2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS V6 from North America
Looks good but has mechanical issues
Replaced three batteries in the past year, alternator, body control module (computer), and mass air control sensor. Got it back from dealer yesterday and the car broke down again tonight. Told the dealer it appears to be a voltage/electrical issue that is frying everything under my hood. Mechanics at the dealership unable to troubleshoot and fix it. Only has 57000 miles!
Chevrolet mechanics unable to troubleshoot and correct serious electrical issues.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th October, 2008
27th Mar 2012, 07:29
There is obviously an electrical problem with the car. Take the car to a different dealer just for the diagnostics, and then take it back to your dealer with their results.
I am a GM technician, and I also have a Monte Carlo SS. It is the best car I have ever owned or driven. Never had a problem with it.
Try asking if there is a short anywhere. If you have an amp in and you installed it yourself, then there may be just enough power to start it, but it is taking too much power, or maybe moisture is a problem?
Just remember though, love the car when it runs, for the amazing car it is, and hate it when it's broke like every other car.
This car is by far the best car General Motors has put out in an eternity. The last best? The 87 IROC Z28 Camaro.
27th Mar 2012, 09:06
And before that was the 1971 Buick Riviera.
21st Jun 2012, 14:23
I am looking to buy a 2002 Monte Carlo, where the seller says the only issue is that it won't go past 40mph. I have read that is usually a bad catalytic converter (part cost as low as $100). What do you think I would expect to pay for labor to put a new one in, and at 150k miles, do you think I would still have a good car, especially with that 3800 series V-6 in there?