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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,531 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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2006 Chevrolet Impala brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 082007

Impala 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


The parking brake will not hold. We had it serviced by Chevrolet two times and within a couple of months the brake stopped holding again.

- King City, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 082011

Impala 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Service ABS and traction control lights come on and front wheel grabs while vehicle is moving.

- Farmington, AR, USA

problem #13

Feb 012007

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
My car was purchased brand new in 2006. It has given me trouble very early on. For almost a year now, my gas gauge has not worked and I was told I need a new transmission. Could the lemon law apply to this car? also, there have been many times that I feel like the brakes are not going to work, they slip. Please help!

- East Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 012011

Impala 8-cyl

  • 94,120 miles


ABS system light always coming on, when driving on the road. Replace ABS senor and new brake shoe, and light still on.

- Ridgewood, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 062011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
My traction control, ABS and service brake assist light continue to come on despite the fact that I have had the sensors replaced 3 times now. I will hear a growling noise when I put on the brakes or get a foul smell when I turn on the defrost, also when I get that smell the defrost doesn't work properly then later the ABS, traction control and brake assist light will come on. I have had a Chevy dealer and the dealer I bought the car from check the problem and say its fixed 3 times but the problem continues.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #10

Apr 012010


  • 26,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Impala has nothing but issues. Window scratch when going up and down, tire pressure monitor needs replaced, remote start has no distance, water pump leakage, transmission line leaking, rotors, tires and alignment wear out prematurely.

- Gilmore City, IA, USA

problem #9

Apr 012008


  • 22,000 miles


We purchased a used 2006 Chevy Impala in 2008 with 21,000 miles and now we have just over 55,000. After more use in down hill driving about a few months of owning this car and using more brake the steering wheel will wobble from the front rotor(s) warping. I talked to a Chevy dealer service man and he said that Chevrolet made them out of softer metal and that is normal, they should straighten out and work properly. Yea right. I should of had him drive it down hill at 75 mph and see if he craps his pants. A year ago I had the rotors resurfaced and that cured the problem till now 09/01/2010 and the problem starts again. I think the rotors are made from soft metal and is a manufacture defect. I would take that to the bank. Upon inspection of the rotors the right front had some different coloring from the heat and warpage I think. I have been my own mechanic since I was a teenager. I am now in my 50's and it seems the metal is too soft. Now just get Chevrolet to admit the error and replace them with good rotors by the standards of safety not Chevrolet idea of a bandaide.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Aug 062010


  • miles
My 2006 Chevy Impala continues to have brake rotor problems. I have to change them every six months due to overheating which causes dangerous braking to occur.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jul 152009


  • 26,549 miles
When front brake rotors failed at 26,455 miles, called dealer thinking it would be cover under warranty, dealer stated brakes are only covered up to 7,500 miles not the 36,000 miles. Took rotors to private repair shop to have them turned and they would not do it stating they were made out of junk and would be better off replacing with new rotors which I did hoping for better results.

- Ocean View, DE, USA

problem #6

Jun 062007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 45 mph downhill, the steering wheel vibrated excessively when the brake pedal was depressed. The driver experienced difficulty steering the vehicle. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the failure was related to the brake rotors. The technician resurfaced the front brake rotors, but the failure recurred. The vehicle has not been repaired properly. The failure mileage was 12,000 and current mileage was 26,500. Updated 12/08/09. The consumer stated the brakes pulsated when they were applied. Updated 12/10/09

- Pine City, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 052009


  • 69,615 miles


I have a 2006 Chevrolet Impala which required the front brakes to have the rotors machined and replaced 3 times in the first 33,000 miles. I was told that this was caused by the use of inferior metal for the rotors which could not withstand the heat generated by braking, especially when exiting from a highway. Additionally, the front outer tie rods required replacement in the first 65,000 miles of driving because they had become worn out which caused the front tires to be loose or "wobbly."

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 212008


  • 36,500 miles
I purchased the 2006 Impala in 11/2006 when stopping the steering and front end shakes and vibrates. 1st the keyless remotes stop working which included my automatic start not working that happened 12/7. I am a trooper so I waited took my car to the Chevy dealer 4/08 and they said there was a recall on the system so they fixed that and my tire monitoring system(which went out again on 12/1/08). My seatbelts wont lock in you have to force it hard several times and then still comes out on both the passenger and drivers side. My rear left door stop wrkg 6/08 1st the door would not close now it does not open at all. On 12/21/08 the power steering went out while driving at 55mph on the expressway. Also the heat stop working and the rear defrost 12/16/08 and it is freezing in Chicago. Took car to dealership and of course the warranty was expired so I was stuck paying the $300 bill for the power steering. My husband refused to pay the $400 for them to replace the thermostat and thermostat gasket. Well two days later car is back in the shop because now 1/3/09 the water pump is leaking waiting on a callback now from the authorized mechanic with the final report on what all is wrong with this car that just came from the other authorized shop on 12/21. Mind U the car was only driven like 4 miles B4 the other problems started happening. I have had it with this car. I will send in more information when I get the final verdict on the death trap from the authorized mechanic when he calls me back today 1/3/08.

- Markham, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006


  • miles
When applying brakes on long incline car's front-end and including the steering wheel vibrate very badly. GM dealership has made 6 attempts to repair without success. GM felt they could do nothing else to rectify the problem. Cash settlement was made. We still have what feels like a dangerous situation. Don't know what else to do and would appreciate any suggestions. The problem began shortly after purchasing the car.

- Fletcher, NC, USA

problem #2

May 012008


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving downhill at 20 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle jerked and the front rotors overheated. The dealer replaced the front rotors in July of 2007. In may of 2008, the front rotors failed again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they stated that the vehicle was out of warranty. The contact will need to pay for the repair. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they stated that they would consider giving him a discount. The failure mileage was 18,000 and current mileage was 32,000.

- Needles, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092007


  • 31,174 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 50 mph downhill, the vehicle began to vibrate when the brake pedal was depressed. The brakes failed. There was no damage or crash. The brakes were replaced by an authorized dealer. The contact then heard a knocking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. A repair was made, but the noise still persists. She noticed that the steering wheel was loose and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The rack and pinion were replaced in the steering column. Recently, the water pump began overheating and has not yet been repaired. The failure mileage was 31,174.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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