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:
14 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,574 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #83

Aug 282014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


All I am trying to do is get a loaner car until the parts are in so I don't have to be involved in an accident and file a complaint. I have been on hold for 25 minutes waiting for a supervisor at the customer assistance center. My safety and my children's safety is my concern. I do not believe that I am asking for much after being a loyal customer for 40 years and a GM mastercard holder in good standing. My email is [xxx]and my number is [xxx]. thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Avon, CT, USA

problem #82

Jul 112014


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at 37 mph, the vehicle independently steered to the left causing the contact to go into oncoming traffic. The contact stated that the vehicle was able to come to a stop after crashing through a manhole. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Marengo, IA, USA

problem #81

Jul 112014


  • miles
As I'm approaching up the highway 1/2 mile from the car that is slowing down ahead I tried to press in my brakes but my car refused to stop I tried turning my while off it failed to turn. Basically I went straight in the back of the car. Its like the car jump as I approach the car ahead as if it reset itself then approach to turn after hitting the vehicle in front me it was a very scared site to experience. No airbag came out it was just me bracing myself against the seat holding on the wheel bracing hoping the car stops.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #80

Aug 222013


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle power steering failed intermittently and made abnormal noises. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Darham, NC, USA

problem #79

May 302014


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated while turning at approximately 10 mph, the power steering failed and the contact crashed into a tree. The contact sustained a fractured foot that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Ypsilanti , MI, USA

problem #78

Aug 012014


  • 104,889 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician made the contact aware of recall NHTSA campaign number: 09E005000 (steering). However, the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,889.

- Cohocton, NY, USA

problem #77

Jun 272014

Impala 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


While driving the car the car shut off and the steering got stiff. I was unable to control the steering which caused me to run into a brick mailbox.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #76

Jun 072014

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Pulling out of drive turning left lost power steering could not straighten steering wheel and hit curb.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #75

Apr 042014


  • 43,880 miles
In the fall 2010 I purchased the 2006 Impala with nearly 19,000 miles on it.. from the start I was having problems losing air with one of the tires, and each time I took it in, was told it was fixed. At the beginning of 2013 I started pumping air into that one tire every 3,4, days, and the grinding noise I heard since April of 2013, ( at which time it passed inspection) progressed into not being able to steer at all. On April 4, 2014, (car inspection time) I managed to bring the car to the dealership I purchased from. After spending $921. For the yearly NY state inspection, four new tired, the problem with the deflating tire, the power steering, I thought everything is "ok". not so. As I drove the car home, I heard this loud humming noise. I thought I purchased some bad tires"?? so I drove the car a little longer, hoping the noise will subside. Not so!!. so, on May 20, this year 2014 I again took the Impala to the dealership. After replacing a front wheel bearing and another bill for $526. I needed to talk with one of the owners. At which time I also discussed the steering wheel problem. He gave me all kinds of explanation..... and reduced the bill to $356.. after incurring a total sum of 1,278. I do not know who to blame. The car manufacturer???, the dealer???" or my lack of car knowledge. I am a single 75 year old woman, on a very limited ss income who thought this car should last my lifetime. I drove other cars before, and never experienced such heartache as I do now. As of today 5/20/2014 the mileage on the vehicle is 43,882. I kept this car in the garage, as you can see by the mileage, this should have not happen.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #74

Mar 192014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 196,000 miles
Car hard to steer and turn, hit a concrete barrier damage the left front bumper, light, body frame on left side of the car.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #73

May 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 75,333 miles


I was turning from one street onto another and all of a sudden there was a clanking noise coming from under the car and then the power steering went out along with the brakes and my acceleration. I had to pull over and stop the car. After all this my car would not start and every time I tried to start my car, it sounded like the battery died but I know it wasn't the battery.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #72

Apr 012010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 38,756 miles
My power steering was acting crazy and making clicking and other weird sounds. After being notified of a recall, I took it in to the dealer. The dealer told me they had to perform the recall, which they have it listed as a power steering flush on my GM owner center file. It has now returned back to clicking and weird sounds when I drive and turn. I'm scared that maybe GM is overlooking my Impala.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #71

Aug 172012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the steering would exhibit a clicking and grinding noise while the contact was driving 35 mph. The contact did not take the vehicle in for repairs. The contact did not notify manufacturer. The failure mileage was not available.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #70

Jan 012014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the steering wheel would constantly seize without warning when turning left. The contact had to use force when exiting a parking area and the vehicle could not be parallel parked due to the steering failure. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number 09E005000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Brandywine , MD, USA

problem #69

Feb 012013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact that while traveling various speeds, the steering wheel was difficult to turn and emitted a loud noise. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 09E005000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Greenville, NY, USA

problem #68

May 142012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
I have been having an issue with my steering column in my Impala I know there was a recall on some Impala's but when I contacted a local dealer I was told mine wasn't in recall. Yet there's a popping noise in steering column and just recently I started having problems with my high beam lights they will switch to high beam whenever I use my blinker and I have to push in N hold in the blinker switch for a few mins before the high beam lights will go off ! I've bright lighted so many ppl over this problem and I feel very guilty if I caused someone to crash over bright lighting them even though it's out of my control really. Please help me find out if my car should be checked for this steering knuckle recall bc a mechanic told me that it sounds like that is what may be the issue, thank you.

- Cynthiana , KY, USA

problem #67

Jan 012014


  • 240,000 miles
1. the car would stop accelerating and completely turn off while driving. Steering wheel would lock and would coast to a stop. All the lights on instrument panel and everything would turn off. 2. 3 seat belt latches no longer work.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #66

Feb 292012


  • 186,000 miles
I was driving my company assigned car down a steep hill when the engine stalled without warning. This has happened 5 other times with this vehicle. This was the first time I was traveling fast though. It's like the engine just turns off. The lights are still on but I lose the power steering and brakes. It was terrifying and extremely dangerous. This problem happens completely randomly with no warning. It has happened to others in my company with their Impala. I looked online and found numerous other instances of Chevy Impala of various model years doing the same thing. It is currently in the repair shop and the mechanic can't duplicate the problem. I told them its random and occurs about every 4 months or so. I am afraid I will have to get back in this death trap due to my employer making me. Please help- I don't want to die because Chevrolet has a problem with their electrical systems in their cars.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #65

Jan 202014


  • 107,000 miles
After leaving work I started up my car, then put the gear into drive. I could not turn the steering wheel. I had to use alot of force just to turn it. Ever since then I've been having problems with my steering.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #64

Nov 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Observed a fluid leak near right front wheel. The leak is power steering fluid. Found the leak to be caused by a hole in the aluminum power steering return/cooling line. The line was leaking caused by the plastic wheel well liner rubbing a hole in the aluminum tube.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

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