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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 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.

1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo engine problems

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1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 262003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


While waiting at a traffic light, the vehicle was rear ended. As a result, the accelerator throttle malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to jump a curb and land in a ditch. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained severe injuries to his neck and back and was taken to hospital for treatment.

- Novelty, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 302002

Monte Carlo

  • miles
While pulling out of a parking space consumer put vehicle into reverse and vehicle started to drive in reverse at high speeds. Consumer had foot on brake, but vehicle was not stopping. Contacted dealer.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 271999

Monte Carlo

  • miles
For the past 6 months, my car engine races from 3000 to 5000 RPM making the car very difficult to control and stop. On several occasions, I have come close to getting into an accident because the car is difficult to stop or wants to lunge forward when I am stopped at a light. I have brought the car back to my dealer four time since December. When I bring it there - the car is acting normal so they claim the car is acting at factory spec. I brought it to the dealer on 4/14/2000 - I had it in park and the engine was running at 3000 RPM. The service manager refused to look at the car because he had no mechanics. I turned off the car, started it up again, and the car ran normally. I am afraid to drive this car anymore for fear that I will get into an accident and someone will get hurt. My dealership is not helping me.

- Clark, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 091999

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Throttle is sticking at idle when vehicle is first started or comes to a stop. Dealer has inspected the vehicle and could not duplicate the problem.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 101998

Monte Carlo

  • miles
An electrical short causes cruise control not to work when it wet outside.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

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