24th Mar 2011, 20:03

I bought my 2006 Chevorlet Impala LTZ in December 2010 with 32,000 miles on it. I also had issues with the heater not working unless I was accelerating. I took it in for the first oil change at 35,000 miles this month. I was 1 quart low on oil. The reason my heater was not working properly, was because I was low on coolant. The head gaskets were leaking!! I am very fortunate to have the GM certification. They also replaced the coolant lines to the transmission and both mufflers.

6th Apr 2011, 15:05

Check for MFG recall. I had same problem (only once) and found out about the recall... I got my money back.

7th Apr 2011, 18:31

I have a 2006 Impala, and I had the same noise in the steering wheel. Took it into the dealership to be repaired, and when I left it, it was still making the same noise, and I didn't have a drop of power steering fluid in my car, and it was making a loud roaring noise. I even called back to the dealership, and he could hear the noise through the phone. He said it was just some air that had to be worked out; once I drive it a while, it should quit. Yeah, after I took it to my dad and he checked my fluids and it was bone dry (mmm, how did that happen). Now I'm having a power reduced system with the engine. The car has gone downhill since I got it back from the dealership.. but I'm about to take it back to them.

Thanks for your time..

21st May 2011, 20:17

I have a 06 LT2 with the 3.9 V6. The car has 90,000 miles and is doing very well. It's on its 3rd set of tires, and all have worn very even when rotated properly. Could use a new set of strut/springs all the way around, but still rides nice. Rear vision is a bit tough, but I've had far worse. It is a shame though that the brakes rotors are small for such a big car. Rotors wear out faster than the pads. That's the only real issue that I have had.

27th May 2011, 12:19

I enjoy my 2006 Impala also. I've not had any problems with it, and I just bought new tires. It drives like it did the day we purchased it. We still get comments on how it looks.

8th Jun 2011, 21:53

My 2006 Impala does the same thing. It reads -38 when it's 90 or more outside, and my A/C won't turn on now. Have you found a fix for it?

12th Jun 2011, 21:58

My son in law got the new Ford through work after driving an Impala and having no problems. The brand new Ford had to have the motor replaced in less than 6 months!

16th Jun 2011, 13:33

I have a 2006 Chevy Impala LT 3.5. I have had the engine off, AC off alarm intermittently since I bought the car in 06 with 29000 miles on it. Every time I took it in to the mechanic, no alarm so no fix. I just replaced the thermostat, and that didn't fix it.

I have the difficult shifting out of park on an incline. No fix.

Driver's side window screeching; dealer mechanic said grease the window and put water down the window inside the door to fix it... uh yeah... I think not.

Had to replace the power steering unit when the hose went out, before they decided it was a problem, so out for that.

Remote start has not worked, but that is because the engine light is on.

I'm giving up at the end of the year. I'm done paying for this car, and I'm going to run it off a cliff. If this is the best Chevy is offering, no thanks, I will stick with a Honda.

Key fob does not work more than ten foot from the car.

16th Jun 2011, 15:22

Sometimes in life you get a lemon of a car... you have to do what some of us do... and many of us are not proud of it... clean and detail it and trade it in or sell it private party..... unfortunately the dealerships used car side has a sea of cars like yours... AS IS sale or a expensive warranty that usually covers very little...

28th Oct 2011, 12:07

I have a 2006 Chevy Impala SS with the 5.3 liter. 67,000 miles. Just found out that the ECM and fuse block under the hood have to be replaced due to corrosion. This will cause all sorts of problems that I have read on this site. The fuse block is a poor design for this car, allowing water to enter thru the top of block, which causes the corrosion and shorting everything out, so I am going to have it fixed. Have not had any problems with the transmission or hose popping off, so hopefully it keeps running strong.

1st Dec 2011, 07:24

2006-2011 Chevy Impalas:

I work on a fleet of nothing, but domestic vehicles. I have worked on hundreds of Impalas within this specific year range. All I have to say is that you should not purchase one. You will regret it.

We have done countless head gaskets on many of these Impalas, because of bad head bolts from the factory. I have seen them go bad as early as < 30,000 miles, and they never make it past > 60,000 on the original head gasket and head bolts.

I understand that people abuse fleet vehicles, but they are still serviced regularly. Dealerships always weasel their way out of warranties, and we get stuck having to repair all these head gaskets. Every single Impala, either 3.5 or 3.9's head gaskets will leak within 75,000 miles. If yours hasn't yet, it will soon.

Bring your car in as soon as you can if it's under warranty!

Signs are:

No heat, coolant loss, check on the back of your cylinder head over the front driver's side fender. It's probably leaking oil right now or putting air bubbles in the coolant system.

The head gasket is the biggest concern, but also it's the only car I've done front brakes on < 20,000 miles.

2nd Dec 2011, 11:24

To every story there is a flip side. We have owned our 06 Impala 3.9l since new. It now shows 97,000 miles.

Original brakes in the front were changed at 87,000 miles. Rear brakes have never been changed.

Did change the water pump at 60,000, and switched off Dexcool.

Second set of tires, and still plenty of tread left.

No signs of oil or antifreeze leaks. Last fill up 25.4 mpg. Very happy with this car!

3rd Jan 2012, 21:19

I had the same problem with oil consumption with my 06 Impala SS. Finally after 120000 miles, GM fixed the problem (I think). I have only had the car back for about 300 miles since the fix, but they did replace the rods, pistons and seals. But now I am having a problem with my steering, only turning left. Have you had any problems with steering? You need to bug a dealership for the oil consumption in order for GM to finally get something done. I was at the point of using a quart of oil every 600 miles. How frustrating!!!

17th Mar 2012, 15:08

The clunking noise in the steering is most likely the u-joint assembly in the steering column.