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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,613 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 122009

Monte Carlo

  • 160,000 miles


This complaint is in reference to GM safety recall # 09047. Precautions to the consumer include not parking car in garage and noticing a burning odor. A call was made to local dealer and parts are on national backorder!! so, if I park my car in the garage and it burns the house down, I have no recourse because I received a letter. This is not satisfactory!!

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #9

Jun 062009

Monte Carlo

  • 136,000 miles
GM recall no. 90047 - why does the remedy not address the reason behind the oil leak. Under so-called hard braking, as reported in the recall notice, where is the oil supposedly leaking from. Rather than treating the symptom, the source of the oil leak should have been addressed. It is against environmental pollution efforts to allow for such a defect to continue. I'm sure it would have been more costly to GM to fix the cause of the leak, but given the large number of vehicles with this engine all leaking, the proposed spark plug channel swap just doesn't make sense. I am requesting a re-assessment of the proposed solution and suggest epa also be consulted considering the environmental impact this has. I would welcome a response.

- Marlborough, CT, USA

problem #8

Mar 092009

Monte Carlo

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo super sport. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was unable to be restarted and was towed to the contact's residence. The dealer stated that the engine and ECM caused the failure. The contact would have to pay over $500 to have the vehicle repaired. The failure has been occurring for approximately four months; however, this was the first time the vehicle ever shut off. The failure and current mileages were 88,000.

- East Hampton, CT, USA

problem #7

Mar 242004

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,200 miles


Head gasket went bad with 28,000 mi.

- N. Braddock, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 182003

Monte Carlo

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two occasions, while driving between 40-50 miles per hour, the engine stalled -once in a construction zone area. Luckily, we were able to turn off onto a side street, but just barely since the power steering was out. The car has a hard time starting. It requires stepping on the gas pedal - just like the old days.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 242003

Monte Carlo

  • miles
While driving at 40 mph vehilce stalled, causing the consumer to pull off the road.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 272001

Monte Carlo 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,132 miles


I have had numerous problems with my 01' Chevrolet Monte Carlo ss. The car will idle between 1200 and 3300 rpms intermittently while driving and in park. This problem makes this vehicle very hard to control, slow down and stop. My fuel mileage has been affected, I have had to replace my brakes, and my confidence in this vehicle is gone. My wife and I feel very uncomfortable driving this car because we never know when it is going to act up, and when it does, the safety of us and all those around us is in jepordy. I have towed this vehicle to the dealer over 8 times, for this problem. I have had numberous this replace, but the problem keeps coming back. I have attempted a GM buy back and also a lemon law and GM refused to do anything about it. I no longer want to waste my time and money on a car that may soon harm someone or myself!!!

- Elroy, WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 012001

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The consumer felt the overall design including the engine, transmission, and the brakes were seriously flawed. The vehicle was properly repaired by the dealer. On two occasions, the ignition had gotten stuck, the engine lost oil, and the dipstick cylinder had loosened. The consumer requested a refund. GM did not agree with the above comment, and stated the dealer handled the situation properly. (model ss) mr scc

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 202001

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle experienced the following: Stalled when cold and upon hard acceleration, the key stuck in the ignition, suspension and brake problems(rod kit was installed/no brakes), the transmission had gone out(repaired), the vehicle hesitated and jumped from park gear to drive, and after the ignition repairs, the vehicle stalled and hesitated in shifting to gear. The consumer requested the dealer to repurchase the vehicle, and reimburse for the repair(s), and the rental. Mr scc

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,800 miles
I own a 01 Monte Carlo and 40,000 miles I started getting an anti-freeze leak. My dealership informed me it was a leak in the intake manifold. They also told me they see 2-3 Monte Carlo's a month in with this problem and 5-6 Malibu's and lumina's with the same problem. They want $600 to fix since it is past the warrenty. If Chevy knows of the problem they should fix it. I did some research and the intake manifold I need is on a 2 month back order due to so many problems. I have only had the car 1 1/2 years.

- Medina, OH, USA

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