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Reduced engine power
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By Rhonda
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2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I just purchased a 2008 impala and on my way home the car just stopped running whne I was traveling 75mph on the highway....it displayed the reduced engine power and within minutes bam....no power.....I have read the other postings but still have not found an answer to this issue.....is there a recall on this? Does anyone know the fix? PLEASE HELP....


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08’ Impala- Yr of the death trap-injury, defects.
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By ResearchGuru
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2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Well this is one of a very select few cars that has all the highly publicized dangerous, expensive recalls, defects and just plain issues that were fixed with others but left in the 2008 because “they’re not enough deaths from the defects in this YEAR” mind you the same problems apply, same part failures killed so many that millions of recalls were sent through... The notes on issues for the Death Trap Impala... All bad parts that were not recalled on 2008 Impala that are the same defects and parts recalled from all other males and models. Late year 2007-shift into 08 can be included as well as late year 2008-into 09.
Front lower control arm suspension defects driver and passenger side-snaps causing loss of vehicle control extensive damage,possible injury or fatality.Older control arms have 3 holes placed across center, new control arm was changed to only have one center hole. Rear axle spindle rod and bearing driver and passenger side not supporting/staying aligned causeing rapid tire wear,less stable stopping, turning etc. potential to blow tires causing accidents. ALL suspension issues were ONLY recalled in police vehicles with the excuse that police accessory packages caused extra strain- that is not true ALL Impala models in these yrs have the same defective parts and upon reviewing accessory placement it was no where near changing or interrupting these suspension part defects. GM just wanted to limit how many they had to repair on their dime.
Airbags and safety restraint system as well as seatbelt restraint system defects- Besides that the 2008 Impala uses the SAME TAKATA AIRBAG AND SEATBELT SYSTEM THAT IS DEFECTIVE AND RECALLED IN ALL BUT A FEW YRS LIKE THE 2008! GM states that it hasn’t caused enough fatalities but if you look at all i formation documented even just on the NHTSA sites it causes and has caused a number of very serious injuries and add this to a defective suspension system that does not hold up to impact- can’t handle any impact, seatbelts don’t lock and airbags fail to deploy. The injury’s sustained are life altering serious 4 week plus hospital and intensive care stay bad. 6 alone in June 2018.
airbag issues/defects/recalls in all but 2008 defective airbag OCS algorithm (entire electrical computer system) defective frontal sensors, control modules. Damage to seat sensor (weight safety sensors, way to sense passenger airbag need) wiring as front seat frames/placement seat adjustment/movement may damage Presence sensor wires and module. Defective airbag inflator causing inflator tube pieces to cause injury to person when airbag partially deploys shredding sections and prevents proper bag inflation.
All defective seatbelt issues also prevent airbag system communication and deployment so again, seatbelt safety features being defective, not holding you back then having a failed airbag has resulted in severe injury and death. Seatbelts have been threaded incorrectly and not attached properly causeing the automatic tensioning cable in belt retractor to break. Front belts not secured properly to anchor pretensioner mounts causeing them to pull away on impact. All preventing safety belt to lock to keep person from dash or other impact, also without the ‘locking’ safety mechanism triggered airbags do not deploy. Belts, clips etc also are not ‘latching’ clipping together properly when buckled do to defects causing the system to think no one is there for safety measures in the vehicle to activate. Many failures are associated with B-pillar clips as well as retractors (parts of safety belt assembly) being broken easily due to never being secured properly or screws not being long wide or plentiful enough to hold these important mechanisms in place.
You have points of impact externally around the vehicle to activate car safety systems, however the internal components and modules internally are key to have a fully functioning safety system. seat sensors also keep them off when deadly for shorter or lighter people, children or when the seat is empty. Or turn them on when a passenger is seated. Of seat tensioners fail break or not even close to a proper position inticating your presence airbags may not deploy causing full impact to dash, windshield etc etc , if they do deploy they may kill you as you are not restrained at all. But from research the trend is if your seatbelt restraint system is defective at all expect to not be protected by anything other then the shell of your car. THESE ISSUES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN EVERY MAKE/MODEL/YEAR That used defective parts. they’re thousands of reports all over the internet. For way more issues then these that are defects.Why are some not being fixed? Because complaints aren’t always going to Chevy/GM or sent to NHTSA,documented in police reports or looked over by mechanics for causes and failures because the Magnitude of events overpowers your memory of airbag and seatbelt failure,damage/injury sustained from suspension support failures


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4doorSS
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By Blake Garrison
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2008 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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I knew that before buying this car that they came with questionable transmissions but that didn't stop me, the price was perfect and I really wanted a 4 door V8. I bought it used with 130,000 miles and had to change the spark plugs and thermostat and now it runs flawlessly. I bought a K&N cold air intake for a small boost in performance and planning on exhaust in the future. I love the interior and everything about it but if I wanted to be real picky there's a couple of small details that bother me. The car is everything I wanted and then some, but now I'm saving money to buy a Chevy SS.


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Don't buy this car!
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By Jeff
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2008 Chevrolet Impala LT 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)


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Spend the extra money and buy something of better quality. Chevrolet has outdone themselves with this cheaply made car. I have owned this car for eight years and I bought it with about 30k miles on it. In the time I have owned it I have had every door lock fail, the heat door actuators stripped their gears and caused a loud knocking sound coming from the dash(I've replaced three so far). The electronic accelerator sensor has gone out. The transmission is going out right now. Many many oil leaks from various gaskets failing on the engine itself. I can easily say this car has cost me at least $10,000 in repair costs so far.


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Poor Reliability
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By watsonk
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2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased this vehicle in the midst of the GM bankruptcy crisis and got a good deal. However, I have been paying for it since. After 10 years of ownership and 65,000 miles, I replaced the following: steering rack-n-pinion (twice); front wheel outer tie rod (twice); shift box wiring harness (could not shift from parking to drive); vent bend door actuator (hot airflow problem); electric door lock assembly; fuel cap & evaporator vent solenoid (check engine light); gas pedal sensor (engine power reduction light); emergency brake cable & equalizer; rear light bulb kept burning out; very short tire life. It is worse than my 2001 Chevrolet Impala. In my 2001 Impala, it had head coolant gasket leak problem, but not in the 2008 model yet. I do not recommend buying this vehicle used.


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