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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,187 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #59

Oct 012010

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


All gauges on dash are inaccurate and will work sometimes, and at other times they do not work at all or give the wrong reading.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #58

Jul 072014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 207,620 miles
I started driving the car when the security feature turned on on my car. My car would not turn on afterwards in the parking lot for a couple minutes have passed. The security light was on during that time.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #57

Feb 012012

Monte Carlo

  • 120,000 miles
Thought this was the car for me. Wrong. After purchasing the car the following things have gone wrong and most seem dangerous. No way to control headlights.. driving at night at 55 mph, lights all shut off the indicator lights also stop working at random times ignition does not accept key every time resulting in leaving a spare key in the ignition and hope it starts. If not I'm required to wait 15 minutes before starting or longer. The traction system no longer works, along with cruise, or steering controls total power lost to steering wheel, hope this doesn't affect the airbag. I have the supercharged version, the engine caught fire and had to be replaced. Needless to say it is no longer supercharged. Not so sure about this issue, however when pumping gas the pump will kick off every half gallon pumped into tank. Another fire issue?

- Pineville, KY, USA

problem #56

Oct 232013

Monte Carlo

  • 103,000 miles


My speedometer, RPM, and gas gauges are inaccurate. I cannot tell how fast I am going, nor how much gas I have. Then ever since I bought my car, brand new, my transmission has been slipping, its an automatic. The dealer fixed it the 1st time, but now again, 90,000 miles later, its us starting to happen radio has stopped working, no light or noise period. Please recall because I have read literally hundreds of posts of the same problem in the same car. I paid good money for my car, not for this. All if these problems are unsafe and I really hate for my 1 year old boy to ride in it. Please, please recall the car.

- Flatwoods, KY, USA

problem #55

Feb 122014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Driving back home from my mothers and my instrument cluster failed so for bout month I had no clue how much gas was in car, how fast I was going, oil etc took me over a month B4 I finally had saved the money to have it fixed and seeing as I just bought the car and seeing same complaints I was beyond pissed that I had to pay $560 to fix GM's [xxx] parts. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greencastle, IN, USA

problem #54

Jan 062014

Monte Carlo

  • 46,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the speedometer would continuously display an inaccurate reading. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 46,000.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #53

Sep 072007

Monte Carlo

  • 38,000 miles


Instrument cluster inoperative. Speedometer says you are doing 110 mph when car is shut off and in park. Temperature gauge does not register. Always reads cold. Tachometer barely works. All gauges give a false reading. Contacted GM about the problem and they said it is not a safety concern so it will not be recalled. Quoted over $500 to replace the instrument cluster. Driver message center pops up random warnings, like check air pressure when air pressure is fine. Not sure how this does not classify as a safety concern when you have no clue how fast you are going, if the car is going to overheat, if the oil pressure is too high or low, or if the super charger boost is correct. GM needs to recall these cars and fix it before someone gets seriously injured!!!!!

- Greenville, DE, USA

problem #52

Nov 202012

Monte Carlo

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the speedometer would continuously display an inaccurate reading. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the entire instrument cluster. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Mukilteo, WA, USA

problem #51

Nov 012011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was driving 55 mph and my speedometer said I was doing 10mph. Then my tac stopped working. Then my speedometer stopped working totally. My driver side seat will not heat at all. My wheels are peeling. The chrome is peeling right off the wheels. My check engine light stays on all the time. I have had it checked for the code so they replaced the gas cap and did a reset within 75 miles the light came back on. I am giving up on Chevrolet. Every vehicle we own is a Chevy, what's up with all these problems and no solutions"??" with all the complaints on the electrical system you would think there would be a recall and a solution. When the heat on my seat stopped working it smelled like something was burning inside the car so I quickly shut it off and pulled the car over to check under my seat to may sure there was no fire. Thank goodness there wasn't a fire. I paid the extra money for the intimidator, what a waste.

- Manteno, IL, USA

problem #50

Apr 152008

Monte Carlo

  • 70,000 miles
Car would not start due to passlock sensor. The security light blinked for 10 to 40 mins at a time and would not allow car to start. It has made me late to work, church, daycare, etc. It is still happening up to today's date which is May 19, 2012.

- Durham , NC, USA

problem #49

Mar 222010

Monte Carlo

  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the speedometer displayed an inaccurate reading of 5 mph. The failure recurred when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #48

Feb 012010

Monte Carlo

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated the speedometer displayed the incorrect speed on the instrument panel while driving on a highway. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairing the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 120,000. Updated 03/05/12

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #47

Jan 122011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Monte Carlo first lost temp guage and heat/blower then lost at times speedometer and tach then lost both then lost gas guage all buttons on steering wheel and dash-radio, cruise control have melted and burned off I am now losing my headlights and in response to this I slam on my brakes. No accident yet no fire yet please we are entitled to our recall too thank you

- Leroy, NY, USA

problem #46

Dec 122011

Monte Carlo

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the entire instrument cluster malfunctioned, causing the speedometer and fuel gauge to become inoperable. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic where the mechanic advised that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Terrehaute, IN, USA

problem #45

Jul 012011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 42,234 miles
Have a 2004 Monte Carlo. Sporadically when driving the speedometer continues to climb. I was following my husband who was doing 45mph and and I was doing 105 then 114 then 120 then 140 then it dropped straight down. It sometimes resets it self and other times it stays like that for days. The car has 42,234 miles on it.

- Andover, OH, USA

problem #44

Oct 152009

Monte Carlo

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 45 mph the contact noticed the gauge on the instrument panel cluster was not functioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated the instrument cluster panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #43

Oct 102010

Monte Carlo

  • 57,000 miles
At approximately 57,000 (October 2010) the speedometer would read either zero miles per hour or 120 miles per hour while driving. It would move erratically while driving showing anywhere from zero to 120 mph. Then it started working again. In January 2011 the speedometer started acting erratically again and has been doing so continually. Sometimes it seems accurate but I don't know for sure. I consider it a safety problem due to not knowing how fast I am going. When on the freeway I gauge my speed by other drivers. If I use my gps I am constantly looking away from the road to see what my speed is and it is harder to read on the gps. I contacted Chevrolet through email and they did not reply.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #42

Nov 012010

Monte Carlo

  • miles
2004 Monte Carlo ss intimidator..gauge panel working improperly. Including the speedometer which could result in serious accident.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #41

Jan 012008

Monte Carlo

  • 36,000 miles
I have been experiencing problems with the gauges in my instrument panel not functioning correctly and getting stuck and not resetting themselves when the vehicle is turned off. Currently 4 out of the 6 gauges within the cluster have failed. Upon researching this issue there has been a realization of how common this problem is. There has been a recall on GM models for this issue involving the same parts, but nothing for the Monte Carlo. I have contacted GM about this issue on 11/11/10 and have not yet received a response.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #40

Dec 122010

Monte Carlo

  • 54,000 miles
As I was driving my 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ss, last night, I operated the steering column mounted headlight dimmer control. The headlights went out. After wiggling the lever they came back on but I was unable to switch them from high beam to low beam. I've searched the internet and find numerous instances of this occurring. Thankfully there was not an accident related to my incident.

- Pennsville, NJ, USA

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