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1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carEagle Vision

Summary:

Great car to buy if you like power and handling and don't mind spending a few grand in repairs

Faults:

Transmission went bad. Seals leak and torque converter also went bad. Heard 1995 had a faulty transmission design.

Leaked oil from the manifold gasket.

Cheap plastic console lid broke.

Idle is funny when first starting the car. Jumps to 2000 rpms then drops to 1000 rpms after a few seconds.

Uses a lot of gas.

Engine is a little noisy.

General Comments:

This car has above average power for a v6. Has quick acceleration on bottom and top end.

The interior is nicely laid out. All gauges and controls are easy to read and find except for the horn. Very comfortable ride.

Car handles very well on corners on any road conditions. Has almost no body roll and grips the road well at any speed.

Very sporty look. Looks and handles like a true sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2003

1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

The Monte Z34 performs so well that's worth keeping

Faults:

Driver's side window has had to be re-tracked several times and I replaced the motor, etc. Now, I have to remember to roll up the window before I close my door.

Needed to replace motor mounts: one done, one to go.

Used to have trouble with idling at start-up.

An oil leak resulted in have gaskets replaced.

And, yes, the inside door covering does seem to be peeling away.

General Comments:

Considering the mileage on this car, I am not dissatisfied. Quite the contrary, and I'm trying to stay on top of the parts that fail, so that I can keep it as long as possible.

I think the car is roomy enough; however, I agree that the console is a problem. I don't like the way it's laid out.

My car zooms. Love that pick-up. There isn't a highway I can't quickly get on, and handling it is a joy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2003

1st Jun 2004, 10:43

Could you please tell me how you got rid of the high idle and then almost stalling out. My car seems to have the same starting problems that I have read about here on this site.

21st Apr 2005, 17:08

I have had the same problem I believe it was a gasket on the intake manifold or something simple like that, but it was a little costly to fix ($130) Other than that the car is a dream to drive and I'm glad I got it against other opinions.

1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 kilometres
Most recent distance247000 kilometres
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Would definitely buy another

Faults:

ABS, had it repaired at the dealer 3 times and still doesn't work. At first it was a faulty wire, and then the entire wiring harness and then the sensor.. all in all $600 (cnd) it still doesn't work.

Power windows are starting to slide off their tracks.

The climate control never seemed to be very good. Luke warm for hot and Luke warm for A\C. Its as if it only has one setting!

Terrible idle\acceleration problem. Some kind of sensor is gone I suspect. Have had the plugs, wires and fuel filter replaced in the car twice in the last two years to try and fix the problem.

Its acts as if it is starving for fuel when I press on the accelerator. It bogs for a few seconds and then takes off as if I had it half down! When taking turns at a considerable amount a speed, it completely bogs out! It idles sometimes like its misfiring.

It has had this problem ever since I've owned it. If anyone has had this problem or has heard about it, please let me know.

Center console is broke, cheap plastic.

Stereo could have been better.

Drinks a lot, buts that to be expected. Its hard not to keep your foot down in this car!

General Comments:

Great looks! Especially with a front end piece.

Great exhaust note!

Fast! Great motor! (knock on wood)

I have put over 82000kms on this car in the last 2 years and it has been the best car I have ever owned for reliability. I would absolutly buy another!

Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

22nd Apr 2003, 00:25

The problem with the idle is not a sensor or plugs & wires related. It is, in fact, bad intake manifold gaskets. The gaskets leak vacuum which causes the engine idle to fluctuate greatly (two to three thousand RPM's) until the motor heats up, the metal of the manifold expands and seals. I had the same problem with my '95 Z34. The dealer will charge you around $500 to do the job. I did it myself. All it cost me was $75 for the gaskets. If you don't know much about cars, I would recommend taking it to the dealer. The new gaskets have thick rubber surrounds that make the bolt holes for the manifold-to-cylinder head bolts not line up correctly (I cross-threaded one bolt and had to re-tap it). Hope this helps you out.

21st Jan 2004, 20:43

Had sameproblem with vacuum seals at 70,000, cost 475.00 at dealer. I'm at 107,000 no problem since. In cold weather recently started running choppy. interior on doors is falling off and plastic moldings around windows on the inside falling off too. Really this car has a beautiful ride and is a good car generally.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 49 reviews