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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,179 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 102019

Monte Carlo

  • 0 miles


The brake lines are rusted out car only has 55,000 miles it is sitting outside but on blacktop in our drive way. We went to use it and the dash lit like mad checked brake fluid it was low drove it and almost did, nt make it home with brakes.

- Felton, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012010

Monte Carlo

  • miles
ABS light traction control light and air bag light are constantly on..,since ive owned

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 102017

Monte Carlo

  • 60,000 miles
About October 10th, 2017 I was coming up on a traffic light and when I applied the brakes, the pedal would not go down. I was going about 45 mph by the grace of god I was able to blast through an intersection and miss everyone, everything!. rattled I guess I shut the car off when I regained my composer I started the car and everything was fine. I did not want to believe this happened! I thought I did something wrong maybe had my foot under the brake pedal or something. Have been driving the car since 2 weeks ago was stranded in a parking lot, would not start. Had the car towed home, tried to start it and started right up. Now service track light is on and anti lock brakes is on and service engine light is on sometime and the cruise light is on. Yesterday wife was driving the car and same thing no brakes, you could not push the pedal down it is as if there is something under the pedal it's that solid. My concern for my own safety as well as other Monte Carlo owners is most important. If either time we would have been on a expressway where we could not turn to a shoulder this would be catastrophic. Called the service manager where the car was purchased, also harbor Chevy in Michigan city, in and gates Chevy in South bend, Indiana, all said they have never heard of this before. Got on the internet and found similar posts in car complaints without any problem, seems odd GM does not know anything about this. For every ones own safety this should be a redundant system in older cars you would not lose all brakes. Could understand if you lost anti lock part but still could stop. This has to be a overlooked flaw in design and GM should be made to correct this before someone gets killed. If someones been killed by this how could they tell you that he lost his brakes? thank you mike

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 162013

Monte Carlo

  • 90,250 miles


While backing out of the driveway the ABS lite came on with warning bells along with the service traction light and trac turned off. Later as I was driving on freeway with these lights on it began to make a grinding noise. I pulled onto the service road and the brakes failed to stop the car so I blew thru the stop sign and pulled into a lot. I turned the car off and let it sit a few minutes. When I restarted I was able to return home with all the lights on. Since then the brakes have been serviced, the tie rod ends replaced, a number of failed repair attempts and $2000 later, same problem. After every trip to the mechanic and 500 plus dollars the problem comes back in about a month. This car often will not start, dead as a door nail. By leaving the key in the ignition, turning it to on and not touching anything for ten minutes, it will reset and start right up. Replacing starter does not solve problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 102013

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Hello I was told I could complain to you and possibly get refunded. My car currently has about 76,900 miles on it. My brake line rusted out on me, and I had $700 of work done on my brakes, at monroe in lowell, MA, on chelmsford St. (rt. 110). I was told I could complain about my entire brakes rusting out here. Thanks for your time...updated 07/15/14 updated 3/23/2015

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I went to turn and my service traction control and ABS lights came on. While turning, I lost power to the breaks and felt and heard a grinding/whining noise in the brakes and could not stop. The vehicle now has a whining noise when turning without braking at all.

- Union, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 202011

Monte Carlo

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving (with my children in car) and the car just shut off. I had no power brakes or power steering. Luckily, one child was in drivers ed & knew to put car in neutral & we coasted to a stop. Once I calmed down, I drove my monte ss to the dealer and described what happened. The kept car for a week and insisted there was nothing wrong! I drive 1-3 hrs for work daily and I didn't trust the vehicle on interstate. I purchased another vehicle 6 days later but gave this car to my child for in town driving. I was never the wiser until I heard about the recall yesterday & it's description. The monte should be involved in recall too. I was preparing to purchase a new Impala but now I believe GM is still not being honest about all the makes & models involved with ignition problems.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

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