1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4.3Liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carToyota Van

Summary:

A rolling La-Z-Boy

Faults:

Fuel pump gave out at 77,000 miles.

General Comments:

What's not to like. A Monte from this era (when Montes still had style) is a gem to behold. This car is inexpensive and simple to repair. Mechanics actually like working on it for its' "old school" appeal. I got the car for $500 from a woman who had completely neglected it, so it needed quite a bit of rehabilitation. The oil was the color of pitch; just to give you a sense. After a complete tune-up, alignment, tires, ball joints, radiator, fuel filter and a new OEM hood ornament, it's stylin'. Gun metal gray paint. Need I say more?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th August, 2004

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Sport Coupe 4.3L V6 262ci from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 262ci Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired152673 miles
Most recent distance169233 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Stylish beauty

Faults:

Engine has begun to leak oil.

Leather trim on the seats are starting to rip.

The fuse for the interior keeps on blowing, and I've had to replace it many times.

The left-rear quarter and also the trunk has minor rust problems.

The factory stereo tuner does not seem to be working any longer.

Needs a new headliner and a new carpet.

General Comments:

The car runs beautifully, and is great on gas.

The engine has a lot of power, and I can do brake stands with no trouble at all.

The interior is very roomy, and is very well done.

The body looks like a model, nice curves, and a nice rear end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2003

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo sport coupe 305 LG4 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 305 LG4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

A hot-rodder's car

Faults:

Coil& plugs - $180

Rear break slave cylinder - $50

Water pump - $30

Radiator - $200

Transmission (wear & tear - replaced with overdrive - $300

Fuel pump - $25

Break master cylinder - $50.

General Comments:

Great car, easy to work on and cheap to insure and fix, goes like the wind, roomy&comfortable, reasonable fuel economy (20mpg), and looks good too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SC 305 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 305 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Now I know why people go crazy over Chevrolet

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

The choke does not engage.

The wire-spoke wheel covers rattle at low speed because of the lug anti-theft mechanism.

This car is moves faster than my 1980 Cutlass with the identical Chevy 305 motor.

This car not handle or feel anything like my Cutlass.

This car does not compare to any Oldsmobile I have owned even though it is billed as a similar vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 305 cubic inch V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 305 cubic inch V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A solid and reliable car with a smooth ride , clean lines, and great looks!

Faults:

Replaced rear axle seal as it started to leak at 108,000 miles.

Replaced heater core when it started to leak at 134,000 miles.

Transmission rebuilt by previous owner at 100,000 miles.

Engine rebuilt at 105,000 miles by previous owner.

General Comments:

Bought car from original owner and they provided ALL records for this car. All the records for this 1985 Monte fit into a slim manila folder! This car has been very reliable and it rides like a dream.

I have found a wealth of aftermarket parts for this car at great prices.

Most any mechanic can work on this car, no more having to search forever for a shop that can do the work.

Parts are cheap compared to newer and foreign cars. Many OEM Parts are still available through dealer.

Engine swap is quite simple on this car. If you need more power it won't cost you a fortune to drop in a larger engine.

LS didn't come with dual exhaust as a stock option... what a pity.

The T-tops on this car don't leak despite the fact that the seals are original and are cracked and worn.

Interior is very comfortable. Cloth interior is durable, but has faded over time due to UV damage.

With T-top option there is little light up front at night for reading maps and such. Solution is to add aftermarket rear view mirror with map lights.

What a great looking car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2002

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 406 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 406 Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Classic styling, great driver

Faults:

Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) was bad when I bought the car, as was the Torque Converter Clutch (TCC) solenoid.

I replaced them and the car ran fine.

General Comments:

The car runs much better with a 406 smallblock motor, although the 305 wasn't bad at all. It just didn't have the power I wanted.

The 406 turned it into the muscle car that it should have been originally.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2002

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