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:
23,906 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Chevrolet Impala cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 012010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 85,200 miles


The heat has never worked correctly unless you are accelerating. The vehicle can be warmed up and heating, but if its put into idle or at a stop it begins to blow cool. I have been told there is an air pocket that has to be bled out because there is a bad design where the hoses are above the block and they get clogged up. I have had it bled and it worked but now have had the same problem come back.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 232010


  • 55,541 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Impala lt 3.9 with 55,000 miles just had to put water pump 2by pass hose and bottom hose bill came to around $470. This car has been babied ever since new and with top notch service performed regularly. Besides this problem the tire air sensors are also a joke replaced two of them at around $70 each. Still don't work properly. While I'm on roll I should mention the remote start, unlock, system is also a joke, took it to a dealer told them it would not work anything, they came back to me two hours later and said the module in drivers door was bad, two remotes, module, calibration and $917 and they would have me on my way. Ha ha. Told them to put it back together and I was paying my $80 for the time spent and leaving. As I was going to my car the service rep. Said when they put it back together it began working, everything but tire pressure info. I have read other people have remote problems just wondered how common this problem is. Also I cannot believe my water pump went bad @55,000 miles.

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 292010


  • miles
2006 Chevy Impala seems to have hot heat near the passenger front by were your feet rest, and I have already fixed the transmission twice and for some reason it is again making this real loud noise when I take it off of park it is really hard to move it in to park mode and when it does it jerks really hard.

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 102009


  • miles


I have a 2006 Impala with multiple problems. The main problem is the heater occasionally will not produce heat unless you are revving engine. Problem is that the cooling system is designed defectively such that it is prone to air pockets. If air pocket develops, Chevy has issued a service bulletin detailing a complicated procedure whereby the system has to be drained and antifreeze then put back in system. If a mechanic is not familiar with this service bulletin, he may tell you about problems with head gasket, incorrect antifreeze mixture, etc. This problem may reoccur everytime the closed system is opened if not then closed as per the service bulletin instructions.

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 152007


  • 5,000 miles
Recall on something in the brain of the car (it's computer).about 2 weeks later car started losing power on the freeway going twenty five and the RPM's as high as it could go in the red, the car completely shut off after making a loud noise rebuild the transmission due to an "electrical" problem. They did not replace the transmission on my new car 1 week later car would not turn off! key out and it was still running kill battery several times speakers are not properly working along with the factory alarm 2 months later the car did it again I can't even get the car to lock period, every time I manually lock the doors, they automatically unlock I'm downtown los angeles with my children in the car and it totally just over heats and cuts of in all of five seconds with a big city bus directly behind me. This starts July 3rd, 2008 the car will not cut off, not even when my husband pulled its fuse, period, it just kept running till the battery died and the car lost all power. July 10th, 2008 they call me to pick my car up, it's ready again!!! July 11th, 2008 they had to tow it back because the car overheated, then would not turn off and the engine stated it had low power, what ever that means...grrrrhhhh!!! August 27th, 2008 the car would not shut off, even once we pulled the fuse, the engine started shaking uncontrollable like it was going to jump out and the dash board was reading all types of crazy messages!!! this car really scares me! I'm looking for an attorney to help me with this, I can't do it anymore, this was 8 times too many and now that I'm less then 10K from my warranty being I feel like S & J has been scamming me!!!!

- La, CA, USA

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problem #2

Aug 272008


  • 5,000 miles
I'm a faithful customer of S&J since childhood and my mother purchased her vehicles there. Up to this point I thought I could trust your service department to do honest work on my 2006 Chevy Impala. Indeed this did not happen! my vehicle has returned about 8 times for same or similar problem. Fernado is a great customer attendant, but he does not work on my car, so what I feel is not directed towards him. Here is a list of chain of events that I have inquired since ownership of my "new-used" Chevy in Feb. 2007. I have a new Chevy Impala. Within a year of ownership, the car has been to the dealer 8 times for major repairs (none due to my own fault)!

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102007

Impala 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,600 miles
The power steering went out 2 times, could not control car. The water pump went out.

- Bellwood, IL, USA

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