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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,583 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #12

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 #11

Jan 012008


  • 25,000 miles
Very noisy front end components, it seems to be more noise at a slow speed. It rattles, roars, just very noisy. This is at slow speed going down a normal street.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #10

Sep 212016


  • 81,000 miles
The front sway bar developed a crack and required replacement to pass va safety insp prog..

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 122015


  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While the vehicle was parked, the contact discovered that the sway bar split at the seam. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the sway bar fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Waymart , PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012015


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 66 mph with the cruise control activated, the contact heard an abnormal noise as the speedometer decreased. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch, landing 80 feet away. The contact also noticed that the axles were fractured. A police report was filed and there were unknown injuries sustained that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system) but did not disclose if the veihcle was included or repaired under the recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

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problem #7

Dec 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Popping noise coming from front end of car. Noise occurs with acceleration, braking, shifting transmission or passing over speed bumps or rough roads. Generally occurs at lower speeds, less than 35mph, but occurs with higher speeds as well, although not as frequently. (possibly coming from sub-frame or sub-frame bolts?)

- Mount Airy , NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 132014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles


Swerved to miss a deer, ran off the road hit a light pole on passenger side, tore off front tier and suspension, car rolled a couple of times, blew out most of the windows, tore up the whole interior, slid into a guard rail and landed up right, and none of the air bags deployed! I broke my shoulder, collar bone and hand, the car had brand new tires.

- Ridgely, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 182012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
While backing car started to jerk due to traction control problem caused distraction and I paused the car and looked at dash board and continued to back up hitting car in parking lot isle way- had the car repaired spent $ 900 on ABS traction control and front wheel bearings problem still exists and GM will not divulge what is causing the problem- car is not safe to drive- you cannot trust to pull out into traffic car stops when it should not.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 302011

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
Bought 2006 Impala lt used in June 2009 with 41,000 miles replaced the factory tires didn't like the way they rode. Started hearing a grinding noise that got louder with acceleration mechanic said all four tires were bad wearing on the inside. The tires only have 21,000 miles on them and most of my tires last me 40,000 minimum. Did some online research found numerous complaints about premature wear for tires on Chevy Impala. Looking at another $500 + for brand new tires if the place I bought them doesn't uphold the warranty which is for 50,000 miles/5 years. I really like this car but there a numerous problems major and minor GM needs to Focus more on quality.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 042007


  • 4,000 miles
Currently I have 29103 miles on it.I had took it in shop 2 times complaining about problem w/steering, and was told this was normal.I knew the warranty ran out the passenger side tie rod end was completely worn out, and the drivers side is bad also.I've contacted cheverolet and they said to take it to dealer and pay of course for them to tell me a third time probably that this is normal.I am scared of this car, but have no choice except to drive it.I beleive this car slip thru factury inspections. As also rotors was turn at about 4000 miles and again at 26000 miles.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012010


  • 26,000 miles
My 2006 Chevrolet Impala has nothing but issues. Window scratch when going up and down, tire pressure monitor needs replaced, remote start has no distance, water pump leakage, transmission line leaking, rotors, tires and alignment wear out prematurely.

- Gilmore City, IA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082007


  • miles
Lt re her 2006 Chevy Impala lt having problems with a vibration and the car jumping on numerous occasions leading to replacement of tires; would like to know if NHTSA knows anything about problems with tires. The tires were replaced with another brand of tires, because one of the tires had excessive road force. However, the vibration continued.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

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