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Chevy Impala 2 years old already a piece of junk


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Initial post: Dec 2, 2010, 10:55:08 AM PST
Has anyone purchased a Chevy in the past 2 yrs and had nothing but problems with it. I have a Chevy impala ss 2008 I think it's a bad design issue it has front wheel drive with the V8 engine. I've already replaced many front wheel parts. And something major is draining the battery now, I have no idea what the battery & alternator are good. But every month or so I have to jump start my car. I think there's too much weight on the front because of the big engine and the front wheel drive. bad design by chevy as soon as this car is fixed properly i'm getting a foreign car that's dependable, thats why I bought a new car. Anyone else having these types of problems with their Chevy?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010, 6:25:12 PM PST
J. Johnson says:
I have an 08 with V6, I had same issue with the battery, I replaced the battery with a red top Optima battery. That took care of that problem. It wears the inside of the rear tires, so I am on my 3rd set of tires with just over 100K on it. Dealer and 3 different tire shops said that was a known problem with no fix. Other than those issues it has been a great car.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2010, 6:30:50 PM PST
The engine is all aluminum and lighter than the standard V-6. I have a 2005 Pontiac GXP which is the same in design and engines. Your description of problems is vague, but I am very happy with my vehicle and have experienced none of your vehicle's issues.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2010, 7:51:51 PM PST
CHEVEN says:
Sorry about your bad luck with your chevy, but I may be able to shed some light on your batt. issue. Unfortunately the Impala has a some problems, but on the bright side, most are the same. one major problem is the BCM a pricey little box hidden under the dash above the brake pedal. They have been known to put parasitic load on the battery. New from GM approx 200. they can be had used, but make sure they're "unlocked" they need to be re-programed by dealer or shop with "TECK 2" programmer. of course check the charging system 1st :)

Posted on Dec 3, 2010, 8:14:24 AM PST
J. Sheeran says:
How do you drive? If its like the average person on the road your half throttle (with 303CHP thats a lot of throttle) for a block then you have to slam on the brakes for the red light and you do that the whole 15 blocks home. Depending on the miles you have warranty should cover all the repairs if not join a forum dedicated to the W-body cars (impala, bonnevile, monte carlo, grand prix) and see if they know a fix or any upgraded parts that will last longer. But FWD with bad driving habbits and over 300CHP is a bad idea IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2010, 6:26:02 PM PST
cousin vinny says:
we had problems with our car draining the power as well. we ended up getting a higher rated alternator to accommodate all the bells and whistles in the car. this fixed the problem. the dealer didn't know what was causing this. the parts store suggested it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2010, 9:15:05 AM PST
Sorry to hear your trouble with your Chevy. There have been some good posts about your problem . The BCM(Body Control Module) controls all the extra functions within the car can and does go bad. It is so sensative you cannot change the radio without reprogramming it with the TECH 2 scanner.
Check with your dealer many of the parts within your car are warrantied for greater than the advertised 3-36 or 5-50 warranty and don't be affraid to call the zone office for help if the dealer doesn't give you satisfaction
The rear wheels are adjustable to correct the wear problem . Look at all the wonderful recalls that Toyota has now that no one ever heard of till they were caught not telling what was going on. They are replacing frames in their pickups due to rot!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2010, 10:24:09 AM PST
shawn920 says:
Had a 2008 G6 and it was a lemon. Got gm to buy it back after a year. I took over my mom's car (2008 impala LT v6) Better then the G6 but still a junk.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010, 11:31:52 AM PST
D. H. Nathan says:
Seems to me a lot of so called problems are caused by people's mis-use of the vehicle. As noted in earlier posts foreign cars have recalls too; just because something is from Japan or Europe doesn't mean it's fool proof. Their stuff is designed by people as well and people are subject to misteaks.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010, 6:53:32 AM PST
Mark Beeman says:
Buy a Buick Lucerne v8 if you want gm. Get rid of the Impala.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010, 10:18:50 AM PST
Mark says:
Chevy's corporate headquarters do nothing for their customers. I have a Colorado that has had a CD/radio problem from day one. After replacing the radio head unit two times, their dealer said it would be warrantied as long as I had the truck. Now the head unit is dead along with my 3 year warranty. Chevy has told me to replace it myself! They don't care about the consumer now that the Feds are taking care of them. A den of liars, they are.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010, 11:00:08 AM PST
O.D. Green says:
this subject as been the topic at all law enforcement garages ever since some of the agencies went with these little biddy Chevy's and stopped buying the Ford Crown Vic.
Sometimes....bigger is better!

Posted on Dec 18, 2010, 1:26:04 AM PST
I sympathize with these owners of BIG THREE products, but their defense of GM is sadly, just misplaced loyalty to an industry that has "slept" through years of selling the same old pitiful designs and fed their greed. It's a shame that the U.S. Media continues to "push" the country's protectionism rap and "dis" the obviously better constucted Japanese and Korean manufactures; even the trusted automotive rags are touting the New GM. With the money The Company saved selling us the same old unimproved junk, they could've well saved their own bacon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010, 11:04:06 AM PST
James Smith says:
my neighbor has a pontiac grand am, 5 years old, eats batteries, has died on the road twice, needed a new key fob (car would not start without it) which they raped her on and gets crap mileage, she has said many times she made a mistake but now she is not in a position to buy a new car now, so she is stuck.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010, 1:28:52 PM PST
Ole Gunny says:
I just bought the wife an '07 Impala. The problem is that it leaves spots in the driveway.
Took back to the dealer, they can't find nothing leaking. They suggest condensation?
Anyone else have this problem?

Posted on Dec 22, 2010, 9:14:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2010, 9:18:41 PM PST
What kind of spots? The AC will drip water.

To the original poster: Your car is still under warranty. Why is your dealer so clueless? Don't think for a minute that a foreign make will be any more reliable. You've read the news about Toyota and Honda. The Impala is not known to be unreliable. An old design, though.

I rarely have any problems with cars since my wife stopped driving imports.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010, 11:25:01 PM PST
Andrew Dumas says:
If my *96* BMW 3-series gave me half the problems you're experiencing, I would be shocked and angry... But with a 2008?!? Get rid of it before your warranty runs out!

PS V8 + FWD? asking for trouble.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010, 4:20:07 PM PST
Why would someone by a supposed muscle car with front wheel drive? Torque steer has to be amazingly bad with that. Does the heavier body reduce the torque steer? I had a C6 Vette in 2006 had dreamed of a vette for decades, once I could afford it I bought one and that was the beginning of a horrible let down. For the first week I found small issues and ignored them out of some misplaced sense of loyalty to my new "awesome Vette". After the traction control went nuts on route 1 coastal highway south of Carmel and almost put my wife and I off a cliff I couldn't get rid of it fast enough. Unfortunately, people were smarter than me an it was hard to sell. For the next 6 months it seemed to develop a new squeak, groan or noise daily. I'll leave it at my dream car turned in to a nightmare and I was honestly very sad to see how bad the car was made. Meanwhile my wife's supposedly "horrible" 750il BMW 12 cylinder has run flawlessly. Yes it cost 120K new and service is expensive but it didn't turn in to the absolute embarrassment the Vette became :( I am now in process of looking for a low mileage Porsche 911 Turbo of the 930, 964 or 977 series. Until then I'll put around in my custom 72 Bronco that I built and runs like a champ.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010, 1:41:32 PM PST
my wife is own her 2nd impala. the 1st was 2002. 90000 out of ist set of tires, 31mpg highway, i battery no promblems. 2nd 2007 impala. just as good as 2002. the only problem with 2007 was the battery had a crack in the top, and got acid on positive cable which crroded it. a new one only available @ gm was 150.00 thank goodness my mechanic fixed it without replacing it for free. p.s the 2002 impale had 236000 miles when we got the 2007 which has 76000. would buy impala again.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010, 12:34:44 PM PST
Narg says:
Sounds like to me that we have here a person who does not know how to replace a battery. Why blame Chevy on a 3rd party battery issue?
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2010, 5:34:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2010, 5:35:51 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Sad but true, Henry.
GM is in some ways a corporate twin of our federal government, being not "too big to fail" but just the opposite: too big to succeed.
Like government, without drastic pruning it will need endless subsidy with borrowed wealth confiscated from present and future taxpayers.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2010, 5:50:00 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Dick, I've read the news about Toyota and Honda, and still no idea what you're trying to imply. Personal experience is our '06 Accord has been our best sedan in decades. Not perfect (it's a Honda after all) but far more reliable and enjoyable than any GM, Ford or Chrysler.

My favorite car ever was my old 356B Super 90 Porsche with its Reutter coachwork and little 90 kW four cylinder boxer. It fit like custom-made, and cost less than a crappy Corvette at the time. I wish I still owned it, despite what it would cost to maintain it properly nowadays.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010, 5:59:55 PM PST
Buy Foreign! says:
Sounds like bad front alignment? When tires wear in odd ways like that alignment is usually the culprit. Take it in to an alignment shop and have it checked out. Or, drive it off a cliff. I'd probably go with option 2.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010, 6:38:53 AM PST
I have had two impalas a 2005, which I put 70,000 miles on with only oil changes and tire rotations. Replaced that one with a new one in 2007, had a couple of leaks that were covered under warranty, even though it was past the 3yr/36k. My wife drives a 2006 Saturn Relay mini-van which has 70k on the clock and we love it, only problems have been minor. We have had a lot of success with GM over the years.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010, 11:41:05 AM PST
TexasRider says:
I own several GM vehicles. I owned a 2004 Impala and finally traded it in this summer with 139,000 miles on it. No leaks, no problems. Replaced the tires and battery once. My Chevy trucks have all exceeded 150,000 miles before I traded them in. I believe the way you drive and the maintenance you perform has a lot to do with how the vehicle holds up. My friend was so impressed he bought a 2008 Impalla for his daughter. She has over 36,000 miles on it and has no problems. My 2008 Chevy Silverado has 52,000 miles on it with no problems.
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