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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,404 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Impala drivetrain problems

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2007 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Jan 172017


  • 112,000 miles


Last may I was driving my car from work going approximately 40 mph a message came on the information screen. Something about going over 160mph. The car suddenly slowed, couldn't seem to find the proper gear. At the same time the speedometer was going up and down showing 60, 30, 80, 0. then it cut off. I put the rolling car into neutral and started it. It fired up immediately. I put in gear and continued until it was safe to stop. Let engine cool off and drove home. The speedometer continued to fluctuate, it also cut off and flashed the message again. Called dealership next morning and took in. They came back with diagnosis of transmission failure, need to replace. I shelled out $4000 for the transmission, now it is slipping. I drove home today and that message flashed across my screen along with the transmission struggling to find the proper gear. The speedometer was moving up and down. The speedometer was replaced when the transmission was replaced. I have contacted the dealership to schedule an appointment. I also made a formal complaint to GM.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #49

Aug 042016


  • 90,000 miles
Transmission slips when you stop at light when you step on accelerator to go transmission slips and then suddenly catches and car jerks quickly forward causing car suddenly lunge forward.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

problem #48

Jan 262016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that after the vehicle was placed into the park position and the ignition key was removed, the vehicle started independently and rolled away without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred as she was exiting the vehicle. The vehicle stopped independently. As a result, the contact sustained unknown injuries to the right leg that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V092000 (power train). The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Branson, MO, USA

problem #47

Feb 262016


  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. While attempting to start the engine, the button on the gear shifter malfunctioned and the shifter could not be moved from the park position.the vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the gear shift button had two fractured wires. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Albinin, NY, USA

problem #46

Feb 042016


  • 50,000 miles
My wife's 2007 Chevy Impala left her stranded on the side of a busy highway in a snowstorm. She was driving at highway speeds when all of a sudden, her overheat warning light began flashing, and what she described as "a huge cloud of fog or smoke" was trailing behind her. She immediately put on her hazards and pulled off to the side of the road. Once stopped, the digital readout showed "engine overheat, idle engine" and then the engine shut off. The vehicle is at a dealer awaiting diagnosis.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

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problem #45

Dec 102015


  • 148,000 miles
Reduced engine power/ traction control warning/ gas line fuel leak. This car flashed a reduced engine power message while I was going 65 mph straight away on busy city (in houston) freeway and the traction control warning light came on. My car then immediately reduced speed and would not go beyond 40 mph. I was told that the gas line fuel leak has nothing to do with it but it seems very coincidental that this all happened in the same day. GM is putting out a lot of trashy vehicles right now and this should definitely be a recall; especially when there are numerous valid complaints of the same issue. I'll never by GM/Chevy again. I am going back to an imported brand

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #44

Jun 112015


  • 167,945 miles


This all started when the factory battery went dead so I went and purchased a new one about a week after I went out one morning to leave for work and it wouldn't start had to be jumped. So later on I checked for a drain on the battery and found out that the radio the interior lights and the display where causing a drain. So I had all three checked all tests fine so I purchased another battery and was good for about a week then all the sudden the radio died and all the auditable sounds stop working the next day went out to try to start the car and nothing happened only had headlights and interior lights wouldn't start. So I put it on a charger for a couple hours tried it again and it was completely dead like there was no battery in. Come to find out that the BCM ( body control module ) was shorted. Now I've got to find a new and figure out how to get it up to dealership to have it programmed

- Vandalia, OH, USA

problem #43

Dec 172014


  • 156,956 miles
Driving down road at 65mph when all of a sudden reduce engine power comes on and my car shuts off the cruise and I cant get the power up over 15mph on a major highway............

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #42

Nov 052014


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Gardencity, MI, USA

problem #41

Aug 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (power train); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #40

May 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle vibrated and jerked. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system), but the part was not available. The dealer informed the contact that the part may become available within three months, but there was no guarantee. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Henryetta, OH, USA

problem #39

Aug 262014


  • 84,200 miles
My complaint concerns my 2007 Chevy Impala transmission floor shifter is locking in park.. I could not depress the button on the floor shifter, to shift to reverse. I tried turning the steering wheel which of course is locked when the vehicle is in park. I am worried that next time it will not get unstuck. So I checked the internet and saw many comments about 2007 Impala shifter's locking and realized I needed to file a complaint.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #38

Jun 032014


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure caused the contact to crash the vehicle into a ravine. The air bag in the steering wheel was the only air bag that deployed. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a broken neck, ribs, back, foot, and ankle. The passenger sustained a broken collar bone, ribs, and ankle. In addition, the passenger's liver and spleen were lacerated and both occupants required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #37

Sep 182012


  • 90,000 miles
The shift gear has become stuck in park twice. The shifter will not move. I had to have it towed to the mechanic twice in order for the vehicle to become operable again. The shop replaced some wiring and mechanics inside the shift area. Since they have replaced it twice, along with the original parts, I am on the third round.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #36

Aug 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
When the car is idle upon acceleration, the car jerks profusely, while the heat/cool system is in operation there is a grinding noise along the dash area and continues for 5 minutes after controls has been shut off, drive side door electrical refuses to work to lock/unlock position.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #35

Mar 012013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled without warning. An independent mechanic was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 182014


  • miles
The shift gear gets stuck in park. It won't move. I had to remove body where the gear shift is and saw it was a wire that was loose. It happen last year also.

- West Park, FL, USA

problem #33

Aug 012014


  • 78,600 miles
I was driving down the road suddenly check engine light came on speed reduced get a reduced power/traction control message and speed drop to 40 in matter of seconds engine running very rough. Almost caused a accident due to this happening at the morning rush hour on commute to work. I looked online this seems to be a common complaint that there needs to be something done about it. I have had other issues (eg: Steering mid-shaft failure front end shimmy, brake issues, connector to rear defrost melting, wires in shifting console breaking to where couldn't remove keys or get out of park) with this vehicle and called GM about them and they assign a case number and tell you sorry you will need to pay and keep receipt if there is ever a recall issued.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #32

Jul 242014


  • miles
After driving it for many years and having no problems, I drove it a short distance and parked and could not remove the key, I tried taking it out of park and putting it back in park and after trying that several times and it not working I tried (jiggling the shifter when it was in park) and it released. It happened again for the 2nd day in a row. I will bring it to a local repair shop after the weekend is over and see if it is a bad wire or something.

- Shoreview, MN, USA

problem #31

Jan 152013


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the airbag and the engine warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that while at a stop light and attempting to drive, the vehicle jerked. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 139,000.

- Bridgeville, DE, USA

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