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#2098 of 3636 2006 Impala problems
Oct 02, 2006 (6:14 am)
It seems by many of the posters that they are not experiencing just a single problem with their 2006 Impalas but a multitude of many issues each. How frustrating is that. Reading previous posts of owners of 2000-2005 Impalas those that experienced problems were mostly single issues. Not very good testimonials for the current Impala. Standard on all 2007 chevrolets is the 5 year 100,000 mile power train warranty. That covers engine/transmission but I don't believe it covers many of the issues that people are experiencing that have posted here. Its probably still the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty on all other components. I am sure there are many happy 2006 Impala owners but there are far too many issues that shouldn't be happening. Hopefully many of these problems on the 2006 Impalas were addressed when they started 3 months ago rolling out the 2007s. We know that there were many major changes to the 2006 Impala from the previous model. As many have stated before the first year model of any new car is probably the year to avoid while they sort out the early problems.
#2099 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala problems [charts2]
Oct 02, 2006 (10:22 am)
You are very right, first year out is always a risk with any automobile. When I was in the market back in July I was looking at 4 models:
1. Chevy Impala
2. Dodge Charger
3. Hyundai Sonata
4. Ford Fusion
All were 2006 model year and all were first year models. So, I was faced with the decision of which first year model would be the best choice.
The Dodge was rear-wheel drive, we get snow here, and I drive 60 miles a day minimum (a snow tire package would run close to $1200...no thanks). That pretty much knocked it off the list.
I had owned Ford products in the past that were not 1st year models and had way more than their fair share of problems. That knocked the Fusion off the list.
That brought me to the Hyundai and the Chevy. I have an associate who has put 3 engines in an Elantra GT in the past 2 years. That made me nervous as I was looking at the 4cylinder Sonata. Plus the dealers are starting to play games with pricing (market adjustments on Hyundais).
So, the Chevy won out. My parent's very good service from their '03 Impala LS also contributed to the final choice.
My Impala is an okay car. I have just a short list of things that I think could be better:
1. Better upper dashboard and door panel build quality (less creaks and rattles)
2. Better tires. The OEM 16" Goodyear Integrity tires are atrocious in the rain, even at speeds well below the posted limit. I will most likely replace them before the winter. It seems a shame to replace brand new tires, but safety does matter. Will probably go with Fuzion HRi tires to minimize the investment (they are made by Bridgestone and get great reviews...only $55 each from Tire Rack).
3. Seats could be a little more comfortable. I agree with others on this. I have my good days and bad days with the seats. The lumbar has a lot of adjustment, but I have never been able to get it just right.
4. Gas mileage is on the low end of the EPA estimates. I was expecting 24-25 miles per gallon in mixed driving. In reality I am averaging 22-23. Better than the 13-14mpg I was averaging with my previous Dodge Durango so I am still pleased overall.
My particular LT 3.5L does not have ABS or the tire pressure monitoring system. So, I have not had to worry about those issues. I must admit, this car is the first car I have owned since the mid-90's without ABS and I like the feel and responsiveness better.
I do have the Bose stereo and find it to be very good. No issues with it. Very good sound even from the radio. Now, radio reception could be a tad better. Haven't tried the CD player or plugged my mp3 player into the auxiliary input yet.
All in all, as I said, it is an okay car. I average close to 1300 miles per month, so I will probably keep the car 2 or so years (36,000 miles) and then move on to something else. The Impala cruises nicely and gets good mileage. The 3.5L engine has more than enough power and is quiet and smooth.
Unfortunately the forums are used more for talking about the negative versus the positive. I am not saying that is a bad thing, I do the same thing as sometimes it is very therapeutic to get things off your chest. However, I do also believe that where there is smoke there is fire. It seems a relatively small sample of owners here are reporting similar clusters of problems. If the small sample has similar concerns, then a larger group may also be affected. It will be interesting to see how the '06 and newer Impalas fare in the future.
Aside from my creaks and rattles and the tires, I have no major issues at this time. Admittedly, if I did not have the creaks and the rattles and the OEM tires were better I would have much higher praise for the car. It is amazing how little things like that can tarnish one's view of something.
#2100 of 3636 What do you love about your '06+ Impala?
Oct 02, 2006 (2:15 pm)
On the heels of the last message, I thought I would ask this of the forum readers. I have been thinking the same thing...that the forum seems to attract posts about problems people have. There's no real reason to post about how great something is working so here's an opportunity to express our satisfaction with our cars.
Here's my personal list:
I own an '06 SS with every option other than the auto-dimming/heated mirrors. Why it was ordered without them, I have no idea but it wasn't a deal breaker for me.
First off, the V-8 engine with it's sweet song. It was love at first rumble when I was car shopping with my sister. Also, the massive power output never leaves me wanting for more.
Second, the technology offered. Although I think the subscription is overpriced, I love the security of OnStar; more so for my female family members but it's nice to have a guardian watching out for you. Aside from security, OnStar now offers onboard diagnostics which has helped at least one owner out there confirm problems she was unable to duplicate at the dealership. The theft deterrence through vehicle location technology is also a plus as well as navigation help in a pinch. Finally, the built-in phone (again overpriced) is handy for when you forget your cell phone or (even better) prefer to talk hands free.
Third, the technology of the "DIC". Tire-pressure monitoring (with actual PSI readout), oil life, accurate mileage computer, compass, and thermometer are great features that are standard on most models.
Fourth, stylish rims/wheels that I'm actually proud of and are a snap to clean. I understand that not everyone loves them but I do and that's what counts. Chevy is finally paying attention to details!
Fifth, gobs of usable space in the trunk. This car is not only fun to own but it is very practical.
No, the Impala isn't perfect but for the price and features, it was perfect for me.
Hopefully this positive post reminds those with annoying little problems that the car is still very good. Also, if we're lucky, Chevy will soon get a handle on the little annoyances that are bothering us. Keep your heads up fellow Impala owners. Overall, even with its problems, the Impala is a great car.
#2101 of 3636 Re: What do you love about your '06+ Impala? [quietpro]
Oct 03, 2006 (11:37 am)
I absolutely love my lazor-blue ss impala. I have driven 16,000 miles since my Oct '05 purchase. I have driven along the Washington and Oragon coasts recently returning to Southern Calif.
While I did have some lites come on, "service brake system, traction, tire pressure , and engine"... the car ran with no problems.
Could the lazor-blue color be a limited #? I have not seen another one on the road in 50,000 miles of driving this year. (I drive for a living... so this is a total milage in all the vehicles i drive.) so I guess that makes my car super special:)
the dealer, Santa Ana's Guarantee Chev has been fantastic.
The a/c was a problem until I had the dealer's service dept use the software fix JC Cooley recommended. It fixed the problem.
No problems with tailgators.. I left them in the dust...lol
very comfortable ride.. and love the xm radio!
I love the car, however, the new camero coming out in '08 may tempt me to trade it in!!
#2102 of 3636 Re: What do you love about your '06+ Impala? [suse]
Oct 03, 2006 (1:27 pm)
The current (Nov. 06) issue of Motor Trend has info on the upcoming RWD 2010 Impala (based on the same platform as the Camaro). I wasn't particularly wowed by the renderings in the magazine (not nearly as many retro cues as I was led to believe there would be), but if you like the notion of the Camaro but need the practicality of a sedan, the 2010 Impala might be worth waiting for. Apparently Chevy is enlarging the Malibu to the size of the current Impala, so it will become the large FWD option, and the Impala will provide a RWD alternative. I think the new Malibu is to be a 2009 model (available in 2008), which it right around the corner.
#2103 of 3636 Re: What do you love about your '06+ Impala? [nosirrahg]
Oct 05, 2006 (8:28 pm)
i guess this forum would not be complete without my 2 cents either. I have had every single problem known to man in this car and it was one of the first off the line. and as i have posted in earlier posts i am happy to say that all issues that i have had in the past have been fixed including the key fob range. the ac is fantastic, the fobs and tpms are wonderful, the tranny is great, the heater hoses were done, every piece of software has been updated to match current tis software and i love my car. i hated it at first but after going to the dealership many times i now have a very special bond with them. the same guy works on my car and does what i tell him to do per the bullitins regardlesss if it duplicates or not, it still was an issue! for those of you that are still having fob and tires issues etc, please tell your sealerships to replace the dang rcdlr and program the latest software per tis, i swear it works! i love starting my car from a 3rd flor friends house and still be 200 feet away, it is much better than the 2 feet i got before!
Oct 05, 2006 (9:31 pm)
I took my remotes to the Dealer they said they reset them or reprogramed them but i am still having range issues is there something else i should be telling them?
#2105 of 3636 Re: What do you love about your '06+ Impala? [quietpro]
Oct 06, 2006 (8:12 am)
I really love my ’06 LTZ (black with ebony cloth interior and “brushed steel” trim). I'm up to 25,000 km with only the key fob issue being a problem.
Things that stand out the most? Engine (loads of power), Transmission (soooo smooth!), Clean lines of the dash, Headlight system (one touch to turn on everything including the fog lights, and they turn off automatically), Lane change signals (one quick push up or down gives you 3 blinks), Flash to pass (wasn’t on the previous Impala), Steering wheel controls (nice improvements over previous Impala), OnStar (used it while tailing a seriously impared driver last week), Seats (very comfortable for my 6’1”, 280lb frame), lots of power outlets, HUGE trunk, the flip and fold back seats, airbags all around, sliding sun visors, tire monitoring system (with real tire pressures!), drivers’ information centre (nice improvements over previous Impala).
Not so great things? Hate the new hazard light switch (have to reach through the steering wheel – the previous Impala was much better), lots of drinks fall out of the cup holders, no hooks for dry cleaning in the back seat (have to use the roof handles – not the best solution), hard to hold the steering wheel at 9 and 3 (my preferred driving position), no good place for coins (they slide out of the small flat part on the driver’s door map pocket, and it’s too small anyway), headrests don’t tilt forward. Mostly just little nit-picky things! As I said before, my fob range sucks too, but I haven’t given them a chance to fix it yet (hopefully they don’t just blame my tinted windows).
The only thing I liked better about my ’01 Impala is that more people moved out of my way on the highway because the Ontario Provincial Police had LOTS of that model. They haven’t embraced the new Impala, so far fewer people move over when I come bombing along in the left lane. Poor me
I agree with quietpro. The car isn't perfect, but it's getting really close!
#2106 of 3636 Re: What do you love about your '06+ Impala? [06fasst]
Oct 06, 2006 (9:59 am)
Are you referring to the "tire issue" as the actual tires or the tire monitor system? I've dealt with both, but the tires have been the problem that worries me the most. It is impossible to know whether to trust the monitor or not. As I said earlier, a few weeks ago the light was on because of a bad tire. Last week, it was not really an issue---just reset and go. If there is a solution that would reassure me, I will travel into the winter months much less concerned. Snow and bad tires is a scary thought. Fortunately, the service writer I deal with is very willing to get the car in quickly to resolve any issue, but that doesn't lessen the apprehension on the road.
#2107 of 3636 Re: Remote [bugley1]
Oct 06, 2006 (7:45 pm)
have them replace and reprogram the reciever with the new software in tis update