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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,849 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Impala brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 222016


  • 77,000 miles


Recently, I have been having trouble with my 2005 Impala and the ABS/traction system. At the beginning, the "ABS, traction off and service traction system" lights would come on. The ABS and traction lights would stay on and the service traction was intermittent. The car also makes a loud "dinging" sound when the lights come on. When I would make a turn, the car would also make a grinding sound and the service traction light would come back on. Eventually, the traction began kicking in when it was not suppose to and the car would not stop properly. This of course was a serious safety issue. I have researched this problem and found complaints upon complaints about this same problem. I contacted GM and they told me they never heard of this problem which I find hard to believe. I have spent an enormous amount of time and money trying to fix this problem. My local dealership wanted almost $4,000 for repairs. I then took the car to a very reputable repair shop and they, like two other shops I checked with, told me they have seen this numerous times in these cars. They attempted to fix the problem but the problem still exists. I spent $2,000 having the wheel hubs, ABS harnesses and brake pressure modulator valve replaced. The lights, although intermittent, are still coming on! sometimes it is when I turn the car on, back up or even just driving down the road. This car only has 77,000 miles on it and I feel I should not be having this problem. I have had to take it back twice and they are still attempting to find the source of the problem. This is the only major problem I have had with this car. Any assistance you could give me would be appreciated.

- Albertville, AL, USA

problem #12

Jun 252016


  • 148,000 miles
I was accelerating and merging onto a road and just got into the middle lane. Suddenly the car kept accelerating even though I had stopped pressing the pedal. The engine was revving and the car got up to 70 mph in a 55 zone. The brakes did not seem to help slow the car. In a panic I shifted to neutral and was able to pull onto the shoulder and stop the car. Even when I was in park, the engine was still revving. I turned the vehicle off and rested it about 5 minutes and was able to restart it. It did not seem to have any problems on the way home after that. It was an extremely scary and dangerous situation as there were cars very close to me. I noticed that my floor mat was much higher than usual and was under the accelerator. I don't know if that could have contributed to the problem. I do often use cruise control. I cannot remember if it was on at the time and I cannot remember if I was accelerating using the steering wheel button. I do not believe I was at the time but the cruise control likely was on. All I remember is it going out of control. It seemed best to report the situation. I am very glad nothing serious happened as it very well could have. I may get a ticket for speeding though. I don't think they would ever believe this happened to me.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #11

Aug 042014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the brakes failed to respond and the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 04/10/15 updated 6/26/2015

- Altoona, IA, USA

problem #10

Jun 022014

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the ABS traction warning indicator remained illuminated. Also, the contact heard an abnormal sound when the brake pedal was depressed. An independent mechanic stated that the ABS indicator needed to be repaired. The repair was made, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000. Updated 10/23/14 updated 04/13/2015

- Oxford, ME, USA

problem #9

Apr 162014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 198,000 miles
When I was driving my vehicle a couple months back my car only steer one way and I had to stop on side of the road so I went to the shop and they told me it was my rack and pinion so he repair that after a few weeks of driving it my rack started leaking again now im stuck with that not to mention I replace my 02 shift sensor and I suppose to stop my car for stall in first and second gear but it still do D the same and now it go N to gear and won't move.

- Tarboro, NC, USA

problem #8

Jul 112014


  • 128,000 miles
Traction control engages even on drive even surfaces. ABS also engage on smooth, even and dry surfaces.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

May 202014


  • 97,252 miles


While driving my children to school, my steering wheel locked up, my gas pedal would not accelerate, and my brake pedal locked up, brought to my local dealership they replaced the ignition and the problem is still occurring. Updated 2/27/15

- Coxsackie, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 012013


  • 145,000 miles
ESC and ABS turn on at low speed usually coming out of stopping position, or during braking. Have had front wheelbearings replaced multiple times to no effect. Wiring checks out. No codes that the mechanic can determine would be causing this issue. Eventually traction and ABS turn off and service traction system lights come on. This is a serious issue for winter driving.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 122013


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the ABS, the traction control and service traction system warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned that whenever he attempted to engaged the brakes the vehicle failed to stop and the brake pedal would vibrate. In addition, the contact mentioned the speedometer had malfunctioned showing erroneous reading. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer.the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileages 41,000 and current mileage was 44,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 042013


  • miles
Just bought a 2005 Chevrolet Impala, having bad problems with rear brakes, dragging really bad. Sometimes just 1 is dragging, no one seems to know what the problem is. Every service I talk to gives me a 1500-3000 dollar estimate to replace everything, I've talked to General Motors several times they seem to be in denial about the problems going on with the vehicle.I think they should fix it sense every were I look everybody is having the same problems with same make and model. This is a link to a website were everybody is discussing there problems with the same model my main fear is the smell coming from the brake pads I'm afraid its going to catch fire. If you can help me out please contact me.thank you

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 072013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Brake problems.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 092013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 184,785 miles
First bought the car in 2011 with 160,000 miles on it and four months later my entire steering goes out so I had no power steering the people I bought the car from didn't bother to tell me about it and the car wasn't under warranty so when we told them about it they didn't want to fix it. Then exactly a year later the same problem happens I don't have any power steering so we got the power steering fixed twice now so im thinking ok something is going on here then this year about the exact same time as the previous two times my power steering goes out again for the third time so we got that fixed again and I don't wanna sink anymore money into my car. As for my traction control and ABS system I have nothing even though we took it to a garage to have it fixed and they said they fixed it now three days later the ABS and traction control light are on again saying I don't have either and as of now I don't feel safe with my car anymore because the power steering has gone out so many times and since I don't have ABS or traction control anymore.

- Fort Dodge, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 062013


  • 120,000 miles
My Impala is having traction control and ABS issues making it harder to feel safe on the road. ABS starts working for no reason when stopping lightly and the traction control also starts working when taking off in normal conditions making the car hesitant.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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