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This version of the Impala hadn't changed much since its introduction for the 2000 model year. It handles fairly well and provides very good acceleration. But it isn't particularly well-finished. In addition, the ride is unsettled, the interior is noisy, fit and finish are subpar and the seats are uncomfortable.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Driver-only side air bag available until 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2010.
Road Test

This version of the Impala hadn't changed much since its introduction for the 2000 model year. It handles fairly well and provides very good acceleration. But it isn't particularly well-finished. In addition, the ride is unsettled, the interior is noisy, fit and finish are subpar and the seats are uncomfortable.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.4-liter V6 (180 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 supercharged (240 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Chevrolet Impala owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Car has been "buggy" with electrical problems since I got it one year ago (and apparently since it was first purchased in 2005), Lights on dash/radio randomly go dim, fuse for keyless entry must be replaced frequently, etc”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

“It will work for a short distance (as long as there is not a hill) and then it either speeds up or slows down. And if you make any adjustments to the speed you set, that will cause it to act up”

Anonymous, AR (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.8-L V6)
Gauges

“Gas and temp gauges pegged out. Replaced with a refurbished unit”

Anonymous, MT (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Stopped working. Will have to send out for dash to be removed and gauges replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“Modular circuit boards defective”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“The speedometer doesn't work; the temperature gauge does not work and the fuel gauge doesn't work every now and then”

Anonymous, AR (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.8-L V6)

“Speedometer and temperature gauges failed. Had to replace module in dash controlling both”

John J., MI (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“I'm told I will have to ahve a new "Instrument Cluster" installed as I have NO speedometer or temperature gauge”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“replaced the modules with the fuel, heat & speedometer”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Fuel gage quit working”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“multiple gauges going out: oil gauge, tire pressure, gas cap sensor and occasionally speedometer”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“The dashboard frequently shows inaccurate information. Shows non-zero speed when car is in park, fuel gauge shows E just after a fill up, clock is wrong, etc”

Sylvia I., NY (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“the multifunction switch on the steering column failed so head lights didn't work”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“Broken Wire in harness”

Peter P., MA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“turn signal working intermittently. Had to replace turn signal switch in the steering column. The part cost almost $500! Labor cost was less than $200”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Interior lights

“After our accident, the auto body shop did a terrible job fixing the car. The main problem is none of the interior lights work and they said they would have to charge us to fix it. It was something they messed up”

Linda H., NJ (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Keyless entry

“I had to have my key re-tuned for the vehicle due to a recall. Then my car wouldn't turn on at all. Had to replace the keyless entry, a real inconvenience”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“The wiper has a hesitation and the dealership said it would be very costly to fix. When they tried to fix it, they now smack on the downward stroke also”

Linda H., NJ (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Uneven tire wearing because the car goes out of alignment frequently. Had to replace tires after only 1 year of use”

Julie S., WI (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“@nd power steering pump that has been replaced. !st car i have ever had to replace one”

James L., CO (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“Loud, knocking noise in front, right wheel/shock/strut area when initially putting car in reverse and when driving on uneven or bumpy roads”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“np- front hub assembly replaced both sides”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Problems with wheel bearings caused traction control and ABS warning lights to activate. Speed sensor in wheel bearings unit had failed. New wheel bearing package solved the problem. Similar issue is present on Impala police model 9C1/9C3”

Anonymous, MT (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“The car has developed quite a noise in the front end especially noticeable when changing lanes and when going around a curve”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“Wear prematurely”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Wheel bearings in both front wheels needed replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Replaced egr valve”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel pressure regulators had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“fuel flow regulator needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel distribution block started to leak spraying gas into the engine compartment creating a very big fire hazard. Car was towed to dealer”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Normal intake manifold leak came on at 125000+ miles. Neighborhood shop fixed it”

Bruce S., KS (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Had all sorts of things done by Auto Shop to solve codes and poor running/driving.$1100 four years ago. Did not cure all the problems so we are just daring it to die!”

Bruce S., KS (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“Prior to 30,000 miles had Error Code indicating Heated Oxygen Sensor bad. TWO Chevrolet Dealers said nothing was wrong and the code came back in less than 10 miles of leaving dealership. My neighborhood tire store corrected it when suddenly at 125000”

Bruce S., KS (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“car was hard to start and did not want to idle 1 sensors had to be replaced, 2 had to to be cleaned”

Anonymous, MB (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Still have rough shifting after fluid and filter replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“The transmission skips often and then engages hard”

Carmen V., PA (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“Transmission frequently slips when starting from a dead stop”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

“after giving gas transmission is slow to respond then catches with a jerk. also torque converter clicks off sometimes when backing up or just starting up”

R R., ON (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“sticky solenoid causes rough shifting. 900+ estimate to replace solenoid”

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“There is an intermittent problem with a wheel sensor”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Rotors

“There is a bolt that holds the calipers/rotors in place and that broke off. I could not back the vehicle since the brake was locked. The mechanic said he knew right away what was wrong since he had just done the exact repair on a 2004 impala the day before”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Mechanics can't find squeaking/clinking sound. It has been there for years and car checks out fine when I take it in for maintenance”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Brakes were worn”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“rusted out & split right front brake line”

Peter P., MA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The sunroof leaks, and requires frequent upkeep to avoid clogging of the sunroof drains. If you don't perform that upkeep, then rainwater backs-up into the car cabin, which can cause mold growth and mildew inside the cabin”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rattles in the dashboard area”

Dennis M., MO (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“I have already told you in the last question”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“The wind noise is related to the sunroof. The sunroof does not seal tightly against the roof, so there is a lot of wind noise when traveling above 30 mph”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“There was a leak in the housing that contains the hoses that go to the heater core. Cost was nearly $400”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Intake manifold gasket blown had replaced”

Claire S., NC (2005 Chevrolet Impala SS 3.8-L V6 supercharged)

“Overheating frequently”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)
Antifreeze leaks

“main coolant line made of plastic failed, replaced with metal”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Slow oil leak beneath engine. Approx. 1/2 to 1 quart oil loss in 6 months or 3000-4000 mileage”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Replace oil pan gasket. 1st time i have ever had to replace this on a vehicle”

James L., CO (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

“I think its ridiculous to have an oil leak. Obviously the vehicle is poorly made”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“After having regular service performed for the life of vehicle, was told by dealer that transmission needed a rebuild. Very poor performance at this mileage and am getting rid of the car. Never will buy a GM product again”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Impala SS 3.8-L V6 supercharged)

“Would fall into and out of gear. On occasion it would not shift or would suddenly do so with a jerk”

R B., IN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“Hard shift between gears”

J B., TX (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“resonator leaks”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“The exhaust system pretty much just rusted away”

Edward S., CT (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“exhaust pipe needed replacing for second time”

Paul S., NY (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Ignition switch

“I could not get key out of ignition. Paid for tow, ignition switch, paid twice for keys, they got it wrong the first time, over a thoUSnd dollars. And after that the gauges quit working, and scratched my windshield”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

“The key would not turn in the ignition slot. It was like it was locked. I could remove and insert the key but not turn it to start the car”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Car would not turn over at all. Replaced starter”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“bad damper control”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Engine overheated approx. 2 months ago; discovered then that coolant was almost completely gone. Coolant system repaired at good mechanic station approx. 1 month ago, but coolant system drained again this week and needs to be repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint peeling on trunk deck”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

“Rust spots near tire wheels probably from salt/ice on roadways”

Konroy B., MN (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“Acts like right CV/axle has gone bad”

Bruce S., KS (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“i was told the thermostat, still did not get warm. went to put another one in, it overheated in less then 1 mile of driving and blew head gasket. 1200.00 for that!”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.4-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel controls

“General electronic failure. Lights,door locks, radio, etc. all stopped working. BCM module was replaced and now all is fine”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Impala Base 3.4-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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