2007 Impala-Traction Control Problem in Snow

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Unknown1

Ulysses, KS

#1 Dec 28, 2007
I have a 2007 Impala and I have the worst time getting around in the snow/ice. The back end slides all over the place. It doesn't seem like the other vehicles on the road are having as big of a problem as I am. And NO, it's not my driving. Other people that have driven it have noticed it to. I wondered if it might be the alignment on the car. Any ideas on what it might be or what could help.
Biceradon

Lakeview, MI

#2 Jan 15, 2008
I have a 2007 Impala and it has the same problem. The least bit of snow, even if it is only covering half a lane and it feels like you are driving on glare ice. Scarey to drive. And I live in Michigan.........
Ed2008LTZ

Lincoln, NE

#3 Dec 29, 2008
Has anything been taken care of on this problem? Mine has been all over the road during the winter snow and it seems very dangerous to drive. Having the traction control on or off makes no differance.
Tom G

Brookfield, WI

#4 Jan 6, 2009
I have a 2008 Impala and am having the same issues with driving this winter. I have never driven a car as ridiculous as this has been. The back end slides right and left no matter how little of snow or ice I hit. It is quite frightening to drive. Is it the tires? Is the back too light?
Carla

Slingerlands, NY

#5 Jan 8, 2009
I have an 06 Impala that can't get any traction. I just put on four new tires that came off of a Mercedes Benz - brand new -still had nubs and chalk marks on them - and can't get out of my own driveway - it just spins in place. Good to know I'm not alone and will soon be trading for a Subaru AWD for this New England Weather.
Technician R

Hopkinsville, KY

#6 Jan 12, 2009
Biceradon wrote:
I have a 2007 Impala and it has the same problem. The least bit of snow, even if it is only covering half a lane and it feels like you are driving on glare ice. Scarey to drive. And I live in Michigan.........
All the people complaining about this issue should go to the NHTSA website and log their owner complaint. The web address is:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/
Technician R

Hopkinsville, KY

#7 Jan 12, 2009
All the people complaining about this issue should go to the NHTSA website and log their owner complaint. The web address is:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ . Also search the service bulletin and owner complaint database.
Ed2008LTZ

Lincoln, NE

#8 Jan 23, 2009
I searched around at that site but didn't find anyone reporting the same problem. I am going to the dealer again tomorrow. Very dangerous driving in snowy conditions.
Ed2008LTZ

Lincoln, NE

#9 Jan 24, 2009
I took the car to the dealer today. The suggestion was a four wheel alignment and it is scheduled for 1-27-09. Of course it isn't covered under any kind of warranty.
Mark

Hoffman Estates, IL

#10 Feb 28, 2009
I also have a 2007 Impala and it has the same problem. The least bit of snow or early morning frost on the road it feels like you are driving on glare ice. Back end moves side to side. I have owned a number of vehicles over the past 30+ years of driving and never experienced something like this. Very scarey and dangerous to drive in winter conditions. Went to dealer where I purchased, service said it was the bad roads - RIGHT! Chevy it sounds like you have a problem.
Ed2008LTZ

Lincoln, NE

#11 May 1, 2009
The dealer said the rear wheel alignment was within specs but just barely. They redid the alignment to the opposite end of the specs.
The rear wheels sit up straighter. We drove it the rest of the winter and it worked fine.
$138 because it isn't covered under warranty.
What a bunch of crap. Wouldn't suprise me if they billed me and turned it in for warranty to get paid twice.
david c

Plymouth, WI

#12 May 2, 2009
there is a known problem with the 06+ impalas rear alignment. its the camber thats off. the dealers should know about the issue as there was a TSB(technical service bulletin) issued about this problem almost two years ago. also there is a camber kit that chevy came out just for this issue.
sparky99

Warrenville, IL

#13 Jul 19, 2009
I have an '06 ss and put dedicated winter tires on it. The car is rock solid unless I drive foolishly. The rear camber problems, from what i've read are '07 and up.
D Sam

Brainerd, MN

#14 Dec 19, 2009
Unknown1 wrote:
I have a 2007 Impala and I have the worst time getting around in the snow/ice. The back end slides all over the place. It doesn't seem like the other vehicles on the road are having as big of a problem as I am. And NO, it's not my driving. Other people that have driven it have noticed it to. I wondered if it might be the alignment on the car. Any ideas on what it might be or what could help.
I have a 2008 that does the same....Dealer said was a strut problem that needs to be repair...$69.00 for alignment and another $100.00 to fix Chevrolet design problem...When through a set of rear tires in 19,000 miles...cost me $300 for new tires....I think i am going to trade this U.S.(GM) piece of junk for anything from over seas.
David H

United States

#15 Jan 30, 2010
My wife and I just bought a 07 Impala this past September and a couple of months ago I noticed how bad the rear tires were toed in. Just yesterday it started to snow and she couldn't get over 20 mph without the back end sliding left to right. I got home and decided to drive it because of being more experienced in snow driving and it was the hardest car to keep on the road I have ever seen. The rear tires are worn out on the inside because of the camber. Why didn't Chevy put out a recall for such a serious problem?
JD50thAnniv

United States

#16 Feb 2, 2010
I have an '08 50th Anniversary Impala with the same problem. It slid all over the road last winter even at absurdly low speeds. I've driven in the snow for 25 years and NEVER had a car handle this poorly.

I got an alignment and replaced all four tires at 24k miles. The tires had the uneven wear described in the other posts. The new tires handle better in the snow than the old ones, but the rear end still slides out, even at low speeds. There needs to be recall on this!!
Allen G

Rochester, MI

#17 Feb 5, 2010
I have an 07 impala and have the same problem driving in the snow or ice, the car is all over the place. This my 10th veh that I have owned and the worst handling in the snow. The car also has new tires on it, < 3k miles on them, and the insides are already visibly worn. Just got back from the tire shop for a read end alignment. It was over a degree out of alignment specs. As soon as I walked in they new what the problem was since they saw the car, said it's really common for the 07 08 impalas. It has not snowed yet, so I can't say for sure if this will help with ice/snow driving, but I can notice a difference just driving down the road. I went to Bell Tire, in Michigan, it was like $65 for 4 wheel alignment with 6 month guarantee, took about 1hr.
Charm

Atlanta, GA

#18 Feb 8, 2010
I really feel for the people that live in states with ice and snow all winter. I live in the south and still have issues with the 07 Impala. The steering wheel has a lot of play when driving (not good)the car has a mind of its own. Driving on the hiway recently the sway bar broke sending me in a tail spend. So right now I am not comfortable with driving this veichle.
aaron

Galloway, OH

#19 Feb 9, 2010
i have a 2002 Chevrolet Impala ls it is the best car i have ever had for driveing in the snow
Mike S-NY

Newburgh, NY

#20 Feb 13, 2010
The 2008 Impala should be recalled for tractions issues with the misalignment of the rear axle. My wife and I both are afraid to drive this car in rain as it hydroplanes all over the road. I am a very experienced driver and have driven everything from a bug to a 69 GTO to a 50 Ton Log Truck.
I have never driven a car with such instable control on wet roads no less snowy icy roads.
File your complaints with NHSTA andf lets get this problem fixed. GM recalled all Impala Police Cruisers, why not the consumer models???

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