1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 V6 gasoline from North America

Summary:

Good performance and comfort for the price

Faults:

At 68,000 miles I started to have a problem where the car kept stalling and pinging. This turned out to be a fuel system flush and spark plug wires. These are very expensive to fix due to the mechanic having to remove the air intake manifold. The brakes wore very unevenly and had to be replaced. Service engine light comes on quite frequently.

General Comments:

The interior is very comfortable and spacious. The car is very quick and usually reliable. Besides the few problems I had it is a good car. Great car to take to work and on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1 from North America

Summary:

Nice looking, great driving car

Faults:

1. Replaced alternator at about 70,000 miles.

2. Replaced alternator again at about 70,020 miles.

3. Replaced alternator again at about 80,000 miles.

4. Replaced A/C compressor at about 70,000 miles.

5. Replaced A/C compressor again at about 75,000 miles.

6. Need to replace again. : (

7. Plastics in interior broke (ashtray, Volume knob on radio, console etc...).

8. Seats starting to wear badly (small rip in drivers seat).

9. Sometimes the windows will not go up or down.

10. Replaced drive belt at 38,000 miles.

11. Replaced Battery twice.

12. Replaced spark-plugs, and wires at 72,000 miles.

13. Passengers door lining is falling apart. (Fixed it with super-glue)

14. Repainted front bumper after paint started peeling.

15. Carpeting on drivers side is starting to wear slightly.

General Comments:

After Fixing all these things, except one, the car looks great, and runs better than ever before.

I love the car, and even though all those things happened, I will probably buy another Monte Carlo. (NEW SS with supercharger) ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 3.1 from North America

Summary:

Don't ever buy this car

Faults:

The head gaskets at 79000 miles, the heater core, the radiator, the a/c condenser. lower intake gaskets.

General Comments:

This car is a piece of junk. ran for 1 year. now can't keep it running. lost my job because of this car not running. sad beacuase it's a good looking car. but that's easy to see cause its always standing still.I'm going to get rid of it as soon as I can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

18th Aug 2004, 22:08

This comment is from an auto repair professional: You always hear the crying from those who run there cars in the ground and expect them to last forever without performing any required maintenance when needed. I bet you followed the manufacturers scheduled servicing, you know, that little book that comes in the glove box of new cars? There included so the owner can know when to service the coolant system to clean out old anti-freeze to prevent sludge build up which leads to improper cooling, and other various servicing. You said you had a problem with lower intake gasket? You're not alone there pal, it is a poor gasket to start with, but fixing it correctly once and you won't have that problem again. This advise is not only for the Monte Carlo, but for all makes and models, service them and you will get more use and pleasure out of your car.

14th Mar 2005, 07:46

Man just take care of the car and it will take care of you.. I own a 96 monte and shes a soldier...

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1 from North America

Summary:

Will buy another one

Faults:

Manifold gasket cracked at 102,000 miles and needed to be entirely replaced.

Both electric window mechanisms started to come off the track and had to be entirely replaced, with the driver side first.

Engine seems to run very hot in summer, but cools down while air conditioning is operating.

CD player scratches most of my CD's.

General Comments:

Basically I have been very happy with the car since it was new, with the exception of badly designed seats causing backache and fatigue after long drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2003

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z-34 3.4 liter V6 from North America

Summary:

Good value and performance. Not very costly to fix or labor intensive to replace parts

Faults:

Other than having to replace a few bulbs, nothing major. Brake jobs and servicing kept it nice.

General Comments:

The car was very fast and agile.

However, backseat roominess was minimal, even for my young teen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2003