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 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,487 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #41

Feb 152014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 83,108 miles


Going 55 mph car suddenly dropped to 35 mph almost got rear ended by cars behind me. Dash lights came on service traction control, engine power reduced, check engine light came on, cruise control not working. Had some work done at Chevrolet dealership 100 miles ago so maybe something they did wrong. But I see there are many complaints and dangerous situations caused by this very same message. Someone is going to get hurt or killed by this sudden deceleration with no warning.

- Braselton, GA, USA

problem #40

Feb 022014


  • 80,100 miles
I was jus leaving my job on my way to school when as I reached about half a mile away from my job the car displayed a message engine power reduced I was goin the speed limit which was about 45 to 50 when I was suddenly uncontrollably brought to under 20 mph cars nearly ran into my rear several times so I had to quickly put on my hazards N pull into a nearby shopping center I had to have the car towed home N now I'm car I don't have the necessary funds my local Chevrolet dealership is chagrin to fix this issue especially when they charge by how long the job takes after for the life of me I can't understand how my 2005 Chevy Impala which had 155000 miles performed better than my 2006 I never had as much issue as I did with this car as I did with older also in this 2006 Impala this cooling system part are very cheap I would not recommend a Chevy to any one after experience the problems I did with this car especially when I was driving and lost all my power steering fluid after just having a recall for an power steering pump hose repaired.

- Miramar , FL, USA

problem #39

Aug 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Original owner of vehicle. Noticed sometime in August of 2013 that the rear window defogger wasn't working. Checked fuse, relay, grid connections and found incomplete circuit. Traced open circuit to a wiring harness connector behind passenger side kick panel under glove box. Found that rear window defogger wire (purple) was burned and insulation was melted. Separated the wiring harness connector to find that specific connector for this wire inside connector was also burned and melted on both sides of the connector. Concerned about fire hazard.

- Middleburgh, NY, USA

problem #38

Jun 102012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


Service battery charging system is showing on dashboard. Battery and alternator have been replaced and it still appears on dashboard. I dont know what else to do.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #37

Aug 142013


  • 97,000 miles
My car had been showing the service battery charging system for about two days. When I called southeast Kia of somerset, they tried to say it was the actually battery, keep in mind, I have only had this car for six weeks. I knew that it wasn't because I had been having no problems with my car whatsoever before this, and I was raised around mechanics and truck drivers, I do know a little about cars. When I turned the car off it would not start back up. I had the battery jumped three times and it died sitting there, we finally got it charged so that I could drive to my mothers, but had problems on the way there. As I was driving, all of my gauges completely stopped working in my car, and I thought the car had died and that I was coasting. So I pulled over to the side of the road, with my three children in the car, and realized the car was running. I shut the car off, but it kept running. Now, Kia is saying that if it's the alternator it's not covered under a two year warranty that I have, because they don't want to have to fix it basically. I have been severely ripped off, and now me and my children are without a car. I think it is ridiculous that car lots are able to send out terrible and unreliable cars to people without a second thought, and then don't want to fix things. Now I am trying to find a way to get a different car and leave this piece of junk on their lot, I will probably never buy a car again unless it only has about 20 miles on it and is brand new, and will definitely do more research on the type of car, along with the dealership selling it to me. And Kia has not heard the last of me as well.

- Somerset, KY, USA

problem #36

Jun 192013

Impala 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal tapping noise from under the air conditioning unit. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the air conditioning unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Goose Creek , SC, USA

problem #35

Dec 172009

Impala 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


My 2006 Chevy Impala will not turn on. I replaced the battery and starter with the same results. Starter relay is also good. I have researched this problem on the web and to my horror, this is a common problem with this vehicle, with very high dollar possible solutions that may not work. Every time I bring in this vehicle I am charged 100 dollars for them to say what is wrong and when they (supposedly) fix it ( or say it did not do it with them and its all in my head and your doing something wrong to it), it does it again. The charging system is ok but there is no power at all thruout the car but if you wait a couple of hours it will show lights but it will not even crank and then go completely dead. This same problem has happened from every other customer who has had this problem and cost them plenty of money without a solution. I have researched youtube, yahoo answers, fixit, etc... and this is what all these other numerous customers are saying even when they went to the Chevy certified mechanics throuout the country. I do not have the resources to keep paying for diagnosis and numerous possible fixes that does not remedy the problem. Bringing the vehicle to a Chevy dealer for them to charge me an arm and a leg to not fix the problem ( and no they will not give you a refund for not fixing the problem that they charge a 100 dollars upfront to diagnose). This is not the only problem, the transmission slams into gear especially when you come from a start or after you back up and drive forward. This is not normal but Chevy will say it us. I take pride in keeping my car running so I know it is not from neglect or abuse this is simply an ongoing problem that these Chevy vehicles have because I M seeing this exact same problem on their other models throughout multiple year spectrum. This is ridiculous!!! all these consumers across the country are not wrong.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #34

Mar 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Well for a month I been geting power reduce ingine on the dash bourd I got my husband to check it out and he cant belive what he saw did some reseach on line and look like this is a command problem so he bought the throttle body and no luck so then bought the pedal possion sensor hope GM can reimburse all the people that have this problem.I spent already close to $500 and am still working on the car please not cool that GM is ignoring the situation it look look there aware of it....

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 072013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving the reduced engine power light came on while driving on expressway. Since then it comes on more frequent. Causing car to accelerate very slow, and in some cases stalling. Nearly causing an accident. Vehicle is not safe. Several service bulletins but only 1 recall. I will never buy a GM product again. I have owned several GM vehicles.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #32

Oct 152012


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the computer would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #31

Nov 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My 2006 Chevy Impala has thump noise in the steering any time I turn and sounds like it gonna fall apart its a hazard to be on the road. And the heater clicks wont work resulting in the windshield being fogged when im driving that's a hazard also. I called Chevy customer service did they help no take your vehicle to the dealer pay $ $100 maybe you will get it fixed free! haha forget it im selling the car its easier that's my story im very dissatisfied in Chevy. And any of this happens at anytime of the speed 0-75 mph.

- Washington, VA, USA

problem #30

Sep 072012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
My fiance was driving my car on his way to pick my children up from their grandmothers and smelled something burning. As he was trying to find a place to pull over smoke came into the vehicle near his feet and all of a sudden the car was on fire. He pulled over into a restaurant parking lot but by then the electric was out in the car so the doors were locked and he wasn't able to open the door. Good thing he had the windows down prior to the fire because that was his only escape. One of the employees brought out a fire extinguisher and tried to put it out with no luck. The fire department arrived and finally was able to put the fire out. It was determined that the fire was in the area of the fuse panel and wiring harness. My car is a total loss after just paying it off just two weeks ago! heartbreaking. I've been doing my research and was surprised to find that I'm not the only person that this had happened to. This is a safety concern and it needs to be addressed! I'm just thankful that my children were not in the car when this happened because the worst could have happened all because no one wants to do a recall! thank god there were no fatalities but who's to say the next person this happens to will be so lucky?

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #29

Apr 172012


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the air conditioner was emitting an abnormal clicking noise. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #28

May 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 57,058 miles
Displayed on panel "reduced engine power". on star diagnosed service code "P2138". on 05/01/2012 while driving through a large intersection my engine power was reduced to 3 or maybe 5 mph. I was trying to get through the intersection without the acceleration that was so desperately needed. This is definitely a safety issue. In addition to being concerned about getting into an accident, I'm fearful I will be the one causing a fatal pile-up. I have been to the Chevy dealer 4 times and they were unable to fix this problem.

- Forest Hills, Ny, NY, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Jul 032012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
I boyght my car from a used car dealership it has a little over 133,000 miles. I'm having problems I think with my ignition switch because when the problem first started it would not crank nor turn over. After turning the switch back and forward for five min or so, it would start. Now I can't get it to do a thing. I need help with this issue.

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Jan 012012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
My wife was driving home from the grocery store on Jan 1st, with my daughter in the passenger seat. They began to smell something burning, so my wife pulled over, when my daughter got out of the car she saw flames shooting out from under the glove compartmented good samaritan came running over with a fire extinguisher to attempt to put fire out, my daughter called 911, and the cranford fire dept. Showed up within minutes to put out the fire. In the fire dept. Report they said the fire was caused by an electrical problem from the fuse box. The car was ruled a total loss, the passenger side air bag deployed and the windshield cracked, luckily nobody was seriously hurt, but GM is claiming they have no responsibility for this fire. Both my wife and I disagree, the car was well taken care of only at a GM dealer, and had no after market accessories installed.we have several photos taken by insurance company and the fire dept. Report. If you need any further information please feel free to contact us. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #23

Mar 202012


  • miles
The electrical in the car is messed up. I turn to the right and my radio shuts off, also if its dark out and my lights are on and I put the windows down the lights down as I'm pressing the button to put them down.

- Andover , NH, USA

problem #22

Mar 152012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Is or was or has this car had any recalls. For a 2006 veh with only 54,104 miles on it and have to put out the money to pay for work on a car with electrical problems, so far (intercontrol module) is not right. This problem caused the whole car to not respond at all (in luck we were at home when this happened)but, if we were gone it could have been a disaster if this would have happened while driving it shuts the whole car down, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Please help

- Glennie, MI, USA

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