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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,610 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Impala steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Apr 062008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,400 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Impala, currently with 22,320 miles. At my oil change and tire rotation, (~20,500) I was informed by repair place that they would not perform the tire rotation as I would be needing to replace the tires soon. I asked why they were wearing so fast- I was told, they noticed it on many Impala- premature tire wear between 18,000-25,000 miles. ~ 15 months ago, with only about 13,000 miles, when I had an oil change done I was informed me the engine was leaking oil from the rear of the engine, I should take it to the dealer for repair. The dealer had to replace (under warranty) several seals/gaskets- oil pan, drain plug, oil filter, plus replace the drain plug. The car is sometimes hard to start and have to hold the key in the start position, and/or lightly press the gas pedal to start it. About two weeks ago, I grinded the starter. Sometimes the car will start roughly and immediately stall, or will stall the first few seconds as I am backing out the drive way. Dealer about this they told me I was using cheap gas and to use a better brand, but I always use "brand" gas, I even use fuel injector cleaner dealer later told me I needed to have the fuel injection "flushed" with their system for $199, plus tax and charges, hearing it was not good for the vehicle, I declined. I have also noticed a "clunking/bumping/banging" noise when turning, especially hard turns. My brakes need to be replaced, the front brakes are starting to make a thump when braking, and yesterday when braking hard, I heard a squeal noise, (rear?). fuel gauge sometimes rapidly fluctuates, when driving, and at times when accelerating, (though not concurrent) I hear a "swoosh/gargling" sound. I was accelerating too hard. The fuel gauge will swing as much as a 1/4 tank when driving before recovering to the correct position. Gauge shows low fuel level, low fuel light comes on, I only needed 10-12 gals to fill it (~16 gals).

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 192008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The intermediate shaft on steering wears out causing vibration in steering, was replaced free, but was a known problem to Chevrolet year 2005. Also rear brakes do not last very long low mileage they wear out before expected time.

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 012007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. While driving between 1 and 25 mph, the contact heard a loud clunking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. He also felt a vibration in the steering wheel. There is a technical service bulletin (01-02-32001H) regarding this same failure. The manufacturer stated that the contact would be responsible for the repair costs. The current mileage was 37,500 and failure mileage was 35,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,995 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that he heard a loud noise coming from the steering wheel when driving in reverse. He took the vehicle to the dealer on four occasions and repair work was performed. However, they were unable to duplicate the failure and the noise returned. The contact had all repair orders for each time the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact stated that the steering gear was replaced. The current mileage is 30,100, and failure mileage was 29,995.

- Bath, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,813 miles
Had to pay dealership to lube my intermediate steering shaft due to it being defective. Vehicle starts to make a popping noise from under the hood when turning at low speeds. Filed claim with GM but they would not pay. They claim it is a maintenance issue. The shaft is sealed it was not intended to be lubed several times.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 142006

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,188 miles
Clunking/banging noise felt in steering wheel, gas and brake pedals when turning right or left and sometimes when going straight on a rough surface. Taken to dealer three times for repair. The first and second time lube kit was replaced on steering shaft. The third time, owner was told that the whole steering shaft would need to be replaced and that the part was being redesigned by GM and would not be available for six months or more. Owner was told that car was safe to drive in the meanwhile. Owner was told that there was a bulletin regarding this issue. Owner filed a complaint with GM.

- Batavia, OH, USA

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