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Average Mileage:
86,516 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

May 052016

Monte Carlo

  • 115,000 miles


Turn signals fail to work and headlights go off when you are driving on interstate or local roads. Sometimes the headlights will come back on in a few seconds, other times it takes as long as thirty seconds

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #20

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 #19

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 #18

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 #17

Aug 282010

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Head lights on my Monte Carlo 2002 there has always been something not right. When I bought the car one night when I was driving out the highway and all of a sudden the lights just go off scaring me to death. In a few seconds they came back on. I have had this do this to me several times I bought the car in 2003. Now on August 28th 2010 I had went to a friends house and later that night when I went to leave the lights didn't work at all unless I held the light switch on the column for bright or dim. So now that is the only way I have head lights now if I hold the switch on the steering column so I don't go to far at night. Don't have the money to fix them. There needs to be a recall on this I also know someone else that has a Monte Carlo and has the same problem but hers just goes off on her like mine use to.

- Warsaw, IL, USA

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problem #16

Jun 012009

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ls. About 1 year ago my turn signals quit working randomly. It seemed to be the worst on hot days. I would leave my home or work with them working properly and then at a random point during my drive they would no longer work. GM has recalled other makes and models for similar problems. However, the Monte carlos have never been recalled. After searching for a potential solution to this problem, I have found that it seems to be a very common problem on many similar cars that GM makes. Most people have said that it is related to the hazard switch in the dash board. This is a relatively cheap fix however it is also a major safety hazard since I never know when the turn signals will or will not work. It seems to be luck of the draw, which is very dangerous. Thank you for your consideration on this problem.

- Ridgeville, IN, USA

problem #15

Nov 142009

Monte Carlo

  • 100,000 miles


Headlights go completely out when switching to or from high and low beam. Returning switch to previous beam will generally make them start working again.

- Buchtel, OH, USA

problem #14

May 102010

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Turn signals will not always work. Replaced the hazard/signal switch located behind the dash only to have the same problem. Pressing on the dash near the hazard switch or pressing the hazard switch will return signal to normal operation for a short time. While I was replacing the original, I noticed placing a very slight pressure on the switch assembly will cause the signal to either stop or start working. I believe the problem is with both the switch design as well as the dashboard design. Hot/humid weather appears to irritate the situation causing failure more often. Researching the problem via web searches finds many owners with the same problem. This problem also seems to be common to many GM model cars.

- Buchtel, OH, USA

problem #13

Aug 012010

Monte Carlo

  • 70,000 miles
My turn signal lights don't work sometimes, I have to depress the hazard light button for a couple seconds and the they work for a while but the problem keeps coming back, I have read about many complaint about the hazard light switch being the problem but I think the manufacturer of the vehicle should be responsible for the repair. I own a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

- Northlake, IL, USA

problem #12

Aug 052009

Monte Carlo

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ss. The contact stated the hazard and turn signal lights would sporadically fail without warning. The contact changed the fuses yet the failure continuously recurred. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #11

Feb 052009

Monte Carlo

  • 80,000 miles


Headlamps continue to fill with moisture and now water leaking in after every rainfall. Headlamps in danger of failing and lights obscured by vapor. Have removed, dried out, no cracks or seals broken but problem persists. Other complaints from GM owners with same problem have experienced complete electrical failure for same problem.

- Barefoot Bay, FL, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Jan 152002

Monte Carlo

  • 86,000 miles
Turn signal switch that includes head lights. You flick you high beams on and when you try and switch to low your head lights go out. You much flick your turn signal repeatedly to get them back on. In the mean time you are swerving all over the road in a panic. How often does it happen almost every day.

- Kensington, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 142010

Monte Carlo

  • 75,690 miles
Headlight high/low switch on multi-function stalk fails and prevents switching from high to low beam, especially hard to switch from high to low. Dealer said entire stalk needs to be replaced and part along is over $300 not including labor. There have been times when headlights go out complete when switching between high and low beams. Many reports of this problem on internet with several GM models from about 2000-2003 model years.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 062010

Monte Carlo

  • 50,000 miles
When my wife or I attempt to turn on the high beams in a poorly lit area/region the lights shut off completely. We almost entirely lost where we were on the road and had to slow down and make an abrupt stop. After playing with the switch for a couple moments we finally got the high beams on. Now, a car comes from the other side we attempt to power off the high beams and switch back to low beams and the car stays stuck with high beams on and we are now blinding on coming traffic. Fortunately there was no accident involved, however, either event could have easily led to an accident especially if it were to happen in adverse weather. Please advise as this should be a recall.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 252009

Monte Carlo

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions; proceeding to make a left turn the turn signal selector control mode was engaged; followed by no power response. The driver observed that both turn signals were inoperative. In addition, whenever the high beam headlights were activated the exterior headlights and tail lights failed without warning. The authorized dealer was notified of the failures. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact has concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 103,000.

- Lake Orion , MI, USA

problem #5

May 012009

Monte Carlo

  • 50,000 miles
Last night while driving locally both headlamps suddenly stopped working. The parking lights worked but I could not manually or automatically get the headlamps to work.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 012007

Monte Carlo

  • 35,000 miles
Turn signal failure: Beginning in 2005 through to 2007 the turn signals would work intermittently. While under warranty the vehicle was taken to the dealership. They indicated that there was no problem. Once warranty was expired there was nothing I could do. I did find that turning the hazard signals on for 5-10 seconds would sometimes correct the problem and the turn signal would work. Finally after many hours searching the internet I found several postings indicating that there was a faulty hazard light switch, the turn signals are also controlled by the hazard light switch. In October 2007 I spent $399 to have the hazard light switch repaired. Please insist that the dealership replace the hazard light switch and not add on additional parts like the turn signal arm etc. My dealership first quoted me $850 stating that the turn signal arm must also be replaced to correct the issue. Since the repair all is fine. I do believe that GM/Chevrolet should be responsible for the cost of repair since it is a defect in their design.

- St. Catharines, 00, USA

problem #3

May 282008

Monte Carlo

  • 122,000 miles
Turn signals go dead intermittently and then start working again.

- Harrodsburg, KY, USA

problem #2

May 152008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Light switch and high beam is defective in steering column.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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