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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,611 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 132015

Monte Carlo

  • 193,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, a strong burning fuel odor was present inside and outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front valve cover gasket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 193,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 312014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 45,513 miles
Went out to start car. Turned on key, set radio. Then turned key to start engine with a resulting loud explosion from under hood. In hurry to get up hood and extinguish fire experienced burns on hands from lifting hood and a fuel line that was squirting fuel/flames. Fire extinguisher extinguished flames. Upper intake manifold is blow apart with multiple sensors destroyed. Thank god this happened at home with an extinguisher handy and not driving down the road with no time to slow down.

- Teryvile, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 082011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I started the car up and I heard a pop and saw a blue flame. After repairing the car costing $3240.74 it once again caught another fire please help.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 302005

Monte Carlo

  • miles


3 new fuel pump rails installed from recall ( gas gauge does not work). The problem still occurs, the gauge works for a small amount of time after new fuel rail is installed, then fails, leaving no way to check the amount of fuel left in the tank.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #2

Sep 022010

Monte Carlo

  • 133,153 miles
Gas gauge all of a sudden stopped working and I ran out of gas!

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 232006

Monte Carlo

  • 100,000 miles
My 2002 Chevy montecarlo ss the gas gauge is very erratic it shows you having a full tank of a gas when you don't it bounces back and forth like this no matter if it's full or not very frustrating to know when to fill up...

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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