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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,055 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 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 182016


  • 128,000 miles


I have had my car for almost a year now and ever since I bought it, it has caused nothing but an issue. I always get an "engine power reduced" or sometimes even "starting disabled service throttle." This can happen anywhere from 1-100 times a day while I am driving. It has happened on city streets, highways, turning, you name it and it has happened. It is becoming a very big safety issue as it will do it in the middle of intersections and I fear that I will get into an accident. I have ran the codes and replaced every part in the car that dealerships have told me to replace but it still keeps happening. I have done a ton of research on what could be wrong and it not only seems like this is happening to a lot of people but the things they replaced in their cars fixed the issue but mine seems to not ever be able to be fixed. This has become a dangerous thing, as it has happened to me in the middle of snow storms on icy highways.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #10

Jan 292016


  • 80,000 miles
Only 80,000 miles on my car and has 4 oil/transmission leaks. Consumer reports says this is a common problem for my car.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #9

Mar 022014


  • 130,000 miles
The dash in my Impala cracked suddenly a few months ago. I didn't know it was an issue in Chevrolet vehicles until I saw a report. Also, my heater does not actually blow heat unless I am accelerating! it is such an inconvenience during this time of year B/C when it's cold outside & I have to slow down or stop at a red light or stop sign, the car gets cold inside! lastly, when the temperature is changed from hot to cold or if the fan is set to circulate over the entire car, it starts making a knocking noise for about 30-60 seconds. This has been an issue for a while.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #8

Apr 012015

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Chevrolet Impala. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle odometer mileage tampering. The consumer stated when he purchased the vehicle, the mileage read 95,953. However, a carfax report showed the mileage at 190,902 17 months earlier. The consumer believed the dealer tampered with the odometer.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 102014


  • 32,600 miles
I got a safety recall notice number 14V355. I called my nearest Chevrolet dealer midway Chevrolet at 2323 w. bell rd. Phoenix, Arizona on December 10, 2014 @ 2 P.M.. I was told someone would call me back to schedule a repair appointment. I waited 3 weeks and got no call. December 30, 2014 @ 11:30 a.M. I was told by '[xxx]' in svc. Dept. That he would call me back in 15 min. I waited over an hour. I called them to ask why no call back. I got a recording. I called again and told receptionist I wanted to speak to svc. Manager. I got a recording. Midway Chevrolet will not help the recall customer. Midway Chevrolet did not co-operate. I called sands Chevrolet @5418 mw grand ave. Glendale, AZ. They transferred me immediately to svc. Dept. [xxx] immediately scheduled me to come in tomorrow. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 2/4/16

- Glendale, AZ, USA

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problem #6

Dec 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
The inside of the cars windows would fog and then ice up during last years winter. Could not see out the windows except small area of drivers side front window. Took into dealerships twice and they could not figure out why or fix it.

- Mount Pleasant, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 172014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


Shortly after purchasing the vehicle I noticed that when opening the driver's side or any other doors dic (driver's info center) stays lit and radio stays on for 15 minutes. Was told it may be the BCM (body control module). Also checked vehicle's oil and all was fine then 2 weeks later check engine light comes on and dipstick shows no oil. No leaks anywhere on driveway nor under carriage. Steering wheel squeals when turning yet all fluids are topped off. Is this vehicle a lemon?

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jan 012011


  • 100,000 miles
The driver side sun visor will no longer stay up and falls down obstructing forward vision. I've gone on the internet and this is a somewhat common occurrence on the Impala. GM has no repair for it other than replacement. A new visor costs $125 plus installation. I think it should be a recall based on safety.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 282009


  • miles
Bought the car new in May 2006 & have had the car in the shop 25X plus. The vehicle is E-85 however unless I want to have trouble with the vehicle I have not run that kind of fuel in the car. The trailing arm busted in half 4/09. I have contacted the better business bureau who said that because the problems prior to the trailing arm busting were not considered life threatening they could not consider the car a lemon. I have contacted GMC & bob brown Chevy in urbandale, ia regard the above issues. However all they want to do is patchup the problems instead of completely correcting the problem. I have documentation & parts to follow up with all of the above stated problems.

- State Center, IA, USA

problem #1

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

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