This version of the Chevrolet Impala was competitive in its class, but there were better choices. While ride and handling are sound, they lag behind those of many competitors. On the other hand, the revised interior is comfortable and has logical controls. Still, wind noise is notable and the engine isn't particularly refined.
Alerts
There are 2 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

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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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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 Chevrolet Impala was competitive in its class, but there were better choices. While ride and handling are sound, they lag behind those of many competitors. On the other hand, the revised interior is comfortable and has logical controls. Still, wind noise is notable and the engine isn't particularly refined.

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
  • 3.5-liter V6 (211 hp)
  • 3.9-liter V6 (242 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (303 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Chevrolet Impala owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Ball joints needed replacing after less than 110k km”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“This would be normal wear on a car with 165,000 km.Bad spring roads would also contribute to this problem”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering hose has been ongoing leak since early ownership hose has been replaced and still leaked again”

Margaret H., NC (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“pressure causes soem steady leaking especially right before the hose comes off”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Hose broke and car is hardly driven”

Michael B., KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The power steering leaks fluid causing the power steering to not function properly”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

“related to defective hose”

Randy K., ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Bad bearing, replaced pump”

Barton D., FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“Numerous power steering problems. Noisy, hard to steer a low speed. Had to the shop twice. Once they replace steering gear, then later the pump. Still noisy but works”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“too much pump pressure forces hose off of pump. power steering is lost. happens about 1 x year”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Pipes rusted out $1200 replacement cost”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“REPLACED POWER STEERING PUMP AND RACK AND PINION ! STILL HAVE TIGHT SPOT IN STEERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY DISSATISFIED WITH CHEVROLET!!! PROBABLY LAST ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Jim G., KY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Problem just started in the last few months. Started as a lot of noise coming from the power steering pump. Getting ready at this time to get it checked out and fixed”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace hose”

Randy K., ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

“Rear struts need replacement”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“tie rod replaced”

Albert M., NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“found to be due to broken arms that caused damage to the axle on one side”

Michael P., NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“the wheel bearing assembly is part of the abs sensor housing making both to be replaced only when one of them fails”

James J., NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Belt kept wearing out within months of replacing. Pulley was repaced”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Engine computer

“check engine light comes on even after being serviced. This has been a recurring problem since we purchased the car. The battery doesn't always keep a charge, especially when the car has not been driven for a week or so”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“Tune up by a good mechanic cleared up this problem”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Constant dripping of oil and coolant on driveway due to repeated failure of oil pan gasket and "coolant cross-over" gasket. Due to poor design, replacement requires removal of front suspension and huge labor costs. Chevy dealer quoted $1800+”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“I had two leaks - both were quick fixes”

Thomas M., VT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“leak is at the oil filter. to replace leaking gasket $700.00”

Anonymous, NE (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“bad seals between transmission and engine”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“typical Chevrolet mild drip from rear of engine”

Robert K., KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“there have ben multiple gasket leaks. The engine has burned oil since 80000 miles”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Oil pan gasket leaks the transmission must be pulled to make repairs”

Margaret H., NC (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Have had this leak repaired twice by AAA repair shops. Leak has continued. Very unhappy with this”

Eileen R., WA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“I continue to have a minor oil leak”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“The seals on the bottom of the engine dried up and cracked”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

“replaced front main bearing,STILL HAVE OIL LEAKS!!!!!! VERY FRUSTRATED!!!!!!”

Jim G., KY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“The oil level would drop by about 1 liter per month or so with no sign of oil leak on ground under parked car or or visible sign on the engine. Power washed the engine and finally found source of leak - gasket at back of engine had slow leak”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Engine mount has an oil filled rubber apparatus that needed replaced. A continuing leak will go through a court of oil every 3,000 miles. They want $900 plus to fix it”

Anonymous, NV (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Oil pan uses oil but doesn't smoke”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“The dealership replaced some of the external lines around the transmission, and it had a short term effect, but now problem is back again as bad as ever”

Peter H., ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“lines developed a leak”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“jumpy”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“The car sometimes is difficult to take from park to reverse. It seems to want to stick in park. It also will on occation have a rough shift from one gear to another”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“intermittent hard shifting. added transmission sealer and it seems to have stopped the problem for now”

Frederick B., PA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“When starting off from a standstill, sometimes if you accelerate too quickly, it hesitates going into first gear, then clunks in suddenly”

Peter H., ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“I have not yet had it repaired, but the transmission is slipping more and more when I am stopped or almost stopped and I step on the gas pedal. It slips before it goes into whatever gear is should be in”

Thomas F., IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“transmission was fine until dealer did a fluid replacement at 97000 miles. Ever since the transmission slips intermittently and is beginning to chatter in 1st gear”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Does not shift down after stopping”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“The transmission slippage has been happening for quite awhile, even though I have followed the service manual”

Robert F., IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Transmission line was leaking”

Thomas M., VT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“a cheaply made push pull oil line fitting on the transmission from the radiator wears out & will leak more often than normal”

James J., NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“have to add 1 pint every 3000 miles. has not been repaired yet”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“The transmission fluid needs frequent refreshing”

Anonymous, NL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

“Transmission was stuck in 3rd gear and was difficult to drive. New computer was installed and still has issues”

Robert F., IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“This was all due to bad wheel bearings and the ABS sensor going bad. Includes traction control and ABS warnings”

Timothy G., IA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Calipers

“This model year's brakes are woefully inadequate. Driving down a long grade, brakes chatter, fade, and pull left and right. Newer model years are better, but this is model illustrates Chevy's poor overall design philosophy”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The caliper slider pins corrode quick quickly these days. They should be stainless steel. Their quality has gone done in the last 15 years. It cause premature uneven pad wear, heating and disk warpage. I get my service place to use silicon grease on them every 6 months”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“100,000 mile service showed brakes needed replacement”

Chester H., MI (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“The brakes are not up to par on this car; I've had to have rotors replaced twice since I've had it (two years)”

Mary F., MO (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“These were not really premature, so much as an issue of wear, and the need to replace the front rotors, so I got new brakes as well”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Rotors have had to be replaced twice since I've had the car; that's too often”

Mary F., MO (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Rotors rusted so bad, calipers, rotors and pads all had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“I have replaced the front rotors on this car 3 times, so we are on the 4th set. They warp easily”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The rotors warp easily”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Had to get Rotors replaced twice in last 3 years”

Thomas W., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“over the last 2 years have had both front rotors replaced, but this is due to the number of miles I have put on the car, and I expected it. The brakes were not premature failure they were again because of mileage”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“They were 35% worn and I opted to replace them to be on the safe side with winter coming on”

Cheryl P., IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“failed at 170000mmiles, needs replacement (P-0420)”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

“128000 miles, exhaust system just wore out”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Muffler

“holes”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Both mufflers rusted out on the top and had to be replaced within 5 years”

B D., IL (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“Needed replacement”

Bruce P., CT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“I had to replace the whole system up to the converter at a cost of 600.00 dollars. There wasn't any after market parts available”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“both rusted thru they where stainless steal and where not to rust”

D T., AB (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Usual thing: Muffler's are designed to fail early”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Surprising to have this muffler go out”

Michael B., KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced”

Bruce P., CT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“The intermediate pipe rotted out...completely. This could be attributed to two things. Poor metal quality or the magnesium chloride and fracking fluid that are being used on our roads in the winter. In general rust is much more prevalent now than it was a few years ago”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Replaced the battery and had to bring the car in to get the security system reprogrammed so it wouldn't leave us stranded!”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

“Expensive replacement for such a small part. Had just taken in car for oil change and tune up, and this did not come up”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Intermittently the radio will go silent, but the turn signal noise will blast out of the speakers. Sometimes the delayed door locking will give no delay. Sometimes the outside air temperature will indicate -40 degrees on a summer day, and then the AC will not work”

Rod S., MT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

“brights stay on all the time”

Anonymous, NE (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“When I would turn, the high beam would come on”

Vincent W., CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced headlight bulb at the dealership three times in six weeks”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.9-L V6)

“low beam light connection melted from heat and had to replace the whole connection. Learned that this is a problem in this make and year model”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Daylight light burn out”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)
Keyless entry

“keyless entry system no longer works”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“The car was just barely out of warranty when the A/C compressor failed. Chevrolet repaired it free of charge. The only other work that has been is general maintenance, tires, brakes, alignments, oil changes and bulbs”

Gail T., NC (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

“A/C compressor went out and thus needed to replace it”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

“every time you restarted the car the modes would revert back to back to some sort of factory setting”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“clicking noise and blows hot air instead of AC. Once the clicking stops the cool air starts”

Ernie H., TN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Air conditioner blower did not work for a minute until I turned it on full blast”

Vincent W., CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“inconsistant heat”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“The engine light would come on because the thermometer was sticking making the engine think it was overheating. The fan would run constantly”

Connie V., AB (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“SOMETIMES WITH HEAT SELECTOR ON HEAT STAYS COLD TILL YOU SPEED UP”

Les S., OH (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Heat stopped at stop lights or whenever idling”

Lucille A., IL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“trim on the trunk lid broke off, mountings failed”

Reginald L., AB (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“the ashtray is totally off the dash, hangs by wires”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“outside door jams have paint bubble, even after having them re-painted....noticed newer Impalas have jams not painted...with plastic mesh on them... would G.M. correct my situation ????”

Darrel H., CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“Professional body man said the undercoat fail and caused paint peeled off roof . Had to repainted the whole roof”

Rick E., FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)
Rust

“Serious rust problems with the doors, door handle and trunk lid. Required body shop repair. Problems started occurring at least 5 years ago”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Rust on the trunk near the chrome strip”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Rusting along side edges and bottom of doors and trunk”

Janet J., WI (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Temperature sending unit broke, not unusual for an 11 yr old car. I worked 35 yrs in Auto parts &paint”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“seals around doors leak when it rains”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“in heavy rain, deals around drivers door leaks and drips water on driver”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“front suspension clink on full right turns”

Robert K., KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Had periodic loud noise coming from the right front end thought to be related to the steering, axle or shocks. gradually increased in frequency and loudness. Finally cured by tightening up the suspension”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“We have always heard more wind and highway noise in this vehicle than in other vehicles we have owned”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“actually it was paint on door jam that is causing problem”

Darrel H., CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)
Glass defects

“rear window defrost only works some of the time”

Reginald L., AB (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Rear driver side door latch failed to unlock”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“key does not unlock driver side door. Remote does not always unlock door. Requires multiple tries. It is not the battery. Avoid locking doors”

Janet J., WI (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

“Leaks from Moon/Sunroof. Keeps getting clogged”

Thomas W., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Due to the previously identified water pump problem”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)
Radiator

“Corroded, was replaced”

Terrence S., OH (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Thermostat failed to open so I had to have it replaced”

Lebrina H., KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Water Pump went out. Shaft went bad and pulley failed so belts came off”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)

“I have put two water pumps in this car. The second one was a rebuilt that lasted three years”

Anonymous, NV (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-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

Driveshaft or axle

“$cost of new wheel bearing unacceptable”

John M., RI (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“noise and vibration at low speed,and turns. turned out to be the front wheel bearings. over $400 dollars to repair”

Jackie N., WI (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Traction control

“Three times a year at least we get dashboard messages requesting that we "Service Traction Control" and "Service Brake Assist". This is usually due to failed sensors located in the wheels”

Anonymous, NL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Same as last comment”

Timothy G., IA (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“because of the slippage and finding out that one or more of the sensor were bad or going bad, I had the transmission rebuilt”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Mr. Transmission and Canadian Tire worked to replace the transmission. I was pleased with the result”

Ron T., ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“Had to have transmission rebuilt. Very expensive. In my opinion, well before I should have to do this”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“transmission quit, had it rebuilt by local shop, not happy with the rebuild - should have had oem replacement”

Austin S., FL (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-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

“air leak in fuel filler tube or gas cap”

Kenneth S., OH (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Worn module. not bad for 11 years and 287000 kms”

Paul L., ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Had to replace fuel pump and fuel line”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-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

CD player

“Failure of 6-CD Player. Had to replace the entire entertainment system. $610”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“The CD does not work. When I insert a CD, after a few minutes it is ejected without ever playing”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Impala's are known for their electrical gremlins. The relay in the drivers door that sends a signal to the Body Control Module eventually becomes intermittent which causes the radio to stay on even after the door has been open”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-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

“Battery developed a short in it and had to be replaced”

Lebrina H., KS (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“This was a recall from the manufacturer”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“The original engine failed on the city freeway. It was towed to a mechanic and the engine was replaced”

Jack G., CA (2006 Chevrolet Impala SS Unsure)
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