WAY too expensive to keep running, a money pit
The first thing that went wrong with my Monte Carlo is a blown intake manifold gasket. I guess this is common of all Chevy 3.1 Liter engines, so I wonder why there is not a recall for it. this was noticeable at 68,000 miles, $975 job.
Since then, in no particular order, an entire range of problems have happened with my Monte
1) $275- turning signal switch had to be replaced, along with ignition and new key.
2) $150- drivers side outer tie-rod end replacement.
3) $230- drivers side strut replacement.
4) $80- alternator (did myself)
5) $50- water pump.
6) $130- rear turning signal repair.
This is in addition to all normal care and maintenance (oil change, brake change (2), etc.)
Now my car is dead in my driveway at 109,000 miles. In October I noticed a little bit of rough running in the engine and a lack of power, and got it checked out, I was told I just needed new spark plugs and wires and a transmission fluid change. I did both, still ran rough (and was averaging about 9 mpg hwy) went back to mechanic, he said it was just buildup in my catalytic converter and would blow-through in about 100 miles of steady driving, at about 70 miles the engine just stopped.
Can't afford to keep getting it checked out and repaired.
Quick and powerful when running, doesn't corner great, but good for a strait.
Great amount of trunk space.
Comfortable to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th December, 2004