 192014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Found out my horn stopped working while driving. Nearly got in several accidents because I couldn't sound my horn as warning. Found out from shinee la fleur at the dealership that Chevy put in a update to cover the horn from water damage. This should have been a recall not an update. The horn shorted out because water got to the electric part of the horn. This problem could have shorted out my entire electrical system but luckily it only shorted out the horn. The dealer wants to charge me $425 for there mistake. I would like this car to be on a recall for possible damage by water because the shield they put on now protects it. Why wasn't this shield sold with the car from the beginning. The tech stated that this problem does exist on all these cars but Chevy does nothing about it.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #5

Nov 082011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
During a snow storm, traveling with traffic at a safe speed. I was cut off by another vehicle because my horn failed. I was not able to alert the other driver that it was not safe to merge into my lane. Resulting in my car entering the ditch to avoid a multi-car accident. I have researched 2005 Chevy Impala horn failure, and I have found many have burned out. My mechanic states he believes it is a known issue with Chevrolet due to the placement of the horn itself, the horn is in an unprotected area, it can and will "burn" out due to rain water, snow, etc. This is a safety issue. As important as any other. The cost to replace the horn is over $200 with labor because of the additional labor to get to the horn.

- Dunkerton, IA, USA

problem #4

May 142012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Horn was working fine and it was nice and loud always sounded like a tractor trailer horn. Then the horn started getting weaker and sounding like a regular horn then the horn just quit working. This happen within two weeks time. Replaced fuses but that didn't work.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 102011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


Car: 2005 Chevrolet Impala, V6 3100 engine the horn in the car began having intermittent problems with functionality. It is unknown how this began except that the sound of the horn became somewhat strange to start. Over time the horn failed completely. The result of this failure is a rather big safety issue given the need of the horn to warn other drives and pedestrians of your presence when they are unaware. We nearly got into three accidents (two in parking lots, one on road) as a result of our inability to honk at drivers to let them know we were there. I am a handyman/mechanic type and replaced the defective horn and added a custom water shield to prevent water from corroding the horn. There is a tsb about this issue. I believe a recall is necessary. Service bulletin number : 4043 NHTSA item number : 10020089

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 192009


  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Impala ls V6 3800 series.the volume of the horn was fluctuating after about 3 years & now it could hardly be heard. I never had a horn that wears out, I believe it is defective & is a safety hazard. Lou bachrodt's Chevrolet 954-247-3000 had me wit until I hung up, they would fix it only if I paid to replace it.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 062008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,300 miles
2005 Impala about 7 months ago the horn started to get weaker and weaker until in the last couple of weeks it just quit. When it started the vehicle was only 2 years old and purchased new it had 72K plus miles to date at the time there were approx 61K miles on the vehicle. In Texas part of the state inspection is to have an operable horn, both the horns in front had to be replaced at a cost of $325. The vehicle was not covered under the manufactures warranty due to the number of miles. But again for state inspections this is a safety related part.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

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