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2006 Chevrolet Impala



  • Tell that mechanic that that bulletin is for your car, to be fixed right. That balancing tires can be done by any idiot with today's spin balancer's. And ask where the bulletin actuially says tow alignment only. Tell him the bulletin isn't for him either, as it says "trained" mechanics, and he doesn't appear to be one. At least not a good one. This is why only I touch my own cars.
  • I know GM's customer service leaves alot ot be desired. I'm looking at a 2006 Impala 3.5 L with 102k. It has the heater issue I hope is the air bubble, but I admit I thought it was water pump related. I saw the posts on water pumps as well. Maybe it is some air but I've been flushing my own for years and never had this occur. I suspect the lady who's sister had this happen has a water pump about to die but I don't know. Car drives great. But I don't want to be a fool. Have those of you that have had problems got them resolved?
  • I wonder the same thing alot.

    I took it to the dealer in March 07 and told them about rough shifting and even printed out the tsb's and was told thats how impala's shift. Then i went back Sept 08 with the same tsb's printed and had the 2nd clutch piston housing and gaskets replaced for a 1-2 shift shudder and then one month later the dealer discover some worn gears in the trans. and replaced those. But the problem is when they drive it im sure there are aggressive and it performs fine, but when driving normal with light throttle, it still has either a rough 1-2 or 2-3 shift or a slight 1-2 shudder and thats when i hear the whole give it some time to adjust speech.

    Im at 36,300 now, so if i take it back and show them all the tsb's on the transmission, hopefully the will repair it for free. To this day they still cant solve why the car will slightly jerk back and forth when easing off the gas if your going 1-2 mph. So i give up.
  • :confuse: As someone who has personally built transmissions in the past, 10 years ago, and my brother has been and still does build transmissions for the last 18 years, I can tell you that an automatic transmission does not need to adjust itself. There were years ago some self learning trans from chrysler, but that was shift timing, not smoothness or jerking or not going into gear. My 06 LTZ with 26k on it will sometimes seem like it doesn't make the 2-1 downshift unless I come to a complete stop. Or if I am backing up, and go to fast into drive it studders and catches. These are problems that will not get better without repairs. They are lying about readjusting. Unfortuneatly my car is just out of warranty. So my brother gets the honors of fixing it sometime soon. Don't let them lie to you!
  • rysterryster Posts: 476
    Keep in mind that TSB's are not the same as recalls and may not be covered under warranty once the warranty expires.

    If you have a problem with the car that started while it was under warranty, and continues to be a problem after the warranty expires, it should continued to be covered under warranty provided there is ample documentation/evidence supporting the ongoing problem.

    My '06 Impala 2LT 3.5 has a slight 1-2 shudder as well, but only in extreme cold (e.g. 0 - 20 degrees F). Otherwise it shifts fine.

    Unfortunately domestic AND import automakers have become experts at telling customers that cars are "operating as intended" even though they may not be. It can be very frustrating, but that is how they keep warranty repairs low and "save" money. Basically, the car has to experience an actual component failure or breakdown before they will either admit to a problem or even be able to fix it. In the meantime, they are more than happy to sell you a XX,000 mile service for $400 that is nothing more than a $60 tire rotation, oil change, and visual inspection service.
  • bdoanebdoane Posts: 1
    I have the same problem with my 2006 Monte Carlo. I have had the car about 1 1/2 years and have seen this problem in the winter. I start the car occasionally and get the message SERVICE BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM. I turn the car off and wait about 5 minutes then turn the car back on and the message goes away. If you find out anything about the problem please e-mail me.

  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    After almost 2 1/2 years of problems, bad service, GM breeching the warranty, and all the stress and frustration that went along with that, a BBB arbitration and lawsuit, my Impala is going back home.Some of you will remember me and my problems, so I wanted to let you know what the final result was. If you remember I rejected the replacement that was awarded in the BBB arbitration because the arbitrator assessed a useage fee based on mileage that is not included in Tennessee's lemon law.

    We were scheduled for trial March 9, but the judge ordered us to go through mediation first. Through this process we worked out a repurchase that I could live with. I still think I could have won case, but the deal is not too bad and I hated to cause so many of my family, friends and co-workers who had witnessed the problems have to take off work to appear in court over what the difference would have been. (Some of them don't get paid if they don't work and don't have vacation to take.)

    I'm looking for another car now and need to get it as quickly as possible so I can turn this one over to them. I will not buy another Impala at this point, nor even a GM most likely. I wouldn't mind another GM, but there is no way I want to have to deal with the GM district manager again if anything came up. He has totally soured me on them.

    I will caution you guys out there to watch your brakes. After a test drive by an inspector and him testing my ABS with a couple of sudden stops, there was smoke coming out of my passenger front wheel. I had been having brake trouble, but when the service departments checked them, they said they were fine and nothing was wrong.

    Anyway, take care everyone and good luck with your Impalas.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Thanks for the update, Wanda. I wish things would have gone better and I'm sure GM hates to lose a customer but sometimes it's best to move on. Good luck to you as well and let us know what you end up buying. I'm considering a new car as well but haven't narrowed it down much. It's a want, not a need so I'm not extremely motivated.
  • I just bought a 2008 Impala LS with 44000 miles and there is a popping/knocking noise that can be felt through the steering wheel at low speeds. Does anyone know what could possibly be the problem? The noise doesnt occur that often.
  • We had the exact same problem with our 2007 Impala. I searched the internet and took this information to the dealer:


    They replaced the I-Shaft and the clunk/noise went away.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    It's a very common problem with many GM FWD cars. Sadly, they haven't really fixed the problem...only temporarily as the new Intermediate Steering Shaft eventually goes bad as well.
  • I took it to a mechanic and he told me the I-shaft needed to be replaced. Luckily, the dealer where I bought it from is covering the cost.
  • ksp692ksp692 Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem. Can you tell me how you fixed yours?
    thank you
  • I have an 06 Impala, the power steering is making a noise.
    It only happens when I first put it in gear then turn the wheel. If I put it in gear then wait a few seconds, the sounds doesn't happen.
    The dealership acknowledges the sound, but said it takes a couple seconds for the transmission to engage and I should just wait a couple seconds, then move the wheel???
    I think I'm getting a bum steer. haha
  • I have a random constant chime that comes through the radio every now and again and can still be heard if i mute the volume and will stop if i turn off the radio or turn the volume completely down, but comes right back when i turn the radio back on or when i turn the volume up 1 notch it can be heard again. And the only way get rid of the chime immediately is when the turn signal is activated, then it will go away for a good while before it happens again. Sometimes it will go away on its own after 20-30 mins Ive taken it to the dealer and it cant be replicated.

    Anyone else had this problem or knows what will fix it.
  • billw7billw7 Posts: 1
    Hi, tra9105. I'm new to this forum. I have the same problem on my 06 Impala with 70k miles. How expensive - approximately - was it to fix this problem with the new intermediate steering shaft? Sounds like I'm going to have to do that, too.


  • rysterryster Posts: 476
    The Intermediate Steering Shaft is about a $120 part. Labor to install it should be no more than 1.5 hours, so figure another $120-$150 to install. It shouldn't cost more than $300 total to replace the shaft.
  • Two weeks ago I had my water pump and thermostat replaced because, my car overheated. I looked at the coolant reservoir today and it was almost to the bottom. The only thing is it wasn't on a level surface. I checked it again in another parking lot that was level and it did come up a bit. My question is, (and pardon my ignorance) is where is the cold fill line? I see a line in the front towards the bottom on one side and then another symbol towards the top on the other side. Which is it? I really don't want to take this car in again so, I want to see if there really is a problem or am I just paranoid.
  • joeblack1joeblack1 Posts: 52
    Is anyone aware of any way that bluetooth can be added? I believe it is an option on the 2009 so does that mean it can be added as a dealer add-on if it doesn't come with it? Can it be added in previous years?
  • rysterryster Posts: 476
    The Bluetooth is integrated into the new generation Onstar units in the '09 model year. You would need to upgrade the entire Onstar system in a pre-'09 vehicle to get Bluetooth, and from what I have read it is not possible.
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