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

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2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Oct 292016

Monte Carlo

  • 138,000 miles


Key fob quit working. I use the key to manually unlock car. However, after car is parked and off, the doors lock and unlock themselves. The front and rear lights flash while doors locking and unlocking. The other night, it was flashing morse code for over 24hours. I do not have on star connected. Horn quit working 4 months right before key fob quit. I can't use my bright lights, because I lose dash lights, head lights. My son and I share this car to drive to work. Since the lights started flashing all day and night, I felt it is unsafe for him to drive to work which is 40 miles one way. Why so many issues that are not being taken serious? I drive my car during day time. I pray I make it to work. I have to drive 9 miles one way to work. However, I drive highway 75 with semi trucks going 70 miles an hour. If this car loses power on that highway, I will probably not survive. Unsafe and not reliable vehicle. Chevy should help us Monte Carlo owners get them fixed. Thanks for your time.

- Mayetta, KS, USA

problem #52

Mar 012009

Monte Carlo

  • 65,000 miles
I began having trouble with this car a few months after I purchased it. I can't drive the car at night with the lights on bright, because when I do the lights shut completely off and the only way to get them to come back on is to flip the dimmer switch. I have been on the interstate and highway both, driving the posted speed limit when this has happened. This problem, in my opinion is a big hazard and very unsafe. I had to have the cruise control switch replaced, the instrument panel replaced, because it failed completely while I was going on vacation, I had no idea how much gas was in my car or what speed I was going all gauges were out of whack. The car smells like gasoline, I've taken this to the dealer auto repair shop, they claim they can't find the problem, even though they could smell the gas both on the outside and inside of car. There was a recall on the key, I took into dealer and they put a cover over the old key, I personally don't understand how that was supposed to take care of whatever the problem was. I have noticed that others on here have listed similar complaints about this car. What I'd like to know is, if there are so many people having the exact same problems with these cars, why hasn't there been a recall issued? I can't speak for anyone else, but I paid hard earned money for this car and I'm sick and tired of having to constantly repair stuff, which seems to be a big problem on this make and model. I think something needs to be done before someone gets seriously injured or worse. And it shouldn't take someone's life before something is done about this.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #51

Sep 292015

Monte Carlo

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving at various speeds, the speedometer and fuel gauges became inoperable. The failure recurred randomly. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Circle Pines, MN, USA

problem #50

Jan 012016

Monte Carlo

  • 147,000 miles


Speedometer going nuts. Stuck on 85mph while idle and off as well. Periodically, the trac and ABS lights will come on. When backing up and put in drive to go, the traction active light comes on and car will lug and grind.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #49

Nov 122013

Monte Carlo

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While attempting to start the vehicle, the ignition failed to start without warning. The contact stated that the transmission was replaced. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the body control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure was persistent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #48

Jul 012010

Monte Carlo

  • miles
Periodically the car will not start. There was a recall that only replaced a portion of the key. The key will turn and all lights come on but it wont start. If you wait a few minutes and try again the car starts even though you have done nothing different. We took it to a repair shop and they are stating it needs a new ignition. I do not have a heavy keyring and only use the single key without the fob or anything and still have the problem.

- Gainesville , FL, USA

problem #47

Jul 012015

Monte Carlo

  • miles


2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system and recall issues. The consumer stated the engine light illuminated. The consumer stated after the dealer performed the recall, the alarm no worked. Updated 09/02/15

- Waggaman, LA, USA

problem #46

Jun 182015

Monte Carlo

  • 80,052 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer to complete the repair for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). A few days after the recall repair was performed, the pass key lock sensor illuminated. The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that the magnet connection was not communicating with the key. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 80,052.

- Emporium, PA, USA

problem #45

Feb 232014

Monte Carlo

  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact received notice of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the air bag, brakes, battery and check engine warning lights illuminated while the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #44

Mar 202015

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
I took the car to a Chevy dealer for the ignition switch recall dated July 3 2014.I told them about problems with the ignition switch such as the key can be pulled out when car is running and sometimes the starter stays on with engine running also problems turning the key.I waited while they did the recall service.when they were done they told me they put a plastic cover on the key.I started the car and found the problems were still there.I told them the recall was for a ignition switch not ignition key and their fix did nothing to fix the problem.they told me this fix is all they can do.a few weeks later, I could not get the car to shut off.I had to force the ignition off using a screwdriver and I had to buy a new ignition switch and install it myself however I will have to go to a locksmith so he could make the new key work on my door.150.00 foa a switch.still have to pay a locksmith.I want my family to be safe in my car.I don't think G M feels the same.

- Otisville N.Y., NY, USA

problem #43

Nov 092014

Monte Carlo

  • 104,921 miles


1.)cannot drive with the brights on because it will unexpectedly trigger all lights to fail and you will be driving blind in the complete pitch black night. 2.)the speedometer, gas gauge, and temp gauge haven't worked since about 75,000 miles. I purchased this car brand new and have had it serviced as needed. This is a factory defect, not something that was caused somehow by me. I think that it is ridiculous that I have to deal with these defects with my own money when I specifically purchased a brand new car so I didn't have to deal with problems of the vehicle that one would associate with a used vehicle. The brights issue could literally kill people, I'm sure it probably has.

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #42

Sep 232014

Monte Carlo

  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the instrument cluster failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 142,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Morganville, KS, USA

problem #41

Aug 022012

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
I cannot use the high beams on the car. When I do the dashboard electric and headlights all turn off. Switching it back to low beams they will come back on. Cannot use when driving.

- Gold Beach, OR, USA

problem #40

May 072014

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While driving home car's headlights became stuck on high beam and stayed stuck for several days then functioned as normal. A few weeks later while driving home at night headlights failed to function at all. Signal lights and fog lights were all that illuminated the roads. Visibility was only a couple of feet. Dealership is aware of issue and has issued several technical service bulletins for it not only this model year, but others. They will not fix or even reduce costs to fix because they claim this is not a safety issue. Not having any headlights at all is a huge safety issue in poor weather, but especially at night! upon inspecting multifunction switch in steering column and flipping external switch for high beams/wipers/signals to see if there is any function after a month of car sitting in drive, smoke began to steadily come out of steering column at switch. Battery was diconnected which stopped the smoke.

- Sherwood, OH, USA

problem #39

May 012011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Traveling on us 90 w. all of a sudden no gauges. For weeks there after I was scared and extremely concerned my car was over heating(maxed out temp range)and speedometer on zero. In short it does every thing reading wise except correctly once the key is used. I (think ) I'm hearing a "pop or distorted/short" in the speakers..I have not installed or otherwise altered any equipment or made any changes to the original equipment of any kind... after reviewing the internet and asking other owners of like make/models and the "other closely related models I.e Impala I've been told more having this problem than not. I'm also finding it seem to be a problem rather earl in production years and appears to be a defect in engineering/assembly of these automobiles. (perhaps a full review of electrical patient/design and assembly methods may resolve why this is happening. I truly want to start a class action to "repair" (no money)with new re-designed installs by dealer. As of today my "carlo" is at 89000 mi... please feel free to contact me if I can help or you know of a correct wants 700 to replace dash..(is this new dash different in any way from oem build I wonder)also my Avalanche truck at 60,000+ doing the same thing. Does it take a fire or death to recognize this a recurring default in mfg. Of Chevrolet. GM and its dealers are mum and it must be my fault. Perhaps a complete electrical review of GM engineering is in order not withstanding durability standards and who makes the wires/assembly and where..I'm just saying.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #38

Jan 262007

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle ignition randomly turning off engine while in gear from 2006 to sale in Nov 2007. Trips to dealerships in malden, MA and West babylon, NY advised "too heavy" keyring, but continued to be a problem. Electrical failure of entire dashboard including speedometer occurred in January, 2007 and was subsequently repaired by dealership in West babylon NY where I was told keys were too heavy for ignition reporting now due to similar instances in other Chevrolet vehicles but noticed Monte carlos were not addressed as an issue.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #37

Jul 072011

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The steering problem was from the beginning when I bought the car used with 19,000 miles.. very tight steering, was in warranty at the time and had it serviced. However, all they said was it was adjusted. This was the spring of 2006. Steering at this time is still very tight, and it is real bad in summer months. The car now has 39,000 approx. If my car was recalled because of this, I was never notified the speedometer after the car warms up, begins to stop working. Usually after stopping at a light, I would notice the speedometer registers below zero (0) then I know upon accelerating it will not go up even to 45 times it sticks to around 25 or so. Then after abruptly stopping and then going forward, it will go back to normal. This is dangerous, because I try to stay within the proper speed, according to other cars around me, but if I was to go slower than I thought to be, I could get slammed into because of not keeping up with others. I fear this. The temperature gauge is also not reading right, it usually should stay below half temp... it goes up above even though I have had anti freeze replaced with fresh. That too is dangerous. Other than these things, I have had little to no problems. I love the car, I just hate when there is a problem. I would like for the manufacturer to look into this, as I have noticed I am not the only one with these concerns of the exact same problem. For me, the steering is the most dangerous. Now if my car was in any recall I may not have been notified, as I moved out West for a few years, and address had changed. I am now back home. Naturally when your new / used car warranty stops, then "things" happen and still making car payments makes it hard to service the expensive parts.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #36

Feb 062013

Monte Carlo

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge readings fluctuated. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ray , ND, USA

problem #35

May 012013

Monte Carlo

  • 84,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the speedometer displayed the incorrect reading and occasionally register 80 mph in a 40 mph zone. The instrumental messaging center failure also caused the lights to flicker and become dim. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure was located within the instrument cluster and it needed to be reprogrammed; however, the vehicle was not repaired. The transmission was replaced at 45,000 miles. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,800. The approximate current mileage was 86,500.

- Bowie , MD, USA

problem #34

Dec 092012

Monte Carlo

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the front driver's side seat warmer was activated when the seat caught fire. The contact shut off the driver's side seat warmer. No one was injured during the fire. The fire department was not called. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic testing where the dealer advised that a short in the driver's side seat warmer caused the fire. The dealer did not perform any repairs to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Sidney, NE, USA

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