1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reviews

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 305 cu inch from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 305 cu inch Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

It was a great daily driver that looked good

Faults:

During the years I had it, it was minimal. I would say electronic stuff that was connected to the alarm system that was installed by whom I don't know.

The doors began to rust and the hinges sagged and needed replacement.

The interior ceiling (forget what it's called) needed to be redone.

General Comments:

The car looked mean, handled decent, sounded throaty, and let me beat the balls off it. Don't expect to win races, it was a great daily driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2009

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Sport Coupe 4.3L Fuel Injection from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3L Fuel Injection Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

This Monte Carlo is all you could ever want in a vehicle and more.

Faults:

This car was given to me by my grandmother in 2005. I also have a 96 z71. All I will ever drive is a Chevy. I had wanted this car since I was old enough to say Monte Carlo. Anyways, there isn't much wrong with this car. The engine has to turn over a few times before it starts. It usually smokes when cranked up for the first time in a few days (I alternate between vehicles). The engine idols hard, so when you put it in gear the car lunges. The muffler is busted so the car is sounding loud right now. That's basically it and those are minute things that I need to have fixed.

General Comments:

The car is almost 22 years old and runs like a new corvette. It is comfortable and fun to drive. It is also still very fast. The steering is so smooth. The car just glides down the twists and turns of the road. It does need a paint job though and is getting one soon. The chrome molding does need to be replaced to revive its youthful image. The car turns, stops, accelerates on a dime and gets a whopping 22mpg. Who could ask for a more stylish, sweet-driving automobile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2007

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 4.3 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Its one car I'm glad I bought

Faults:

The started went out and I had it replaced.

The fuel pump went out and I replaced it.

The car came from minnesota where they salt the roades heavily during the winter months. so there is rust on the vehicle because of it.

The weather striping needs to be replaced.

The factory gauges are uncool and I have replaced them with newer brighter ones.

General Comments:

Runs great gets decent gas mileage. there is plenty of room for a lot of people to ride along also. There is a lot of performance parts and options for this make and model. I only wish it came with a H. O instead of the 4.3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2006

20th Jan 2006, 11:23

The 4.3L is a great engine, I had one in my 86' Monte Carlo. 208,000 miles with not problems before the transmission went out and the body got too rusty and it had to be put out of its misery. Take good care of it and maintain it and it will treat you good.

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo CL 5.0L V8 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles

Summary:

The Monte is a very fun car to drive, and something to be very proud of

Faults:

Power steering pump leaked, but still ran for several 100 miles after it was fluidless.

Drain at bottom of windshield (under wire mesh in front of firewall) got clogged with leaves and leaked for several months into the car when it rained, until we found the problem.

Couple tail and headlights burnt out or needed adjustment.

Carburetor was rebuilt for better mileage and lubrication.

The radio is not that great. Tuning is poor as well as sound quality.

Gas mileage is disgusting. I average 13 miles per gallon. Premium helps a little and so do additives.

Seals and weatherstripping are cracked and rotting, hurting aerodynamics and fuel economy.

Headliner sagged when it was pressed.

Cold starts are a gas guzzler and the idle gets too high during them.

General Comments:

Handles good, looks good, turns on a dime, inexpensive to buy now.

Car has good pick-up if you don't mind sacrificing gas mileage.

Hasn't broken down in 6000 miles.

A/c system was recharged with some 134a and it worked like a dream, but again blunting gas mileage.

The inside is gorgeous. The velor seats are very comfortable, although some more legroom in the back would be great. The gages are easy on the eyes, not distracting, everything is easy to reach.

The actual body has held up perfect in 2 minor collisions with non-cars (poles, shopping carts). The paint is starting to rust on the top, but still glossy on the fenders and doors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2004

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 13 reviews