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2006 Chevrolet Impala

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  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    My first new car was an '84 Buick Skyhawk, and I didn't follow any specific break in period; drove it home on weekends about 70 miles one way, mostly Interstate driving at 60 MPH (back when the limit was 55). Although I never had any real problems with the car related to that, as the car got older it developed some noise or vibration when running right around 60 MPH - I didn't notice it much until the speed limits went up...you'd get between 55 and 60 and the engine would get increasingly louder, and then as you approached 65 it would quiet down. I always attributed that to driving it right at 60 early on, but I can't prove that. I sold the car 5 years later with 70k miles on it, so I can't say if it developed any long-term issues as a result.

    But, based on that experience, I've made it a point to NOT use cruise control during the first 500 or so miles, and if I'm making that same trip to my parent's house I'll go back roads (which are more fun when driving a new car anyway!!).
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    For the first 3 months of ownership, the remote lock/start system worked fine. Now I have to sometimes get to about 6 feet from the car to use the remote. When new, I could easily start the car from my kitchen window to the garage, which is 25 feet away. The manual says that the remote start cars have an extended range of up to 195 feet. My car would easily start from 200 feet when new. Now it's just 6 feet? I tried the second remote, which was never used. It performs the same way as the first. I doubt that both remotes would have a bad battery. Anyone else have the same problem? The dealer is getting the car on Monday to repair 6 separate items, including a squeaking cooling fan, ill fitting sunroof, front suspension rattling, excessive bouncing when going over road dips, replacing crooked trunk lettering, and the remote problem! I don't want them tearing the dash apart to repair the clicking defrosters that many have complained about. I obviously liked the appearance and performance of the car, but the quality on my car sucks!

    This is two new Chevrolets in a row that I have had significant problems with. I don't think I'll try for 3 strikes! Too bad. I've been a loyal GM driver and auto enthusiast for over 47 years.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I have also noticed a limited range in my remote. I may have about 25ft with no obstructions. I just noticed tonight that the range may have degraded. I may be responsible, though, because I had the windows tinted. I was told that the metallic window tinting can affect the range. So far, it's not an issue for me since I rarely use the remote start but I wanted to let you know that you're not alone. :(
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    Do you, or anyone out there know where the receiver is located? Nothing has been added to the car since new, so I'm really frustrated with this latest problem. It takes the fun out of getting a new car. Thanks for the reply. Anyone else have any ideas or solutions?
  • 66novss66novss Posts: 12
    The antennae is located in the upper windshield. Not for sure where the remote start module is located. Since it doesn't matter which transmitter you use, it could be a problem with the module receiving a strong enough signal. On the subject of quality control, why cant GM seem to put a quality paint finish on the inside of the doors,trunk & under the hood. Seems like the last few GM cars I've had has had thin paint in spots & poor gloss in these areas. :confuse:
  • ronbo10ronbo10 Posts: 45
    For those of you who find you have limited range using your remote fobs, try this: put the fob under your chin (touching) and then try pressing the button. This can significantly increase range, I've found. Why this happens I'm not sure- perhaps your body becomes an antenna of sorts.
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    Today, I started getting a "service tire monitor system" warning in the information center. A call to the service writer at my dealer resulted in being told that I have a bad sensor on the right rear. He also advised that there are quite a few '06 Impala owners having problems with the remote keyless/remote start system, the same problem as I posted earlier. When will this nonsense end?! He advises that there is a forthcoming TB on this problem.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    zjim, Sorry for your troubles. So far, I'm been pretty fortunate but I can definitely understand what you're going through. Hopefully the repairs will make things right the first time. I'll cross my fingers for you. :)
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    Thanks, quietpro! If the dealer can't fix the issues satisfactorily, I'll be trading the car. I'd rather take a loss than to put up with another lemon. I'm sure that others are satisfied with their Impala. Maybe I'll get lucky and the problems will all be corrected next week when it goes back to the dealer. Hopefully, that will be the end of problems.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I think if you'll look it seems GM applies the color paint all over the car, but then apparently only applies the gloss to the exterior of the car. I assume this is a cost-saving move, but there might be some other reason.
  • bh0001bh0001 Posts: 340
    I've been blaming the window tint that I had applied to my LTZ for the degradation in distance on my remote too. I frankly hadn't even considered that it could be a problem related to the car itself. It will be interesting to see what my dealer says if there is a TSB issued. I hope I don't end up in a battle because of the tint.

    One thing is 100% certain about the tint - reception for AM band stations dropped by a HUGE amount. Fortunately I don't listen to AM radio very much.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    This is our first large passenger car, after having driven compacts almost all my life (before this, the largest we had was a Dodge Caravan, which this replaces, and a Honda CR-V).

    It's really quite nice - accelerates a lot better than previous generation 3.4/3.5, it's very quiet, and handling is even better than the LS models from former years that I test drove. Certainly worlds above the former "base" model with wallowy suspension.

    Thanks Lutz, for improving the looks, engine, and suspension! And keeping the "occasional use" extra seating spot on the front seat!
  • quigquig Posts: 16
    Can any one tell me whats the differents in gas mileage for the 06 and 07 Impala, looks about the same to me even with the new 07 engine. And what advantage would I have by buying a 07 than a 06 right now. (With the 3.9, 6 engine in 07)

    Thank you
    Quig
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Chevrolet tested the newly designed 3.9 V6 engine for the 2007 Impala indicated that at low speeds an improvement of about 5% fuel savings. At higher speeds a savings of about 8%. Average about 6% improvement from the 2006 overall, however a lot of internal changes were made to the 2007 3.9 V6 with new solenoids and new oil galleries, oil squirters for each cylinder and many other improvements etc. It will be interesting to see what the list price for a 2006 Impala is compared to the 2007 with the 3.9 V6. A 6% savings for me would amount to about $95.00 a year in fuel savings costs at todays gas prices. This does not factor in the technology costs of this new 3.9. that will be added to the cost of the car........... Car & Driver magazine just tested the 2006 Impala SS. The three testers were impressed with the Impalas performance for value, but were disappointed in the cars handling, flat front seats, and lack of performance equipment such as upgraded struts & tires like the Pontiac GXP has. The Impala is still lagging the competition. Hopefully the new RWD 2009 Impala SS will answer to some of these needed improvements and come closer to segment leader like it should be.
  • evandroevandro Posts: 1,108
    How about the lower power, is it just because of the new SAE procedure for its measurement?

    TIA
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I am not sure why the advertised horsepower in the 3.9 is dropping from 242 in the 06, to 233 hp in the 07. A lot of mechanical changes were designed into the 2007 3.9 V6. It could be to do with that or the new SAE procedure. When they brought in that format last year the Corvette Z06 went from advertised 500 hp to 505 with the SAE calculations, and some other engine combinations went up in horsepower ratings and some went down. Many current V6 engines with smaller displacement are putting out as much or more horsepower then GMs 3.9.
  • jcooleyjcooley Posts: 46
    For the 3.5: "Output for model year 2007 is upped to horsepower of 224 @ 5800 rpm and torque of 220 @ 4000 rpm"

    How is this done? Where there mechanical changes?
  • jz68jz68 Posts: 61
    Soon before my 90 day XM radio trial was over I received a bill for the next three years of service. Since I didn't want to continue receiving XM I threw it away thinking that it would be the last I heard about it. A few days ago I received another bill, this time stating that my payment was past due. I called XM and asked them WTF was going on and their reply was that I had been signed up for the 3 year plan by my dealership. I went through everything I signed and nowhere did I come across anything to do with XM radio. I'm not sure if my dealer did something sneaky or if it was XM radio. I was able to cancel without owing anything so no harm no foul I guess. :mad:
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Sounds like maybe your dealer was involved. My sister and I were both contacted by XM to ask if we wanted to keep the service. We were advised that our service would discontinue if we chose not to subscribe.

    On a side note, I decided to keep XM but was charged an activation fee, probably in part because it was a second XM radio for me. I simply sent an email at my convenience and they credited my account with no hassle. I would say that proves XM isn't free of errors but their customer service is truly service oriented. :D
  • Charts2, could you post or link to the source of this info?

    Also, is anyone else with an 06 3LT or LTZ just a little concerned about longer term parts availability for such a short run with this 3.9L engine? It's almost unheard of. I was planning to keep this one for quite a while, no major complaints so far.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    I can't get the website to transfer to this site: Try this, GOOGLE: 2007 Impala Fleet......then click on...... News results for 2007 Impala Fleet......second title down click.....General Motors 3.9V6 family grows with E85-capable and fuel....gives the whole story of this NEW 3.9 V6 for the 2007 Impala........read the whole article AUTO SPECTATOR......there are too many changes to the 2007 3.9 V6 for me to post. One big difference between the current 5.3 V8 and the new 3.9 V6 with the Active Fuel Management is that with the 5.3 randomly shuts down 4 cylinders every time it is activated. The 3.9 V6 it will always shut down the left bank of 3 cylinders which makes me believe over time the 3.9 will have more cylinder/piston wear on the left side. A lot of internal changes to the new 3.9 which makes me believe there will be an increase in cost for this new technology. The only advantage I see is it will raise the CAFE numbers to keep GM above the required average 27.5 mpg. I don't see any savings for the consumer. Had to be a huge cost to refrig this new engine after only 1 year.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Change that there will be more wear on the right side of the new 3.9 V6.......not the left side. The right side stays activated at all times according to GM.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Some other changes (tentatively) for the 2007 Impala. All 2007 Impalas with bucket seats will now have a gear indicator on the console as well as the bottom of the speedometer. The 2007 Impala SS will share the same suspension components (blistein shocks/struts) and larger front tires as the Pontiac GXP. Car and Driver magazine just tested the 2006 Impala SS and they indicated it fell short of handling compared to the 2006 GXP. These improvements to the 2007 Impala SS will make the car handle better, and have more grip in hard acceleration then the 2006 Impala SS. I wonder what additional improvements will be made next year to the 2008 SS?
  • GM is going to kick butt.

    Now lets hear everyone say: Union Concessions work!

    Hopefully by 2009, all of the V6's will be alluminum. One of GM's problems is that most of its cars are heavy for there class. Weight kills fuel economy. It is the weight of GM's liabilities of course, that adds weight to the car, they can't afford expensive and light weight materials on the same level as the Japanese. This is changing slowly, but the japanese are also improving.

    I think GM needs some vertical integration to shield itself against market changes for its basic parts, like rubber and steel. For now, however, they MUST focus on liability elinimation, if you look at there balance sheet your gonna want to scream.

    The changes to the impala are a great sign of progress. There is a story on edmunds that says GM will introduce many new engines and transsmission options, including significantly revised ones, for the comming year.

    Can't wait to see this improved impala. I am not sure how the RWD thing is going to play out. It will be fun sure, but lets not forget the camry has been FWD for a long time and it is on top. GM needs to see if there is something esle wrong with its product, because clearly the drivetrain is not it.

    I am not saying its a bad thing, and clearly GM will sell a boat load of the 2009 impalas, but FWD is not the reason its lagging behind the Camry.

    Good thing GM is making the nessesary improvements to the Impala, does anyone know if you will be able to see DoD kick in, on your dash, like in the GXP? These cars should not be carbon copies of one another, but some features are common sence.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    The current 2006/07 Impala are equal to the Japanese competition, but now GM has to win sales back that have been lost. The latest news leaking out is that the 2009 Impala will be a stunner!. Hints of the late 60s Impalas' and the 2003 SS concept, the car will be up to 3 inches wider, the front/rear wheels pushed out farther, RWD, the 3.9 will probably be the base engine with performance options over 400 hp. 6 speed auto and possibly 6 speed standard as an option. Possibly a 20" wheel option similar to the Chrysler 300 and Charger. 2009 will be a very important model year for many manufactures. The current Chrylser 300 and Dodge Charger will have major refreshening around that time, The new Dodge Challenger and for sure the new Camaro will hit the streets also. According to Bob Lutz all the stops will be pulled out for the new Impala. Its a do or die situation for GM. The current Camry/Accord are #1 and 2 in sales because of their years of a positive relationship with the american consumer. They aren't on top because of their styling. The next Impala will not only have quality but styling as well. Exciting times are coming.
  • dispencer1dispencer1 Posts: 489
    I agree. My Impala (2LT) has about 3500 miles on it and no real problems associated with driving or handling. I bought an Impala because it is larger than a Camry and rides better than an Accord. I didn't buy it because of its resale value -I'll keep it 100k miles and by then who cares? It has a large trunk, the flip and fold rear seats, enough passing power for me, good gas mileage, and a smooth ride. It also was better equipped than a Camry or Accord for the same price. I'm perfectly happy with it. I suggest that people who prefer Camrys move over to the Camry forum.
  • dispencer1dispencer1 Posts: 489
    Mine is fine - no worse or better than my 2003 Deville or anything else I've driven. It is muted and you can certainly talk over it. I don't know what the big deal is about wind noise. Obviously CU tested a car with a bad window seal or something like that.
  • 06fasst06fasst Posts: 48
    where are u getting your info on tires according to the 2007 print book they have not made any mention of the new front tire size
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    I'm hoping that the GXP struts will interchange with those on my '06 Impala! I absolutely hate the jouncy ride on my 3LT. I'm still waiting for the dealer to either confirm or deny my complaint about my car bouncing like a speedboat over a wake every time I hit a dip in the road. If they are interchangeable, I'll switch rather than fight!
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    zjim, How many miles are on your SS? Mine has about 4500 and the front suspension seems to be getting softer and softer. I can definitely get a sense of the weight on the front end now as the front seems to float while the rear end seems to absorb the dips. The new suspension is one of the things that sold me but it seems it only performed better while it was BRAND new. I'm not going to stress over it but I will remember when it's time to buy again.
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