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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,650 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 miscellaneous problems

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1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 152003

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes do not work during inclimate weather. Loses a quart of oil per 500 miles. Blows by smoke through exhaust when starting.

- North Judson, IN, USA

problem #8

Mar 062002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,852 miles
Reocurring electrical problems. The car has not been driven even 100 miles the last year and a half because it wont pass inspection. The emission system has gone out. Since we've had the car we've had to replace the ignition system and the windows kept going off track. As of now the passenger side window will not go up. I cant afford to get it fixed since I was diagnosed with "congestive heart failure" and I'm on permanent disability through social security.

- China Grove, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 171998

Monte Carlo

  • miles
While driving engine check light comes on. Took vehicle to dealer, and they said that coolant was leaking on the spark plugs.

- Lewisburg, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 041997

Monte Carlo

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine check light keeps coming on & staying on after starting vehicle. Had taken to dealer at least 10 times for problem. Each time mechanic repaired vehicle, but engine check light continues to come on.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 301999

(reported on)

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Spark plugs and wires replaced numerous times. Engine check light stays on /rough idle at start/alot hard to start, and brakes won't hold in wet conditons.

- Saline, LA, USA

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problem #4

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 #3

Apr 191999

(reported on)

Monte Carlo

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 011998

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Engine check light comes on, car runs rough, engine speed varies with fast idle, engine stops while car is moving - loss of power steering and brakes, hard to start - takes several tries, random engine surging - 3 near misses - engine will speed up to 3000 RPM without warning.

- Anderson, IN, USA

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