hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,119 miles

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problem #20

May 292017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise progressing from the front of the vehicle, a warning light illuminated several times indicating traction off. Most recently, the contact was unable to make a turn, pulled the vehicle over and the vehicle was unable to be driven. The vehicle was not yet inspected and diagnosed by a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was waiting for a response to determine a solution to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #19

May 172016


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle lost power and the traction control light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Charlestown, WV, USA

problem #18

Sep 052015


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that there was a random failure with the service stability link and service stability traction control. In addition, the service engine warning light illuminated frequently followed by a drastic reduction in speed without warning. The contact had to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road each time the failure recurred, turn off the vehicle to reset the computer, and restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who was not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and was to be taken to a dealer for inspection and diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #17

May 092015


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle decelerated as the traction control and engine speed reduced warning lights illuminated. As a result, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Graysville, TN, USA

problem #16

May 062015


  • 101,526 miles
I have had this reduced engine power/service traction control message before with this car. A few years ago I had it cut off on me in the middle of a side street. Thankfully it wasn't a busy street. But I've never felt threatened until this morning. I came to an intersection of a busy highway when I got the message. I needed to cross over to the other side. As I began to cross I was in the cross-hairs of a trash truck on one side and a car on the other. I tried to floor it but my car didn't respond as normal. It truly was reduced! thankfully all the other vehicles performed as they should.

- Neptune City, NJ, USA

problem #15

Dec 132013


  • 129,000 miles
The service traction control light comes on and the engine power reduced message appears. The entire car shuts down and you can not accelerate. I was on the freeway and could have been hit from behind. I immediately put on my hazard lights and pulled off to the side of the road. This was the first time, happened again this month(March). Taking to Chevy dealer for a diagnosis.

- Rayne, LA, USA

problem #14

Nov 052014


  • 101,205 miles
While driving 65mph on highway 526 in SC, our 2008 Chevy Impala experienced reduced engine power and a traction control error message appeared on the dash. The vehicle lost engine power and my wife, daughter and I were almost rear ended. We have now spent hundreds of dollars trying to repair the issue but with no solution in sight.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #13

Mar 082014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 64,500 miles
I purchased a Chevy 08 Impala in late January 2013 with less that 55K mile on it, now it's been about a year it's around 64K mile. Today on my way to work, the traction control light and engine light are on and there are the message of traction control is on and also the engine power is reduced. I felt the speed of the car reduced, luckily I am on local street without many traffic. After about an hour I tried to tested it again and only the engine light is on, the speed of the car is normal. I am not familiar with car problems and also it's my first time to own a car. But I read a lot posts online forums.edmunds.com/discussion/13406/Chevrolet/Impala/Chevy-Impala-reduced-engine-power-message/P26 and found so many people experiencing the similar problems. The same problem would later happen in my situation. I am disappointed to learn that GM hasn't resolved this issue. I hope I could fix it soon.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #12

Dec 132013


  • 72,424 miles
I was driving at highway speed (60 mph) on a two lane road. Temperature was below freezing, no ice or snow. Suddenly a bell sounded, the "service traction control" blinked on the display, the traction light came on, and then the vehicle suddenly reduced power, and "engine power reduced" displayed alternately with the "service traction control" warning. I was scared, but had about 8 miles to drive to my home town. I pulled to the shoulder at about 40 mph, turned on my flashers, and continued on to my home. If this had happened with ice on the road, as there had been that morning on my way to work, a crash would no doubt have occurred as these roads are very slippery in winter.

- Superior, NE, USA

problem #11

Feb 172009


  • 5,200 miles
While driving at 60 mph the cars service traction control light comes on and so does the ABS brake service light. The car then reduces power to no more then 35-40 mph and that's with the gas pedal floored. It has happened since new. I have changed out the harness, and wheel hub and it still happens, sometimes in very dangerous situations like while driving on a hwy with a truck behind you and the car goes from 60 mph to 40 mph in a heart beat. The dealership said its a common electrical problem with GM cars in 2006-2009. The only part left to change would be the computer modulator, however talking to other GM owners with the same problem it doesn't seem to help.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 012013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated while traveling 65 mph, the vehicle went into limp mode and the service traction control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 282012


  • 180,000 miles
Traction control loss of power while driving warning lights.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 202013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at approximately 60 mph and my check engine and traction control light came on. Additionally, the dash alternately flashed between "service traction control" and "reduced engine power." My car slowed down, but never cut off. My acceleration wasn't what it normally is. I was able to make it to my destination, but was not a fun experience.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #7

Jan 082013


  • miles
2008 an up Chevy Impala traction control light an check engine light plus engine power reduce. Its actually the sensor on your gas pedal what will happened without warning the car will drop to 5 mph. While you are driving and stay like that I took it to the Chevy dealer an they explain to me what's the problem its a very serious defect that can cause a rear end crash to the losing the amount of power. The Chevy dealership explained to me that they have a lot of problems with the Chevy Impala gas pedal.this is a serious issue an need to a recall for these makes an models.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

May 232010


  • 70,534 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the traction control light and the engine light illuminated at the same time which caused the vehicle to reduce power while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed her that the pedal sensor or the wiring harness could have caused the failure to occur. The dealer performed a diagnostic test but could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle will not be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed her to take the vehicle to the dealer but they could not repair the failure. The failure mileage was 70,534.

- Surgoinsville, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 102011


  • miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Impala, nice car unless it snows. It is undrivable in the snow. Its like driving on ice, I have never ever had any car handle like this. It is the most unsafe car I have ever driven. Something needs to be done the dealer says to bring it in next time it snows, well I can't, I will not drive it in the snow. I have been in the ditch 3 times this winter ( and its only the first of January)and each time I was only going no more than 30mph and swaying all over the road, all the other cars were moving along normally it wasn't bad out, just a little snow. It's like driving on ice...

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 132010


  • 54,000 miles
2008 Impala has bad gas pedal while you are driving the traction light and engine light comes on you lose a lot of the engine power until the traction light goes off this is very dangerous. I called GMC and took it to a dealer they put it on the machine first I was told it was sensor in the pedal. Next I was told it was the wiring harness. By the same dealer now I don't know what to do I think something dangerous should be fixed by the dealer but they say it is not covered.

- Surgoinsville, TN, USA

problem #3

Nov 212010


  • 75,000 miles
2008 Impala ls, with new tires. Have never driven a car that handles worse in the snow. The traction control system is a joke. It actually makes driving in the snow unpredictable and unfamiliar. I am very experienced on ice and snow but this car makes me feel unsafe because it is. I wish I would have never purchased this car based on this reason. All this in only 1 1/2 inches of dry snow.

- Belfair, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 212010


  • 30,000 miles
I purchased my 2008 Impala with 28K miles in March 2009-certified used. I had to replace the tires within the first 6 months of ownership ( I was told that GM uses cheap tires. From the outside the tread was fine and it appeared to be in good shape but when it was on the lift the told me they all had metal showing. I paid this car off and gave it to my son in April 2010- he has since changed all 4 tires back tires 3 times. We had them rotated and aligned twice, that is when it was discovered that the tires had worn on the inside again. There is no way to know unless it is on a lift. My son took the Impala to the dealer service yesterday and purchased his 2 tires- it was agreed by service manager that if we took the car there and bought tires from universal that he would put them on, do an alignment and most important install the camber bolt kit at no extra charge. This was also told to Chevy by (the service manager) when they called him. I didn't go with my son to pick up the car- I did however pay the $350 which was the price agreed imagine my complete anger when I found out last night the camber bolt kit was not installed and all that was done 2 new tires and an alignment! I could have done that down the street for less money. I expect GM to do a recall and fix this suspension issues- we have replaced tires 3 times in the last 6 months and aligned 2 times. What kind of nonsense is it to tell my son he doesn't need the kit" after so many complaints of the same issue\GM issued a tsb #08032 for police Impala that are on the same platform and suspension, but never extended that to the public. Seems to me that the rear suspension has an severe defect that can cause tire blowout without warning. No tires should wear like that with less than 17,000 miles without a rear suspension and alignment problem that needs to be recalled for repair and replacement of the parts and tires. Does someone have to die due a defect on the car itself" this has to be fixed for everyone.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 282009


  • miles
Car has no traction. The least bit of snow and I can not even get out of my own driveway. The car slides left and right no matter the amount of snow. Tires spin with only a slight covering of snow on the road. Tires spin when there is only wet pavement.

- Ellwood City, PA, USA