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#3387 of 3636 Heater/Defrost takes 20 min to get warm!
Nov 10, 2008 (11:17 am)
Hi, I have a 2006 Chevy Impala with 60,000 miles on it. Great car, looks and runs great. Over the past week I have noticed a couple of things. My car takes about 20 min for it to get warm. I have the heater turned all the way up, either on heat or defrost, and it's still blowing cold air for 20 min of my drive to work.
At this same time, when I accelerate, the temp gauge goes from completely in the middle of normal to one notch above normal.
Also, my brother in law noticed some leakage on his driveway after I'd been there. It is not oil, we changed the oil a month ago and it does not show any leakage...but....looking up under the hood my husband noticed some sort of fluid looked like it had leaked and had been spattered all over the motor by the belts...and he said it looked to him like power steering fluid.
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
#3388 of 3636 Re: Heater/Defrost takes 20 min to get warm! [jeffbatesfan]
Nov 14, 2008 (3:58 pm)
I had a similar problem just happen to my '06 Impala 2 days ago. A seal in my water pump failed, causing the car to lose a considerable amount of coolant. The coolant in these cars is orange, which is very similar to power steering fluid. If you are losing coolant, you should notice a strong sickeningly sweet smell from under the hood while the engine is warm.
When my water pump spewed, coolant was thrown all over the engine compartment. I was also losing a lot of coolant while parked.
The heater was also ineffective. It would warm up while the engine was under load, but immediately stop working at idle. The more coolant I lost, the less the heater would work. By the time I got the car to the dealer, the heater barely worked.
The dealer replaced a seal/gasket on the water pump and all is well again. It was, however, a major inconvenience for a car with only 33,000 miles on it.
#3389 of 3636 Heating problem
Nov 19, 2008 (2:44 am)
I have an 06 Impala. Seems everytime I stop at a red light or anywhere in the matter the vents start kicking out cold air. But once I start moving again it starts heating up. What could be causing this to happen?
#3390 of 3636 I hate my 2006 ss impala!
Nov 19, 2008 (7:07 pm)
I hate my 2006 ss impala! I've had nothing but on going never ending problems! I traded a 99 grand am never had a problem with except alternator.Figured it was getting older didnt want the problems,so I traded it for a 2006 impala and got nothing but problems! First my water pump went out then my left tie rod needed replaced third power steering hose leaked needed replaced then battery needed replaced now I'm back to leaking hose in power steering and tie rod on right side needs replaced not to mention spring in passenger set broke,sunvisor won't stay up and rear defrost doesn't work.I HATE MY CAR!!!!!!!
#3391 of 3636 Re: I hate my 2006 ss impala! [rhonda20]
Nov 20, 2008 (4:44 am)
Many of the problems you mentioned have been common on this car but most have had them fixed under warranty. I'm sorry to hear about your problems, nevertheless. If you have still have warranty coverage, those repairs should be reimburseable.
#3392 of 3636 Re: Heating problem [cyouket]
Nov 20, 2008 (4:57 am)
To those with heat problems, my sister had an issue with her heater and it turned out to be a bubble in the system not allowing coolant to the heater core. They flushed it (under warranty) and all was well. Mine was acting up and I checked the coolant level and it turned out to be about 2 quarts low.
Make sure you coolant levels are adequate and try leaving the heat on its hottest setting (fan speed shouldn't matter). If there are any bubbles that can be flushed easily, this should do it. If the problem persists, you will need to flush it. It can be done by the owner if you're up to it but otherwise a coolant flush will suffice at your local mechanic's shop.
As for water pumps, it's a shame that I'm seeing so many issues with them. My nephew's Impala had that problem and it cost over $300 to repair. So far, the other 3 Impalas in our family haven't had water pump issues.
#3393 of 3636 Re: I hate my 2006 ss impala! [rhonda20]
Nov 20, 2008 (6:36 am)
2006. Isn't it under the 3 year warranty?
#3394 of 3636 I hate my 2006 ss impala!
Nov 20, 2008 (4:45 pm)
No when I bought it the dealer was driving it as a demo so it already had over 6000 miles. I now have 39,000 on it .Put even if it was still under warranty no one buys a 2006 32,000 dollar car to have all these headaches. I don't know maybe its just me but I've never had so many problems with any of my cars I've owned.I know theres gonna be problems thats expected ,but not all that in two years.
#3395 of 3636 Re: I love my 2006 ss impala! [rhonda20]
Nov 21, 2008 (1:03 am)
I have an '06 Impala SS and apart from the power steering hose (mail notification, never an actual leak) and a bad battery, both covered fully under warranty, I have had no problems whatsoever with the car.
It is one of the best and most trouble-free cars I have ever owned. Super power, fabulous Bose audio, great engine burble at idle, excellent high-speed highway cruiser, the car is a sheer delight.
Sorry for your problems. Maybe you got a lemon . . . .
#3396 of 3636 Add me to the list
Nov 22, 2008 (3:29 am)
Add me to the list of people quickly losing confidence in my '06 Impala. I have a 2LT with 33,600 miles. It seems as these cars "age", they quickly start to become less reliable.
Mine had the cold weather power steering high pressure hose issue. At 7,500 miles the hose burst on a 10-degree morning requiring an unscheduled trip to the dealer. Sure it was fixed under warranty, but it should not have happened in the first place.
The driver's seat creaked constantly. Took it to the dealer and they couldn't fix it. I fixed it myself eventually...all that needed to be done was to loosen the seat rail bolts and re-tighten them. Creak eliminated.
Brake rotors were warped when the car only had 12,000 miles on it. Common Impala annoyance that I didn't get fixed until 32,000 miles. Dealer would not resurface them under warranty even though GM has a TSB (that I have a copy of) stating that brake rotors are covered under the 3/36 warranty. That was disappointing.
Exterior, glossy black pillar covers are delaminating. Again, a common problem that would be fixed under warranty if I want to have it done.
Front passenger seat back pops and creaks when people sit in it. Again, another problem that GM has issued a TSB for. Luckily, I don't regularly carry passengers so it is an infrequent annoyance. Nevertheless, it simply shouldn't be an issue.
Something is rolling around in the driver's door. Every now and then, when stopping or accelerating, you will hear something roll forward toward the front of the car or roll backwards toward the rear of the car. Nice.
The felt tape that GM puts on the underside of the front door panel pulls keeps creeping out from under them. I continually trim it away, but more keeps coming out. It even comes out of the passenger door, despite that door being used only once or twice a week. For example:
Dash creaks and rattles
Doors creak and rattle
Windows rattle, even when all the way up
When driving in the rain through a standard puddle on the road, there will be a sudden, loud vibration/noise. Sounds almost identical to a motor boat pulling away from a dock. Slight power loss during these episodes as well. The vibration and noise will go away 20-30 seconds after it starts. Almost sounds like water going into the exhaust system. I have read of this happening to other Impala owners as well, with dealers having no clue what it is or how to fix it.
Taillight bulb burned out at 29,000 miles. Easily replaced myself for $2 and 10 minutes of my time. None of the 10 vehicles I have previously owned ever needed a taillight bulb replaced the entire time I owned them. Possibly a fluke, but still a minor annoyance.
Water pump failed at 33,000 miles. Another unscheduled trip to the dealer and another day out of service. Fixed under warranty.
Original tires worn out at 26,000 miles. Again, previous vehicles owned went much longer on OEM tires. I would expect original tires to go 40,000 miles or so before needing to be replaced. Granted, the OEM Goodyear Integrity tires were terrible so perhaps it was for the better that they wore out early.
All-in-all, this vehicle has required the most maintenance and tweaking of any vehicle I have ever owned. After the recent water pump failure, my confidence in the vehicle was basically shattered. It will take several weeks before I am confident again that the car is somewhat reliable, but I will always have that "what next" thought in the back of my mind. I seriously doubt that I will keep the vehicle much past the 36,000 mile mark when it is out of warranty.
GM wonders why they aren't selling as many cars as they would like. I have owned more GM vehicles than any other brand, but this is by far the worst in terms of build quality and reliability. For the first time in over a decade I am looking to the Import brands for a new car.
The Impala will have 40,000 miles on it by the time Spring rolls around, at which point it will most likely get traded in for something else.