1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Reviews - Page 7 of 9

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carChrysler New Yorker

Summary:

This car is sporty and has good power

Faults:

The driver side switch for the passenger side window went out.

The hinge for the center counsel is broken.

The clear coat on the spoiler is starting to peel away.

The transmission is starting to go now at 157,000 miles.

I've had to replace the serpentine belt once.

General Comments:

I like the factory sound system. It has taken a lot of abuse and still works just fine.

I love the look of the car, but I would get it painted a different color if I could because everyone seems to have a red one.

I definitely like it a lot better than my last car and would buy a newer one in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2004

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z 34 3.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

The best vehicle I've owned

Faults:

I've have never had any major repairs as of yet.

Replaced spark plugs and wires at 100000.

General Comments:

I purchased this car new and have never regretted it.The best car I've owned. With routine maintence this car should and will go over 200000 mile!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2004

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z-34 3.4L DOHC V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4L DOHC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

High power, nice looking car, but costly to maintain

Faults:

Timing belt broke which caused two burned valves at 68,000 miles.

Alternator went out at 100,000 miles.

Center console door broke.

Ash tray door broke.

Stitching coming un-done in rear leather seats.

Driver's side window switch went bad at 98,000 miles.

Anti-lock brake light kept coming on every time I would accelerate hard - the computer would shut the anti-lock brakes off.

Spark plug cables went bad shortly after having them replaced at 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car handles excellently. I love the acceleration and speed.

Seats are very comfortable.

I wish there were more than 1 cup holder.

Steering wheel mounted radio controls are a definite plus.

I love the car's styling and looks.

The car passes at any speed without any problems.

Very comfortable seating for people with long legs.

Very expensive to maintain and fix.

Lots of labor involved in repairing the car due to the crowded engine compartment.

This car has its drawbacks, but overall a very nice car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2004

26th Apr 2005, 12:01

The 3.4 liter is very unreliable. I have a friend who works in a shop. He said one came in and it was such a pain to work on. He also asked me what I had in my 99'. I told him "the 3.8, why." All he could say was GOOD!

19th Aug 2007, 22:42

I have a 97' Z34 and have had all the normal stuff go wrong, but overall this car was a good buy for 1500. It seemed a very good buy, but there was a lot of upkeep to deal with, but once it's all fixed it's a great car.

It's also important to find a good mechanic if you buy this car.

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

A cool looking fun to drive car

Faults:

The water pump failed at 80000 miles.

Leather in back seat has a small rip in the center.

General Comments:

My Monte has been very reliable and cheap to own. Nice stock sound system. Ceiling clearance is low and I am forever rubbing the liner with my head. This car is somewhat hard to see out of when backing up and it has large blind spots. The battery is a pain to replace. The oil is easy to change yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2004

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4 from Czech Republic

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Absolutely magnificent car

Faults:

Service engine soon light is always on. Can't seem to find out why.

General Comments:

This car is so fast, handles terrific, seats are very comfortable, and all around just looks great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2003

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

Some are lemons, some are machines

Faults:

Intake manifold gasket went out at 125,000 miles.

Anti-lock brakes went out at 85,000 miles, but brakes work fine.

Rear end of the car is getting hints of rust.

General Comments:

This car has been very reliable since I have gotten it.

I test drove a 2002 Sunfire with 24,000 miles on it, and it started rougher than my car. My car also handled better.

I replaced the brakes & front tires at 120,000 miles.

The car was worth the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2003

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