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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,241 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 252016


  • 154,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala equipped with lionhart tires, tires size:225/60R16. While driving 55 mph, the rear passenger side of the vehicle made a whining noise. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and noticed that the rear passenger tire was split in two. The vehicle was taken to a tire dealer, but were not replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The tire line information was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Jan 262014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala equipped with good year tire size P235-50-R18. The dot and serial number were not available. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph the front drivers side tire thread separated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure.

- Conyers , GA, USA

problem #13

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 #12

May 012008


  • miles
I have had to replace the tires on my 2006 Impala 4 times since I bought it. I am currently on the 5th set of tires after only 105,000 miles. I buy the tires with 50-70 thousand mile usage, yet I have to replace them for uneven wear every 20-25 thousand miles, even with routine rotations and alignment when I saw the lawsuit about 2007 and 2008 Impala, I was shocked that 2006 wasn't included because it is the exact same problem I've been having.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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problem #11

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 #10

Apr 242009


  • 44,442 miles


I own a 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires as original equipment (M-S P225/55R17 95T, dot M643 bhdr 3905). I was advised that all tires on the vehicle had a defect which caused the tread to separate from the tire in the same spot. The tires still had from 7/32 to 9/32 tread remaining. Having taken off one tire to inspect it properly, the defect was found to be so bad that the dealer would not remount the tire on to the vehicle under California law. At the direction of Goodyear, the defective tires were then taken to be inspected by a Goodyear dealer and the defect was again confirmed. The identified defect could cause failure of a tire at any time without advance warning. As a result all tires of this manufacturing lot should be recalled immediately.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 302009


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions for failures with the heater blowing cool air, the gear shift changing incorrectly, and the tire monitor indicator constantly illuminating. On January 30, 2008, the contact drove approximately 25 miles. She then pulled into the driveway and noticed smoke underneath the hood, followed by flames. She quickly extinguished the fire and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. It was diagnosed that the power steering hose failed and caused the fluid to leak. The vehicle will be repaired. The current and failure mileages were 51,000.

- Verona, VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 172008

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,041 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 65 mph, the power steering failed. The dealer stated that the power steering hose was leaking and they repaired the failure. Currently, the power steering column has failed again after the dealer stated that the vehicle was operating properly. The current and failure mileages were 36,000. Updated 03/26/08. The transmission reverse gear was defective, the transmission also had a delayed engagement. The windshield was cracked, the left front door was out of alignment. One of the tire was loosing air.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 122007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Vehicle has bouncy/shuddery ride driving over 35mph. Looked at by 2 different shops, one said it was a bad tire and replaced under tire warranty, the other said it was separation of tread (bad tire). All four tires replaced with brand new tires (out of my own pocket) and the ride did not improve, then the shop says that it is "bumps in the road" even though there is a distinct difference between a bump in the road (felt from front tires and back tires) and the shudder of the vehicle.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 042007


  • miles


2006 Chevrolet Impala had an equipment failure which caused the vehicle to swerve and hit another vehicle. According to the police report, it appeared the right rear tire had blown which caused the consumer to loose control of the vehicle. (Ohio traffic crash report)

- Columbiana, OH, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

Apr 132007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles
Leased 2006 Impala lt 3/06. 2/07-first thing that happened was power steering line blew while driving on highway at 70 mph. Had towed vehicle to dealership and it was fixed. They left all the fluid all over engine and brakes. Shortly after, experienced clanking noise from front of vehicle. Took to dealer first time, they said they couldn't find the cause of the problem, could be left over power steering fluid from the blowout, causing noise on moving parts. Also noticed tires were wearing. Got oil change and 3rd tire rotation for vehicle. Tires still wearing in front and noise becoming more prominent in front. Took back to dealer, said it was a trans axle problem, and was also causing an alignment problem. They corrected the trans axle problem under warranty, but said the alignment and excessive wear on tires was my problem. This didn't seem right, a problem on the vehicle caused another problem, but it was my responsibility. They said they alignment was ok now. I asked if they checked and they said no, it would be okay since the trans axle problem was corrected. They said I could complain, they just follow the rules from up above.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 012007

Impala 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Automobile has a bouncy ride. Front right axle has been replaced as well as tires replaced. Ride is still bouncy, especially when accelerating through first and second gear.

- Sorrento, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 012007


  • miles
2006 Chevy Impala ss has had several mechanical issues most recently flat tires. The first incident was a front right tire loosing air slowly. Today the front left tire went flat suddenly and on the interstate. The damaged section of tire was on the inside and appeared to have been punctured by another piece of the suspension. The dealer ship insists that I need to pay for repairs everytime. The car is an unbelievable inconvenience.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142006


  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Impala rear tires had a slow leak causing tires to go flat. The vehicle was a rental. The day the vehicle was rented the consumer noticed instability in the rear end but assumed it was the way the vehicle was designed. Each time the vehicle was driven the instability was noticed. A few days later the consumer noticed that the right rear tire was flat. Upon further investigation it was determined that nails in the tire caused the slow leak. The rental Agency lodged a claim against the consumer for the damaged tire.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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