1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Sport Coupe 4.3L Fuel Injected V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 4.3L Fuel Injected V6 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 acquired58706 miles
Most recent distance59002 miles
Previous carPontiac LeMans

Summary:

A fond childhood memory

Faults:

RUST!!! This car started to rust two months after it was purchased by my grandmother back in 1986.

Door would not shut one day.

Driver's window failed once.

Rear view mirror fell off.

Shift knob became unscrewed.

Gear select indicator broke.

Battery mysteriously failed only at the grocery store.

Not bad at all for a then ten year old car.

General Comments:

The most gorgeous car you ever saw. My grandmother had offers everytime she went to the grocery store. It was this beautiful light yellow/beige exterior and had a nice caramel/dark tan interior. It had a full bench seat, power windows, manual locks, and wire wheel covers. In 1996, when my the woman my grandma worked for bought her a Ciera, she gave Monte to me. I was only eight. Even though we could've kept it, I gave it to my cousin out of the kindness of my heart because he had no car. THAT WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE I EVER MADE!!! My cousin lowered it, replaced the stereo, smoked and burned holes in it and wanted to paint it blue. Later, he blew the motor and sold to a guy in Davie, Florida. I cried for 2 weeks straight. That car was my life, the happiest memory of my childhood, and the only object I loved (not including family). My plans for the future are to buy an exact replica of the car or if possible, buy it back from the current owner. It will only be eight more months until I get my permit here in South Florida. I understand that 1986 was the last year for the sport coupe body style and was the only year you could get the sport coupe, sport coupe CL, luxury sport, SS, and SS Aero Coupe all in he same year. The sport coupe was phased out by the LS in 1987. In my opinion, that was a big mistake. If, by chance, you have a similar Monte or know someone who has one, please e-mail me at saturn9761@hotmail.com.

P.S. If you are the owner of my grandmother's Monte Carlo please email me. Thank you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2002

30th Aug 2002, 04:34

Some information for you, Monte Carlo fan...

1988 was the last year for the Monte Carlo, and could be had in CS (Base) LS (Luxury Sport) and of course the SS, at least in Canada. The 1987 only Aerocoupe was a limited production car that Chevrolet made 200 (I think) copies of in order for its body style to be used in NASCAR. I believe that it was a US-only model.

Even though '88 was the last year for the 'Carlo, GM discontinued its production in February (?) of '88, as well as the Buick Regal, Olds Cutlass and Pontiac Grand Prix, for a half-year model run, making the '88's more rare than other years.

Too bad GM, in there misguided wisdom went to front wheel drive crap for the new Monte Carlo and Impala for that matter.

My '87 Monte Carlo SS will always have a place of honor in my driveway! Cheers!

1st Sep 2002, 15:14

Sounded like a great car. That was the biggest mistake you could have ever made with that car. My grandpa gave me his '76 Monte Carlo and I still have it. People ask if I'm selling it all the time. I tell them no because I know it wouldn't be worth what they offer. I also know what could happen to it. It will get turned into a lowrider and made to look ridiculously stupid. Anyway, I hope you find that car again, in one piece and in restorable condition. Check out my review about my car here under 1976 Monte Carlo.

7th Nov 2002, 19:41

Attention everyone! There is news that in the 2005 redesign of the Monte Carlo, it will be shifted to a mid-luxury platform, have a rear wheel drive configuration (a ft. wheel drive option) and a V8 option! finally! A V8 and rear wheel drive! Check out www.motortrend.com for more information.

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport 350 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles

Summary:

A high performance, luxury machine

Faults:

When I had my 305 in it, I replaced the starter, water pump, and radiator lines. Also, my power locks don't go up all the way so I have to use the key because I have keyless entry. The only other problem I have is keeping tires on the back because somehow the tread keeps wearing off. Must be bad tires or something.

Just this month I had a 350 four bolt main put in and basically replaced everything under the hood. I had all new pulleys, gaskets, hoses, master cylinder, spark plugs, distributer, a new cam, chrome valve covers along with many other chrome parts. Also, I put in a new radiator with all new lines. I then put on new brake pads and rotors along with inner and outer wheel bearings. So, I will pretty much have no more problems for a while.

General Comments:

My Monte is a very nice looking car. It is really quick with the new engine in it.

What attracted me to the fourth generation Super Sport was the body design. I just think it is the coolest GM body style ever made. I remember always wanting one from the day my brother brought home his 1985 Monte Carlo Luxury Sport. I finally got one and it is the best car I ever owned. I will never sell "My Baby".

The inside is very nice and room. I love the bucket seats with the console. The radio is in a nice spot just below the heater controls.

The dash is what I like most about the inside. It just looks real sweet.

The back is very comfortable, or so I've been told because I am always in the driver seat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2002

9th May 2002, 01:28

I know just how you feel about "I will never sell 'My Baby'". I am exactly the same way about my '76 Landau. I posted a review of it here so take a look of the review and my web site when you've got time.

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