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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,610 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

Apr 142008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,500 miles


Have had the car since Feb-14-08. Repeatedly the message center battery light comes on, for ten minutes or longer. Then all the gauges in cluster drop as if car is off including cruise control, seat belt light and chime. Having traveled from NY to ga I was concerned I'd be stranded. Contacted onstar diagnostics en route and was told they didn't detect a problem. 29,000 miles on it, believe factory warranty is still active and will take it in asap.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #21

Mar 032008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that all the gauges on the instrumental panel displayed inaccurate readings. He is unable to determine how fast he is driving. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 36,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #20

Dec 232007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,540 miles
My gas gauge stopped working first, still not working. Now my speedometer only works sometimes not real sure if its correct when it does work I received a speeding ticket when I did not realize I was speeding.

- Berlin Hts, OH, USA

problem #19

Oct 152007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The speedometer never displays the correct speed. The vehicle has not been taken to a dealer for inspection. The current mileage was 83,000 and failure mileage was 76,000. Updated 04/16/08

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #18

Mar 112008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,330 miles
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ls, 43330 miles, complete failure of speedometer and tachometer in the automobile's dashboard instrument cluster.

- Sun Valley, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 022008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,610 miles
I started my car and realized the fuel gauge was buried all to the right. Then when driving the car my speedometer was giving false readings. When I'm stopped it displays 50 mpg. Now all the gauges are either erratic or not working at all.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #16

Jan 042008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


I have a 2004 Monte Carlo ss that I bought brand new in 2004. I have about 38,000 miles on it and my volt gauge, gas gauge and my speedometer are not working properly, speedometer shows wrong speed and sometimes doesn't work at all. Gas and volt gauges are pointing straight down all the time. This problem started around January. I searched around on the internet and found out that I could leave a complaint here with your Agency.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jan 012007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
My speedometer and gas gage on my 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo are erratic in their readings. Sometimes it will read 100mph while I am not moving, and sometimes it will read 0mph when I am going at least 65mph. I have not had any consequences (speeding tickets or accidents)due to this failure, but it is inconvenient and surely will cause problems in the future.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #14

Feb 012008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,800 miles
No recent work leading up to the problem has been done to the vehicle. The vehicles speedometer reads erratic speeds while driving. Sometimes it will stop while braking and pick up again immediately upon acceleration. Thus showing a higher speed than actual. Most of the time it will stop while accelerating and either stay immobile or will pick up eventually showing a lower than actual speed indication. I have read about this same complaint on multiple forums, on a variety of GM vehicles. Nothing has been done to correct this issue.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #13

Aug 062007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Speedometer in 2004 Monte Carlo began behaving erratically about 10K miles ago. Now it has affected the other gauges. The speedometer reads anywhere from 60 to 120 at a standstill. RPM gauge is maxed. This seems to be a common problem with GM ic's and I am wondering why there is no recall notice. At this time I can not afford to have it fixed or be without it for 3 days.

- Swartz Creek, MI, USA

problem #12

Jan 072007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


My speedometer is erratic. It will show incorrect speeds. I have had this replaced once by the dealer while the car was under warranty but it is no longer covered. I have read on the internet that this is a common problem with Chevrolet products. I believe someone should force Chevrolet to recall these cars since the instruments in the clusters cannot be depended on to be accurate.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #11

Nov 222006

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. When the vehicle is traveling one speed, the speedometer displays another speed. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle has not yet been taken to a dealer. The current mileage was 67,937 and failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 04/16/08.

- Porter , IN, USA

problem #10

Feb 122008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hi there, I bought a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo from carmax in October 2007. All was functioning fine until I noticed about a week ago, February 7, 2008, that the RPM was registering as very high on the tachometer, almost into the red area, around 5500 and higher. Panicking, I took it to a meineke car repair place, where they told me nothing was wrong with the car engine etc., and that it was the gauge itself that was messed up. They suggested I check recalls. I found no recalls on tachometers for 2004 Chevy Monte carlos. I thought I'd wait and check around for prices, but this morning, February 12, 2008, on my way in to work, my speedometer started showing 30mph, when I knew I was going at least 70mph. I've checked for recalls on speedometers, and I see none. The tachometer was bad enough, but I cannot drive properly without a functioning speedometer, and from checking online, it looks like other Monte Carlo drivers are having the same problem. I love my car, but this is a problem. Please recall the affected part (instrument panel/cluster). Thank you, eulena jonsson

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #9

Nov 152007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Instrument cluster. More specifically the odometer and temp gauge just get stuck and go all over the place while driving. The odometer will read 50 mph when going much faster ad the more you slow down the lower it reads finally when you stop the needle reads well below 0 then when you start moving again you can be at 40-45 mph and it reads 10mph or less.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #8

Nov 102007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Faulty speedometer. Does not read accurate speed the majority of the time. Not sure if odometer is affected also, but I do know that there is a present problem GM has admitted to which affects their trucks and SUVS in the same year. Special policy for replacement/repair is being offered to owners of those vehicles.

- Diamond, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 072007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Speedometer failure; driving down road, speedometer went to zero. Driving freeway, speedometer suddenly went backwards past zero. Driving down road, speedometer went from 35 to 60 to 120. Each time would not work again until car sat parked and restarted. Even in park with car off at times speedometer was still reading either zero or 120. Took to dealer, had to pull out dash and send it out for repair overnight, fixed for $438.88. (car has 60,000 miles).

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 192007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
My speedometer is erratic. At times it reads 140 mph at a complete stop or 80 mph when I think I'm doing 30 mph. There is no way to tell how fast I'm actually going.

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 252007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,700 miles
My speedometer began to act erratically last winter, just after my warranty expired. I didn't realize it until I was pulled over for going 20 miles over the limit, with my cruise control on. I didn't receive a ticket, but was late for an important appointment. When I called my Chevy dealer, they claimed they had never heard of this and would have to replace the entire panel. This occurs more in very cold or rainy conditions. I have not had it corrected yet.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 072007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Speedometer needle is not showing correct speed. It will show 10 mph when vehicle is maintaining identical speed of other vehicles on a freeway. It will show 120 mph when vehicle is stopped. The needle will point directly downward at any given time.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

May 102007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,900 miles
Speedometer fails to register the correct miles per hour and doesn't even work most of the time. I have had it checked at a certified garage.

- Cumberland Gap, TN, USA

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