2006 Chevrolet Impala Reviews - Page 5 of 9

2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Very average car, nothing special

Faults:

Had electrical issues when I got it.

There is a ticking noise when it idles, but that's not a big deal.

General Comments:

The 3.5 liter is very very slow.

The sound system is amazing and the aux. input is really nice.

The car rides pretty decent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2009

2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9 V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.9 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carChrysler LHS

Summary:

Worst car I've ever owned!

Faults:

Power steering line blew off in driveway at 49K miles.

48K miles - Transmission lines leaked, causing low fluid and burnt clutches in tranny. Repaired but still slips.

38K miles - Water pump had to be replaced after twice losing so much coolant the heater wouldn't work. Dealer refilled reservoir the 1st time and said to "Keep an eye on it".

35K miles - Replaced tranny mount and two engine mounts, trying to stop vibration. Still vibrates badly.

Right front hub assembly and steering gear had to be replaced at 31,989 miles.

Intermediate shaft had to be replaced at 28,307 miles.

Tire pressure monitor system has never worked properly, despite three attempts by the dealer to fix it.

Front rotors warped badly from one hard stop with passengers.

Constant ticking in engine at idle, plus annoying "throb" when sitting still at idle in gear. Very bad hesitation from stop. Dealer - " All normal!"

General Comments:

I bought this GM Certified (joke) car with 21K miles on it because my wife loved it. I have owned over 30 vehicles in my life. This is by far the biggest piece of junk of all of them.

My '94 Chrysler LHS had 118K miles on it when we bought the Impala. It now has 152K and the only thing I've replaced on it is a thermostat and a set of tires.

GM DESERVES to go under! They make the worst cars on the planet, period.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2009

2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance49800 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Good bang for the buck

Faults:

Recall to re-program key fob transmitter.

Heater blew cold air when car was at idle around 30K miles (dealer found air pocket in cooling system)

Windows scratched/made noise due to defective belt line weather strip.

General Comments:

We purchased the car new in early 2006 and have had very little problems with it after nearly 50,000 miles; this car replaced my 2006 Camry because my wife refused to drive a manual transmission!

The 3.5 is peppy and gets about 24 MPG combined highway/city if I stay off the pedal. The auto transmission shifts are smooth, but there is some hesitation getting the car to drive forward when I shift from reverse to drive.

The interior is roomy enough for my 6' frame and the seats are comfortable. All the gauges and steering wheel controls for the radio are well placed and easy to read and access. My only complaint on the interior is the small, shallow cup holders wedged between the front seats - they are not large enough for anything bigger than a 12 oz can.

Braking and handling is adequate for a car this size but not over-impressive. The ride is comfortable even on the horrible roads of Missouri.

Interior noise is OK but there is a noticeable draft at times from the front door to jamb seals. I think thicker weather strip would solve that issue.

Overall, we are satisfied with the car and its long-term reliability and low cost of ownership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2008

2006 Chevrolet Impala SS from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

I love it!

Faults:

My brake rotors are now warped a bit.

General Comments:

I have 50K on it and am ready for some upgrades. I think that I need to do the brakes (after market), shocks, and tune up items. I am looking for any ideas that anyone might have. I want better handling, horsepower and looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2008

2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5 V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 kilometres
Most recent distance75249 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Faults:

Alignment will not stay, tires had to be replaced at 60000. Still have vibration in drivers side front end.

Rear defogger worked well at first, now it turns on but will not heat up. Relay been checked, OK. Dangerous trying to pull out at night from work when you cannot see out the back window due to frost.

When at a stop sign, pull away and transmission will hesitate then slip into gear. It has been getting worse as the year goes on.

Message center on dash keeps telling me to tighten gas cap, and my emission light remains on. I replaced the gas cap but it made no difference. We have erased the codes and when we travel on highway at higher speeds the warnings are not there. When we arrive back into the city at lower speeds, the warnings come on again, tighten gas cap, and check emission system. Been checked but no problems detected.

I have a 1998 Chev Cavalier that I truly love. This car has given me no problems, great on gas and only thing we have to repair is brakes and tires which is normal. This car has 256,189 KM on it. Still running great, engine and transmission are great.

I also see recalls for the power steering but up to this point have not received no recall notices, but do have a noise when turning left, sounds like metal that is binding, then releasing, and bad vibration in front end.

For the price of this vehicle, I am not at all impressed. I was a Chrysler vehicle person for over 20 years and had no problems at all. Bought them new, had them 7 years then traded them in, in awesome shape. I do not feel that this vehicle will be worth anything in 7 years as it has too many problems now at 2.5 years old. Sad that you work to buy a decent safe vehicle, but I do not feel safe in this car. I am afraid that this car will leave me stranded one night on way home from work.

Hope the newer models have been inspected better than this model year 2006 was.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2008

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 36 reviews