1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reviews

1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 305 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 305 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

I love this car. I own a 1988 Firebird as well; it made me realize how great the Monte is

Faults:

When I bought it I didn't run.

I had to rebuild the carburetor.

The headliner is falling off.

The passenger seat belt receiver won't stay up.

The T-Tops leak.

It leaks coolant somewhere into the block.

A tear in the drivers seat.

A wire shorted out the starter.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable; lots of room.

Enough space for you and 4 friends.

Turns on a dime.

A real head turner.

I get offers to sell it all the time.

It's decently quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th February, 2008

1st Mar 2008, 14:26

I got a kick out of this review. It reminded me of a 1985 Monte Carlo that was given to my nephew. His friend was moving and didn't want the car. It had 200,000 miles on it and had been horribly abused. The brakes had been out for several months and he had been stopping it by slamming the transmission into park!! He hadn't done an oil change in years and the plugs were so old the electrode had burned off one. The car was missing on 2 cylinders when my nephew got it. After cleaning it up, fixing the brakes, tuning it up and changing all the fluids he had a great running car that he used for another two years with no problems.

1st Mar 2008, 15:17

After reading this I shudder to think of the condition of the Firebird you also own...

1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SUPER SPORT 305 V 8 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 305 V 8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

My garage will always have a Monte Carlo SS

Faults:

The transmission solenoid failed; which caused transmission shift problems. I replaced the part (part # 8634960)

The dash gauge cluster lights too dim.

Center console lid hinge breaks easily.

Poor seal on T-Tops causing wind noise & possible leaks.

Valve seals often fail around 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

The 1983 through 1988 Monte Carlos are very special cars. My 1988 SS came from the factory with Camaro Heads, L81 Corvette Cam, Aluminum Intake Manifold, 750 cfm Q-Jet 4 barrel carburetor, Z-28 Fuel Pump, F41 Sport Suspension, 3.73 Posi. rear gear. The engine is a L69 with Valve size 1.84/1.50, flat top pistons & 9:5:1 compression. Only 16,204 SS were produced in 1988; actually produced in 1987. My garage will always have a Monte Carlo SS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2005

20th Feb 2006, 10:51

The Heads on the 1983-1988 Monte Carlo SS are from the CFI (Cross-Fire Injection) Camaro's. The where a real hamper on performance, but reduced emissions greatly because of there inability to flow lots of air. Good luck with your SS.

1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ss 305 L69 V8 (5.0) from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 305 L69 V8 (5.0) Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

A true deffinition of an American Sports Car

Faults:

Replaced the carburetor (Electric Carburators don't work) horn doesent work interior lights have a short and they blow the fuse when inserted. Cigarette lighter doesn't work. Exhaust Leaks.

General Comments:

I love this car. My friend had an 83 Monte Carlo CL that I went to pick up with him when he bought it. At the time I had a 78 Capprice and loved the full frame v8 rear wheel drive format and after driving his Monte Carlo I knew I needed something like it. I ended up getting my 88SS when I graduated college for $1,700 and I have never regretted what I payed for it. My best advice is if you don't mind the age of the car and that older cars tend to need some maintnence treat yourself to an SS or any Monte Carlo for that matter. Everything that has gone wrong with this car was due to age and owner abuse. And being an SS it was abused by the previous owner. I have yet to find anything deffective with this car that was due to workmanship. Chevrolet needs to make more cars like this. There is no feeling like having the t-tops out on a summer day and hearing that v8 roar. It is without a question the best handling and looking cars I have ever driven. I'm restoring the SS and I'm considering purchasing an LS just to drive to work. This car is truly what the words sports car defines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews