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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,020 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Impala engine problems

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #26

Mar 082014


  • 75,000 miles


Traction control, stabiltrak system engine light comes on reduced engine power, this has happen a lot over the couple months.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #25

Sep 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
When the incident first occurred, the engine light came on and the dash read "service stabilitrak", "service traction control" and "engine power reduced". it seemed fine when I turned off the car and turned it back on. The next incident didn't happen until a while later, and then it wasn't that bad. A few months later, I was driving back on the highway and the same thing happened, except it said "starting disabled, service throttle" and the car shut off. I pulled over to the side and I was able to restart the car after waiting a few minutes. It was a scary experience. Eventually, leading up to today, my car got worse and worse, and eventually it just started turning off at stoplights with the message "starting disabled, service throttle". it starts with the other messages almost as soon as I turn on the car. The engine revs and the car sounds awful.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #24

Nov 202013


  • 82,000 miles
After wet wear her stability light message, traction control comes on while driving as does engine power reduced message power is reduced and vehicle dies if you do not pull over and turn it off and bck on. This is a very dangerous and expensive problem which GM is aware of and could cause serious injuries if not dealt with.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #23

Jan 082014


  • miles


This has been happening at least once a week for the last 2 months. I go to start my car in the morning and it has the check engine light on and traction control light and is giving me messages of engine power is reduced, service traction control, service stabilitrak. The car still drives when this is on, but its really doggie, and shifts hard.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #22

Nov 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
At the time of the first incident traction control light came on the low engine power light came on.speed dropped down to 15 mph. Had to pull over turn car off. Then restarted it again it was fine for a month. It repeated same problem. Now check engine light stays on.hdhad code read saying throttle cable and traction me that is a serious issue. This is something that needs to be addressed. Highway driving this problem could cause an accident.I can see this has been a issue with General Motors with Impala and other models since many of the same complaints would it take until its fixed.complaints keep coming up after throttle bodies replaced still having same problems. General Motors needs to get with the program.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #21

Jan 162014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
My Impala keeps giving me a warning light that say service stabilitrak, service traction control and engine power reduced. It stay on for a little while and then goes off. Cannot seem to find out why it is doing this but very concerned that my cars speed will reduce while I am in traffic.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #20

Apr 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


I don't remember the exact date, but approximately 2 yrs ago, I began seeing the sequence of messages, "service traction control, service stabilitrak, engine power reduced, " and the engine light comes on along with the traction control system light. The car speed was obviously reduced and I couldn't really accelerate. I took the car back to carmax and they said they couldn't find anything and did not know what I was talking about. It happens sporadically, but seemingly always on the interstate while I'm traveling around 65--70 mph. This is very dangerous, and I've been trying to research what needs to be fixed. I do not understand why this is not a recall item. I think this will be the last Chevy I purchase!

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #19

Nov 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The check engine light came in, then the stabilitrak light came on, then engine power reduced car stopped in the middle of traffic, could have been fatal. Waited car powered back on. A known issue in this model.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #18

Nov 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Every other week or so I get the "engine power reduced/ service stabiltrack/ service traction control" and the car will loose power. After an hour or so of sitting with the car off, it resets and the check engine light stays on until that eventually also resets. Today I was driving the same trouble codes came on and the car completely lost power I had no ability to accelerate, the power steering was disengaged it also mentioned something about the throttle body this time. Luckily I pulled into a nearby parking lot and the car reset after sitting for about an hour. This warning light and the reduced engine power has been an ongoing issue but I never lost complete power to the engine and steering light until today. This is an unacceptable issue that is ongoing with many GM owners. There needs to be a recall immediately!

- Wareham, MA, USA

problem #17

Nov 012013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 54,327 miles
While going onto the highway the light on dash board lit up stating traction control appear then 2 seconds later the reduce engine power appeared causing the car speed to cease while on the highway luckily it was not rush hour if so there would have been an a fatal accident and luckily I was able to coast to the sided of the road.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 262013

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


2010 Chevy Impala. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine problems. The consumer stated while driving home, the traction control and check engine light illuminated. The engine cut off, and the consumer lost power steering. He was able to coast off the road, and after a few minutes, he re-started the engine.

- Beaverton, AL, USA

problem #15

Jul 032013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 51,350 miles
My car suddenly lost power while driving, no warning. Engine light came on that says "service stabilitrak". I was able to pull over safely and after a few moments I could drive again. I previously owned a 2009 Impala and this same thing happened! it would have cost $1900 to fix which is why I just decided to upgrade and by another. This appears to be a common problem with this type of vehicle.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 222011


  • 37,000 miles
I was driving on a rural road at 55 miles per hour in my 2010 Impala and it was just a normal activity no excessive turning or driving. My light came on and said to service traction control. Then my light said engine power has been reduced. I was trying to get to a safe place to pull off the road an my light came on again and it said it was disengaging the throttle and my car just quit. No power steering no warning just quit and I barely got it off the road in time to keep me from crashing! the car wouldn't start for about ten minutes but finally I got it started and made it home. If I had been on the interstate this could have been tragic !

- Glasgow , WV, USA

problem #13

Nov 162010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that power steering fluid had to be continuously added to the vehicle. In addition, the contact was driving at an unknown speed when the traction control and engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle independently decelerated to 20 mph and stalled. The vehicle was restarted within fifteen minutes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that power steering fluid was leaking internally and the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not inspected for the stalling failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 32, 000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #12

Feb 152013


  • 55,000 miles
My car is having issues with the service traction control, engine power reduced and will shut down. This has happened to me over 5 times now. I can't even pick up speed after this happens. I was on the highway one time doing about 65 and the car just shut down, I was on an incline/ramp and an 18 wheeler was behind me and I could have been killed. I have taken the car into to get the codes ran but can not seem to get to the root cause. I am thinking about just giving the car back and having it go on my credit.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 102013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the check engine, stability and traction control, and engine power reduced warning lights illuminated then the vehicle stalled. The contact also mentioned that the failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 82,000. Updated 10/02/14 updated 03/02/2015

- Saint Joseph , MO, USA

problem #10

Apr 162013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 44,750 miles
Riding along at 70 mph traction control light and check engine light comes on. Computer says engine speed is reduced. Drove two more miles to pull over safely but car cut off and computer says engine start is disabled and car would not restart until I unhooked battery. Not real fun with rush hour in St. Lewis.glad I was not [xxx]ended.

- Meherrin, VA, USA

problem #9

Feb 152013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while traveling 55 mph, the traction control and check engine warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel as the vehicle stalled. The failure recurred also when using cruise control function at various speeds. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 63,000.

- Cleveland, MO, USA

problem #8

Jan 042013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 65,143 miles
Driving at approximately 65 mph ad then all of a sudden the warning lights come on : check stability tracker, reduce power, and the vehicle shuts down.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012013


  • 130,000 miles
I own a 2010 Impala with what seems to be a wiring problem which causes a huge safety concern. When I google the problem to try and find out what is wrong it seems other people have had this same issue with the Impala. The problem causes the car to completely shut down while you are driving down the highway. If you are unable to make it to the side of the road before it shuts off, it just dies right there in the middle of the road with oncoming traffic. First the traction light will come on a couple of times and then your car will say something like shutting down, then it will just turn off. This is very scary. If other people have this problem, isn't it a matter that Chevy should have to recall? I can't imagine this is something that happens to most cars, especially when it is only 3 years old. They seem to have a feature that shuts down the power if the car things it is losing control of the tires, but the problem is, the tires are fine but the sensor is messed up. I have read many posts complaining of this same issue. It can't be safe to have cars just shut down right in the middle of the highway. I was almost hit! my daughter was in the car. I was barley in the shoulder as it shut down right as I was pulling onto it.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

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