2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9 V6 VVT from North America


The car rides pleasantly and has PLENTY of power, comfortable seats!


The only problems I have had with the car was the ignition hanging up with the key in the "accessories" position, therefore, all interior lights remained on after engine was off. Had to un-hook the battery every night to keep the battery from going dead and hook it back up in the morning! Dealer fixed the problem and have had no further problems!

General Comments:

I am a 21 year old college student and have had the car since I was 18... I have 76,700 miles on it now and still enjoy it!

Smooth, comfortable ride that impresses everyone that rides in it... smooth, but still involving and not boring.

The 3.9 V6 has a rough "groan" or growl that I truly enjoy! I have never heard a V6 Toyota or Honda that sounds this stirring under acceleration!

Not very good on gas, except if you're on the highway for a long time.

Overall, I would definitely purchase this car again, but I'm gonna wait for the next re-design of the Impala before I get a new one...

I have one MAJOR complaint and that is the wind noise on the highway! I like an extremely quiet ride and cannot stand the wind noise, but have gotten used to it... Chevy got the smooth part of the equation, just not the quiet...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2009

2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5 from North America


The worst car I've ever had


Most problems started when I hit 80000 miles.

First, it started with my transmission. It appears that my transmission when they took it out was full of metal pieces as small as rice.

Second, the battery would drain.

Third, when you're driving it jerks when you come to stop or slow down. It takes a couple of seconds, then the car will jerk forward and almost hit whatever is in front of it.

Fourth, a ground wire started to burn.

Steering is horrible and gets stuck.

Now I have to see what's wrong with it; it won't start.

Ugh, I don't recommend this car to anybody!!

General Comments:


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th September, 2009

2006 Chevrolet Impala LT from North America


Where is my bail out?


This car, 37,000 miles after the warranty was up, the power steering blew. I see that it is a recall now.

My passenger side seat makes a creaking sound.

My drivers visor has now cracked and broke off.

I also have to put anti freeze in it about every two weeks.

It makes this awful thumping noise when driving.

Oh yeah, and my husband closed the trunk, and now it is dented exactly where his hands were.

General Comments:

This car is like generic, but too bad, the price was not. My smart buy will be up in January, and I'm sure I will be going upside down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th August, 2009

2006 Chevrolet Impala 3LT 3.9 V6 from North America


Great car


Recall on power steering hoses.

Dead battery for no apparent reason.

General Comments:

I love my '06 Impala. From the posts it looks like a lot of people have dealer problems more than car problems.

My car has the tapping noise at idle - I'm glad to hear other cars have it too. It doesn't really bother me - I was just a little concerned.

I don't have any problems with the vibration during braking, but my employer has a whole fleet of '07 Impalas, and most of them vibrate when braking. I think it has a lot to do with how hard the brakes are used. I will downshift on a steep grade rather than use my brakes, and make sure I let up on them a lot to keep them from overheating.

When I first got the car, the remote range was amazing. It's not quite as good now, but OK. Even a new battery in the remote doesn't make it as good as it used to be.

I haven't noticed any problems with rough shifting. It vibrates a little if I put it in gear immediately after starting, but smooths out after a few seconds.

I did receive a recall notice on the power steering hoses, and the dealer replaced them. I never did have any leakage from them like the recall stated. These hoses always leaked on my previous car, even after I replaced them.

One problem I do have is that the battery has died a couple times for no apparent reason. The car wouldn't start this morning. The battery isn't completely run down - all of the lights come on, but the starter only clicks when I turn the key, and the DIC cycles through random error messages. This happened once before, and after a jumpstart the car ran fine. It has been about a year since the last time this happened. Has anyone else had this problem?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2009

26th Aug 2009, 20:34

The tapping sound you are hearing happened to me. I brought it to my dealership and they were able to fix it. It turned out to be hoses inside the dash near the fire wall. It was covered by GM. Other than this issue, I also love my Impala with the 3.9. Strong motor, great power, decent fuel econ and comfort.

3rd Dec 2009, 19:34

I have also had three dead battery problems on my Impala 2006. It's always explained, but I believe there is some underlying problem. I was told to start my car every week and leave it running. What do I do when I am in the hospital; come out every week to start it? Any answers?