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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,987 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo electrical problems

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Jun 252017

Monte Carlo

  • 121,000 miles


Passlock system; car will randomly (temperature based?) refuse to start due to poorly constructed passlock sensor. I keep my dash apart so I can poke at the contacts (corroded? cheap tin plating) to hotwire my car when it locks out. Took 20 minutes to go see if my wife was ok at the er, thanks Chevy!

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #43

Feb 142005

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that there were various electrical shorts in the vehicle, which prevented the windows from going up and down. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and several independent mechanics for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer provided no solution and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #42

Dec 232016

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Had issues with electrical in 2015 in which gas gauge and other gauges, speedometer were "bouncing". auto repair determined it was the fuel pump and replaced it to the tune of $600. This year, while driving at highway speeds when car suddenly looses all power and turns off. Brought back to same repair shop who stated battery cables were loose and tightened them free of charge. Now 4-5 months later and same issue is occurring which happened 4 times today. Twice while making a hard turn. Terminals are completely tight. Earlier this year could not turn ignition key and tapped it with a hammer to get it to turn. I have been reading quite a bit about an ignition switch recall, but no mention of it by the dealer for two recall fixes this year regarding the ignition key and fob, and some cover on the engine.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #41

Aug 112016

Monte Carlo

  • 170,000 miles


Issues with the BCM and passlock system. The car while on and driving will display security alongside the batt gauge quits working. If shut off car will not start, and light stay on. I have to disconnect the batt for some time. With the the auto lights sometimes come on during mid day with the sun shining. This is becoming a hassle. I'd rather purchase another car than go threw dealership hoops.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #40

Nov 202015

Monte Carlo

  • 2,400 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the head lamp lenses had been oxidized and that there was a film build up which affected the visibility of the low beams while the vehicle was in motion causing the lighting to be dim. The contact also stated that the key less entry function failed intermittently and that upon entering the vehicle, it would not start. The contact was able to utilize the owners manual to override the system by either disconnecting and reconnecting the battery cable or resetting the computer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 2,400.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #39

Jan 162016

Monte Carlo

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle jerked and the computer turned on and off as smoke emitted under the hood. The contact extinguished the fire. A police and a fire report were not filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V701000 (engine and engine cooling); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The failure mileage was approximately 119,000.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #38

Sep 282015

Monte Carlo

  • 198,577 miles


I have a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo ls that has been experiencing electrical problems. The cruise control light comes on spontaneously without the button being pressed and when this light spontaneously comes on, the heating/cooling systems do not turn on when dial is turned on. When the cruise control light turns off, the heating/cooling system works without any further problem. I have called two different dealerships in my area and spoke to two different service advisors and they are not aware of any issues yet there are forums where other owners have been experiencing this problem for some time now.

- Loma Linda, CA, USA

problem #37

Oct 102014

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled numerous times randomly for months. The dealer was notified of the failure several times, but did not provide a permanent remedy. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The recall repair was performed, but the failure recurred weeks later. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Elberfeld, IN, USA

problem #36

Feb 042015

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Vehicle will not start intermittently after it has warmed up. Has had the BCM changed and reprogrammed, the fuel system checked and filter changed; the fuel system relays have all been changed, the passlock and ignition cylinder with keys have been changed, and yet the problem persist.(note: All parts were brand new and GM parts) being a person in a certain criteria I never know when I may need to leave short notice but do not have the luxury of relying on this vehicle for that part of my job to get me there.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #35

May 192008

Monte Carlo

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle did not start unless the contact waited for ten minutes. The contact stated that the key was removed while the ignition was turned to the on position and the engine remained running. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Centerline, MI, USA

problem #34

Apr 172013

Monte Carlo

  • 159,745 miles


The power windows stopped working, and then the security system wouldn't let me start the car. Also the car started running hot for no reason at all.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #33

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 #32

Oct 012014

Monte Carlo

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and received the recall repair. The contact stated the ignition failed several times before the notification was received. The contact mentioned that the key would not turn over to start the vehicle on numerous occasions before and after the recall repair as well as the vehicle stalled repeatedly. The dealer did not provide a remedy for the ignition switch failure and indicated that the contact may have the vehicle inpsected and diagnosed to determine the failure. The vehicle continued to stall. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced and was also going to further inspect the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

- Navarre, OH, USA

problem #31

Dec 012014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Consumer states vehicle will not start when the weather is hot weather, and should subject to a safety recall.

- Manor, TX, USA

problem #30

Nov 112014

Monte Carlo

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the key became lodged within the ignition switch and prevented the vehicle from being started. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- West Somerset, KY, USA

problem #29

Jun 042014

Monte Carlo

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to respond and stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restarted after multiple attempts. In addition, the entire instrument panel failed. On one occasion, the vehicle coasted past a stop sign and another vehicle crashed into the front driver side of the vehicle. A police report was filed and the contact sustained neck injuries that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but the failure was unable to be determined. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and refused to compensate the contact. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #28

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 #27

Jun 302014

Monte Carlo

  • 40,500 miles
We have been having problems with our car starting. The battery has been replaced. We have disconnected then reconnected the battery, sometimes this works to start the car other times it does not. The power locks no longer work. One day the security light comes on, sometimes its not yesterday, we couldn't even get the car to start. Today, the car was running and the cluster gauges were not even working. We bought this car brand new out of the showroom. What a lemon it turned out to be. Sadly, it now sits in our driveway as it is not dependable to drive anywhere. There is a recall to replace the key rings, and an inset in the key slot or a cover on the key head instead GM should be recalling these models to replace the ignitions, since there are other people posting online about these same issues.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #26

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 #25

Jun 242014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Driving on hwy 31 in mchenry il 60050 ignition turned off with no warning. Lost all power steering brakes car stopped by rubbing into curb. Was nearly rear ended by a pick up truck which had no warning that I was suddenly stopping trying to maneuver of traffic. With the curb and no power I had no way to get off the road.

- Fox Lake, IL, USA

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