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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,142 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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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 192006

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake/rotor problems. The car has had continuous problems with the brakes vibrating/grinding. I have had two sets of front brakes put on the car, one at 32,000 miles and again at 65,000 miles. At 32,000 miles the car had warped rotors that they said was causing the vibrating. Within a year, they are vibrating again. I am 46 years old and never had car to have warped rotors. The car makes a lot of noise when braking at higher speeds - around 55 - 60. I love the car otherwise, just can't seem to get the brake problems corrected.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jul 012004

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact stated the steering wheel vibrated excessively when applying the brakes. The first time he took the vehicle to the dealership they turned the rotors. This remedied the problem for approximately 30-60 days. The second time the vehicle was taken to the dealership they replaced the rotors. The rotors have to be turned approximately every 10,000 miles. This procedure has not remedied the problem at this time.

- Locust Grove, VA, USA

problem #9

Nov 182004

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,163 miles
During inspection, the consumer was informed that the front and rear rotors were coming apart. The dealership replaced the rotors. Consumer replaced front rotors and pads at her expense and was reimbursed by the manufacturer. Mechanic said the rotors were made of pressed metal that flaked apart which made the brakes wear out.

- Lackawaxen, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 072005

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have taken my 2003 Monte Carlo in three different times for rotor vibration. I have been in talks with gmac and they are now telling me the dealership says it is due to driver habits. This is so unfair, seeing as they decided to replace a calipher on my last service call saying this is what caused the whole problem. Now I have to hear the brakes "scrubbing" as I stop, it sounds like a 4-wheel drive truck! they say this is due to the brakes "wearing into" the new shape of the rotor. Sigh, so much for being exicited over your $378 a month vehicle. All that has been done so far is the rotors have been turned three different times and right side calipher replaced. (they tried to charge me but then they "found"the calipher has stuck).

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 222003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Brake rotors were turned twice and then finally replaced after repeated grabbing/vibration while braking occurred. Dealer finally replaced front brake rotors when I brought the vehicle in for the third time. There was no charge to me (warranty covered it).

- Reinbeck, IA, USA

problem #6

Aug 142004

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes were changed @ 32,000 miles still was having vibration when I pressed the pedal took to the dealer for them to check 4 times and they said nothing was wrong. Recently I had to take back for oil change, rotation of tires I told them to check again and my rotors had to be turned but, they did not change the brake pads said they still had 75% wear. The rotors cost me over $100. I am still having vibration when I drive and rubbing when I press my brake pedal. I had my car aligned @ the dealer when the rotors were turned. Now I am going to get them to check my brakes again.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 132004

Monte Carlo

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving and upon pressing the brake pedal vehicle vibrated. Took vehicle to the dealer, and was told vehicle needed new brakes and rotors. Had the repairs done. However, problem recurred.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 112004

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
Rotors required to be turned four times and ready to be turnesd again for a fif th time

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 272003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Brake problems, rotors turned before 8,000 miles due to vibration.brakes now ssqueal and pull to the right. Involved in accident hit another car and when I tryed to get it stoped the brakes pulled hard to the right causing me to hit a elect. Pole.seat belt did not lock air bags did not deploy.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 242003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,400 miles
2 problems with brake system - (1) brakes squeaked until at least 8,000 miles. (2) front brake rotors required turning after 9,500 miles. Had massive vibration from steering wheel which prompted rotor turning.

- Reinbeck, IA, USA

problem #1

Jun 272002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
Failure of rotors (front) continue to require turning after normal driving at 6,500 miles.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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