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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,714 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 062011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Just purchased 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ls 2D today, vehicle has 1st gear engagement (slips), when pulling off from stationary position vehicle will lose power then jerk/clunk forward like being hit from behind only occurs when pulling off from stand still position or making turns, also noticed dash board panel is separating from airbag compartment and glue/foam showing.

- Carmichael , CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 102003

Monte Carlo

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that when pulling off from a stationary position the vehicle will drag and then jerk forward like you have been hit from behind. The dealer has not been able to find out what is causing the problem even though they have seen the problem on other vehicles. The problem does not happen while driving; this is a failure that only occurs you're pulling off from a stand still position. The VIN number was not available at the time of the complaint.the failure mileage was 34000 and the current failure 41000.rl

- Monroe Falls, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 152008

Monte Carlo

  • 84,569 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard a loud snap similar to the sound of a rubber band. The vehicle then lost all power and shut off on its own. The contact managed to pull off the road. A diagnostic indicated that the transmission lines had ruptured. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic at the pit stop and it was confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 84,569 and current mileage was 104,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 072003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Transmission delayed first gear engagement (slips). Defective pressure valve replaced by dealership " per service bulletin".

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 292002

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Constant hard up-shift / downshift action unless continual power applied. Possibly a torque converter lock-up.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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