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:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,104 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala drivetrain problems

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #77

Aug 042020


  • 197,000 miles


As I was driving my car acted as if it was going to stall wouldn┐T go pass 45-50 miles per hour. I went to a automotive shop just to find out the catalyst converter it's very dangerous why driving in the car stalls.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #76

May 292020


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated the temperature gauge was defective. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated on while driving at an undisclosed speed and making a right turn, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not drivable. A dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of failure. The failure mileage was 149,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #75

Feb 082019


  • 148,000 miles
3rd transmission replacement in less than 150,000 miles

- St Cloud, MN, USA

problem #74

Mar 292019


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the transmission gears failed to properly change over in drive to accelerate. As a result, the vehicle intermittently decelerated and jerked. There was no warning indicator illuminated. There was also a drastic reduction in engine power. The dealer had not been contacted. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the control pressure solenoid needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not able to be safely driven and was parked. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #73

Apr 042018


  • miles
It just been a like a real electrical problem like if I pull out in traffic is stalled it hesitate it has been hit a few times like that and like it just have to get a jump off every morning and every evening just to go anywhere and I truly don't know what to do I'm taking back to the dealer that I bought it from me at like I don't know what's wrong with it and I'm took it to a mechanic shop and they say it's electrical defect it it's going to kill the whole car and it's going to eventually kill

- Mobile, AL, USA

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problem #72

Dec 122017


  • 136,000 miles
I would like it documented that someone is going to be seriously injured or killed all due to a known and reported issued unless Chevy does the right thing and issues a recall immediately! I have a 2006 Impala and while driving on the highway at 70 miles per hour my vehicle dropped down to 15 mph saying reduced engine power then completely shut off on the highway. Please note my 2 year old son, and 10 year old daughter were in the vehicle with me. I was fortunate enough to make it off to the side without being hit much less killed but other people not may be so fortunate. What is it going to take for a recall to be issued?

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #71

Jul 042017


  • 132,000 miles


Car fired a message stating "engine power reduced" car would not accelerate. The vehicle was stationary and being moved from street into driveway when message was prompted

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #70

Apr 062017


  • 182,000 miles
I have a 2006 Impala while I'm driving this car it goes into reduce engine mode and cut off and go to disable start mode and wont restart until after 30 min I be on the freeway when it happens sometime I'm am not the only person with this issue this can lead to serious death or injured this matter need to be investigate asap before someone died or serious injured I hate to be infront of a 18 wherler when this happen

- Detrtoit, MI, USA

problem #69

Dec 082016


  • 128,000 miles
Automatic transmission slipping gears on take off, wheels sound like bearings are going out, like a grinding noise. Changed the front brake pads and rotors together due to wheel wobble and brake sensors on display. Constantly displaying "service traction control" on message board. Dealership has refused to assist with this issue as well as any failures of the vehicle. Vehicle now is immobilized, and will not go into a forward movement only a reverse drive. Wheels are locked up and vehicle is stranded! still making payments on this used purchase. Please advise!!!

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #68

Nov 242016


  • 174,000 miles
I was driving the car earlier today in the power steering pump was making noise. So I check it it was empty I filled it up with power steering fouled.come to find out its a leak again. For the third time in that the lights been flickering since I bought the car for two days the check battery system light was on. Then one day it cut off on me in traffic. While driving.then after a while I got a jump but the car didn't stay running on its on after the fifth try it stayed running.I was able to drive home now every other week so. I have to messing with cable cord on the battery to get the car to start. Just so happened today my alternator. Was on fire. The fire department had to cut all the wiring off that was connected to the battery just to stop the fire from burning.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #67

Oct 302016

Impala 8-cyl

  • 129,537 miles


Transmission failure number 3. cars current mileage is 129,537. 2006 Impala ss 5.3 litre LS4. Transmission failed at 54K miles, 96K miles, and again now at just short of 130K miles. This is [xxx] and GM refuses to do anything about it. There's thousands of posts online about the Impala ss/Grand Prix gxp from 2006-2009 with the LS4 5.3 V8 and 4T65E-hd transmission combo. The oem horse power of the engine is 303 sae hp. The 3T65E transmission is only rated for 260 hp. Thousands of failures and people stranded across the us with these cars. When will someone do something about it? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #66

Apr 032014


  • 94,650 miles
Transmission slipping in and out while in overdrive. 2nd transmission replacement on this vehicle in less than 100,000 miles.

- Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #65

Oct 302016


  • 129,537 miles
Transmission failure lost 4th gear overdrive while cruising on the highway. Vehicles rpms rev like car is in neutral. Causing me to stop on the shoulder of the interstate with passing traffic at 75 mph.

- Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #64

Jul 252016


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift out of park without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure, but greasef the shift cable as a temporary remedy. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- 2090 Skyline Dr, PA, USA

problem #63

Jun 282016


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While in the park position, the vehicle independently rolled away and crashed into the garage door and side of the contact's house. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #62

May 022016


  • 60,000 miles
Slipping from dead stop to acceleration. Then it jerks forward does this couple times a month.

- Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #61

Apr 062016


  • 149,000 miles
I was driving my 2006 Impala car as a daily driving car. Drove great, no shifting issues or transmission slipping. Then all of a sudden I started the car up one morning and car did not move. It feels like the transmission is engaging, but doesn't move. Iit acts like car is not in any drive gear even after putting car into a gear, like reverse or drive.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #60

Feb 122016


  • 191,000 miles
Driving at 70 mph on interstate and engine slowed down suddenly, ,,reduced engine power message came

- Dyersburg, TN, USA

problem #59

Jan 202015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the transmission was slipping and caused the vehicle to stall without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #58

Aug 062015


  • 140,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle when it suddenly cut off with an "engine power reduced" sign and the car ultimately shut off completely. The car would not come back on. It had to be towed home and then towed to a Chevy dealership in frankfort, il. The Chevy dealership could not depict the problem and held my car for almost two weeks. The dealership said that it may be something intermittent but failed to fix the issue. The dealership released my car to me and the engine power reduced returned the next day. The car is currently out of commission.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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