21st Feb 2008, 08:39
I bought my 2006 Impala in July of 2006 and it has been in the shop 7 or 8 times. All simple fixes, usually the subject of recalls. Everyone should check the impala website for recalls frequently as I have never seen more recalls issued for a car. This clicking in the dash is one of the recalls and the dealer should be able to fix this in 10 minutes. It just involves taping down some clips under the dash. I had this fixed right away and haven't had any problems since. Other recalls of note: Power steering and E85/Regular Gas computer fix.
21st Feb 2008, 09:28
2006 3.9L Impala 25k miles. Is anyone familiar with problems relating to the heat not blowing hot/warm when the car is in Park or when your foot is on the brake? I have read one other comment on another board (and I have the same problem) that when the remote start is used even after 5 minutes, the air blowing is artic cold, even though the engine is warm - and the nob is turned to the highest heat setting. Same thing happens when the engine is running (even after 20 minutes or more) at a stop light, when the brake is being applied or the car is in Park you feel cold air - not even warm.
And yes, I have a mildly annoying tick at idle. Otherwise, I have been pleased with the car's overall performance and value provided.
29th Feb 2008, 15:28
I was towed for the second time in a month due to power steering problem; each time I narrowly avoided a serious accident due to the fact that both times I was in a curve, once getting on a highway and once getting on a bridge. I was actually towed 3 times, because the first dealer I went to said he couldn't look at it till the next day and I was 50 miles from home. He offered no other assistance and even asked that my car be removed from the lot and put in the street, when I said I wouldn't leave it. The first time it was repaired I was told the return hose was replaced; the second dealer said all that was replaced was a clamp. When I called the first dealer to ask what his records showed, he said the hose was replaced, but on my telling him a second chevy dealer said that only the clamp was replaced, he then said that the other dealer was correct. My copy of the repair order shows that they reported the hose replaced. This car has been in the shop 6 times in 2 years. It's a 2006 Impala LTZ and I am now afraid to drive it.
1st Mar 2008, 08:49
Good luck trying to sell your 2006 Impala; Consumer Reports annual car issue is out, and this car is listed as a used car to avoid.
20th Mar 2008, 16:34
I have a 2006 Impala V6 that has been in for service 11 times with the same problems every time. They cannot find the problem as it doesn't throw any codes.
It will shut off when I put in park, or even in reverse. It will start again and then is fine; just never know when this will happen.
At times when I turn the key on, it acts like the key is stuck and just keeps trying to start. If I turn the key off and then try again, it will start.
My heater runs cold air whenever it feel likes it, mostly on a very cold day.
My center will read that my tires are low, but when checked they are fine.
It has had an awful grinding sound in the right wheels. When it does this, the engine runs down and then comes back.
When I bring it to the shop, it throws no codes. They have told me not to bring it back until it just stops and doesn't start again. Well now that's makes it a little difficult if I'm on the highway somewhere. I don't feel that I can take it on a road trip at all.
The gas mileage is awful.
9th Jun 2008, 13:20
I have an 06 Impala, and sometimes the outside temp is reading -38 degrees when it's like 90, and my A/C won't come on until it reaches 40 degrees or higher. Any ideas?
16th Jul 2008, 13:53
I bought a GM certified 2006 Impala at the beginning of this year and it's great. Had the ticking issue that a few of you were talking about. It ended up being a valve in the cooling system somewhere. You could only hear it in the driver seat when idling.
With the little shimmy that some of you are experiencing, I had that as well. Took the car to Goodyear and they balanced and rotated the tires for $15, and I haven't noticed the problem again.
Everything was done under warranty, they even reimbursed me for the Goodyear experience. So I haven't paid a dime.
Car runs amazing, gets great mpg, about 34 hwy and 21 city. Love it.
18th Jul 2008, 14:25
I bought an '06 Impala in July 2006 and have been disappointed. I have had the front end vibration at 40 and 60 mph since day one with only 20 miles on it. The dealer could never find anything wrong. I had to replace the tires at 50k and had hoped for the end but it has only changed to 50 mph and 70 mph and now when I brake the whole front end shimmies really bad. The tire dealer checked my alignment and tie rods but found nothing. They did find the steering column popping noise and told me not to fix it. The remote start is great but you have to be close by for it to work. Now it says to service tire system which actually has to do with the key remote and costs $400 to replace! I thought the window popping was just me but after reading this I see that it isn't. Even with the 0% financing, I am so upside down on value with this car. I will never own another GM vehicle. This was my second (Tahoe 1st) one and the last one. Hello Nissan...
18th Jul 2008, 14:26
Recalls? What recalls? Every search I do turns up with no recalls. Please post the site for everyone if anyone can find it.
21st Jul 2008, 10:10
I'd do some research before running to Nissan. The Titan and Armada are rated "MUCH worse than average" in reliability, and Nissan as a whole is below GM in quality and reliability.
Sadly, this commenter is another victim of an unconcerned and inept dealership, not a bad car. Any time a dealer doesn't fix a problem the owner needs to go to a consumer group such as the BBB or their state Attorney General with a complaint, or at least try another dealership. Many GM dealers are highly competent and very concerned about customer service.
My brother has owned 2 Impalas, both of which have been flawless. Our 2 current GM vehicles have never had a single problem (and one is 8 years old now, the other 6).
27th Jul 2008, 16:50
I bought my 2006 Impala LT3 in 2007 as a GM certified vehicle, with 35,000 miles. While it is a nice car to drive, it has needed a lot of repairs.
The passenger-side headlight assembly had to be replaced, as the socket was melted. The car has been in twice because it won't read the left rear tire pressure, and although it works when I get it back, it only lasts for six months. It's not working again. The remote has very little range. The drivers side window squeaks every time you roll it down, unless it is wet. I had to replace the tie rod end on the drivers side at 50,000 miles because it was worn and causing the steering to shudder when going around a curve. The hose blew off of the power steering pump, which I heard is a common problem in colder climates. Lastly, the sun visors do not stay up. I am constantly ramming my forehead into them.
Thank God I got the full bumper-to-bumper extended warranty. I hope all the bugs are out by the time the warranty expires.