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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,960 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.

2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 082004

Monte Carlo

  • 6,000 miles


The rotors of my 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ls need to resurfaced or replace every 6000 miles, otherwise I will feel the shaking/vibrating of the brakes when I try to slow down or stop at high speed.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 182010

Monte Carlo

  • 54,000 miles
Having the common traction control and ABS problems with my 2003 monte ss. Cant believe this isn't part of a recall and only a tsb. At this point there doesn't seem to be an exact answer on what to have replaced to fix the problem. Just spend alot of money and hope you had the correct repair. Traction active comes on at slow speed and dry roads. Usually after backing up and then turning sharply. Anti locks have even engaged when they shouldn't. again at slow speeds and dry roads. I'm appalled because I had the same problem with my Chevy truck that caused me an accident. I'm very fearful of another accident. GM had an investigator check my truck and they took responsibility for that brake failure. Going to try the wiring harness first and go from there I guess.

- Tawas City, MI, USA

problem #4

May 112010

Monte Carlo

  • 117,000 miles
2 complaints. When starting off from a stop position and making a hard left the service traction system light comes on and the trac off light comes on and the ABS light comes on and the car makes a grinding noise. Only does this at this time. The second complaint is the overhead driver control panel will not come on and then after driving a ways it will come on. When off the air or heat or defrost will not work. I have replaced it once and now it is doing it again. I have not done anything about the lights for the traction.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 202009

Monte Carlo

  • 73,499 miles


ABS braking in my 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo I was 2 cars lengths away from a Ford bronka for whom I rearended, I was looking to turn in qt parking lot then I looked back and the cars ahead had stopped. I hit the breaks expecting to be able to avoid the contact but the breaks just locked up and the air bag did not deploy thank god for seatbelts. As the movement of the car was sliding forward and I had my foot pumping to slow but every time I touch the pedal it would just lock up. I tried this twice and them I just braced for the hit when we hit my foot was jammed back on the break now I have a broken foot.

- Claremore , OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 292006

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,758 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. At 18,758 miles, the contact's vehicle was shaking severely and was taken to the dealer. The dealer informed her that she needed new rotors and brake pads on both front wheels. The tires were rotated and the failure recurred. The contact returned to the dealer for inspection. The failure has been ongoing for three weeks and no one has called her back to repair the vehicle. The vehicle is kept in storage during the winter because it is not driven often. The current mileage is 34,261 updated 01/08/09 the consumer stated the let front tire has flat spots and the vehicle would shake after the tires were rotated. The front end of the vehicle shakes. The rotors and pads were replaced. Updated 01/09/09.

- Goetzville, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 052002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Within 3 weeks after purchase of vehicle, front brakes began squealing erratically, causing abnormal dusting and premature wear of brakes. Problem is continuous.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

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