2005 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4 V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.4 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

Not bad, but wouldn't own another one!

Faults:

Head gasket blew at around 60000 miles.

Water pump started leaking around 110000 miles.

Instrument cluster would on occasion shut off and back on! So would the headlights. The only way to get them to come back on was to click between bright and dim.

General Comments:

The Impala handles well in dry weather, but on snow and wet roads it was a slippery nightmare. Hit two guard rails and went into the ditch more than once in the winter. My model didn't have anti-lock brakes, so I'm sure that had a hand in it. After you get stuck 4-5 times each winter, you start to yearn for something better handling.

The interior was pretty blah! GM didn't do a lot to make it fancy, that's for sure.

The car got wonderful mileage, especially on the highway when I could get almost 30MPG out of it. That's probably the best thing I can say about it. Save the head gasket blowing, it was a very reliable vehicle for traveling long distances.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2012

2005 Chevrolet Impala from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission  
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance100100 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Great reliable car, that NEVER needed any major work done, only regular maintenance!!!

Faults:

Power steering makes a remote controlled car sound, but this JUST started literally 3 days ago around the 100,100 mile mark. I'll be taking it in to get it fixed.

General Comments:

GREAT car. I've had this car for 4.5 years now, and I have NEVER had to have any work on this car, except for regular maintenance of oil changes, cleaning the air filter, and brakes!

This car is absolutely wonderful and extremely reliable. I love it, because it is so hassle free.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th January, 2011

14th Jan 2011, 20:59

Your power steering problem is probably the rack and pinion steering gear unit. You better get in line for a replacement. I have been through three rack and pinion steering gear units on my 2003 Impala LS in 30,000 miles. The rack and pinion is poorly made on these cars. I also have a 2005 Impala, and they are now telling me I need a new rack and pinion on that car also. A rack and pinion steering gear unit job cost $1,200.00 and up on these cars. The last time I had it done, the job was $1,600.00 because they also had to replace the power steering fluid hose that goes into the rack and pinion unit.

Both of my Impala cars have cost me plenty to repair. I have been through the traction control issue, front hub bearing issue, intermediate steering shaft issue, and ABS traction control module issue. On my 2003 Impala LS, the entire front sub frame assembly had to be replaced due to incorrect welds on the sub frame assembly, which ended up cracking.

I've maintained both of my Impala cars, and have always followed the factory maintenance schedule. I will never buy another GM car again ever.

3rd Jun 2011, 08:05

This sounds just like my 2005 Impala. 76,000 miles and on its fourth steering rack. Transmission has developed a problem that will need attention. This car has always been well maintained - oh well, at least the fuel economy is pretty good.

2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired350000 kilometres
Most recent distance381000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Tough as nails

Faults:

Power window passengers side needs a clip.

Cruise wore out before I got it never got fixed; don't use it anyway.

Trunk latch required wd 40.

Turn signal bulb.

General Comments:

This car is absolutely fantastic. Before I got my 05 Impala, it was an airport taxi. The car now has over 381,000 km and my friends never believe me. My car never burns oil, it has lots of power, everything works as it should, and it still looks great. Who says American cars can't have high miles? I drive my car back and forth highway and city without the slightest worry.

I like the column shifter and the pick up from the V6 3.4.

The stereo is great, the A/C is cold and this is a tough car. Recently had a mechanic check it over, and he said there is no rust at all, and it's running like new... Buy an Impala, you won't regret it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2009

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews