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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,492 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #89

Jan 082017


  • 121,225 miles


For the last two days, I have driven my vehicle. Every time I would drive over 40 mph, the engine would lock up. The vehicle would jerk back and forth. The car would do this every time I would try and drive over 40 mph, no matter the roadway or stop at an intersection. Whenever this happened, the check engine light would stay on. A month before this problem started, my father had been driving the car and had an auto accident.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #88

Sep 232016


  • 159,000 miles
This problem includes more items than your form allows me to check. It stated out about 7 months ago when you would be driving down the road and the service stable tract and service traction control light would come on causing the engine power to be reduced which is an annoence but is also a safety issue is you are passing someone on a two lane road when it happens and you can not complete the pass due to reduced power. If you pulled off to the side of the road and shut the car off the service lights would go away and may not come on again for weeks. This problem went away after a couple of months and then the car started a new one with a no crank, no start problem which when this would happen you would get up to three warning lights, (service table trac, service traction control, and service air bags) with time the no crank, no start problem kept coming and going and the only light that came on when it wouldn't crank or start was the service air bag light. If you kept trying to start it after 3 to 30 times it would start and run fine and may not act up again for 1 day or even up to a week. A couple of weeks ago I had my wife switch cars with me as this was the car she drove to work daily and I didn't want her to get stranded. I am so glad I did that as the very first day I drove it to work on my way home while driving down the highway the car shut off for no reason and the service air bag light came on, I lost my power steering and power brakes and again I could have been in very big trouble if this would have happened when I was trying to pass another car and I don't think the air bags will deploy with the service air bag light on. I reported the to Chevrolet and they told me trying to fix it would be at my cost since it is out of warranty. The local dealer and found that they have been trying for 3 days to find a no crank, no start on a corvet with no luck.

- St. Marys, OH, USA

problem #87

Oct 012016


  • miles
I was driving on my way home and the stability light came on and the traction control light came on too.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #86

Jul 132016


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to swerve into adjacent lanes without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the failure stopped. The failure recurred randomly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure milage was approximately 110,000.

- Pleasant Garden, NC, USA

problem #85

Sep 142016


  • 69,000 miles
My computer is alerting me to "service stabilitrack". based on some quick searches, is seems that there may have been a recall on this issue. Where do I find out what to do and whether or not it is covered under a recall? it seems to lose power and sometimes it feels as if there is no power steering.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #84

Sep 072016


  • 26,000 miles
I got an alert that I should "service traction control" and that "engine power is reduced". the car began jerking. It has happened several times now and has actually caused the car to shut off when I was traveling at high speed (65mph).

- Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #83

Aug 142016


  • 72,000 miles


I was driving and suddenly a symbol for traction stability came on and then a warning saying low engine power.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #82

Aug 012016


  • 5 miles
A traction control light comes on says it is reducing speed and the car will loose power and just die. This is so dangerous it has happened three times on the freeway with my kids in the. I received a special notice recall but when I took it in they said that since I was over the mileage they could not do the repair. The key is also stuck in the ignition and will not come out draining the batter, aaa has come out twice to switch the battery out for me. There is alwas a clicking sound coming from the dashboard.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #81

Apr 042015


  • miles
I have a 09 Chevy imapala and my car makes this aggravating ticking noise when I enter my car when I crank up the car when im outside and touch he car it ticks for about a minute or two. It also ticks when I have to turn the air on for the driver side I have to leave the temp or hot and when the ticking stops completly ( there is two reps of it) then I can move it to the cold side.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #80

Jun 042016


  • 134,000 miles
Car is currently at 134K miles and just gave me a "reduced power engine", "check traction control", and a check engine light. I googled around and came across a lot of Chevy Impala around the same year (07-10) are having the same problem. It seems to be something with the "accelerator pedal positioner pedal sensor. Also reading into it, it claims that this problem can cause the car to suddenly stop from 60mph all the way down to 20 or zero. This is extremely dangerous and needs to be looked into before someone is hurt or killed.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #79

May 012016


  • 122,800 miles


I was on the interstate, going the speed limit. I had the cruise control on when the car alerted me that the engine power reduced and service traction control. I continued to drive as these messages have appeared on my car before. I traveled another 40 miles along the interstate and was about a mile from my exit. I was passing an over-sized tractor trailer going up hill when the car displayed starting disabled throttle service and the car shut off. I was in the left lane and had to initiate my emergency lights and wait for the tractor trailer to pass me so I could move the car over to the right shoulder. As the car was completely shutoff and was just coasting, I had to fight the steering wheel to control the car. I feel like had my situation was just a little different, the car could have came to a complete stop in the middle of the interstate with cars traveling 70+ mph and possibly caused a crash. I've already replaced the throttle position sensor and that remedied the situation for a couple months. This a highly dangerous occurrence that I know is common with the Impala's as I've heard it happening to several other people owning Impala's.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #78

Mar 122016


  • 96,000 miles
I was driving on the highway home from work 65 mph traction control light ABS brake light came on and readout said loos of engine power my car slowed down to about 40 I pulled over and went off the exit and finished my drive home from work the sensor was replaced due to recall but airbag lights have been on since and the dealer wants $1000 to fix it. Can't get my car inspected. This airbag light issue should be recalled

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #77

May 052016


  • miles
While driving home from work my car started jerking the ESC came on engine light traction control system pulled over almost got hit by two other cars. Also the airbag lights been on the sensors have all been replaced and new front airbags.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #76

May 012016


  • miles
This problem started 2 years ago. My car would give me a warning "service traction control. Engine power reduced." Then the car would shut off. I took the car to a local mechanic where the fixed a sensor. That was around a year ago. I travel a lot for my job and today I arrived in portland Oregon had pulled off the interstate to get fuel, and once I pulled out to the extremely busy intersection my car did this again! I was stopped at a stop light and once it turned green boom car died due to traction control. So now I'm in the middle of a very busy road with traffic going around 45 mph almost rear ending me. I took the key out of the ignition for about 45 seconds and tred starting it which worked. Foolishly I thought I could at least make it to this parking lot right across the street when I went about 500 feet it did it again, in an even worse spot. I took the key out of the ignition again for 45 seconds started the car and got into the parking lot which was now 50 feet from me. I searched online for what could be causing this and that's where I found at least 50 other people having the same issue and trying to get GM to help. I will not be able to do my job if I can not get from place to place safely. This is a major safety issue that has the potential to kill people.

- Creston, IA, USA

problem #75

Apr 302014


  • miles
Loud clicking noise. I think it's somethings to deal with the air conditioner when the button is on the blue area. Actuator? the clicking sound would come and go. When I press the key button on my keychain. Pop the trank and sometimes it just goes off through the the day when the car is off and park.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #74

Apr 072016


  • 142,000 miles
Indicator lights for reduced power, service engine and traction control lights come on at anytime and go off. Experience a little lack of power. I will do it any time and any condition. It is random. From what I have read I am worried if the car will leave us stranded.

- Raymond, NE, USA

problem #73

Dec 162015


  • 11,800 miles
While driving on the highway the vehicle would display engine reduce power message then the engine would reduce power and stop. I took the car to the dealer on 12-21-15 with 118755 miles they said no codes. I stated the battery died they said bring it back K if it does it again. I took the car back on 3-17-16 123236 miles the code was in the system but they said it is not covered now over the miles. I called GM on 3-17-16 they said they would look into it and call me back. GM called back and said they can't help me( case # 8-1882923571). I asked when the notice went out and he said he didn't know. I think this known safety issue should be covered. The dealership was chuck nicholson GMC dover Ohio 330-343-7781.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #72

Feb 112016


  • 116,000 miles
While traveling home at about 55 mph car in front of me slammed on their brakes causing me to do the same - then traction control light came on - check engine light came on and reduced engine power came on in the display window - felt like all four wheel jumping up and down when trying to gain any speed weird sound coming from engine (normally quiet).

- Harrisburg, IL, USA

problem #71

Feb 052016


  • 65,000 miles
Service traction control light on & check engine light on too. Looks like same problem as ten million other people (good luck for us all - time to go back to BMW). Have to stock up on sensors I guess

- Crouse, NC, USA

problem #70

Jan 032016


  • 80,000 miles
I bought my 2009 Chevrolet Impala used in April 2015, and since then I have had the warning service traction control, followed by engine power reduced pop up about a dozen times, with varying lengths between incidents, but not until yesterday did the car respond in any way. Yesterday I was accelerating up an interstate entrance ramp when the service traction control message popped up, then engine power reduced, and I paid little attention until quickly after the second message I realized I had no power, I had the accelerator to the floor and the car wasn't responding, the engine had shut down. So I turned on my hazard flashers and tried to pull over to the berm, but had to fight the dead steering wheel to do so, the power steering had stopped working when the engine shut down. The car wouldn't immediately restart once I had come to a stop, but after letting it sit for a few minutes, it started and I had no further issues getting home. I have read about this problem with this model vehicle here on this website, but this is the first time the engine has shut down on me after the two warning messages, and I was very lucky that there was no traffic in the lane I was trying to merge into when it did happen.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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