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:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,537 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala drivetrain problems

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #29

May 012013

Impala 8-cyl

  • miles


2006 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated the transmission was slipping. She explained to the dealer, there was a recurring problem with the transmission. Each time, the consumer went to the dealer, she was informed they could not recreate the problem, and therefore no problem existed. Besides the transmission problem, there was a horrible ratcheting machine-gun type noise coming from behind the dash, when she changed the vent position. The loud noise lasted for about a minute and was almost ear-piercing. Also, the engine mount broke, the water pump, steering and tie rods failed, the engine burned excessive amount of oil, and the engine low oil light illuminated. The windows made a screeching sound, the sunroof would drag, the plastic headlight covered were fogged and faded. The tire pressure monitoring light was constantly on. On April 24, 2013. The consumer took the vehicle to an independent transmission shop to have them assess the same transmission slipping problem, she had been experiencing for seven years. They dropped the transmission pan, and they found fine metal, pieces of aluminum and clutch material in the pan.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #28

Jan 012011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Purchased the 2006 Chevy Impala 3.9L with about 30,000 miles. At around 60,000 miles I started to notice the transmission slip, maybe happened once every 20 trips. At around 70,000 miles it started happening more frequently, once or twice a week. Had the car looked at by a mechanic and was told no issue was found. Now at 75,000 miles and it happens multiple times almost every trip I take with my car. It occurs after shifting from park into drive then pulling off or when pulling off from a red light or stop sign. Engine revs, car hesitates for 2-4 seconds then slips real hard into gear. I have read in numerous forums that GM tech say this is normal behavior for this transmission, and numerous people having their transmissions replaced only to have this issue recur. This issue almost resulted in crash once when entering a 40mph zone from a stop sign, as after stopping and taking my foot off the brake and applying the gas, the vehicle began rolling onto the 40mph zone and encountered a 6-7 second delay before slipping into gear and accelerating, causing the approaching vehicle to have to apply its brake abruptly to prevent a collision. At this point the slipping is becoming a real issue as I now have a toddler in my vehicle and do not want to risk any neck or other injuries due to the jerking of the vehicle when it slips into gear.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #27

Apr 162013

Impala 8-cyl

  • 85,600 miles
I had just started driving to work around 8:00 am. Got about 3 miles down the road and had got stopped at a traffic light. When the light turned green and I went to accelerate I felt a hard jerk from the vehicle as the RPM's went up and the vehicle went nowhere. After reading reviews and issues with these vehicles it looks like the transmission is starting to go. There needs to be a recall considering the fact that GM knows of the issue tsb# 07-07-30-012C.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #26

Mar 082013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 111,400 miles


When stepping on the gas hard from a stop it takes time for something to catch then it jerks and goes, when speeding up when driving, it jerks real hard when it shifts. Bad transmission. Leaks oil, headlights come on in the middle of the night, drains the battery. This car is a P.O.S.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #25

Dec 012012


  • 125,000 miles
Seems like a chemical smell like exhaust is coming into the car. Makes you cough. You cant see any smoke. Wondering if the exhaust system has too much back pressure causing extra exhaust to come in the fresh air intake. The same effect on a rental 2012 Impala which has the same design, that car had only 16,000 miles. Seems worse when the outside air is on, not so much when the recirculation is on.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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problem #24

Jan 232011


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that he was unable to remove the key from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the cause of the failure was a wire that connected to the shift solenoid. The manufacturer was notified but stated there were no recalls for the VIN. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 47,000 and the current mileage was 109,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #23

Nov 152010

Impala 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


In the fall of 2010, I took my 2006 Chevy Impala ss to a Chevy dealer for an oil change. While waiting for my vehicle, I was advised by the mechanic I should have the transmission flushed. I questioned him because there was only 60K miles on the car, also, had not noticed anything while driving that would indicate that being needed. I had the flush done anyway, and, since then, the transmission began slipping from a complete stop. It wasn't bad at first, only happened once in a great while. I took the car to the same shop that flushed the transmission to check on it, only to have them tell me there was no problem and they were unable to replicate the problem. I now have 80K miles on the car and the problem is getting worse, the slip happens almost every time I accelerate from a dead stop and I also feel torque shudder while at higher speeds. I have done research and this seems to be a common issue. I am driving the car but am very nervous doing so. I feel this can be a serious safety issue not knowing when the transmission will engage or disengage.

- Plymouth, WI, USA

problem #22

Jul 012010


  • miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Impala and there seems to be a problem with the transmission. We have taken the car to the dealers several times. We have changed the spark plugs, changed and flushed the transmission fluid. We are still having the car jerk off at a stop light. We you are stopped on an incline it also hesitates to go into gear and the jerks away! the dealer can never find a anything wrong and we have done all the recommended fixes. This seems to be getting worse. The gas cap and solenoid have also had to be replaced which everyone has had problems with. GM should recall these cars before someone gets hurt!

- Camden, NY, USA

problem #21

Jul 072012


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at all speeds, the cruise control activated and the vehicle decelerated. Various warning lights also illuminated randomly. In addition, the gear shifted into park, but the vehicle continued to drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the vehicle might have been experiencing internal electrical failures. The dealer also stated that the failure might be due to the transmission, but there were no warning lights indicating such. The vehicle was not repaired and the dealer offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 77,000 and the current mileage was 79,000.

- Winter Heaven, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 022012


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that after exiting from a stop light, the vehicle lunged forward as though the transmission was slipping. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated there was a valve in the transmission that failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the issue who stated there were no recalls for the vehicle and offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Mansfield , OH, USA

problem #19

Feb 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


When I start from a stop the transmission does not fully engage for a few seconds. If I step on the gas, it rolls slowly forward, but once it catches it jerks forward really hard. I've know 2 others with this same issue, and the transmission shop says it's pretty common with these. Cheap part to replace (clutch gasket or something), but $1700 in labor. I'm ready for a recall...

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #18

Jun 152010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle began to shake violently. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic cleaned the throttle body. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic and the dealer approximately eight different times. The vehicle was repaired when the PCM was replaced and reprogrammed at the dealer. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #17

Mar 062012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Intermittently usually from a stop car acts like its in neutral revs up and all of a sudden bangs into gear and takes off. Very dangerous when in traffic and it unexpectedly does it when your trying to inch forward. Almost causes a rear end collision because its intermittent. I am afraid I won't catch it in time. Sometimes it goes for days without doing it and you get comfortable with it then wammo. Took it to my shop and they tell me it could be a trans problem. Bought car brand new and its happened before but seems to be getting worse.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #16

Feb 062012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 60,400 miles
I purchased a 2006 Impala ss, just recently after reaching 60,000 miles my transmission started slipping in 4th gear and overdrive at highway speeds. A short 300 miles later the transmission failed completely while driving home from work on the interstate. I had the car towed to a local transmission shop where I was told it either needed to be rebuilt or replaced. I had it rebuilt for $2442 all out of my own pocket because my powertrain warranty had already expired. Now a mere 3 months later and now currently at 69,200 miles the new transmission is showing the same exact symptoms it had when it failed the first time. Again with no warranty and repair costs over 2000 dollars I will soon be forced to replace the transmission again. Not to mention rental car costs and the inconvenience of having this happen twice within a year and 10,000 miles apart. Other recent issues include a check engine light on for a cylinder 6 misfire due to an oil fouled spark plug and burning or using a full quart of oil every 1000 miles I'm sure major engine repairs are soon to come. It almost makes me sick to my stomach knowing I still have 4 more years to pay on this vehicle and all of these problems under 70,000 miles majority of which are highway driven. Needless to say this will be the last GM vehicle I ever own.

- Becker, MN, USA

problem #15

Dec 012011

Impala 6-cyl

  • 15 miles
At the time my Chevy had 105,000 miles on it the transmission went out, so I got it rebuilt it hasn't quite been a year a now the new transmission is stalling and not shifting correctly at times. Also when using my turn signal to turn just as the wheel straightens up and the turn signal turns off it triggers the high beams to come on, this only happens if it's cold out or raining.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 012012


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and decelerated while on the highway. The dealer replaced the fuel injector, throttle body and reprogrammed the computer, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired a second time. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 106,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sunland, CA, 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

May 052007


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact was at a stop sign when the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 51,000 and the current mileage was 51,497.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 252012


  • 63,360 miles
On Tuesday morning on the freeway I noticed the rpms in my 2006 Impala ss jumping, I pushed on the gas pedal to accelerate and my transmission was slipping in overdrive. Is my transmission going out already? the car has 63000 miles on it.

- Becker, MN, USA

problem #10

Sep 192011


  • 132,000 miles
2006 Impala ss, transmission slipping, and not accelerating when initially depressing accelerator. Vehicle maintained appropriately at dealership. The filter and fluid changed at recommended intervals. I have monitored similiar complaints from other Impala owners. The transmission that Chevrolet developed for the Impala ls-lt-ss. Does not appear to be a quality part. And if Chevrolet does not do a better job or attempt to make this situation better, I to will move on to a foreign manufacturer. I have been a GM owner all of my life. I still own my 1988 Oldsmobile cutlas. This situation with all of these complaints "is just wrong"

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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