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 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 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

Cruise control

"cruise control sometimes won't work"

James P., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Malfunction -"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"brake light bulb"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"They are always burning out"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"power seat adjuster failed"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Both seats quick working and it was to expenses to fix"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Heat shuts off and this is 2nd time and still not fixed. Midwest winters are why we purchased heated seats so not very happy"

David S., IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger seat wouldn't heat. The problem was in the sensor that tells if a person is sitting there"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"seat bottom heater burnt out (shorted) melted padding"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Door locks failed wanet. Two hundred dollars for each luck to repair"

Henry B., MD (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"door locks did not work on all the doors from the remote control"

Jack Y., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Both rear back door locks failed"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Fails to work. Not in fob associated with door lock failure"

Henry B., MD (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"my mechanic of 30 years does has not been able to shut this off"

Gerard H., NH (2009 Chevrolet Impala 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"There has been a problem with the warning lights for 2 or more years."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"air bag light"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ)

"had three incidents where DIC told me something was wrong - check engine light for emissions sensor, service stabilitrack warning and reduced engine power - replaced sensor and low oil pressure stop engine but dealer couldnt find error code"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-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

Ball joints

"i was getting a noise every time i turned and it turned out to be a ball joint."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Minor leak from the steering system"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"I have to add power steering fluid about every other day. I have took it in to have fixed at least 3 times and it is okay for about 3 months and then starts leaking again"

Vicky M., MO (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering pump failed twice in 2015"

Gerard H., NH (2009 Chevrolet Impala 3.5-L V6)

"replace power steering pump"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"Master cylinder was leaking. Power stering pump was making screeching sounds and had to be replaced along with Master cylinder"

Eugene D., FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced both sides at a cost of about $1,000"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering linkage broke and car was undriveable. Had to have the entire linkage replaced"

Sandy B., TN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"There is a steering rack leak that cannot be fixed without replacing the entire rack. For now we top off the power steering fluid periodically."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"replaced all 4 tierods"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Outer Tie rod end has split/leaking boot; needed replacement"

Peter H., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking"

C H., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"Tie rods were cracked and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

"Seemed to have excessive wear. had to be replaced."

Ray G., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"I had to replace the RR hub"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"all 4 wheel bearings needed to be replace before 50000 mi"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Wearing out. noisy. had to be replaced."

Ray G., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Speed censor failure caused disc brake rotor assembly's to fail on front brakes and then had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala 3.5-L V6)

"The ABS and Traction Control lights came on"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"The master cylinder was leaking and need to replaced"

Eugene D., FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Also had to replace both front wheel bearings"

Ernest H., MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Calipers were damaged as wife didn't let me know about noise brakes were making. Brake pads were a normal wear item"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"Brake has completely given up. It needs attention"

James B., WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes and rotors overheating. Replaced rotors because of warping and pads because of wear. Second time for both with 40,000 miles. I do not left -foot the brake or dive and brake fast"

Steven M., CT (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"Brake pads wore our early and this was the second set I have replaced"

John A., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes wore out with the fronts still having 80% of the orginal pads left. Most car that should be opsite with the front need replaceing first"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

"Suppose to be a gizmo that makes a squeal when brake pads are low, the metal squealer rotted off and the pad holder ate into the rotors. Very expensive thanks to cheap Chinese tin can metal that rotted off"

William K., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes wear out prematurely and have to be replaced more often than normal."

John A., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Rear wheel bearings were making a noise with some vibration. Got worse as car went faster"

Donna A., MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"wear"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes and rotors wore our prematurely and this is the second set I have replaced"

John A., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors wear out prematurely and are not the quality expected."

John A., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Grinding when stopping. Service said corrosion caused problem and replaced disc and pads both sides. Passenger side rear"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT)

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)

"Had to replace the emissions vent solenoid that is located up and behind the left rear wheel. This is the second time in the pass years it had to be replace"

H K., PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"Above fuel tank the air vent gets plugged with dust from gravel road has to do with the emision parts. Has been fied at about 30000 miles needs it again think it was around $500.00 to fix first time have not re fixed"

Lyle W., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

"Ck engine light started coming on intermittently so l took it to the dealership where I bought it. $478 later the light was due to a faulty emission sensor"

Michele S., TX (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"air pump valve replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"check engine light would come on and turn off for various reasons. the most recent was a major malfunction of two parts of the system that I had to have repaired not under warranty. Previous times was covered"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Intermitted loss of pressure in system. Unable to pin down cause"

James F., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Emissions control solenoid had to be replaced"

Lou K., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light kept coming on. Replaced fuel cap but the problem kept coming back. Some solenoid had to be replaced"

Ron P., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Gauge =1/8 tank, 68 miles remaining, car ran out of gas. Sender in tank was replaced under warranty. But 3 months later, exactly as before. Dealer: "instrument panel defective, but not covered as part of original problem".6 yr warranty ran out!"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Vehicle asserted a long term fuel trim code. Chemically cleaning the injection system resolved the issue"

Robert K., AB (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Cleaned throttle body and problem went away"

Richard J., OH (2009 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

Coolers and lines

"Two transmission lines leaked and were replaced at 64,000 miles. Was told unusual for these to fail before 100,000"

Michael K., MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

"There would be a clunking sound when shifting from reverse to drive"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission just went out and had to be replaced. Warranty covered all but the transmission"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"slips once in a while when starting from stand still"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Occasional slippage when pulling away from a stop, delayed response followed by a kick' into action"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"Has been slipping for a while noe."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"When shifting from park to reverse or from reverse to drive there would be a clunking and sometimes it would not "catch" into gear"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"When taking off the trans. or torque converter slips, then slams into gear with a big thump"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"The hoses between the automatic transmission and the radiator were leaking. They were replaced."

P P., PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Muffler replacement"

Mary R., ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Muffler

"Needed replacing"

Mary R., ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Passenger side airbag indicator light comes on and has been fixed at least 6 times. It still comes on. So we don't use the car if there is going to be a passenger. This is going to go against our selling it for a decent price!"

David H., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"The airbag warning light began shortly after purchase and was repaired the first time because of a recall, but sense then it has been repaired at my cost and still comes on regularly."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"The light continues to give us fits. Chevrolet refuses to take any responsibility even though it is a safety item."

James B., WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"airbag light comes on and off"

Dick D., NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"Service airbag message on all the time after taking car in for recall of airbag alarm of passenger side seat. Dealer said it was a problem on the driver side But what they did had nothing to do with it. They were more than happy to continue working on it for a fee, but I declined and registered a complaint with Gm customer service to no avail. Living with the message."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"This is the second time a light like this has com on. However, it goes on and off. It may stay off for several days and then sometimes it stays on. We have been told this probably should have been a recall by GM but wasn't. Can I verify that it should be.....no I can't."

Anonymous, TX (2009 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"bumper paint chipped off"

Ellie V., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"A small area of peeling paint at the bottom of the front passenger door"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat on hood is no longer clear."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat chalking."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Paint pealing off back and back passenger side"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Chevrolet Impala)
Rust

"bottom edge of each door is beginning to bubble as well as a 1.5 inch spot at the top edge of the windshield"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"rust is forming on the gas tank entrance and around the trunk area. makes me wonder if the vehicle has been exposed to drowning at one time"

Ellie V., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"Rust at trunk and spoiler and around trim. Paint chips"

Rick D., WI (2009 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

Blower (fan) motor

"Had to have both fans replaced, which we located behind the dash. Thus high labor cost and cost of 2 new fans"

Anonymous, AR (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"out of four actuators three have failed"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Had clicking noises even when the car was off, found out it was the bower fan, three months later the sound came back and was told another blower motor had gone bad"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"Fan off-center and makes racket. This is expensive to repair as you have to take off the dashboard. This is the second time they have gone bad in about 2-3 years."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Electrical failure

"blower motor module failure located under dash on passenger side---- this would not let blower kick on!"

David Y., IN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heated seat on the passenger side didn't work. they repaired it at no cost as it was under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala)
Heater system

"One side of car produces heat and the other in in air conditoner mode. Not much fun in the winter. Too expensive to fix. South is not cold enough, long enough to spend $800! When in A/C mode all works correctly. Love Summer"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Heater doorr motors under dash had to be replaced"

Don K., CO (2009 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

"ACCELERATOR PEDAL SENSOR FAILED CAUSING ENGINE TO OPERATE IN REDUCED POWER MODE. WAS REPAIRED UNDER SPECIAL WARRANTY PROGRAM"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"shifter would not move out of park. Had Problem 2x"

Joseph W., TN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"PCM FAILED, CAUSED STABILITY LOCKUP"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

"The Wiring wore out and needed replacing every so many KM's the Traction control would kick in while turning corners, or driving through a puddle. this all happened after 3rd year of ownership. It was horrible when passing big trucks in slush conditions. I had to shut off traction control"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Throttle control (pedal) sensor went out. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Failed front left wheel bearing and hub assembly"

Peter H., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Traction control has been a major problem due to poor reliability."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala 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

"The drivers side door isn't aligned properly, so when the door opens, the front edge rubs slightly against the body of the car. It squeaks loudly and is now beginning to rust on the body where it is rubbed."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Cross over pipe leaking"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Passenger side back door lock does not always respond to door lock commands"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"When lock button on key fob is pressed, only passenger locks lock. Driver's door does not lock. Intermittent clocking sounds present from engine near glove box even when car is not running"

Gina L., MS (2009 Chevrolet Impala 3.5-L V6)

"Lock actuator not working"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"Electric locks work periodically and in not in any set pattern. JT"

John T., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

"CAR IS A LEMON"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Fron main seal has leaked from new. GM said the amount is exceptional"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"An oil seal on the engine timing cover had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leaks in garabe"

Patty C., IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

"I have had to have the lower intake manifold gasket replaced and now I have I to have the rear main seal replaced along with the oil pan gasket."

Anonymous, TX (2009 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Drive on gravel road car gets full of dust. Chev dealer wants around $1000 dollars to maybe fix it , repair door and trunk seals"

Lyle W., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The accelerator pedal has had a rubbery-sounding squeak for years; the service department couldn't fix it.Now there's a rubbery-sounding squeak in the steering column. The dealership said it would cost hundreds of dollars to fix it. I declined"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ)
Wind noise

"air leak on passenger side front window"

Jack Y., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"air whistles around windows"

Anonymous, WV (2009 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

Display screen difficult to see

"does not change by changes in the light quickly we have had 2 celebrities and 2 impalas electronics are always a problem"

John T., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"CD player falsely indicates disk in drive; won't accept a disk"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Par's only until you turn the car off, then you have to Par again. It is useless unless you are traveling on the expressway for long periods of time"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Automatic transmissions four final drive gears broke up causing collateral damage to other transmission parts. There was extensive wear to the side gear shaft in the differential section. Per my examination the shaft exhibits excessive wear most likely due a metallurgical issue"

H K., PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"CAR IS A LEMON"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"The transmission slipped. The drive train was out of warranty but GM covered 75% of the repair cost. Total cost was $2800"

D L., WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 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

Head gasket

"Head gasket cracked"

Pat C., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"Head gasket leak out of warranty. Cost $2,000"

Don B., IA (2009 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 (not hybrid or electric)

"Original battery lasted 6 years. That's acceptable"

Don B., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Jul 05 2016
If the wires are damaged, the passenger presence sensory system may fail to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied, disabling the air bag. Damage may also cause the air bag fuse to short resulting in a loss of all air bags and seat belt pretensions. Both conditions increase the risk of injury during a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 25, 2008 through February 16, 2010. The front passenger seat frame may contact and damage the wires of the passenger presence sensor module.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will double wrap the wires with anti-abrasion tape and replace damaged wires as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 1, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 36110.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V507000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 289254
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Jun 23 2014
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position will cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key ring and road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 23, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), and 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14299.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V355000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3141731
SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM
Aug 03 2012
A broken control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Chevrolet Impala police vehicles because the front lower control arms may fracture. This safety recall does not include non-police Chevrolet Impala vehicles.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front lower control arms, free of charge. The safety recall began on August 21, 2012. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546.
For more information:
GM's campaign number is 12104.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V377000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36413
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE
Oct 13 2010
THE SAFETY BELT MAY NOT RESTRAIN THE OCCUPANT AS INTENDED DURING A CRASH, WHICH COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO THE OCCUPANT.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 CHEVROLET IMPALAS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES." THE FRONT SAFETY BELT WEBBING MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY SECURED TO THE LAP BELT ANCHOR PRETENSIONER MOUNTED TO THE SIDE OF THE SEAT NEAREST THE DOOR.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT BOTH FRONT SAFETY BELTS FOR PROPER INSTALLATION OF THE ANCHORS TO THE PRETENSIONERS AND, IF NECESSARY, REINSTALL THE ANCHORS. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 5, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
GM SAFETY RECALL NO. 10312.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V480000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 303100
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Oct 06 2008
DURING A PASSENGER-SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT, PIECES OF THE INFLATOR TUBE COULD STRIKE AND INJURE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS AND THE AIR BAG CUSHION WOULD NOT INFLATE FULLY, REDUCING THE CAPABILITY OF THE BAG TO PROTECT THE PASSENGER.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 79 MY 2009 CHEVROLET IMPALA VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A PASSENGER-SIDE FRONT AIR BAG INFLATOR THAT COULD FRACTURE AT AN INFLATOR TUBE DURING A DEPLOYMENT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW PASSENGER-SIDE FRONT AIR BAG. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 10, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08342.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V517000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 79
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