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1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 305 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 Automatic
Distance when acquired68523 miles
Most recent distance112346 miles
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

A excellent car

Faults:

Just that the driver side door is rotted with rust as well as other surface rust is appearing I need to sell it before it gets too bad I know it can be fixed, but I don't know how.

General Comments:

I love this car and don't want to sell it, but I need to I want it to look awesome and someone to fix it and keep it going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2004

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS L69 305 H.O from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission L69 305 H.O Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Love at first sight

Faults:

Quadrajet needed to be rebuilt.

Torque Converter Clutch solenoid wore out (typical of the 200 4-R)

Worn rear tires.

Brakes needed replacement.

Cylinder bore wear.

Previous owner left only the manifolds as an exhaust system.

The cheap, generic cam in the newly-implanted 350 didn't break in. Instead, it demolished the bearings and took out a lifter.

T-Tops leak a little bit.

Wheel well and trunk lid rust.

General Comments:

For as long as I can remember, I've loved the Monte Carlo SS. Something about its looks resonated with me. Something about the sound of a small-block V8 got the adrenaline pumping. Something about torque turning the rear wheels felt so right. I knew I had to have one.

When I finally got one... well, maybe I should have kept looking. My particular car is far from a perfect example of what a fourth generation Monte Carlo SS should be.

When I got it, the stock L69 305 "H.O." was pretty far from high output. I think "Highly Tired" fit it better.

The transmission was acting up, in typical fashion.

The "exhaust system" the previous owner left me did nothing to promote anything resembling mileage or performance.

With work, it got better. A new exhaust system brought drive ability. Rebuilding the Quadrajet brought performance to the table for the first time. Replacing the Throttle Position Sensor after it went south kept the good times rolling.

Then the motor started to show it's age. The previous owner didn't take very good care of the car, and it was beginning to show. In the form of about a quart of blow-by a week.

I built a mild, non-emissions 350 to replace it, and it was FUN! For about 700 miles. The cam had steadily been wearing the wrong way, and then it finally died, taking my oil pressure with it.

Even after that, I still have the car, and still have faith in it. Through all the problems I've had, I still have a desire to sink money into it.

That car, as a package, was incredible. Power was an uphill battle with my bad luck, but everything else was perfect. It could corner almost on par with my 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, but it didn't punish you when you just wanted to cruise.

The Monte Carlo SS is, to me, the ultimate cruiser. It turned, it burned, and I could comfortable bring 3 people and quite a bit of luggage along for the ride.

I try to hate that car, but I can't. Even with the power-train mishaps, I love it. There was room for improvement (ahem, like a World Class T5 five speed manual transmission), but it's a solid platform for a wonderful driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2004

16th Aug 2004, 07:33

Get that transmission replaced! The 200 series tranny was not robust enough to handle even a small v8, let alone a pre-smog 350. They were only good on a V6, even then they were troublesome. GM had tons of trouble with them, at one point they were offering to completely rebuild transmissions for people who had them die prematurely. A nice 700R4 out of a Camaro, for example, and a stage 1 or stage 2 shift kit will really make the car feel new again.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 19 reviews