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 4 of 6)

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problem #43

Dec 102010


  • 39,990 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact was driving 15 mph and attempting a right turn when the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud noise from the front end. The vehicle was taken to a vehicle repair center where the failure was diagnosed as the intermediate shaft for the steering column. The intermediate steering shaft was replaced. The dealer was called and informed the contact that there were no recalls on the steering column. The manufacturer was called who confirmed there were no recalls and provided no further assistance. The failure mileage was 39,990.

- Sarasota , FL, USA

problem #42

Oct 262010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. 2006 Chevrolet Impala ltz comments: Safety concerns; I am having many problems with my 2006 Chevrolet Impala ltz. 55,000 miles and it is falling apart, many major repairs need to be done. GM district specialist is working with me to try to get this car up to par, but so far he is not able to get the car back on the road for me.. never been in a accident and always maintained, car is in beautiful condition outside but I think I got a lemon. Still owe $5000 of the 25,000 price. Recurring steering problems and motor mounts and axel and steering column, and head gasket. Can you help me get to the bottom of this, I have now been without a car for 2 months while 3 different dealerships have diagnosed a variety of major problems. I am a senior citizen, just retired, need my car for doctor app'ts as well as in general, I am very upset, warranty ran out at 3 years, my original dealership went under when Chevrolet had problems. I've been treated very poorly by GM's dealerships who don't want to handle an out of business dealerships problems. I have complete notes on dates, names (however it's GM's policy not to give last names), I believe these are all manufacturer defects and don't trust the car anymore. I've put major money into repairs to date and now GM wants to only cover 50% of this latest head gasket problem, that doesn't include the other problems. I think they should admit manufacturer defects and buy back my car, pay off the remainder of the loan and then I can buy a car that will keep me and my family safe. Failure mileage was 55,000. (the contact wanted to use the emailed complaint).

- Peekskill, NY, USA

problem #41

Jul 132010


  • 58,304 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala lt. The contact stated that while driving at various low speeds, the steering shaft became difficult to turn along with the grinding noises while turning. The vehicle was repaired twice prior to this failure. The vehicle was inspected and repaired for the intermediate steering shaft. The failure mileage was approximately 58,304.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #40

Oct 302010


  • 15,900 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The contact noticed a clunking sound when she turned the steering wheel to the right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that someone would call her back with a response. The current and failure mileage was approximately 15,900.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #39

Oct 292010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 69,900 miles
I had a near accident when the power steering line failed.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #38

Jun 292010


  • miles
2006 Chevy Impala seems to have hot heat near the passenger front by were your feet rest, and I have already fixed the transmission twice and for some reason it is again making this real loud noise when I take it off of park it is really hard to move it in to park mode and when it does it jerks really hard.

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #37

Jul 092009


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While applying the brakes approximately 15 mph, there was excessive resistance within the steering wheel. An authorized dealer informed the contact that the failure was a normal occurrence for his year, make and model vehicle. The contact stated that the failure had become progressively worse within a year. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued to occur whenever the brakes were applied or when the vehicle came to a complete stop. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Ripley, TN, USA

problem #36

Mar 032010


  • 28,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) im having this problem with my 2006 Chevrolet Impala!! it has just 30,000 miles on it and it started at 28,000 miles. At start up it wines bad and you can feel it tug and stick in the steering as you drive at slow speeds. It does get harder at times at cold temps but as it warms it frees up. At times it does not want to turn im a big guy but my wife does not want to drive it. We have a 2010 Chevrolet HHR she drives must of the time. I hope it does not have the same pump... ref:(General Motors co. Is recalling 1.3 million cars to fix power steering motors that can fail. The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet cobalts, 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5S, 2005 and 2006 Pontiac pursuits sold in Canada and 2005 and 2006 Pontiac G4S sold in Mexico. The automaker said Monday the vehicles are still safe to drive and never lose their steering, but it may be harder to steer them when traveling under 15 mph.) its sound and feels like its more cars then what is being recalled at this time. [xxx] GM spokesman alan adler need to check into all late model cars with this pump...

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #35

Mar 042010

(reported on)


  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Impala with a faulty intermediate steering shaft. The consumer stated the steering was jumpy.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #34

Feb 282010


  • miles
Knocking in steering column while driving.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #33

Mar 022010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


2006 Impala, V-6. took to mechanic today, said is was bad. When turning steering wheel, it pops. Could be dangerous.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #32

Feb 062009


  • miles
I was having problems with my car and had to have it towed to the dealership. The power steering fluid had leaked out of the hose and the clamp needed to be replaced. At that time I paid for those repairs of replacing those parts. Months later a recall was sent to me for replacement of the same parts that I had already paid for and had repaired. I would like my money refunded.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #31

Mar 302009


  • 37,640 miles
While going to work on 3/30/2009 I was unable to steer my 2006 Chevy Impala I slid down the road on the drivers door there was extensive damage to my car and I broke a bone in my knee.

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #30

Jan 232010

Impala 8-cyl

  • 40,154 miles
While driving entering state highway with 65 mph speed limit the power steering line ruptured and became difficult to steer.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #29

Dec 062009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. He discovered recall # 09E005000 (steering) for his year, make, and mode. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and inspected for one full day. After the day of service he was advised that the recall did not apply to his vehicle. One week after the inspection. While driving he lost power steering without warning and crashed into a snow embankment. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer and repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Palos Hill, IL, USA

problem #28

Dec 022009


  • 53,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevy Impala and the steering is terrible. It clunks and when I put on the brake it goes to the left, having no control. Please is this covered in a recall.

- Attica, MI, USA

problem #27

Nov 162009


  • 61,000 miles
Steering: I started hearing a noise - like a clunking in, at the same time I would feel it in my steering wheel...when I would turn left or right, it would clunk and kind of shake or got worse and worse and every time I would turn the car to the left or right, it would clunk louder and could hear it and feel it. I went to the local auto repair, and they found that they had to replace the intermediate steering shaft....this part cost $120 plus the labor to install.

- Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #26

Oct 122009


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The steering shaft elicits violent vibrations and noises. There was a recall for an after market steering part (see NHTSA campaign id number: 09E005000), but his vehicle identification number was not included. The vehicle was taken to the nearest dealer where they found the steering shaft was faulty and either would need to be replaced or repacked. No repairs had been made to date. The current and failure mileages were under 33,000.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #25

Mar 012008


  • miles
On many late model Chevrolet and GM cars, there is a clunking issue on the intermediate steering shafts. I have taken mine to the dealer and at that time the fix was to repack the shaft with grease or put a new one on. This fi is at the owners expense. GM and Chevrolet are very experienced with this issue as doing an internet search will bring up many articles. There are at least two redesign of this component. This component is not even a scheduled maintenance item. The fact that there are design iterations but still no recall is ludicrous. If my owners manual said grease the steering shaft every 10000 miles, I can understand no recall. But Chevy has never stated it to be a maintenance item and the fact there are redesigns says there is and issue that needs to be looked after.

- Clinton, WI, USA

problem #24

Sep 052006


  • 38,000 miles
Brought car to dealer said iss needed to be replaced....I was told per GM this is not a recall product just a noise issue. I beg to differ. The iss is hindering the steering to my vehicle as well as making clunking noises. It is hindering my breaking pulls to side. It is hindering my ability to take off from complete stop tires are stuttering. Dealership said iss needed to be replaced. Nothing else wrong with car. This is a serious safety issue and should be recalled.

- Bridge City, LA, USA

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