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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,262 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #13

Oct 272009

Monte Carlo

  • miles


October 27, 2009 was the 3rd time in 4 days that the speedometer and tachometer have stopped working while driving or failed to work period. I don't know what led up to the failure it just started when I was driving home from work on Friday October 23, 2009 and my cruise control was set at 65 mph and I noticed my car started slowing down and I was almost rearended I gave the car some gas and I noticed that my speedometer wasn't working nor was my tachometer. I haven't had anything done to correct the problem. I searched the internet and I have noticed that many many people have had this issue with 2002 through 2005 Monte Carlo's. this is a very dangerous problem that needs to be addressed. This will eventually take a life if not addressed and fixed by Chevrolet. There is clearly a huge problem that must be recalled. I had a 1999 Chevy Silverado that was recalled for faulty tailgate support cables. This problem is much more serious than that was and it was recalled so why not this" the instrument panel in a car is the drivers information center and a huge safety concern if it is proven to be faulty. Speed control is required by all states and if a car manufacturer has an issue this big with one of its products then it needs to be addressed and not hidden. This problem is also present in many other GM vehicles as well. Research it I did and I know there is a huge problem. I am sure you can reach the same conclusion. Took me only 2 hours of research for me to react. How long will it take the government" maybe never since they now have a vested interest in GM or maybe a few huge lawsuits against government motors will change its mind.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #12

Dec 012008

Monte Carlo

  • 45,000 miles
Instrument panel starting to go out. Tachometer works sporadically, oil gauge and temp gauge do not work at all. Speedometer and gas gauge are still working. Trying to hold out on repair until totally dysfunctional.

- Hamilton, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 152008

Monte Carlo

  • 79,000 miles
Speedometer would start reading 20-30 mph less or more than actual speed, then over a period of weeks, would end up showing 120mph, even buried, and stay there. Would work itself back to 0 and stay there. Then tach started reading wrong. Found out many of these vehicles had same problem. Had to take to dealership to replace instrument cluster at $560.

- Cross Lanes, WV, USA

problem #10

Mar 232009

Monte Carlo

  • 57,120 miles


Certain lights in dashboard controls are burnt out. Right now the problem just involves the tachometer, ignition illumination and driver heat/cool control indicator. Problem is manageable during the daytime but at night, necessary parts of the dashboard do not illuminate. The problem is that the lightbulbs themselves cannot be replaced. The whole control board for that particular part of the dash ($300) must be replaced which is ridiculous on a four year old car.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 202008

Monte Carlo

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 70 mph on normal road conditions, the cruise control mechanism was activated. Unexpectedly, the speedometer and RPM gauges failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the instrument panel failed. The instrument panel was replaced. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 52,000.

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #8

Dec 122008

Monte Carlo

  • 45,351 miles
Recently with no apparent precipitating factor the speedometer on my 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo has begun acting erratically with speed readouts vacillating and then sticking at about 32 mph, when I am obviously going at least 65 mph. This is a serious problem that needs to be fixed and is apparent in many other Monte carlos according to other car forums.

- Hawley, MN, USA

problem #7

Sep 062008

Monte Carlo

  • 60,000 miles


The speedometer displays the wrong speed. It started with just higher speed and now will display 20-30 mph when traveling on expressway when going 65. Sometimes the instrument cluster can be reset by turning off and on the ignition to reset. Now even that is not working. I took to dealer today and they want to replace the instrument cluster for over $537 ++. the Chevy dealer I bought the car from is no longer in business. This started around 60K miles.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 082007

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The whole dash cluster on my 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo does not work. At first the temperature gauge was showing red when my car was perfectly fine, then the speedometer went out (it doesn't even move) followed by the fuel indicator gauge. It hasn't been working for a little over a year now. Its hard to tell when I need to fuel my car up, when it may be running hot, or how fast I'm going.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012008

Monte Carlo

  • 33,000 miles
Monte Carlo has 33,000 miles and speedometer no longer provides accurate reading. Registers 60 mph at standstill position. Advised speedometer cluster is shot and I need a new one. Appears this is a common problem as mechanic is aware of the problems with the model. Why isn't there a forced recall" isn't this a hazard"

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 102006

Monte Carlo

  • 20,000 miles
Speedometer cluster.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 232008

Monte Carlo

  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving 80 mph, the speedometer dial moved to zero. An independent mechanic confirmed that the instrument panel failed and needed to be replaced. The failure and current mileages were less than 77,000.

- Swainsvoro, NC, USA

problem #2

May 212008

Monte Carlo

  • 30,298 miles
The traction off and ABS warning lights came on, as well as a service message stating to service the traction control system. After dealer inspection the noted that one of the hub bearings caused some kind of damage to the wiring/sensors.

- Wheeling, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 152006

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, supercharged ss, tony stewart signature series. The vehicle has active onstar, xm radio, sun roof and the rest of the bells and whistles connected with the vehicle. The problem is with the xm radio and onstar system. The antenna for all the radio systems are located on the rear roof, behind the sun roof. The problem occurs whenever you open the sunroof. The sunroof tilts up and covers the antenna. This causes the xm radio to lose signal. The main purpose of this complain is that the onstar also loses signal. This defeats the safety feature of the onstar system, because if you were in an accident, the onstar emergency personnel would not be notified and this would lead to severe injury and possibly death. I have taken the vehicle to ron anderson Chevrolet in fernandina beach, fl. They contacted their GM complaint desk and the reply was "that's just the way it is. Close the sunroof part way and that will help reception for the xm radio". there was some type of communication that I have a copy of that indicated the above, but said nothing about the onstar. With the sunroof open, the onstar cellular phone does not work, not I am almost postive that the emergency portion of the onstar is not working either. The VIN # is [xxx]. Chevrolet's postion indicated to me that they would not do anything to rectify this situation or even that they cared. The safety issue is what really concerns me, because the main reason that I purchased onstar was the fact that you had communications, and if emergency care was needed, it was there. This is an obvious safety issue and General Motors, in my opinion, could care less. Thanks for listening to me and I look forward to hearing from you or General Motors. Sincerely. Updated 07/17/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

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