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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,997 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Impala steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #55

Nov 072012


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the puller and power steering pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #54

Nov 042014


  • miles
I was turning in my driveway off of the main road and the car seemed to cut off. The first thing that I noticed was that I had to struggle to turn the wheel as I was trying to avoid a cement post on the side of my driveway. I got it in the driveway while basically coasting, and I noticed some lights on in the dash. I put the vehicle in park and proceeded to start it.

- Vanceboro, NC, USA

problem #53

Jun 252013


  • 120,000 miles
Had the car for about a month when it first did this going down my driveway at 5-10 mph and hit a mud puddle. I tried to turn out onto the rd and almost went in ditch because the car wouldn't steer. It has happened multiple times and a couple of times the car actually shut off. Sometimes the charging system light comes on. This is so very dangerous. Glad to see in not the only one with the issue.

- Grimsley , TN, USA

problem #52

Jul 052014


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. Upon starting the vehicle, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and all the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #51

Oct 162014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 79,300 miles
I received a letter for the recall-14299. I contacted my dealer who said he does not have parts yet. We then got a letter that said the contractor had the parts. We contacted the dealer and they had 4 legal pages with names and ours started the 5th. The dealer said they do not have the parts. Why are we waiting so long for the parts?

- Butte, MT, USA

problem #50

Sep 112014


  • 135,463 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the steering wheel would not lock. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 135,463.

- Mount Harley, NC, USA

problem #49

May 092014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 48,800 miles


I parked on an incline, a driveway at a residence and when I was leaving and trying to start the car the ignition wouldn't engage until I lifted the key and centered it. This has happened several more times when I park on any kind of a incline. Don't know if it's related to the recalls going on. I just thought you out to be aware. I contacted my dealer and they said I had to wait for a recall to bring it in for no charge.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #48

Aug 122014


  • 125,000 miles
I was driving in the rain on my way to work on a highway. With out warning my steering locks up, my battery light and engine lights turn on. Along with this my cars temp goes through the roof. This is happening at 65 mph its 3 am I can no longer see or control my vehicle. Thanks to my skilled driving I was able to pull the car over. I can't figure out what is wrong with my car I've had a professional look at it he doesn't know what do over than replace parts and do trial and error. Im lucky to be alive every time I drive in the rain but its not me that I'm worried about. I don't want anybody to get hurt or killed due to my steering locking up.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #47

May 012014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 44,200 miles
Car started making clunking noise when turning steering wheel to the left. Noise was subtle and infrequent at first. It has gradually increased in noise level and frequency. I can also feel the clunking in the steering wheel.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #46

Mar 242012


  • 85,000 miles
It was raining and lost power steering at speed. This has continued each time it has rained or going through a car wash. Very dangerous because the car will not turn. This type of incident has occurred more than 50 times and the dealership only laughed at me when I called. Is Chevy waiting till my family is killed before noticing this issue like with the other recent recalls.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #45

May 152014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles


Whenever it is raining or I drive through a puddle of water on the ground, the steering wheel locks up for about 10-15 seconds and the car seems to lose power. For this reason I dread driving my car when it rains. Is this being recalled"??"

- Grovertown, IN, USA

problem #44

Apr 082014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
While driving message reduced engine power is displayed along with throttle disabled message, engine shuts off, making vehicle difficult to steer. Left my wife stranded in middle of road. Car restarts after approx. 15 min and displays orange engine light. Took to webbs texaco in lakeland, fl and they say it has a bad ECM. Previously shut off at 70 mph on interstate.

- Polk City, FL, USA

problem #43

Mar 122014


  • 140,000 miles
After going through a puddle on rainy days I loose power steering control for about 10 to 30 seconds. Had serpentine belt replaced and tensioner adjusted. Power steering level is good.

- Fairless Hills , PA, USA

problem #42

Oct 122013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Ignition failure and associated power loss occurred while driving on a crowded expressway after hitting a bump in the left lane. A very heavy key chain was in the ignition at the time. With no signals, flashers, or power steering, using only rapidly fading inertia for power, I had to make my way over to the right lane and on to the shoulder through thick, unyielding 70 mph traffic. Terrifying; collision narrowly missed.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #41

Feb 262010


  • 43,000 miles
Every time I would drive the 08 Chevy Impala the key would not turn all the way out. It did that for about a week. Then when I made it to work it did the same thing. Came out to go home it would not start at all the key wouldn't turn over. So we had to put it in manual mode to drive it to a shop. A wire in the handle to change gears broke because I was told the wire was to short. Now this was 42 or 43 thousand miles now at 82 its doing the same thing again. Why no recall?

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #40

Oct 122013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Slowing for red light, went through a small puddle on right side of the road. Steering wheel locks up. Thankfully I was stopping and not needing to turn. It only lasts for 10-20 seconds, but is frightening for the loss of control. I'm afraid to get on the freeway when it's wet, because I don't know if it's the depth of water or just getting the tires wet period. I've checked with the dealer where I bought the car, but there are no recalls for this model year. It has happened several times since, but since I know of the problem I try to avoid all puddles and freeway if it's raining. I've read other sites that this has happened often with other 2008 Impala, same conditions(most dealers unable to fix problem - seems to keep happening). Would be great if GM would come forward to fix the problem or recall the vehicle all together.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #39

Dec 032013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Recently, the car looses power steering when it rains, or I go through a puddle. I took it to the Chevrolet dealer (best Chevrolet) where I bought it new some years ago. They had no idea what caused it, said they never heard of such a thing. They changed the serpentine belt and tensioner, and it still does it. The power steering goes out for about 10 seconds, and in deep water I also get a dummy light about the electrical system. It's scary to drive; but, I don't want to just sell it cause someone else an injury.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #38

Dec 272013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 107,122 miles
I was driving about 35 mph the entire car system shut off, no warning lights came, I rolled into a dirt parking lot, and turned the key off, sat there for a little while then continue to work, had to take alternate route, didn't know when or if it would happen again. It did happen again later that afternoon, while autozone tech was checking my battery. It was frightening, thank god!! traffic was light.I live where a lot of big rigs come and go, I mostly drive freeways, but that day I had to change my route.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #37

Dec 092013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I have owned my 2008 Chevy Impala since June 2011 after two winters and heading into a third I have noticed that this car can not be controlled in any snowy condition. I have had the same problem every winter since I have owned the car, when driving the car is all over the road and nearly impossible to keep under control. Other cars pass by me and stare at me as if something is wrong with me but it is the car, I can barely go 25 mph while other cars are doing 40mph+ with no problem. I have brought the car into the dealership multiple times and they have no solution to my problem, I have also had the notorious tire wear on the inside only problem too. Even after brand new tires and alignment the car have zero improvement when it comes to handling in the snow. When trying to go anything faster than 25 mph it seems like the traction control light wont stop blinking as if the car cant grab on to anything and is drifting around freely. This is really a problem and can be life threatening if their is no solution offered, I do not feel comfortable nor safe while driving it and that is an issue when you live in Chicago. If any one knows a fix to this problem I would greatly appreciate it or I guess I will just have to borrow someone else's car when it snows and I have to be somewhere.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #36

Oct 122011


  • 80,000 miles
Whenever it is raining or I drive through a puddle of water on the ground, the steering wheel locks up for about 10-15 seconds and the car seems to lose power. I've concluded that this must be some sort of serpentine belt issue as a lot of components are affected at once such as alternator, power steering etc. This is extremely dangerous in my opinion as onset is unpredictable especially in hazardous conditions such as raining and for this reason I dread driving my car when it rains. Please someone acknowledge this as a legitimate concern!!!

- Houston, TX, USA

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