1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 5.0 HO from North America




Water pump failed at 52K (car wasn't driven much by the previous owner).

Valve guide seals started leaking around 65K (common with old pushrod Chevys).

TCC solenoid went bad at 78K (easy, replaced myself).

Heater core blew this week (IT'S AN 18 YEAR OLD CAR!!!).

Owned for 9 1/2 years.

General Comments:

This car has an aura about it that some people just don't get.

Was designed so that Chevrolet could still have an edge in NASCAR.

V8 engine with 4-barrel carb sounds sexy.

RWD... meaning when you stand on it from a stop, the rear tires can sing a song, and second gear is a fun fish tail.

No, it wasn't/isn't the fastest car around, but the full frame allows you to install as much power as you can possibly bear (very easy to modify).

If you love the muscle cars from the 60's, but don't want to spent a fortune on one, look into the 83-88 Monte Carlo SS.

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

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005

1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 5.1 Liter 305Cubic Inch 'L69' Small Block Chevy from North America


Full Size, Rear Wheel Drive, Swan Song.


I have owned 4, fourth generation (1983-1987) Monte Carlo SS's. So I will give a write up on what went wrong with the previous Monte Carlo, the one that I had the longest, rather than the new one I bought 2 weeks ago.

I bought the car with 80,000 miles on the clock, it was a beautiful 1988 Super Sport, very good condition, two previous owners.. one gentleman who bought the car new and sold it to his nephew in 1991, the 2nd owner babied the car, garage queen, etc. So I bought the car for $3,200 and that was an extremely high price for the car, but it was at a dealer. and I was desperate to get rid of what I was driving so they took a trade in and $2,400. Within the first month I had it (not getting it checked out by a mechanic--mistake) I took it on a road trip to Philadelphia, on the way home my water pump blew out. So that cost me 600$ installed also got new belts and a tune up.

Between 80k miles and 125k miles, I did not have one problem with it... before I got rid of the car, the only thing that wore down was the torque converter. The engine and drivetrain for the most part was still strong. I feel that I got my 3000$ worth driving this car for 4 years, with only a 600$ repair and routine maintenance. I did sell this car to another monte carlo guy, he is 'restoring' it so to speak, not that it needs too much, but can be made better.

This car, nothing, just bought it. 28,000 original miles on the clock, It was owned by an older gentleman who did not drive it very often, then a police officer for a short time, and sold it to me. I highly doubt anything is going to go wrong with it, provided it's taken care of, which it will be, until between 80,000-120,000. At that point they will need routine service, as any car with that many miles would need.

General Comments:

Great car. Reliable car. They are very solid cars, Very affordable car that will hold up extremely well if taken care of, and will last many many many years to come. A bargain of a classic car, as the turbo regals & grand nationals became more desireable and collectible. IMO this is one of the best looking cars Chevy has ever produced. The bucket seats are very comfortable, very roomy, I'm 6'2" and have plenty of leg room. They handle very well, even at high speeds. A decent amount of power as well, stock. However, the 305 can be built to produce a respectable amount of power if you wish. But if you want a car that moves and have the money, you'd be better off buying a turbo regal or grand national. If you want to own the last of the full size, real wheel drive, 4 barrel carb, V8 Chevy cars, before the revolution of front wheel drive, aerodynamic, emission friendly, plastic automobiles hit, do yourself a favor, and buy yourself a 1983-1988 Monte Carlo SS~

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2003

24th Jun 2005, 21:45

Amen to that! My Monte (87 SS Aerocoupe) has 152,000 miles logged on it, and other than a few replaced exhaust components and brake pads, it's bone stock. These things run forever. You can push them hard, and they'll take whatever you can dish out. Greatest car I've ever owned.