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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,141 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace valve cover gaskets (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 072014

Monte Carlo SS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


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I'm not sure how long this problem had been going on. My car's heater coil drained into the floorboard of my car causing alarm. It was only when I went to have the heater coil replaced that I learned the condition of my cooling system. I have learned that this has been a SERIOUS problem with GM vehicles. I was never notified, but learned today that there has been a class action lawsuit that was filed and settled and I was never notified. These conditions should be notified by GM so that it does not cause a breakdown.

- , Florence, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 272011

Monte Carlo LS 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,200 miles

I purchased a beautiful 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo back in 2005. It was a certified used vehicle with 21,000 miles. Paid 1500 for extended warranty. Around 30,000 miles i had the lower intake manifold gasket replaced. At 53,546 i had lower intake manifold gasket replaced again. Now at 66,200 LIM gasket needs replacing again. The first two repairs were covered by warranty. The cost of repair is $1200-1500, which is now not under warranty. Of course the cost is a factor but more important is the frequency of the problem. It's apparent there's a defect in this area of the 3.4L V6. I am 57 yrs old and love American cars.GM and the rest the American car makers own up to your mistakes or suffer the consequences. Need a Bail Out?

- , East Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 182010

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,222 miles

From what I have heard and researched online this is fairly common around 60,000 miles. I'm pretty particular when it comes to my vehicles so I guess it held up pretty well. Still a nice chuck of change to fix though.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

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