2006 Chevrolet Impala 3LT 3.9 V6 from North America
Recall on power steering hoses.
Dead battery for no apparent reason.
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?