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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,891 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo engine problems

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2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #16

Mar 192016

Monte Carlo

  • 108,782 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving at various speeds, the air bag light illuminated continuously and the vehicle's temperature gauge elevated. The contact poured coolant into the radiator, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,782.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #15

Mar 152010

Monte Carlo

  • 47,000 miles
Car stalls while driving without notice. The engine just cuts out, the power steering is lost and most times you don't notice until you are pressing the gas pedal and the car is decelerating... once I'm able to stop car safely, most times it starts back up, but it takes 3-5 times of flooring the gas and cracking the key to get it to catch, then it runs rough for a minute and seems fine. No warning lights when this happens. On a different occasion, the check engine light came on, but the car did not stall. Took it to Chevy dealer who diagnosed an ignition module ($600!). drove the car home the next day and it stalled again!!! brought it right back up to Chevy...and, after much persistence and threatening to stop payment on the $600 spent for nothing, a crankshaft sensor was installed N/C. it has been a week, with no problems yet and hoping this fixed it. However, sometimes it would be up to 3 weeks between the incidents of stalling, so on a wait and see basis right now...with fingers crossed. Very frightening to drive the car and not know if you are going to get where you are trying to go, let alone the though of this happening in the middle of an intersection or on the expressway...the car is in mint condition, garaged kept and regularly maintained by dealer only and has less than 50,000 on it. As a side note, I also have crunching noise recently presented in the steering wheel when turning or braking. After the last go round with Chevy over spending $600 on a car that still stalled, was hesitant to have more work done at the moment...

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #14

Jan 012010

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Consumer states that the motor exploded and caught fire after starting vehicle. The consumer stated she received a recall notice in the mail and she made attempts to get to the dealer, but couldn't due to time restraints. The consumer was advised by GM they were not responsible for the repairs, because the vehicle was over 4 years old.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #13

Mar 082010

Monte Carlo

  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The vehicle was parked when the contact observed excessive smoke coming from underneath the hood. The fire department was called to the scene. The vehicle sustained no damages and was driven from the scene. The vehicle has not been driven since the failure occurrence or diagnosed to determine the cause of failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 105,000.

- Pikeville, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 222009

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2000 Monte Carlo and had to have the intake manifold gaskets replaced due to oil and water mixing together in the engine. When I talked to the mechanic about my problem he knew without looking at it exactly what was wrong. Chevy puts a plastic gasket in this model that ends up cracking due to heat. I had to pay my mechanic $700 dollars to repair this problem.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

problem #11

May 012009

Monte Carlo

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. After driving 40 mph, the contact smells burning oil and occasionally notices smoke under the hood of the vehicle. He received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling). The remedy was to remove the spark plug wire retention channel at the front of the engine and install two new spark plug wire retainers. The contact believes that this will not repair the actual defect and the leak will still occur. He believes that the recall should offer a permanent repair to stop the leakage. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 137,674.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #10

Mar 062009

Monte Carlo

  • 221,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the sensor in her egr would catch fire. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle began to smoke and smelled of burnt plastic. She depressed the accelerator pedal and felt as if she were pushing on air. The contact heard air blowing so she took the vehicle to a mechanic. The mechanic discovered that the sensor was completely melted and he repaired the vehicle. However, the issue recurred two days later. The mechanic could not determine what caused the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired for the second failure and the dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were approximately 221,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 112008

Monte Carlo

  • 76,467 miles
My Chevy Monte Carlo's manifold intake gasket eroded away letting the engine oil and coolant to leak out. It is not a new car, but when I took it to the repair shop the owner said he knew exactly what the problem was without even looking, but did of course, and confirmed that the intake gasket was eroded away due to its being plastic instead of the metal gasket that should be used in the chevorlet V6 engines. He stated that he had replaced gasket after gasket since Chevy had "cheapened up" the engines. I asked many other repairmen and the dealer and it was confirmed. I believe this is an industry problem, across their engineering boondaggles which have been put upon the public. It is not a cheap fix, unlike theirs, and cost me and many others $800-$1500 dollars in repair bills. Chevy has refused to help with this rampant problem. I think this should be a recall issue since it is not an isolated incident and certainly is not due to abuse of the vehicle or even excessive mileage and wear. My car has 73000 miles on it and haven't done anything but be good to this vehicle. I have searched many sites in order for my complaint to be registered. Please advise me about any steps I can pursue to make Chevy and GM "undo" the defect they created. Thank you. Jah

- Cedar Lake, IN, USA

problem #8

Oct 202008

Monte Carlo

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact attempted to start the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. He attempted to jumpstart the vehicle and the engine blew up in flames. A local mechanic stated that the intake manifold was defective. The manufacturer stated that there were too many miles on the vehicle. There were no recalls related to the VIN; therefore, they would not be liable for the repairs. The dealer has not been notified. The current and failure mileages were 140,000.

- Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 192008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles
With no indication of trouble, the car stalls and shuts down while driving. Sometimes it can be re-started, sometimes it cannot be restarted. After towed to the dealer, the problem does not occur and no cause is identified. Last year the dealer replaced the idle air control and cleaned the throttle body, but the problem returned intermittently. It has occurred once / week for the last month.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 012005

Monte Carlo

  • 45,000 miles


Problems with the intake gasket on the 2000 Monte Carlo.** answer required*** the intake gasket had blown.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #5

Mar 032005

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Effects of problems due to head gaskets and intake manifold: (1)burning smell coming from the engine; (2)minor breathing problems, diziness, and lightheadedness; (3)soar throat irritation and tiredness while driving. (4)causes heavy use of gas, bad gas milage, and coolant is used up very quickly and becomes brown and slimey. Solution: I was told that 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo's had problems with the gaskets and intake manifolds. Numerous 2000 models seem to have this issue but were never recalled. My warranty company paid for the parts to be fixed it just never seems to be corrected right. However, I feel it is highly dangerous and could be a safety problem causing people to fall asleep at the wheel. The burning smell that comes from the gaskets is very odorous, causes dizziness, breathing irritation/problems and if it does this to an adult I could only imagine the damage it could do to a child. It also makes you tired. I fought to stay awake because of this problem.

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 152003

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
My vehicle needed to have the upper and lower intake manifold gaskets, egr, plugs, new coolant, oil & filter replaced. Dealer said egr burnt through "plastic" and this is how I got leaks. Car smelled like it was burning. At first car would continually stall, even when driving. Then it started blowing out white smoke and then would not start at all. I am furious over this. My car is out of the 3 years warranty. It has 52,000 miles and has been very well taken care of. Contacted GM only to be told they would not offer any cost assistance because I don't have records of doing my own oil changes. If I were to have taken the car for every oil change at the dealer where there would be a record, they might have considered offering help. My car has always had oil changes every 3,000 miles. There is an online petition right now with over 2,200 signatures for the problem with the intake manifold gasket leaks. GM is well aware of this problem and they are turning their backs on us consumers. If there wasn't a problem with the gaskets, then why have them come out with an upgraded gasket part? I would love to send you my service history along with the letter I wrote to GM regarding this problem.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 282003

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Low coolent. Took to the dealer at 40,000 miles for problem. Dealer replaced manifold intake gaskett. At 42,000 vehicle heated to luke warm temperature. Returned to dealer at 45,000 miles. Dealer replaced radiator and thermostat. Dealers explination: "the weekest area was originally replace which lead to other problems down the line"!!!!

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 152002

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine found to have three oil leaks that have been present for well over a year. A local dealership found caked oil from leaks in the A/C compressor (passenger side front), front crank sensor (passenger>side rear) and the intake manifold (driver side rear). They also stated that the car was too new to have that much caked up oil and that I should contact the dealership I purchased my vehicle from (along with my three previous vehicles). Three separate oil leaks in a 2000 vehicle is not normal or expected.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202002

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At low and high speed if a bump is hit vehicle cuts off. No warning sign flashs indicating vehicle will cut off. Problem is intermittent. Dealer was not notified, and could not duplicate the problem.. vehicle runs hot quickly. Vehicle starts hard or turns over twice before actual starting. Consumer would like to trade vehicle.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

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