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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
127,183 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 082014

Monte Carlo

  • 160,000 miles


My 2003 monte ss had been smoking and having problems accelerating & shifting and put on testers and read code and I needed a air flow sensor so I had that put on, was recommended I get tune up so I got that, and had just put new battery in the car. The following day after putting gas in the car I was leaving gas station and lost acceleration again and the car smoked again. I soon lost all power including gas & breaks and windows. People passing by were honking and said the underneath of car and under hood had flames in front of car. I had to throw it in park and jump out because the peddles quit working and the car exploded in flames and had I not had my window down I would have been locked inside and could have lost my life. The engine and whole electrical wire harness had caught fire and the car burned up with 3-5 minutes. This was our only car and the only means of getting disabled child to the appointments he needed and to work and has put hardship on our family.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 182012

Monte Carlo

  • 221,549 miles
Very common problem with transmissions in the 2000-2005 Impala and Monte Carlo models. Transmission makes going in motion from a stop delayed. Transmission has been serviced on/replaced twice. Has caused a minor accident only because both parties were going slow.

- Fowlerville, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 282010

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
When the car is being put into reverse, the gear shifter sticks and is very hard to shift. I have to put force on it to shift gears.

- Memphis, TN, USA

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