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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,667 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 182004

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


Due to intake manifold gasket leak (this is the fourth time for this problem on this vehicle) I had to stop to add coolant in order to safely drive the vehicle. Had I not noticed the problem this potentially could have left me stranded on the side of the highway. After getting to a safe location I had the vehicle towed to a dealer for repair. Also, as I stated above this is my fourth time dealing with this issue; in addition, I know of personally 3 other vehicles with the same engine that have had the same problem and they too have changed the intake gasket several times.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 012002

Monte Carlo

  • miles
While driving started to smell exhaust fumes in vehicle. Vehicle was checked, and determined that manifold is cracked all the way around.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jan 262002

Monte Carlo

  • miles
When I purchased this car, it was the car of my dreams. I had it for less than 2 weeks, when I noticed sludge in the oil and around the cap. I was told that it was condensation! it wasn't. it was the intake manifold gasket. When I first complained to sunshine Ford, where I bought the car, it was still under warranty. When it finally blew, thank god 10 feet from my driveway, it was 300 miles over the warranty. I had nothing but problems trying to get them to fix it. They diagnosed it wrong to begin with! it ended up costing me around $250. Two weeks after I got the car back I was doing 65 on the highway, when something big dropped out from under my car. It was the computer and the front guard! they charged me for that too. Now, I started up the car the other day and heard a muffler noise in the front down in the engine. My drivers side manifold is cracked all the way around! needless to say, this is another $6-700.00 I have to put in this car! also, my steering column, turn signals shorted out, were replaced, but I still get surging in my lights. I am not at all happy with this car, or Chevy. Oh! and let's not forget the snapped frame on the front driver seat!

- Newburgh, NY, USA

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