1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 350 from North America

Summary:

I love my car and I will never sell it

Faults:

My gasket blew on my carburetor at 101,500 miles.

My water pump blew at 100,120 miles.

My starter went out at 101,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car holds up great the steal frame can with stand a lot.

The car drives great and is easy to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2003

1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau 350cid V8 from North America

Summary:

Beautiful and very reliable. A real car

Faults:

When my grandfather owned it:

Alternator replaced.

A/C unit replaced (I think).

Quit only once while driving.

Under my ownership:

Windshield washer pump.

Right rear wheel cylinder.

Master cylinder (after having the brake fluid flushed).

Replaced plastic flywheel dust cover with a chrome one.

The carburetor probably needs a tune up.

Needs new carpeting.

Needs a tear in the interior fixed and head liner re-glued.

Needs new weather stripping.

Needs new spark plug wires (same one's been on since.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car. Very reliable. A real head turner. Since my grandfather bought it used in 1978 (had 23K miles on the odometer), this car has been very dependable. He's driven down to Vegas and back in this car a couple times. In 1999 it quit on the road, but that was because something needed to be adjusted (I forget what). That was the only time that the car has ever died.

He gave me the car in June, 2000 for my high school graduation present and I still have the car. After the odometer rolled over to 100K miles it developed a slight knock in the engine that isn't a major problem. I changed out the spark plugs recently and the knock quieted down. I still need to replace the spark plug wires, which have been on the car since ‘76.

This is a very well built car. It was in a wreck in August, 2001. After making a few minor repairs to the body and suspension, the car is better than ever and the 350cid, 2bbl, 145hp V8 still runs strong with over 122K miles. I have had no real major problems with the car. It has seen its share of rough roads and fierce Oregon weather, and performs admirably.

The white vinyl interior bench seats are comfortable and relaxing on a long drive.

The only thing I don't like about the motor is the 145 horsepower. If it weren't for the oil embargo in 1974, the 350 would have much more horsepower than it does now. So in the future, I plan on having dual exhaust installed, and the engine and carburetor rebuilt to get more horsepower out of that 350.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2002

29th Dec 2004, 22:04

Sell me your old plastic flywheel cover... email me" mfrakes5@yahoo.com.