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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?
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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (211 hp)
  • 3.9-liter V6 (233 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (303 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

Bushings

“The tie rod bushings on the driver's side wore out. Not surprising at this point in the life of the vehicle. The repair was straightforward and not expensive”

Brian M., AB (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Power steering rack leaked. Repair cost $800”

Tom B., WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Leakage of one of the power steering tubing”

F D., ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering leaks into bellows”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“One of the hose busted and needed to be repaired”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“slow leak”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Worn stuts let to tire cupping and road noise”

Anonymous, ND (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Struts were good. The strut upper mounts went bad but only on the front”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“rear shock/strut broke”

Natalie P., NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Movement/rattle between steering wheel, steering column, and (sometimes) brake pedal, particularly when crossing something like a railroad crossing. GM issued a technical recall and dealer refused to look at problem unless I agreed to all payments”

Annette S., GA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Power steering rack noise. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Replaced the up links”

Harvey C., MA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“one of the front tie rods broke. car still drivable until repair”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“I had to replace the outer tie rod end on the front driver's side”

Mark E., MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Car was wandering slightly right to left when driving. Heavy outside tie edge wear was being experienced. Caused by excessive play in wheel bearings. Tires Plus Tech said he would /could not tighten wheel bearings to take play out of wheel bearings on both sides. Ended up paying $700 to replace the wheel bearing assemblies. Seems ridiculous”

Thomas B., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Simply a case of old age, consider those to be a normal consequence”

F D., ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“During routine service I was told about this problem”

Jim Y., NC (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Alignment

“To correct my alignment problem, which was drastically wearing inside edges of all 4 tires - I installed 2 cam bolt kits and bought 4 NEW tires and paid for a 4 way alignment. Problem solved $850 later!”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“CASTER & CAMBER WERE NOT SET PROPERLY CAUSING EXCESSIVE TIRE WEAR. COST OF REPAIR IN EXCESS OF $2000. DEALER WOULD NOT DO THE REPAIRS UNDER WARRENTY”

James C., IN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Paid to have the front suspension replaced due to the symptoms disclosed. Apparently, there was a recall on this model for this problem. This happened when there was the legal battle with Chevy. and the government. The recall was voided for this repa”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“snapping noise when going over bumps it took 3 mechanics to diaqgnose”

Paul C., MA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Worn out”

John W., ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“pump failed”

Natalie P., NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“This has been an ongoing problem known by GM but they have not been willing to fix or recall the Impalas other than the police vehicles. Therefore the owner of these vehicles must install cam bolt kits and align to fix said alignment problem”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“rear tires extreme uneven wear. class action lawsuit proceeding but no recall”

Kevin B., OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“electrical wiring to gear selector got damaged from not being located properly. cost me 300. dollars for repair”

John G., OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Started my car, and when I tried to put it into gear to drive, the gear selector was "locked". It would not move. I had to have it towed, which was very difficult, because it couldn't be put into neutral, the tires would not roll”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Broken selector cable”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Rough shifting

“Strong jolt when starting from a stop. Happens occasionally. Flushed transmission - sets to have mitigated (but not cured) problem”

William B., OR (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Transmission had a tendency to jump or lurch when shifting gears, esp. from a stop”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Since about 60k miles, my transmission will inexplicably hesitate, then suddenly catch, when I'm stopped. It only does this occasionally, and multiple dealers have told me it needs to happen while they have the car, which never happens, so ghetto pro”

Michael C., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“Same as last comment”

Timothy G., IA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“TRANSMISSION OCCASIONALLY SLIPS FOR A FEW SECOND WHEN MOVING FROM A STOP”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“from standing start transmission seems to rev up like in neutral, then clunks into gear. it is very random and some days is worse than others. I have had two mechanics look at it and neither had any idea what was going on. no computer codes were found on inspection. Had fluid and filter changed at 85,000 miles, thinking that might help. It didn't”

Brenda O., VA (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“It started out before 100,000 miles was reached, (end of warranty) I had the fluids replaced and filter "cleaned" before but not replaced per dealer. Got worse and slipping at starts after stopping such as red light, stop signs, etc”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Premature slippage plus rough shifts”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“At about 106000 miles car started exhibiting "hic-ups" at about 40-45 mph. After changing the transmission fluid, it required about 800 miles of driving before the "hic-ups" ceased. In the meantime I spent $$ trying to figure out what was causing”

Paul H., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission slips occasionally. Not too bad but mechanics have told me not to bother with it until it completey broke”

Scott V., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“As I pull away from a stop. car begins to move then transmission jumps hard into gear”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Line connector starts leaking, OEM part ony and they charge way above market value for the junk”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Clamps holding transmission fluid had to be replaced. The clamps are made out of aluminum instead of stainless steel and fray after a period of time”

Gerald O., TN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“sensor stopped working causing shifting problems”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Broken wire between shifting lever and brake. Could not shift out of "park ". Dealer seemed to know it was a problem”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“I just covered the problem which perhaps more correctly was a transmission issue”

Paul H., FL (2008 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

Headlights

“Tend to dim or turn off when turn signal is turned on”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.9-L V6)

“Harness shorted out”

Herb H., NV (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 5.3-L V8)

“driving into a snow / ice bank changed headlight alignment that could not be adjusted - slight body damage changed alignment that cold not be adjusted as "it was a drop in" repair where the entire light fixture was dropped into a slot and not adjusta”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“The actuators for both the front passenger side door and the driver side rear door both had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MT (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The automatic door locks work only on the driver door. The other three doors must be locked/unlocked manually”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“passenger side rear door lock sometimes sticks closed in hot weather; then goes back to normal operation”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“The right rear door would not lock, if manually lock, would not unlock. Needed both rear locking switches replace at close to $1000 for parts & labor”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Obvious electrical problem / short. Works when raining / wet. Dealership says it can replace the actuators for 250.00 each but that is not the problem”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

“Keyfob only work initermittently on drivers door. Will unlock other doors, but the one I need it to unlock. Have to use my key. Pain in butt!”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

“Remote control no longer works and it would cost $150 to get re programed”

Gerald O., TN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“drivers door wouldn't lock/unlock with remote”

Pat M., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“The remote locking/unlocking system does not operate on the driver and front passenger doors”

Harry E., TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Quit working”

Anonymous, NE (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Sensor is not working on one wheel”

Scott P., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Not close to accurate. Expensive to fix and repair didn't take. No need for toms anyway”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“The batteries go dead in the sensors of each of the tires costing 120.00 each from dealership”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

“1. 2-monitors have been replaced 2. Tire wear -only get 30to 40K miles on new set 3. Could not remove key from ignition switch 4. Electric door lock on 1-rear door stopped working”

Roland H., OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Engine warning light came on, dealer repaired it in one day”

Scott J., MN (2008 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Engine fault icon came on indicating a need to seek service. The sensor was found to be faulty - the cost of the replacement and the cost of labor was included under the engine warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The check engine light continues to be displayed. I have not pursued resolving this problem at this time since the car is running fine”

S L., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“EVAP Check engine light. Ended being the Vent valve and a wore gas cap”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“malfunction of the fuel vapor recovery system”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“engine light was on permanent, problem was solved by replacing a part attached to the catalytic converter”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Fuel cap

“replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light on. Running rich on 2nd bank of V-6. Much soot on throttle plate and O2 sensor. Cleaned same and replaced sensor. May have been bad fuel”

William B., OR (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Throttle body position sensor was replaced”

S L., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“Accelerator pedal trnsmitter”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“sensor needed replacing art 105000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“check engine light went on and the problem was finally resoved when a new starter was installed”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS Unsure)

“Had 2 o2 sensers go out”

Mark H., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“sensor caused check engine light. difficult to repair”

Kevin B., OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“repairs made over three times. also problems with fuel gauge intermitent”

Philip H., AZ (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“intermitant problems with gas gauge”

Philip H., AZ (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“AC compressor making screeching noise, took to dealership, quit making noise on the way. They couldn't find problem, 100.00 for diagnostic. Compressor went out the next week, estimate over 1000.00 to repair”

Dennis R., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“clutch when out”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Aperture door was stuck”

Anonymous, ND (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Loud noise in blower motor, cost over 500.00 for repair”

Dennis R., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“gears sripped causing knocking noise in actuator for indoor air supply. cost me 190. dollars to replace”

John G., OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Would not heat up car at all. When I was able to get in I needed to leave the car overnight”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS Unsure)

“Defroster stopped working. period!”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Two of the four blend door actuators failed within a week of each other last Fall”

Dave E., MO (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“The change from recirculation air to outside air to the interior does not work when pushing the button. It makes noises trying to switch but never finishes the transfer. Noise stops about 30 seconds later. They say that a relay isn't switching over”

E M., CO (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“Motor controlling vents twice”

John T., GA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Heater system

“an actuator had to be replaced as it began tapping loudly”

Anonymous, MT (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Recirculation door actuator in the HVAC system, was clicking at startup”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Thermostat likely broken [possibly for second time since purchase]; not pleased at all, since the care only has 44,000 miles on it”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Went thru three heater coils”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“thermostat replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2008 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

“Premature break wear and persistent problems with vibration and rear hub assembly”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“I drive like a maniac....I sometimes go to fast and then I must apply the brakes....naturally the brakes are going to wear out and the tires are going to wear when you go too fast around the bends”

Jeannette S., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 5.3-L V8)

“all four rotors had to be replaced. i normally get around seventy thoUSnd miles before brakes need work”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Rotors are warping all the time”

Mark H., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“If I had been warned, I wouldn't have waited to get brakes checked”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The front brakes pulsate when stopping at higher speeds. My husband says the rotor are warped. Tried to have it fixed, but it didn't help. It has been this way since we owned the car. Should have taken it back to the dealer”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

“The whole braking system needed to be rebuilt”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“replace”

Robert V., IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“I live in a hilly area,up&down hills on a regular basis.average driving range daily is 35/40 miles”

Gerald L., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“We just have to replace the brake pads every 12 months”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Brake wear was normal, but don't recall hearing a squeal to warn brakes were wearing thin”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

“Brake would not hold and last year it seized on the year wheels. Finally the mechanic disengaged the brake”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The parking cable broke, hence I had to have it replaced”

Jeannette S., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“The Stabiltrak system failed”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.3-L V8)

“I've been getting a sporadic message over the last year that "traction system is disabled" and "engine power reduced", which makes it difficult to accelerate. Like the transmission issue, multiple dealers have indicated they can only diagnose if this”

Michael C., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Oil leaks

“oil filter adapter seal is leaking”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Significant oil leak at oil filter adapter. I have never had this problem on any other vehicle that I owned. This is my first GM vehicle. Cost to repair $270. Also, leaking oil from valve cover gaskets. Not as bad as the oil filter adapter. Did not repair due to cost. Disappointing due to my history with Japanese vehicles that never seem to leak oil”

Donald H., NC (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Leaks oils slowly in drops, adding up staining driveway”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace seals”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Leaks on front of engine block”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Oil pan needed to be replaced/repaired. Private mechanic repaired it”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 5.3-L V8)

“oil pan gasket leak, cost over $700 to repair at a dealership”

Curtis L., NC (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“slow leak of oil 1 quart every 4000 klm”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“most of the clear coat has pealed off my hood”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Definite flaw in paint. Hood and side panels have chipping/pitting all over it I never drive on gravel. Paint is just poor!”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

“Paint has pealed on the side mirrors, trunk, rear air foil and back bumper”

Ted S., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“right rear panel behind tire opening rust bubbling out”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“front door bottoms are rusting, chevy emblem on trunk is rusting, paint on trunk is bad”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“All doors and trunk have rust from the inside and working its way to the outside”

Barry P., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“When you open the doors, there is surface rust at the very bottom of each door”

Mark E., MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“We had a gas pedal sensor error, replaced that, did not help. Had a MAF sensor error show up, replaced that, did not fix the problem. We had another dealer look at the car, they dropped the transmission pan and found shavings. The car would hesitate before taking off from a stop sign or stop light. While driving at normal highway speeds the RPM's would fluctuate from 2000 to 1500, and you could feel the shift. Result, we had to have the transmission rebuilt and had no problems since. The Impala”

Timothy G., IA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“The transmission had been slow 'catching' into gear Whenever the temperature was 60 or below. I had been hoping to trade it in prior to it going but apparently That didn't happen. Now, since I repaired it I will give it to my son as a first car in the next 6 months. The transmission not catching had been occurring for over a year & I had my mechanic check the fluid multiple times but nothing showed up”

Fred R., NJ (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“replace transmission drive gear went out”

Robert V., IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission went out at 75000 miles and had to replace”

Ted S., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Constant slipping from both standing start as well as during downshift/upshift”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“two transmissions. first one slipping at 90000K second one totally gone at 132000”

Jerry C., AB (2008 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

“pass side not working”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Driver's side heat function for seat failed”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“drivers side door handle came loose”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Electric door lock failed at rear door, resulting in door remaining unlocked after utilizing the vehicle lock system”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

“Rear seat passenger locks no longer work on FOB or electric switch and must be manually locked and unlocked”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“HVAC RELAY CLICKS UNDER DASH ON PASSENGER SIDE”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Thumps in the rear. Were inconsistent and random. Apparently areas were located and 'fixed'. Have been silent throughout the winter and 'pot hole' season”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

“The noise is in the driver, front wheel but it runs up through the steering column. Replaced intermediate steering shaft (at auto repair shop) based on GM tech recall but issue continues”

Annette S., GA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“To much wind noise”

Anonymous, NE (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Yes , my coolant By-Pass gasket is leaking”

Anonymous, NB (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 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

“Front speakers do not work most of the time”

Walter N., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The driver side main speaker usually does not work”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Parade Dimming only works intermittently”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“recall on ignition what a laugh”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Coolant manifold bolted to end of engine gasket leaked requiring extensive work to replace. Mechanic and dealer said this is a common problem”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“crossover gaskets”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“gasket failure at the timing bel housing allowing antifreeze to leak out. $1500 to repair”

Curtis L., NC (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Premature failure. Costly repair for such a simple job (two bolts and a hose clamp)”

Anonymous, MN (2008 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plugs needed replacement. No complaint as I got 151000 miles out of the original set”

Donald H., NC (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“cracked spark plug-one cylinder not always firing-fault would not show up on scope”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Starter

“Occasionally will not disengage”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 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

Electrical failure

“Heating/AC system door motor control failed”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“rack & pinion since new”

Anonymous, PR (2008 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“Started leaking and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“oil leak i”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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