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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,102 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Impala drivetrain problems

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #31

Dec 082013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


In June 2012 I had this problem error message read: "engine power reduced " as I was driving 55 mph on highway mph fell below to 40 I had to get off highway. I had this problem fixed so I thought it cost me about 360 dollars. Same exact recurring problem same error message today 12/09/13. This is ridiculous GM has to know this is not safe. Dealership will not repair again at their own expense. Too much money for me to continue paying over N over again. They need to recall this car it's outrageous! can someone please help us?!

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #30

Sep 232013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while parked, the key would not disengage from the ignition. Additionally, the gear shifter would sporadically fail to move out of park. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #29

Sep 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 76,330 miles
I turned my car on, put on my seat belt, put my foot on the brakes, and tried to shift my car out of park and into drive. I could not push the button on the shifter in, and the shifter would not move out of park. I researched the problem and found that there is a quick release button underneath the center console on the passenger's side. I had to put my emergency brake on, turn on my car, have someone reach under the center console from the passenger's side to press the button, and shift into drive while they held the button. I still am unable to shift my car out of park unless someone is holding that button.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #28

Sep 192013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


Shifter is locked - again - and will not go into gear.

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #27

Jun 142013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 97,322 miles
Shifter locked and would not go into any gear. Service found broken wire at transmission shifter. They removed center console and repaired wire.

- Camdenton, MO, USA

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problem #26

Jul 152013


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle rolled away and crashed into a tree. There were no reported injuries. The vehicle was not taken for repairs or diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000. The VIN was not available. The VIN was not available.

- Rochester , MI, USA

problem #25

Aug 032013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


Since I have owned the car, it gets randomly stuck in park. It usually is in a driveway on a slight incline. It takes 20 or 30 minutes of pushing the brake and starting and restarting to finally get it to shift from park to drive. The last time this happened it was definitely a safety issue. I was on an interstate driving in the fast lane when I came upon stopped traffic. There was a bad accident ahead and traffic was not moving at all. After about 20 or 30 minutes I turned my car off and waited for traffic to start moving. When traffic started moving, I tried to put my car in drive and it would not move. I was not on an incline. I was on level ground. I was in the fast lane and here I sat unable to move at all, could not pull of the road. Irate drivers and 18 wheelers coming up on me at 70 mile an hour. I was so scared, I thought I'm going to get killed and so is the driver that crashes into me. I did everything I knew to do and after about 20 minutes it finally went into gear. Had it not, I was going to abandon the car because I knew it would get creamed. My only concern was the person that would hit the abandoned car would be hurt or killed. When I got home I called the GM customer service and was told to take it to my local Chevy dealer. I took it to them as well as another mechanic and was told, I would have to bring it in when it happened because they could not get it to do it again so they couldn't repair it. Well duh, if I could bring it in when it happened I wouldn't have a problem. One told me if it was a stick shift, he would know what it was but since it was on the column, he had no idea. After spending money and time I still have a major safety issue in my eyes.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #24

Jun 052013


  • 87,500 miles
I was driving about 50 miles an hour and "service traction control" and "reduced engine power" lights came on. I slowed down to 40 and was trying to merge into traffic and the car downshifted really hard and died. Right as it died another light came on, something about the throttle. I was on a 4 lane bridge during rush hour. Had the car towed to the local Chevy dealer. When they got it, it started right up, but the check engine light was on. They had the car for 3 days and could find nothing wrong with it. Since then it has happened 5 more times.

- New Bloomfield, MO, USA

problem #23

Aug 102013


  • 138,000 miles
I had just started my 2008 Chevrolet Impala ltz and was leaving when the service stabilitrak warning came on and engine power was reduced warning came on. The vehicle lost power and began to jerk as it shifted gears. Unfortunately, it occurred at a time when the local Chevrolet dealer's service department was closed and on the weekend. I'm hoping to get this problem resolved on Monday as this is my only mode of transportation and I'm 8 weeks from graduating from college!! it would suck if I have spend all this time and money in getting my education only to fail due to a vehicle breakdown that seems to be an issue with this very make and model. This could be a very dangerous situation for anyone having this problem with their Impala. It shouldn't take a loss of life or injury, fire or crash to make the manufacturer place a recall on the faulty part that is causing this.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #22

Apr 282013


  • 71,500 miles
On 4/28/13, while turning into church parking lot, traction control and check engine lights came on. Computer check the next day showed code 2127. The computer was cleared and this problem code did not reappear. On 5/28/13, while driving on a flat country road at about 50 mph, traction control and check engine lights again came on. I had to drive approx. 20 miles to get back to my mechanic. Part of the computer response during the this time was to reduce engine power. This was noticeable on any minor hill. Again, my mechanic checked the computer diagnostic and said code 2127. I took my car to my dealer 5/29/13 and they replaced the accelerator pedal assembly.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #21

Mar 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


While driving, fast or slow, my car will slow down abruptly and a "engine power is reduced" warning comes up on the lcd dash. This has also happened while I've been standing idle at traffic lights. I am afraid that one day my car will stop completely while I'm on the highway, resulting in a crash of some sort.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #20

Mar 082013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 132,678 miles
Gear shift stuck in park position. Would not shift into any other position. Chevrolet mechanic found electrical problem and made following comments on the repair order. Found that shift lock control solenoid inop. Found that green wire melted about 12 inches from shifter and also connector for shift lock control had high resistance.. repair commented: Replaced connector and repaired wire working as designed at this time. Mechanic stated that this was not uncommon. Also found numerous internet forum comments about this problem.. very serious fire hazard. GM seems to be aware since above repair implies a reworking design of wire working.: evidence of burned wire inside a vehicle should be considered a serious fire hazard.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #19

Mar 062013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I was driving on the highway leading into an overpass. As L entered onto the overpass my service traction control, engine power reduced, and service throttle body disabled flash across my dash board, killing the power to my vehicle and locking my steering wheel. While I was stopped unable to move my vehicle, cars flew me and I was almost hit. At one point another vehicle was almost ran off the road due to oncoming traffic trying to Dodge me. This was the worst experience of my life. I have never feared for my life like I did at this time. After doing my research online, I have found many others have been in my situation. I was told that my accelerator pedal sensor has gone bad. I feel that GM should be held responsible and needs to remedy the situation before someone is killed.

- Garland,Tx, TX, USA

problem #18

Dec 202012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
When taking off from a start the transmission doesn't engage causing the engine to rev, then it slams into gear eventually. Have also noticed a decrease in power somewhat. Have had it in the dealer for service 3 times and of course they say they cant find anything wrong with it. Kinda crappy since the warranty just went out on the drive train about a month ago. Problem only seems to be getting worse. I have read on forums of this issue on numerous vehicles that use the 4T65-hd transmission and that GM refuses to acknowledge that there is a flaw in these transmissions.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 162012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that whenever decelerating to a stop or when attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle would independently shift into low gear and start to jerk violently. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the vehicle but could not determine any failure. The manufacturer was notified who informed the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 71,000.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #16

Nov 112012


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle erroneously shifted into neutral, causing the vehicle to stall. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle during the failure. The contact was knocked unconscious. The driver and the contact suffered a concussion. The contact also suffered an ankle injury. The driver of the other vehicle suffered a leg injury. A police report was filed. The contact stated that the failure had also occurred prior to the crash. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or mechanic for diagnostic testing or repairs. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Lervern, TN, USA

problem #15

Feb 142012

Impala 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
At a stop sign on signal, vehicle would not shift into 1st unless stepping hard on gas. Transmission would slip until engaging at higher RPM. This has happened on a number of occasions and has been taken to the dealer to be looked at. Dealer can't seem to replicate the issues I've had. Have had dealer service manager with me and it still would not to it. 10/1/2012. Doing the same thing. 83,000 miles. GM and dealer aware of previous issues. Have not contacted dealer of GM this time. I give up.

- Olive Branch , MS, USA

problem #14

Aug 062012


  • 71,000 miles
Accelerating at approx. 30% onto interstate on-ramp, engine RPM flare when shifting into 3rd from 2nd, and into 4th from 3rd. Has repeated off and on intermittently since. Fluid is not burned/deteriorated.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #13

Mar 152012


  • 68,000 miles
Three months after I bought my car I got in it about 7 am to go to work. When I put my car in reverse I heard a noise so I looked at the screen and the check engine light came on and the engine power is reduced light was flashing as well and my car wouldn't go over 40 mph. I called the dealership and they said to bring it in after work and they will look at it. The first time the said it was the throttle pedal assembly so I replaced that. Two weeks later the same thing happened, this time they said I had a pinched wire and they fixed it. Again it came on when I had been in an accident and I was told the computer was jarred so they reset it. A month later on August 18, 2012 I was sitting at a stop sign waiting to turn right and when I went to turn my car stalled out in the middle of the road and I was almost hit by a car coming around the curve. I got scared so I turned around to go home and it stalled out on me four more times before making it 5 miles down the road. I had my 3 small children in the car with me at the time and they got pretty shaken up as well.

- Demotte, IN, USA

problem #12

Dec 142011

Impala 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
2008 Chevrolet Impala ss with 5.3L LS4 engine and 4T65E-hd transmission experience torque converter failure at 55K miles requiring full transmission replacement. Replacement transmission beginning to exhibit same torque converter shudder behavior again and warranty will be expiring soon. 4T65E-hd transmission only rated for 280 ft-lbs torque, LS4 V8 produces 323 ft-lbs. This is clearly negligence on the part of General Motors and a solution must be reached for owners of these vehicles!

- Westwood, MA, USA

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