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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,475 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

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 #15

Jan 112015

Monte Carlo

  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving 25 mph, the check engine light illuminated and half of the air bag was exposed on the passenger side when the vehicle was purchased. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was referred to the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was 156,000.

- Avington, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 022014

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 55 mph, the vehicle had a sudden loss of power and stalled. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. The contact did not sustain any injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not inspected or diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #13

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 #12

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 #11

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 #10

Apr 182012

Monte Carlo

  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact mentioned that after several attempts the vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was driven for a short distance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the cam sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #9

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

problem #8

Mar 302014

Monte Carlo

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the engine compartment exploded and caught on fire. The contact sustained injuries to the achilles tendon after attempting to extinguish the fire. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The vehicle was being diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Lime Springs, IA, USA

problem #7

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

problem #6

Jan 312014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 45,513 miles


Went out to start car. Turned on key, set radio. Then turned key to start engine with a resulting loud explosion from under hood. In hurry to get up hood and extinguish fire experienced burns on hands from lifting hood and a fuel line that was squirting fuel/flames. Fire extinguisher extinguished flames. Upper intake manifold is blow apart with multiple sensors destroyed. Thank god this happened at home with an extinguisher handy and not driving down the road with no time to slow down.

- Teryvile, CT, USA

problem #5

Nov 222012

Monte Carlo

  • 128,000 miles
My 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo has been experiencing electrical problems since I have owned it. The cruise control comes on without being selected and then the heating/cooling systems goes off and on by itself. The turn signal goes on and off. Sometimes it will work sometimes it will not. The fuel gauge does not register correctly goes up and down so I am never sure what is in the tank. Occasionally the car will not start at all even though the lights work, the radio plays, and everything else will operate inside the car. I will sit and wait a while. After about 15-25 minutes I will try to start it and then it will start up. This has been happening more and more. I have talked to other Chevy Monte Carlo owner and they have had the same problems with their car.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202013

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The plastic intake manifold cracked and the antifreeze went into the oil and the engine blew up in the middle of rush hour traffic.

- St.Charles, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 082011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I started the car up and I heard a pop and saw a blue flame. After repairing the car costing $3240.74 it once again caught another fire please help.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 212012

Monte Carlo

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that as he attempted to start the vehicle, the intake manifold exploded without warning. A fire erupted and the contact was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and lodged a report for the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Clarksville, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 292012

Monte Carlo

  • miles
I have a 2002 Monte Carlo ss I go out to start my car and it won't start for about 15 minutes. The security light comes on to. When I turn the key it does nothing my lights and everything work it just won't start. If there is anyway I could get help please let me know or let me know what I can do to fix this. Thank you!

- Gallipolis, OH, USA

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