I have a 97 z34 3.4L and the engine has stopped running on lots of occasions but it always starts back up. It's a strong running engine, on the way home I kept up with a brand new mustang GT. After I got it I put on new rear struts and it needs a new wheel bearing. It also needs new gaskets. For awhile I idled rough until I put seafoam in the gas tank. I got it for $2300 and put almost $1000 into it. After I get a new wheel bearing and the stalling fixed it should run great.
I have a 97 monte with a 3.1. I've had it for a little over a year. Not that many problems. My radiator cracked, but that is a minor problem. it drives well. The only thing that bothers me is that the lights don't cut off. I hate that. Nice car.
97 Z34 Fuel system is garbage. I've had nothing but problems with my fuel pump since I bought the car. I wouldn't recommend the car to anyone unless they wanted a car that goes fast for about 10 minutes before it needs powertrain work.
I had/have for now a 1999 Z34 Monte. I've had the car for about 8 years now, and last week the engine just quit on me. I was driving home from work, it was fine. Then the next time I got in the low coolant light came on, ABS, and then engine light started flashing, car was shaking pretty bad. I pulled and over shut it off. Went to restart it, it started to turn, then heard a loud whack.. I had to have it towed home about 3 minutes away and a $60 tow charge.
Until now I would say the car handled like a champion. I had the thermostat and water hose just replaced, the car didn't even over heat. Anyone think it may be something else? I'm gonna have it looked at...
Well, now I have a GTO and would be ashamed to feel the speed of the Monte Carlo to that. Oh and the Monte only had 143,000 miles on it.
I'm rather disappointed, though I did get my money's worth out of it. Over 100,000 miles, do not buy! Nothing but problems from there on.
I bought a 97 Monte Carlo Z34 after my 96 Mont was totalled - What a mistake. I had not trouble with the 96, but the 97 with that 3.4l engine is a disaster. In talking to my mechanic, he took the VIN, and immediately told me to get rid of it. Unfortunately, I could not afford to do so. Replacing ball joints every couple of years is the BEST part of it. If it gets below 1,000RPM it dies. It always starts back up, however this is a problem. Just for variety, when it is about to die and revving down, it sometimes surges forward instead of just dying. Although the car is a beauty, that old saying "beauty is skin deep" truly applies to this vehicle.
I've had my 1997 z34 Monte Carlo for two years. It runs real strong and sometimes surprises me with how quick it is for a 3.4L V6. I have not had to replace anything on it for 7 months, which was just the starter. And there have been other problems, but almost all of them have been from previous owners not taking care of the Monte the way you should.
There is lots of room inside it to sit people too. Everyone who has rode in it has even said that my Monte is one of the nicest cars they have seen, that's as old as it is. Everyone just needs to learn how to take care of these Montes, and if you do, it will probably be the best car you ever own.
I still have a 1997 Red Monte Carlo Z34 with only 75,000 miles on it, all original parts (except A/C, which broke as soon as I bought it, but was still under warranty and fixed free), black leather, CD player, remote, security system and all the bells and whistles.
I already had an identical 1995 Red Monte Z34 (the license plates were only 2 digits apart!) and my two daughters each had their own Montes.
I drive it 5 miles a week just to keep everything going without upping its mileage, 'cause to me, it's a classic car that will be worth lots of money someday. I didn't like the 2000+ body shapes, so I bought a fancy Mustang and had to trade in the 1995. I love my Monte.
I cannot find the top return fuel line for my 1996 Z34 Monte Carlo. The dealers have discontinued the lines, and the salvage yards won't sell them due to liability. What do I do?