Print this page Notes: Top complaints for the 2006 Chevy Impala include how the transmission slips, clunks and fails. Or how the power steering knocks and squeals. In other words, this car is a noisy bucket of eventual failure points.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,192 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 292020


  • 180,000 miles


The back driver side door will not open from the inside or the outside when you pull the handle from the outside it doesn't feel like there's anything catching on the inside it's just loose, it's the same way from the inside also. I went to the store when I left my house I put my daughter in her car seat on that side the door open fine it shut and latched fine when I got to the store and got out to get my daughter out of her car seat the door just would not open it's like it's locked but it's not locked you can move the mechanical lock up and down from the inside, and you can also hit the lock and unlock with the key fob and it doesn't make a difference. The door just will not open. This really concerns me considering if there was an accident and the back passenger needed to get out of the car they wouldn't be able to. This could be a very bad safety issue, and has me extremely concerned considering I have three small children that ride in the backseat daily this is my daily driver

- Walnut Cove, NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 292019


  • 120,000 miles
I got home from work at 7:15am this morning 9-29-2019 I was laying in bed watching a movie trying to go to sleep and when I finally doze off my son asked if he could go get a charger out of the car so he went out to the car and when he opened the door he said smoke hit him in his face he immediately ran back in the house yelling 'mom your car is on fire so I ran down the stair and went outside and thats all you see is smoke my car was on fire I immediately called 911 they got the fire put out and the fireman and the police officer said my fire started from my steering wheel because after the fact the fire was put out the fireman said he noticed that the steering wheel was throwing sparks still so they said that's what caused my car to caught on fire I don't know what I'm gonna do I have 4 kids and that was our transportation that's how my kids got to school and that's how I got to work I'm lost I don't know what to do I need transportation I'm a single parent with 4 kids it will not let me mark everything but every in the car is burnt my cd player 13' subwoofer speakers that was in the trunk my amp

- Brunswick, MO, USA

problem #11

Apr 032018


  • 164,490 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was stationary, the rear passenger door would not unlock when prompted. A dealer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the door was disassembled, but the vehicle was not repaired. There was no diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 164,490.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 202015


  • 258,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 40 mph, the steering failed and the vehicle veered off the interstate into the median. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was also towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that a bolt fell out the vehicle and needed to be replaced. In addition, the dealer stated that the air bags were affected. The vehicle was repaired; however, the air bags were not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 258,000.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Popping noise coming from front end of car. Noise occurs with acceleration, braking, shifting transmission or passing over speed bumps or rough roads. Generally occurs at lower speeds, less than 35mph, but occurs with higher speeds as well, although not as frequently. (possibly coming from sub-frame or sub-frame bolts?)

- Mount Airy , NC, USA

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problem #8

Dec 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
The inside of the cars windows would fog and then ice up during last years winter. Could not see out the windows except small area of drivers side front window. Took into dealerships twice and they could not figure out why or fix it.

- Mount Pleasant, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 272014

Impala 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


While driving the car the car shut off and the steering got stiff. I was unable to control the steering which caused me to run into a brick mailbox.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #6

Mar 192014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 196,000 miles
Car hard to steer and turn, hit a concrete barrier damage the left front bumper, light, body frame on left side of the car.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 132012


  • 82,000 miles
From time to time I hear some banging noise like someone is in my trunk or like it the side. I'm not sure what it. Also my power steering make noise all the time. And my driver side headlight bulb comes loose and blows out a lot. It seems like it's something with the connector. To many issues with this car.

- Vadnais Hts , MN, USA

problem #4

May 112014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Its a 2006 Impala she was driving down the freeway and smoke came out the vents of the dash !!! the traction light was on and the power seats do not work but it still runs, she left the car and had it toed ! so I was wondering if this has happened to any one else ? it looks like it happens a lot but GM has not done anything about it !!!! I read a lot of dash fires from the electrical box on different complaints and some the door locks do not work when the electrical problems begin and traps you in the car !!! its hard to believe this goes on with no outcome its like someone has to die or get killed before anything is done.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


At about 91000 miles my transmission started acting up (not shifting right, not going into any gear etc.) it finally would not shift at all unless I turned the car off multiple times and would then drive for about 2-5 minutes then all the gears would go out again. I had it towed to a transmission shop thinking it was just a censor and was told that my transmission would have to be replaced/repaired. It cost me almost $3000 to get it fixed. I have read on here and online that the 2006 Chevy Impala has had many issues with this. This is a very costly repair and wish there was a way to get at least a little refund on the cost. Also I have tried about everything to get the passenger side body side molding to stay on and people I have talked to state that they have had issues with that one staying on. It catches my door if I don't remember to push it in before opening the door. It is going to cost me $50.79 plus shipping to get a new one of these as well. The third thing I have wrong is I have had to replace both wheel bearings in the front end because of my ABS traction control sensor being messed up!

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Swerved to miss a deer, ran off the road hit a light pole on passenger side, tore off front tier and suspension, car rolled a couple of times, blew out most of the windows, tore up the whole interior, slid into a guard rail and landed up right, and none of the air bags deployed! I broke my shoulder, collar bone and hand, the car had brand new tires.

- Ridgely, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 142013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The rear doors will not from either the outside or the inside regardless of all actions to open them. Rear passengers have to exit the vehicle by climbing over the front seats to exit from the front doors.

- Madison, OH, USA

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