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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,217 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo engine problems

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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 062006

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,385 miles


I have been having problems with the automobile having a ticking noise after I start it up in the morning so I brought it to the dealer to find out what was wrong with it. It was the head gasket. The auto only has 75000 miles on it. I would like to know what you can do for me. There was a tsb #57-61-24A jun98 on this problem.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #10

May 082003

(reported on)

Monte Carlo

  • 10,000 miles
The intake manifold gasket leaked fluid which resulted in the engine over heating.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 172003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
My intake manifold is leaking. I understand from the dealership that this is extremely common but unfortunately has not lead to a recall yet.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 171997

Monte Carlo

  • miles


There are many things wrong with my vehicle and now the warranty is up and its not cheap to repair major parts that shouldn't need repair at this time and mileage on this vehicle(21,287). I looked up the lemon law on my internet and my car definitely qualifies as a lemon which is a shame because I love my car. I already had replaces 3 spark plugs, 3 cylinders in the engine, ignition coil, 3 cd players, brakes, left turn signal. Let's put it this way when I walk into the dealership for repair they know me by first name, and then they ask me what's wrong this time? it's very embarassing to have this many problems. If I could afford a lawyer I would file my car as a lemon but I would get my moneys worth back for all the problems at 21,287 mileage. And it will be 4 years old in October\2000. I was hoping you would be able to help in some sort of way. I'm very disappointed in the Chevrolet company, because my father only will drive Chevrolet vehicles and that what he wanted me to get and it a problem since day 1 of the vehicle. It's a gorgeous vehicle and drive beautiful when theres not a problem with it. Please try to help me.

- West Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #7

Oct 171999

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Vehicle is overheating and there is a cracked engine head gasket. Also, engine won't crank. Vehicle has been serviced for overheating, and the problem has returned.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 251999

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Bought car July 12, 1996, July 29, 1996 broke down due to #6 injector staying open. Replaced.Sept 9, 1996, found improper leak down rate on fuel injectors.installed fuel injectors.34,610 miles check engine light on, found #3&5 cylinders misfiring. They put injector cleaner in.40,323 miles #1, #3 & #5 cylinders spark plugs & wires burned.43,000 miles #2 cylinder spark plugs & wires burned.they want me to pay for this problem, but why do they keep burning out. Have 2 more to burn. Called Chevy, they said the same wires have to burn twice.I saw many complaints about this on NHTSA website. What does it take for a recall. People shouldn't have to pay for same problem.why didn't they change all spark plugs and wires to all cylinders. Have to keep going back. $108.05 for each cylinder.never heard of this problem on any other car. From day 1, car has started hard, nobody can figure out why.this car is not yet 3 years old, I would like to keep it longer, but not with this happening.

- Readsboro, VT, USA

problem #5

Jul 241997

Monte Carlo

  • miles


Complained about transmission at least 10 times, finally failed completelt and was repaired. Engine light on at least 15 times, replaced injectors, plugs, wires, O-rings, engine gasket, car still not fixed.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 031996

Monte Carlo

  • miles
When driving at any speed the engine check light came on. Consumer states the vehicle has been in the shop four times, and there is an oil leak. Dealer can't determine what is the problem.

- Columbia, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 161998

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Failure resulted in a breakdown during rush hour on a freeway; the vehicle was almost rear ended and resulted in many unhappy motorists.

- Valley View, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 071998

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Bolt holding the rocker arm for the number two cylinder came loose, causing the rocker arm to disconect, resulting in loss of compression in the number two cylinder. Mechanic believes the bolt was not tighten during assembly.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #1

Oct 181997

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intake gaskets failed.

- Tivoli, NY, USA

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