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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,344 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.

2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012015

Monte Carlo

  • 50,000 miles


I was driving on the freeway and my steering was tighter at 75 mph. My ABS light came on which has flashed on before about 6 times but quickly went off. I thought those time my car was just having a computer fluke. But this time the ABS light was lit with my steering tight. Traction control light came on and said it was off. My brakes started to lock on me as I tried to pull over which was a hassle considering I couldn't turn the wheel easily. Eventually I was able to pull over without a major accident although it was a close call. It took more than 1/2 a mile to get my car to stop. My car was towed. The wheel hub was so damaged that the repair shop said that they are surprised it didn't fall off. The sensors were just floating around. Thus my ABS and traction control warning lights turning on and off. This vehicle has never been in an accident or any other situation to cause this damage. My vehicle had 50,000 original miles at time of failure. The sway bar completely broken. Which I was told the repair shop has seen several GM vehicle's with this sway bar problem. My lower control arm had to be replaced as well as it was damaged with the other components. I do have proof of repairs.

- Murray, UT, USA

problem #2

May 102014

Monte Carlo

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While traveling at an unknown speed and approaching a traffic light, another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The steering wheel and the brakes intermittently locked while attempting to avoid the other vehicle. A police report was filed and the driver sustained whiplash, headaches, neck pains, and left shoulder pains that required medical attention. The passenger sustained whiplash and headaches, which also required medical attention. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 04V190000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 282013

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 41,031 miles
I turned the vehicle on. The instrument panel said traction control off, service ABS. I thought oh great. I drove to the store and the vehicle drove like usual. I got back in the vehicle and the message was now off the message board on the instrument panel. A few days later I turn on the car and the message appears. Mid driving the message disappeared. The next day the message appears again. I turn off the vehicle and turn on the vehicle again this time the message is gone. This still continues. Not as frequent. But I like others think everything is ok as soon as the message is gone. What if this isn't the case. What if something is wrong with the ABS. Wouldn't the message stay in the message center? updated 06/17/14

- Murray, UT, USA

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