2006 Chevrolet Impala
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First Car, Best Car!

by from Little Rock, Arkansas on January 23, 2012

This is my first car! Bought it at a Chevy dealer used with 30k miles & now it has 92k. They had all the records for it & the car only drove in for oil change, tires & other maintenance. It's a great ...
This is my first car! Bought it at a Chevy dealer used with 30k miles & now it has 92k. They had all the records for it & the car only drove in for oil change, tires & other maintenance. It's a great vehicle. If you take care of it like you should it'll run forever. The only issue I have encountered is having to replace the starter. Other than that I've driven to Miami & back & never any engine light on or leaks of any sort. The car has just been great! I do recommend this car! Take care of it & it will take care of you! I am Kevo & I Approve this message!
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"Its still a SS"

by from Jacksonville,FL on September 6, 2010

I was crazy about the 96 SS but now I realize everywhere I go in my 06 SS people just look and stare, I stare back and sometimes wave, and the people who are not jealous will tell you that your car lo...
I was crazy about the 96 SS but now I realize everywhere I go in my 06 SS people just look and stare, I stare back and sometimes wave, and the people who are not jealous will tell you that your car looks good. I am enjoying it and I am sure that you would too....Maybe not the gas mileage, but what do you expect with a powerful car like this, everything else is well appreciated.
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210k and still running

by from Pasadena, MD on January 2, 2014

I bought my '06 Impala in Sep '06 with 15k miles on it and I'm still running it with 210k miles now. The maintenance costs have been relatively low but are creeping up which I assume is due to the hig...
I bought my '06 Impala in Sep '06 with 15k miles on it and I'm still running it with 210k miles now. The maintenance costs have been relatively low but are creeping up which I assume is due to the high mileage and the fact that I can't always afford the crazy high prices of repair shops. I have the LT and it's a fairly vanilla car, but that's ok with me. It has done it's job and then some. I'll run it till the wheels fall off.
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Big Red

by from Chicago, IL on June 20, 2010

This car has NO flaws! I bought it use in 2008. I have to name it after the greatest racehorse in history because it's smooth as silk, very roomy with excellent interior features, good on gas (25 mpg ...
This car has NO flaws! I bought it use in 2008. I have to name it after the greatest racehorse in history because it's smooth as silk, very roomy with excellent interior features, good on gas (25 mpg city), only routine maintenance has been needed, and boy the envious looks we get are flattering. Chevrolet did itself proud with this particular year and model. I highly recommend this stylish, fast car.
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Long term ownership costs too high

by from Saint Joseph, MI on April 19, 2010

Have had 2006-LT3 Impala 3.5yrs now. Mileage is 108K. In short, the front end of this car is too delicate and not reliable. Have sunk my money into the following. Intermediate steering column Rack an...
Have had 2006-LT3 Impala 3.5yrs now. Mileage is 108K. In short, the front end of this car is too delicate and not reliable. Have sunk my money into the following. Intermediate steering column Rack and Pinion All rotars Front wheel hub assembly These are all expensive fixes. A vacuum problem (in fuel line) comes and goes; find a caring mechanic who will clear errors at no charge. Here's my other comments. Seats are too uncomfortable for long trips. Side support sloppy; electric seat adjustment not suitable for taller people; interior trim is just average; too much interior noise(wind) at high speed on highway; standard radio/cd player is very average in sound No loose interior finish parts...thats good. Trunk space and carrying capacity are hard to beat. It needs more interior refinements and must be quieter. Even talk radio is drowned out by road wind noise. By the way..am riding on a top rated set of Cooper tires..they've improved the ride some..and reduced some noise...but not enough. Gas mileage is very good with the 3.9liter engine. Suggest using synthetic oil for even better performance. Body styling and dash layout are good. Many convenience features (eg folding rear seats) are great for hauling projects. This car is acceptable for around town. I drive 30K miles a year and its not comfortable for that much time in the seat.
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Impala is an enjoyable car

by from Green Bay, WI on June 11, 2007

Pros: Good gas milage -- The last 200 mile trip @ 55mph, I got 38.6 mpg on 87 octane gas from Shell. Typically @ 65 mph, I will get 32-35 mpg. Better than advertised. Gas milage seems to have improved...
Pros: Good gas milage -- The last 200 mile trip @ 55mph, I got 38.6 mpg on 87 octane gas from Shell. Typically @ 65 mph, I will get 32-35 mpg. Better than advertised. Gas milage seems to have improved over time -- currently the car is at 44,000 miles. Quiet ride with good amount of power. Comfortable seats with a lot of legroom. Trunk has a lot of room. Cons: Cornering is not as nice as a Grand Prix GT. The temp controls are not driver friendly at all. While wearing gloves, you can't feel the position of the temp control, so you have to LOOK at it with your eyes. A simple knob would have been much better -- left is cold, right is hot. The windshield wiper speed control has virtually no difference between OFF and the 1st setting, so if you want to turn it down to position 1, you have no way of telling if it is at 1 or OFF, unless you LOOK at it. I end up turning it all the way to off, then back up one notch to 1. Once again, this control needs a way to tell without eyeballing it. The OnStar button on the rearview mirror is very easy to press accidently when you are adjusting the mirror. No I don't want more phone minutes, I just want to see behind me! I can't tell if this was clever marketing or a design mistake.
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just bought a 06 chevey inpala lt

by from flushing,queens ,ny on May 21, 2012

so far so good i just bought it today,and i like it so far.37k miles and 2006 for 7000.car had minor accidents in front and back got the machinace check it out its ok.and am just happy to have this ca...
so far so good i just bought it today,and i like it so far.37k miles and 2006 for 7000.car had minor accidents in front and back got the machinace check it out its ok.and am just happy to have this car but a little dissapointed with the 18 mpg.other that that its all ok.
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it's got it all

by from monticello , mn on March 28, 2012

The vechile has most of the goodies with up graded wheels and it's been one of the most if not the most reliable cars i've owned.
The vechile has most of the goodies with up graded wheels and it's been one of the most if not the most reliable cars i've owned.
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Love the 3.9L V6

by from Columbus, OH on June 28, 2013

Great passing power, and the rumble from the big v6 with dual exhaust is awesome. Great comfort for just cruising down the highway..
Great passing power, and the rumble from the big v6 with dual exhaust is awesome. Great comfort for just cruising down the highway..
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Not a bad car.

by from Sandusky, Ohio on May 3, 2014

I bought my 2006 Chevrolet Impala used 67k on the odometer in December 2012. Currently I have 88k on the odometer as of May 2014. Overall I am happy with the car, but may feel different if It didn't ...
I bought my 2006 Chevrolet Impala used 67k on the odometer in December 2012. Currently I have 88k on the odometer as of May 2014. Overall I am happy with the car, but may feel different if It didn't come with a lifetime power train warranty. Covered under that warranty, the vehicle was consuming coolant due to leaking lower intake gaskets. This was when I purchaced the vehicle. The previous owner had attempted to stop the leak with stop leak. That is a common issue with the 3.5L engine. It would have been roughly a $700 repair. At about 80k the front cover seal started to leak all of a sudden. I let it go until about 85k when the transmission lines developed a slight seep. I had all that all replaced, thankfully under warranty, and discovered during the repair that the right side motor mount was in two halves. That repair would have cost me about $600. I did have a hesitant transmission when i purchased the vehicle but have since managed to get all the sludge out of the transmission. It has been damaged but runs satisfactory. The out of pocket repairs I made were not to bad. Factory tires/brakes (not bad for the mileage). The vent solenoid froze up this winter in the cold. Replaced the hazy headlight assemblies, but every car does that. The only repair that I was not to happy about was that all four struts were bouncing all over the place at 75k. At the time I also owned a 2008 Chevy Cobalt with 106k on the factory struts, driving on the same roads. (Pretty smooth here) Overall not a bad vehicle. Ride is great, build quality seems good. Engine goes when I need it to.
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