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#100 of 128 service is complete on transmision, fobs and tire monitors
Sep 27, 2006 (6:18 pm)
had the car at the dealership for almost 1 full week, in that time had the tsb on the transmission done, replace the tire and rcdlr part replaced and now i am extremely pleased to say i have great range and so far no tire pressure monitor problems, make sure the replace the rcdlr and reprogram with the lates software in TIS or nothing will be fixed!
#101 of 128 Re: service is complete on transmision, fobs and tire monitors [06fasst]
Sep 27, 2006 (7:43 pm)
I wasn't aware of a TSB on the transmission. I haven't noticed any problems but what does it address? Also, what is the rcdlr? Is that the receiver for the keyless entry? Remind me...did you have tinted windows?
#102 of 128 Re: service is complete on transmision, fobs and tire monitors [quietpro]
Sep 28, 2006 (5:08 pm)
the tsb on the ranny was for some lagging performace on 1-2 shifts, i was noticing more of a studder than a lack of power, the tsb says to replace the 4 clutch piston, the rcdlr is the door lock reciever which is also the tpms as well, and yes i do have tinted windows
#103 of 128 Re: service is complete on transmision, fobs and tire monitors [06fasst]
Sep 28, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Cool, thanks. Was there a specific reason they took so long to fix it? Did they give you a rental for the entire time? Glad to hear all is well with your SS. Did you have to tell the tech what to fix or did they figure it out on their own? Sorry for all the questions. Don't feel obligated to answer them.
#104 of 128 Does anyone else feel my pain?
Sep 30, 2006 (12:07 pm)
I bought my 06' SS in Sept. of last year and have just under 20k miles. I guess if anyone is going to experience the thrills of driving it or the mechanical issues that will occur I'm as qualified as the next person. The tire pressure sensor monitor and ABS warning msgs. and lights are limitless as to how many times they will annoy you, but it seems like they finally got it right on my last and 3rd trip to the dealership. I just picked it up from the shop last week, this time they replaced the transaxle. Two weeks prior I had brought the car in for ticking noise coming from the transmission which had been commonplace for a couple of months. On my way to the dealer I noticed the transmission slipping slightly so I asked them to look into it. The dealer said they could not duplicate/ verify my concern regarding the sound coming from the transmission. They also said the slipping was nothing but most probably the cruise control kicking in and maintaining speed. Hence, the new transaxle 2 weeks later. Even after the transaxle was replaced, the ticking still exists. It only happens when DOD kicks in and drops the engine to 4 cylinders and coasting, not accelerating but disappears when I shift the car into neutral. I now have a new noise under the hood. After they worked on the tranny I now have a second ticking which comes from one of the belt pulleys. I've also experienced the FOB range limited to 20 or so feet but this only happens when you're at the same elevation as the car. I can remotely start the car easily from 35' or more from the second floor of the house but only get 20 feet or less sometimes in the lot at work. I'm looking to trade this car in because the joy of driving this vehicle has long gone. Between my family and me we've purchased 5 new Chevy vehicles in the past 3 or 4 years and never experienced the lack of service or quality in a vehicle such as this one.
#105 of 128 Re: Does anyone else feel my pain? [tharrin930]
Oct 01, 2006 (1:06 am)
there are several tsb's regarding the issue you are dealing with if i am not mistaking, look for the one regarding the transmission flexplate and i am sure you will solve your tranny issue also, have then replace your rcdlr and that should clear up any range issues.
#107 of 128 Re: Does anyone else feel my pain? [tharrin930]
Oct 01, 2006 (8:08 am)
I am sorry that you are displeased with your '06 SS. I purchased an '06 LT in July of this year. I bought mine due to my parent's excellent service from their '03 Impala (which they just traded last week at 40,000 miles...car started to get mechanically noisy and have odd suspension noises). Other than that it was trouble-free.
My '06 is an okay car. It does what I expect it to do (get me where I need to go). Mine has some build issues such as dash creaks and door rattles every now and then. With only 2700 miles on mine, I currently do not plan to keep it more than 2 years or so. Granted, I have not experienced the issues you are having. But, I have owned my fair share of cars in the past several years and know exactly what you are going through. It can be very frustrating and time consuming (not to mention inconvenient) to have to deal with all of that. I cannot blame you for wanting to bail out as I have done that with cars before.
For what it is worth, the range of the fob on my Impala varies in my lot at work, too. Some days it is great and other days it is weak. 95% of the time I use it, the range is very good. I chalk the weak signals up to "something in the air". Most of the time, however, I do not use the fob until I am 10 feet or less from the car. The range for the remote start has always been good (it will start from in the house).
Have you tried a little shot of belt dressing on the belt? Maybe it is not the pulley and the belt just needs a little lube?
Best of luck to you and I hope you are able to find something to make you happy. Stress from car problems can be very upsetting.
#108 of 128 Re: Does anyone else feel my pain? [tharrin930]
Oct 01, 2006 (3:37 pm)
I also purchased my LTZ last September and came to this site to see if anyone else shared my woes. I am still debating the trade issue, since they are offering a pretty poor trade deal. I, too, had tire monitoring system problems and ABS message issues. These were finally corrected by replacing the CAM sensor. (I think that was the correct name, since I am not mechanically inclined.) The tire monitor problems were not all the warning system issue though. I have had to have 3 tires replaced. I thought they had everything taken care of from my earlier post complaints. However, a few weeks ago I had the tires rotated and 3 days later the tire monitor light was back on. (That is when the third tire was replaced.) This week the light was back on, so we made another trip to the dealership. This time there was nothing major done. The tire pressures were adjusted and the system reset. Wonder how long it will be this time before I see that wonderful little light? I had a headlight replaced in the past month too. It seems that the light had melted the housing for the hehead lamp.I still need to take the info for the cooling system in and have that done. The air won't be used much now for a few months--so of course I think about it now. I only had one day that the air would not work at all----one of the warmest days all summer. I have the rubbing/ screeching on the passenger side window and was told the fix was to be ready by late summer. If GM figured it out, someone forgot to notify the service guys at my dealership. Now that Indiana temperatures are cooler, it doesn't seem to be as bad. (However, the driver's side door is now beginning to rub slightly.) Temperature change, though, may make or break what I do. It seemed like once it warmed up, I had less problems. I am really dreading the cold with this car. The other issue was that the car did not always record the codes when there was a problem. I stated earlier that ONSTAR became one of my dearest connections. Whenever a light came on, I had them run a diagnostic. That way, when there was not a code recorded, a call to ONSTAR supported what I was telling the service department. (Not only that, I knew what was going on and what action I should take.) In case you didn't guess, I have extended the ONSTAR coverage. At least I know that if the car has its issues, I have help at hand. Like you, I have been loyal to the Chevy brand over the past 5 years. (My WONDERFUL salesperson left Oldsmobile, so I followed him to a Pontiac and then to Chevrolet.) This is my third Impala. The 2002 was traded because of mechanical issues that they could not find. I had a major trip that couldn't be changed and wasn't willing to risk what I knew was a problem. (It had a warranty repair of some kind the day that I traded it. I never found out what it was, but received a survey about the service.) I then bought an '03 that was the best car I ever owned. (Should have kept that one, but I tend to trade before the warranty is up.) I really think that Chevy made some poor changes from that model to the current one. The heated seats were so much better on the '03. Air conditioning could literally freeze people out. Not the case on this one...... If you read through this forum, though, major problems seem to be the exception. I could live with short opening distance with the FOB. The Bose system hum is not something that would park the car. (That is not to say that I wouldn't want them fixed.) Engine issues that ONSTAR reports from the GM statement could cause a stall without warning and tire issues/ alignment are not things that make one feel safe in THIS Impala. "THIS Impala" seems to be the key. When I trade, it will probably be a lateral move. (I have a loyalty to GM because they provided a wonderful childhood and have taken care of my dad in retirement--at least up to this point.) I have checked with many people and they assure me that this is probably the car with the least amount of problems for Chevrolet. I was just one of the lucky ones. (The service writer here says that there is only one other person having similar problems to mine and they have not been nearly as extensive. Could that be because they learned the issues from mine and his gets fixed the first time around?) When it is "healthy", I have to admit, the ride is wonderful........now if those heated seats just worked the way I expected.