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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,600 miles

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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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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #5

May 062015

Monte Carlo

  • 150,000 miles


When warm from a standing stop the transmission will shudder under hard acceleration. Also up shifts become erratic and very harsh.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 162014

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Driving down the highway with the cruise control the speedometer started to bounce up and down very erratically. When the speedo would start bouncing it would disengage the cruise control. At some points it would bouncing up and down but not come back above 40 or so mph. When it would do so the transmission would down shift and rev way up then the needle would come back up and the tyranny would shift back up. I had the needle go to 0 and not come back up at all and when sat for a second the transmission would kick completely out and I would be stuck on the road for a minute. After sitting for a bit I could move but the needle stayed at 0 and the transmission acted to be stuck in 1st.

- Earlham, IA, USA

problem #3

Sep 072014

Monte Carlo

  • 153,000 miles
My father N law, N I were going to see a family member 12miles away from his home, when we stopped. At the convenience store for snacks, etc... we literally couldn't have been out of car 5 min, when store clerk yells hey someone's (Chevy) smoking? we saw it was his N went to investigate the problem I went straight to driver side of vehicle N popped the trunk(thinking it wasn't more than a blown radiator hose) lord N heaven was I wrong, the engine looked as if it were all on fire...I immediately pushed hood down N ran for an extinguisher luckily the store had a good one. This recall as the country N state N manufacturers, call it is seriously deadly, to B 100 percent honest it is flat out wrong. Something this deadly should B notified to all current owners, of the vehicles. I seriously doubt he would have ever purchased it used or new if he knew what could have happened if my(kids)his grand, were w us. Mistakes happen. Own up to them! that's what makes U who U are. Hopefully you won't damage him more with making this a 72yr old man who know has to pay more time, $$$, N just life for a mistake he didn't commit.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #2

Oct 102009

Monte Carlo

  • 180,000 miles
On my way to work on my normal route before dawn, driving down a narrow curvy rural road rife with deer, I flicked on my high beams as usual. About 5 seconds later I lost all my headlights. Somehow safely pulled off road without falling into the ditch and turned off vehicle. After several minutes of turning lights on and off the fog lamps came on and I was able to make it back home very slowly. Spent $1000 getting a control module replaced. Had trouble with turn signals quitting randomly for 3 years, have to turn on emergency flashers in order to get them to work. Another $500 will fix the problem but since the car is only worth $1500 it doesn't seem worth it. This car is a piece of junk - 2 transmissions, numerous electrical problems, 5 steering shaft replacements...

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

May 162002

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with ABS and service engine light problems and concerns* the traction light illuminated as well. The transmission was replaced 2 months after the consumer purchased the vehicle, because the vehicle wouldn't go into 3rd gear. The steering shaft was lubricated. The consumer was informed that the ebcm needed to be replaced and without the replacement, the ABS would not work so the traction control and ABS light would remain on. The water pump and intake gasket was replaced due them leaking. The fuel injector was replaced due to it being stuck open. The tire pressure monitoring light illuminated, the dealer sealed the rear wheels.

- Amherst, OH, USA

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