1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Z34 Automatic
Distance when acquired174000 kilometres
Most recent distance194000 kilometres

Faults:

I had the alternator go about a month after I bought it, which is good considering the kilometers on it. Since then I have replaced all 4 rotors and brakes, which is a necessity for the foundation of any car.

The only other problem or repairs on this would be seat repair and struts. Other than that, the girl who owned this car took great care of it.

First and best vehicle I have ever drove or owned.

And for those of you who like power, or think the Monte Carlo's don't have it, well the 3.4 can beat a 3.8 Mustang, so don't kid yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2007

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1 OHV SFI from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.1 OHV SFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Best 250 bucks I've ever spent

Faults:

Alternator at 132K.

Previous owner wore brakes down to the vents in rotor at 126K.

Exhaust Crossover Pipe at 132K.

General Comments:

This Car is quick, quiet, so very comfortable, big, and it handles very well for such a heavy FWD car. The trunk is HUGE. The engine is very low maintenance, the ride is so smooth and quiet.

I bought the car in rough shape with 126K from the previous owner and after a little TLC shes the finest black beauty around.

The looks are amazing mine is an LS with Alloys and the overall looks are amazing.

The Engine is quiet, low maintenance and can take any of the beatings I put it through.

The Cabin area is huge. I owned a Corolla before and this car feels like a bus compared to it. Its got enough room to transport 18 tires in a COUPE!!!

Overall I love this car. It starts every day, no check engine lights, no hesitation, no problems, and it looks good while doing it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired55600 miles
Most recent distance98412 miles

Summary:

Couldnt even get me to 99k..

Faults:

Altenator died again after 2 years of purchase from 'quality GM parts'.

Though well washed and waxed, its rusting pretty well.

Car doesn't even run anymore, sits in the driveway.

The water pump is leaking.

The engine overheats.

The engine fans sometimes stay on when you turn off the car.

Transmission is trippy.

Interior lights flicker.

Replaced the brakes 3 times in 5 years.

Electronic windows get stuck open at times.

Air conditioning only works on the left side of the car.

General Comments:

GM built a god awful car when they assembled this piece. The thing couldn't even get me past 99k. I could write a book on all the things wrong with the car...

First off it didn't even make it to 100k before the dealer said the thing is shot. I treated it like my baby, but that didn't matter. The altinator was replaced 2 years ago and now it is broken again. (great product GM!).

To just focus on the design flaws, the car is very heavy and the shocks and suspension they used on it isn't adaquate. The car leans into turns which makes your feel like your about to come out of your seat. Plus it has a rough drive, you will feel every bump.

The heating system isn't sufficient for cold Vermont winters (yet the car was made in Canada)

The headlights are so dim. It is a scary to drive it down country roads at night. My dad almost crashed it in a ditch because of this.

The only good qualities this car has is the engine is strong (when it chooses to run) and the radio is decent. That's about it.

Never, I mean NEVER buy this product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th January, 2007

26th May 2008, 11:18

I like my Z34, 1997 Monte Carlo. My M.C. currently has 118K on it.

I haven't babied the car, with one exception, I always park it in a safe place (mostly large, protected spaces); so as to avoid dings from other car's doors.

City stop and go mileage (on 2 mile trips to 7-11)11-12 MPG. On the highway, 27-29 MPG.

Not knowing where the man "who hates" his M.C. lives, I would say he hasn't babied his car at all. From his descriptions, attention to service was not high on his priority list.

I've personally seen trashed Monte Carlos that are still running at 185K, and the owners told me their cars are still fast; I've been at a Chevy dealership when they've come in for service; neglect is not to baby ones car.

Mine is red with black leather with all the available factory options. It is always one of the best looking cars in the parking lot when we go shopping; often it's the best.

On the HWY is wants to get up and go. Trips between California and Texas, Texas and Monterrey, MX it delivers the best mileage.

Aside from a couple of electrical bugs in the beginning (PROM) glitches, the Monte Carlo is the best car I've ever owned. I will never sell it or trade it in. This Monte Carlo is my own personal NASCAR. I'm as proud of it today as I was eleven years ago when I bought it, at Puente Hills/Leo Hoffman Chevrolet, La Puente, California. So there, you with the so-called rust bucket in your drive-way crying for TLC. I rest my case.

Ron (Carguy) Shaw.

28th Jan 2009, 01:21

I have a 97 Z34 as well. Don't get me wrong, the car is balls to the wall fast for a late 90 V6 coming out of the states, but the fuel system has given me problems since I bought it. I had the car for 3 weeks when the fuel pump went out, and so I therefore couldn't afford to fix it ATM, so I drove my fox body Mustang for about 3 months.

Well I went and bought the new fuel pump, and had it replaced by a very good mechanic, the car checked out to be OK, but within 3 days of replacing the pump, it again is giving me problems. Just tonight the Service Engine Soon light came on and flashed while the car was "Vapor Locking" or that is how it felt.

The car, aside from this problem, is great. I was told that keeping the car above 1/4 tank would resolve my fuel system issues, and since the car hasn't been below 1/2. I can't quite figure out why the fuel pump keeps crapping out, possibly a computer or ECM problem I suppose.

29th Jan 2010, 01:06

With my car, I had problems with the fuel system too, and I just ended up getting a new fuel pump, fuel rail, fuel regulator, injectors, and filter. Ever since I did that, there has not been a problem with my 97 Z34 Monte.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 27 reviews