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#3549 of 3636 Re: I love my 06 Chevy Impala but.... [ladyz]I
Mar 06, 2011 (4:22 pm)
I figured out his thing. The little button thing on the dash is oriented mostly straight up. When the sun gets down to about 20 degrees or less ( like when you are driving to work or home, it dims. Problem with that is that now you are being blinded by the sun and now you can't see your dash instruments or your radio. It is actually a safety problem.
I confirmed his by shining a flash light on the button right after the radio dimmed. And the sun was blinding me this afternoon. About a minute with the flashlight on the button, the display lights brightens back up.
How do get this "over engineered" problem fixed. 2008 Impala owner.
#3550 of 3636 Re: I love my 06 Chevy Impala but.... [ladyz]I [tigerdad]
Jul 19, 2012 (8:57 am)
So - is there any update / fix for this - I purchased my 2008 LTZ in December of 2011 - this is so far my only complaint - if I didnt love this car so much it would be a deal breaker - altho Im thinking of trading it in for a newer model where hopefully this irritating issue has been worked out. What a pain in the rear!!
Jul 23, 2012 (4:05 pm)
thinking about buying, want a reliable vehicle. any problems with this year??
#3552 of 3636 Re: 09 chevy impala [spalmisano]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jul 24, 2012 (7:18 am)
Since this discussion is about the 2006 model year, you might want to look in our 2009 Impala discussion and ask 09 owners there.
We have another discussion in which members are talking about a "reduced engine power" message that seems to occur in several model years. It's probably worth your time to read message there too.
#3553 of 3636 2006 Impala LT 3.5L V6 Oil Consumption
Oct 13, 2012 (5:17 am)
#3554 of 3636 2006 Impala LT 3.5L V6 Oil Consumption
Oct 01, 2009 (5:52 pm)
I have searched and searched the internet and it looks like there are others having oil consumption issues. I've also noticed that GM released a TSB last year regarding oil consumption for GM vehicles and stated that 1qt every 2k is normal. I have 50k on my car and it is a certified vehicle so it's under warranty until 100k or Feb 2011.
I have owned at least 10 GM vehicles and have only had oil consumption in one of them and that was due to old age. I just don't think oil consumption is normal! I think I'm loosing about 1 qt every 3000 miles. It doesn't seem to be leaking it and I don't see it coming out the tail pipe, so I'm assuming it's light "burn off". That to me would indicate possible ring issues.
Anyone else having this issue? This is just 1 of 6 other issues I have.
#3555 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT 3.5L V6 Oil Consumption [buicklover]
Oct 03, 2009 (3:18 am)
I have an '06 Impala LT 3.5L as well. I am approaching 47,000 miles on it. I have owned it since new and it has always consumed some oil between changes. The engine runs quietly, idles smoothly, has no leaks, no smoke coming out of the exhaust, and runs very strong. I do not suspect any issues.
When I change the oil and filter, I always put in the required 4qts. Despite keeping the oil in the safe zone on the dipstick between changes, I have never been able to drain 4 qts out when changing the oil. It is always a mystery where that oil has gone. I simply got into the habit of checking the oil level whenever I top off the windshield washer fluid.
Last oil change, I switched to Castrol Edge full synthetic oil and a Purolator PureONE filter (previously I had been using Mobil Clean 5000 conventional oil and an ACDelco filter). I checked the oil level after 1,000 miles with the Castrol Edge-PureONE combo, and there was no oil consumption at that point.
I have owned 10 cars over the past 20 years, and several of them had some sort of oil consumption between changes.
#3556 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT 3.5L V6 Oil Consumption [buicklover]
Nov 08, 2009 (6:45 pm)
I have a 2008 Impala, 3.5L engine and am down about 1/3 quart after 4000 miles, and the oil looks dirty.
Also...I want to change my oil & filter myself. I can't see the oil filter from under the hood...I have not yet put the car up on ramps to find the filter. Is it easy to change the filter?
#3557 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT 3.5L V6 Oil Consumption [jhirneisen]
Nov 08, 2009 (7:06 pm)
The filter is very easy to find and change once you have the car up on the ramps. It takes more time to get set up to change the oil than to actually get it changed
#3558 of 3636 Re: 2006 Impala LT 3.5L V6 Oil Consumption [ryster]
Nov 20, 2009 (11:07 am)
I have an 07 seems to take 1 qt about every 3800 miles. Use valvoline 5w30 syn with pure one filter. 67k on it started to use oil about 60k