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I bought this Monte Carlo SS in 2004 with 7,000 miles on it. I looked for this car for 4 days because I wanted on so badly. I ran only premium Shell gas, changed the oil & fluids every 3,000 miles, kept it washed and waxed inside and out. At 80,000 the cat went, then it was the sensors, but I kept going because I loved the car & it was the 1st new car I ever had. Between then and 168000 I had to put a new transmission. I had no AC, no heat and took it in for the numerous recalls. When I took it in for the recall on the ignition I had not had the problem of the car shutting off. Once I got the car back it started shutting off at speeds up to 65 mph.
When I contacted the dealer I was told they only put a chip on my key and it had nothing to do with the recall. So I took it to AAMCO. They replaced the brain & the fuse box and it was ok for about a month and it started doing it again. They said it was the head gasket and when they put the cover off I had piles of motor crud which was attributed to the detergent gas. I had it back for about a month when I had a huge oil leak and coolant leak from a whole in the aluminum part of the motor. Got that fixed and threw a rod. I have now put a new motor in it and that was after I replaced all of the sensors & the belts, and still have no heat or AC. Can I say that I still love the way it looks and handles, but I will never own another GM vehicle. I am switching to Dodge.
2000 Monte Carlo - ABS control module problem, associated with the low tire pressure warning light. The tire pressure was fine but the low tire pressure monitor kept sending code to ABS control module that the tire pressure was low. Dude from Canada on YouTube shows how to reset the ABS control module and the light has been out now. ABS control module for this car costs 500 dollars. GM engineering, had the tire pressure indicator hooked up to early speed sensors inside wheel which measures rpm of wheel, if each wheel spins in close tolerance to one another then, no warning light. However, if the ABS control module reads a wheel is not spinning at same rpm as others, the ABS control module throws a code to computer system, and the ABS control module light comes on "Service Abs".
One recall after another... From ignition problems to car stalling while you're driving losing all power, to electrical issues, heat and AC controls to finally, head gaskets. This car (2003 Monte Carlo) is known and well documented to have head gasket problems at around 90k miles. Mine had to be replaced at 80 plus thousand miles, and yes, every time it rains my doors fill up with water...
I purchased a 2000 Monte SS with 236,000 miles. I've put 10,000 miles on it the past 8 mo. The previous owners abused the car, let it set 1 1/2 years after security code shut it down. I brought it home, put wires back in dash, put missing starter on it. Reset code, it fired right up!! Put a lot of suspension parts on that were bent or broke from the abuse. I LOVE MY SS. I now have a bad ** ride. Maybe I'm being super optimistic because I have no choice in keeping car, well (I was offered $3400 I gave $600). KEEP UP THE FAITH Y'ALL, IT WILL COME TOGETHER!!! You will be happy in the end. There ain't nothing like a CHEVY. But if someone could please tell me how to get that ** ABS/TRAC OFF warning light to disappear cause it's fixed, I've replaced it all. Gotta be something simple! Thanks for any help!!!
I am hoping someone will help me before I go spending money on parts I don't need. But I do need help. Back in 2013, I had purchased a 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo SS. Unfortunately in 2014, I had spent over $2,000 in vehicle repairs... from brake lines, to a fuel gauge, you name it. And I had thought I had resolved most of the issues... 2015, I get codes saying I need 2 knock sensors, a crankshaft position sensor, and a catalytic converter. On top of that; The air conditioner only works when you go all the way to 5 (1-4 doesn't work when you turn the knob). My driver side window is taped because the window may be off its track. I had problems with my starter and my radiator was leaking and I couldn't find out where until 2016.
And unfortunately, though my dad fixed ONE of the knock sensors, supposedly, he believes the other knock sensor (the 2nd bank), and the crankshaft position sensor requires you take half of the engine out, which requires tools he doesn't have (though I found out there are 2 crankshaft position sensors: one in front of the belt area and one behind where the water pump is, so an internal and external in a nutshell). Moving on... 2016 arrives and I had to replace my radiator and my starter. And again; under the impression issues are resolved... So I thought again.
Here it is, almost April, and for some reason, it seems I have yet ANOTHER coolant leak somewhere and I can't seem to find where. And I don't know if it's hoses, or possibly my water pump but every few days, I have to keep filling my radiator with coolant. At some point my coolant overflow was empty, and even after filling it, 2-3 days later, it would be empty. I put some stop leak in the overflow tank and now it seems to be fine. But the radiator keeps running low almost every other day. And the indicator for the coolant will climb sometimes to past halfway along with a "Low Engine Coolant" notification popping up. And on top of that... Though the starter is replaced, from time to time while I'm on the road, my car will just cut off, and I have to put it in neutral to restart it.
There are occasions where when I am parked, I put the keys in the ignition to start it, it'll turn on, cut right off, and even when I choke the car it won't start unless I disconnect the battery for a few minutes and reconnect. The car hesitates REALLY bad when you hit the gas. Whenever I hit the blinker wand, I keep hearing this electric buzz (sometimes short, sometimes longer). It sounds like a game show buzzer. And I still have those sensors to replace. I am at my wits end. I have spent almost 3 years trying my hardest to keep this car in running condition, and I am to the point where I want to just have this car destroyed. Is there anybody out there who can please help me out with this? A response with what the problems may be is just enough and appreciated! I want to be sure what the problems are or may be before I spend money on parts I may not need! Thank you!
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I have a 2002 Monte Carlo SS bought it in 2002. Love my Monte. Never had any problems until I started to have engine problems. I was driving along then all of a sudden lights flashing. It act like it wanted to stop while I was driving. Slowly made it home. Then it would not start. Tow truck came and got it. Mechanic said something about my engine. Fixed it, so I thought. Cost me $500. A year later, same thing happened. Another $500. A year later, same thing happened. Finally my mechanic told me it was dex coolant. It was a recall to stop using it.
I never received anything about it so he flushed out all that orange coolant, put in green stuff and I haven't had that problem since. I don't understand why that I was not informed about this. Like some stated I get water in my doors when it rains, have ABS light stays on, gas gauge is always reads full but my Monte has over 160.000. Still looks good. Everything everyone says about their Monte problems me too. Motor mount. All in all it's a good car. I just wish that GM get on the ball about getting parts for oil leak on the engine. I don't want blow up and I don't want my car to blow up. It has been months and I haven't a thing.
I first owned a 1996 Monte Carlo. It had 75,000 miles on it and the engine went. I contacted Chevrolet and they said my warranty was up so I was on my own. Later I find out there was a lawsuit against them by many parties for the same issue. I now own a 2009 Colorado. It has never run nicely. Always ran rough. Due to the fact that it is a pick up and I never had one before I thought that was how they ran. I just received a recall notice in the mail regarding my vehicle for that same reason and my indicator light is on also. I contacted them regarding notice and was told I had too much mileage so It was not covered. What is the difference if it's a recall? They won't stand by my vehicle.
Now I just received another recall notice regarding my 2008 Equinox for the same issue. I have already had to replace the float in the gas tank and now my ignition needs to be changed because the keys keep getting stuck in it. That vehicle only has 20,000 miles on it. They told me not covered because of age. What do they cover and why send me notices? This company has failed me on numerous occasions with all my vehicles in one way or another. I will never purchase another Chevrolet. I think they should be held accountable, especially for the vehicles I still have and especially regarding the recall notices. I have a 2003 Toyota and had a recall on that vehicle and it was fixed at no charge to me and the mileage and or age had no effect on service and repair. Someone needs to step in with Chevrolet or put them completely out of business.
I believe the transmission in my Monte Carlo is going. It doesn't want to go into first gear. It will eventually but at first it just don't want to go. I added Lucas to it but did not help it at all. Also my battery light pops on randomly. All I have to do is take my foot off the accelerator & let the RPM's drop to one and it goes off. I have no signs of an oil leak but have to add oil weekly. My check engine light stays on. When it rains my doors fill up with water. I have replaced so much already. Any advice on the transmission aspect of things?
I purchased a 2007 Monte Carlo in 2011 with 53,000 miles. A year and a half later I took it to superior dealership for a transmission. 1 year later another transmission. In 2015 I had three transmission. My motor mount broke in between that, why didn't they just put rear wheel drive because of the power in a super charge transmission? Major mistake with a nice body car with so many problems.
I have owned 4 Monte Carlos. 2 with 3.1 motors and 2 with 3.4. These cars ride smooth. Nice interior and all. The electrical things on this car sucks. I have a '95 Z34 now and when turn the headlights on it shuts on my radio. The car feels like it's losing power when taking off. I changed the fuel pump 3 times and still can't get it together. I want to keep the car but willing to sell it now. It's too much on me. But it's rides good when stepping on it.
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