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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,275 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 192005

Monte Carlo

  • miles


The brake rotors on my 2001 Monte Carlo have had to be resurfaced twice and now need to be resurfaced a third time for becoming warped. The first time I had the brakes resurfaced was at 19,874 miles. The second time was at 40,644. I have 55,562 miles on my vehicle now and they need to be resurfaced again, but the vibrations haven't gotten that bad yet. Associated with the vibrations from my rotors becoming warped, I experience a "knocking" feeling in the steering wheel. I took my car into my local Chevy dealer at about 39,700 miles and described my problem to them. They told me that the brake rotors were warped and needed resurfacing and that the steering shaft had gone bad and needed replacing. I had them replace the steering shaft ($480 job) but not the brakes. I took my car to a local repair shop to resurface the rotors (less expensive than dealer cost). I am having the same symptoms of the steering shaft going bad again. I don't understand why Chevrolet won't do something for its Monte Carlo customers.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 102005

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Febuary of this year ABS traction sensor and brake system warning light illuminated. When backing iout of driveway or in normal driving at any given speed the brakes would grab and the traction active lights would illuminate. Took vehicle to a dealer, they said it was the left rear wheel hub sensor that failed, but could not duplicate problems consumer was having at that time. The dealer did not replace this, but did reset the sensor. When vehicle was driven away from dealer brakes still had the same problem. Within 24 hours the same issue was actived on the vehicle. Returneds to dealer, this time they replaced the left rear wheel hub sensor. About a month later this happened again. Did phone dealer about this. Consumer made another trip to the dealer, who noted again the left rear wheel sensor had gone bad again. Currently, car is again at the dealer for the 4th time for the same problem. The last occurrence was at a at stop sign, and when applying brake pressure discovered no brakes. Afterwards, immediately drove to dealership, where car is now. Also has had rotors resurfaced, and replaced rear brake pads as well during this process.

- Deatsville, AL, USA

problem #8

Sep 212004

Monte Carlo

  • 47,000 miles
Brake rotors were turned by dealer in June 2004 at 43,000 miles. Steering wheel started shaking, had brakes checked, brakes were fine. Was told the front rotors were no good and needed to be replaced. This occured 3 months and 4,000 miles later. The dealer replaced the rotors, charged $205 (did not charge labor). I've noticed on this site many people have complained of the same problem. I've spent over $450 in 90 days for brake rotor issues.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 082004

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,046 miles


Series of high cost repairs at my expense with no warranty: Driver infomation center has always been wrong and inaccurate and unfixable; at 24446 miles, replaced front rotors at my expense (; ac at 30825 worked intermittenly and battery light indicator stayed on and serpentine belt worn out (replaced with after market brand ($90) that has lasted perfectly at almost 80,000 miles; engine coolant leak notice by Chevrolet on July 2003 fixed on 7/30-03 at 58009miles; at 34607 vibration from intermid. Steering shaft and bushing replaced ($60); vibration back at 75,000miles and they would not fix it; chev diagnosis on 7/8/04 for left rear wheel speed sensor needs left rear wheel hub assembly (ABS brakes will not work and not fixed, $700) and turn signals work intermittenly (not fixed) and ac compressor leaking (not fixed, $900), and driver seat power seat heater defective (not fixed, $230).

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 162002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Every 15,000 to 17,000 I have to have the rotors turned because of warping. I have contacted the manufacters customer service and they sent back a standard form letter. After second time manufacturer told me they could not help and to make an appointment with my dealer. All they did was to turn the rotors no charge. That does not solve the problem. There has to be a defect. Just like one of the other complaints, all my driving is on the highway.

- Ormond Beach , FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 222003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
My 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has a safety-related defect with the front brake rotors. The rotors are made of a composite material and warp very easily. At 1500 miles, I noticed a steering wheel vibration when applying the brakes at 45-60 mph. I had the rotors removed and resurfaced at my local garage since the Chevy dealer told me that brake repairs would not be covered under the warranty. I now have 25000 miles on the vehicle, and the braking vibration is recurring. My mechanic tells me that the rotors must be replaced. This is clearly a safety-related, design defect that Chevrolet is refusing to fix. NHTSA should investigate this and force Chevrolet to fix the problem.

- Annandale, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 052003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,700 miles


I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. I have had to have my rotors replaced twice and a complete brake job done all before my factory warranty is up. I have been told this is not a safety issue and that rotors are a wearable item. I am concerned that this will be a continual problem with repeat trips to the dealership to replace what appears to be a defective part and it's continual use as a replacement part. 90% of my driving is interstate driving and the fear of braking irregularities or effectiveness is frightening to me. Something needs to be done to prevent this problem--not just cover it up.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #3

May 052002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I took my Monte Carlo in at 25,000 miles for bad steering wheel vibrations when braking and brakes not holding in damp weather (either rain or car wash). The service consultant told me that whoever rotated my tires used the wrong torque when putting the wheels back on. He said that messed up my rotors. I told him that I had never rotated my tires. He said that my warranty wouldn't be honored because I had not rotated my tires. I took it to another chev dealer and he said that brakes were not covered under warranty and it was not unusual to have to have my rotors turned and new pads at that mileage. I have had all new cars and never had to have a complete brake job at that mileage.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #2

Jul 172002

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is subject to vibration due to rotors having some sort of failure, possibly warped. Owner is concerned because no cause was specified. Since consumer purchased the vehicle while applying brakes between 45 and 60 miles per hour the steering wheel violently vibrates. The vehicle is still covered under warranty. Consumer took vehicle to the repair shop where she was informed the rotors were warped and wouldn't be covered. Consumer took vehicle to a different mechanic for a second opinion.

- Edinboro, PA, USA

problem #1

May 292002

(reported on)

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The problem is the the rotors have had to be resurfaced at 11,000, 22,000 miles and now at 30,000 I have to replace rotors out of my pocket. They get hot and do not cool down before next time you Sep on brake. Cheve. Did pay for the resurfacing on the first 2 tims, but will not fix them anymore time. Les schwab is doing the repacement work now and they have said that this is not the first one they have done, for the same problem. Cheve. Dealer did tell me that there is a recall on the Malibu rotors but not the Monte Carlo. When the rotors start going you get a plusing in the steering wheel and the brake pedal, when they get really bad your steering wheel shakes. This is a safety problem with the rotors, why is Chevrolet not coming froward to fix this problem right?

- Ravensdale, WA, USA

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