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2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,316 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 engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 302016

Monte Carlo

  • miles

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

The car dont want to start up but in 5 mins it will start up but now when I try to start the car it keep cranking even when I im not turning the key.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #18

May 132016

Monte Carlo

  • 120,000 miles
Engine fire engulfed the whole front end. There was a recall by GM #15757. Received a letter indicating possible engine compartment fire. Called dealership several times and informed that needed part was not available. While driving vehicle home on city street the engine compartment went up in flames. Video was taken of the fire.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 012015

Monte Carlo

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking oil and had an abnormal burning odor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was confirmed that the vehicle experienced the same failure as NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact received notification for this recall, but the parts to do the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #16

Oct 122015

Monte Carlo

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling). The part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Augusta, FL, USA

problem #15

Dec 152014

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine, engine coolant) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 05/17/16

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #14

Mar 072014

Monte Carlo

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the rear valve cover gasket was leaking oil. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The dealer stated that the front gasket was the only component included in the recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #13

Dec 012015

Monte Carlo

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 252016

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Johns Island, SC, USA

problem #11

Jan 192016

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Port Wentworth, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 152016

Monte Carlo

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While traveling on the highway at approximately 57 mph, the vehicle started smoking heavily and the contact pulled off the highway to a rest area. The fire department was called and the vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified of the failure. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine) two months prior. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Princeton, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 072016

Monte Carlo

  • 139,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. When the ignition was turned to the on position, the plastic intake plenum cover for the engine detached. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 139,000.

- White Lake, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 142012

Monte Carlo

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle caught on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) after the failure occurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 03/23/16

- Madisonville, KY, USA

problem #7

Dec 012013

Monte Carlo

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the vehicle leaked fuel from the front passenger side of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that when the vehicle was turned on, smoke emitted from under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the technician placed a trough on the vehicle to direct the leak to a different direction. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Spokame, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 172015

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Sep 082015

Monte Carlo

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while the vehicle being serviced at a dealer, the technician informed the contact of an internal leak from the oil pressure unit. The dealer diagnosed that the oil pressure sending unit needed to be replaced however, the vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 108,000.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 192015

Monte Carlo

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 10 mph, the front end of the vehicle caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report and a police report were not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was not available.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 182014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact had to make numerous attempts to start the vehicle. The failure occurred three times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 10/29/14 the consumer stated the theft differential fuel enables circuit condition. The ECM has not received the proper signal from the theft differential system. Updated 4/24/3015

- Leesville, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 082014

Monte Carlo

  • 160,000 miles
My 2003 monte ss had been smoking and having problems accelerating & shifting and put on testers and read code and I needed a air flow sensor so I had that put on, was recommended I get tune up so I got that, and had just put new battery in the car. The following day after putting gas in the car I was leaving gas station and lost acceleration again and the car smoked again. I soon lost all power including gas & breaks and windows. People passing by were honking and said the underneath of car and under hood had flames in front of car. I had to throw it in park and jump out because the peddles quit working and the car exploded in flames and had I not had my window down I would have been locked inside and could have lost my life. The engine and whole electrical wire harness had caught fire and the car burned up with 3-5 minutes. This was our only car and the only means of getting disabled child to the appointments he needed and to work and has put hardship on our family.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 112014

Monte Carlo

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Waukee , IA, USA

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