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By Richard in OK on 08/15/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

I bought my Z34 cheaply,and got a 2yr. warranty with it.Let's face it,it's a sport coupe, not a luxury sedan. The ride is stiff, which you are reminded of at every bump .The seats are uncomfortable and it's hard to get in and out of the back seat.Performance is very good once you get the car moving and it finds the rpm that it likes. I never worry about passing cars as the power is always there. Fuel economy on the highway with air on is about 28 mpg.Little things could have made this car great. One thing,those Z34s that run well,seem to run well. Be thankful,if you have one, but be aware of the problems.Call me crazy, but I still have to like this car.
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not bad
By Nismo 400R on 08/08/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

i have a 96 Z34 i bought it about 2 months ago and i have had no problems athough it acts like the alternator or something is about to go out but besides that i love this car. The only thing i ate about this car is that fact that it is a gas guzzler. it has 17 mpg a 350 can get like 14 so go figure. v6 - v8 17 mpg is pathetic when in a v6. i have a cousin who has a mustang that gets better gas mileage than me.
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DON'T invest your money in these cars
By cemjr149 on 08/06/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

I've had more trouble with this car than I can describe in this box. 2 alternators, numerous sensors, electric door locks don't work($150 each to fix), electric windows work half of the time, volume for radio turns off whenever I turn the steering wheel, spark plug wires had to be replaced twice. Vacuum pump needs to be replaced now($350.00). Dealer has replaced many other parts to make it idle correctly before determining the vacuum pump was bad and charged me for all of the parts and labor while he was guessing. I wouldn't recommend this car for anyone and my car is not an isolated case. Do your research before buying a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
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My z34
By z34monte on 07/12/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

i love this car
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Waited too long!
By Big Dog on 07/06/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

I traded my Z-34 at 98000 miles. The timing belt, water pump, and altenator all lasted to 97000 miles....I was waiting for 0% financing on a new SUV. Other than my poor timing to dump it the Z-34 was a great car.
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chock full o' trouble
By djlotek on 07/04/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

in less than 15,000 miles we have had to rebuild the engine due to a seal blowing and the oil level warning lights never coming on. The transmission failed and had to be rebuilt. the Theftlock system on the ignition failed and cost us 400 bucks to replace and we jsut got nailed for 500 bucks to replace and ALTERNATOR. this car has been full of problems and very expensive to work on
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monte carlo z34
By shelbyvillepd232 on 06/14/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

only big problem was the alternator. car handles like a mix between a sports car and a luxury car.
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Excellent car
By bigguy on 05/31/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 2dr Coupe

Review

Never had a problem with this car, never been in the shop except for routine maintenance. Better gas mileage than listed, sport suspension lets it handle great.
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Shoud have been better
By galoot on 04/09/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

The spark plug wires started going bad at about 20K miles. At about 40K and 5 trips to the shop they were all replaced. After a recall notice i waited for another 1 to go bad. So i had the dealership replace all 6 wires. After going in 6 times chevy has replaced all the wires twice. It didn't cost anything but, after 6 trips i got pissed off. If you have to pay to have the wires replaced on the Z34 it costs a lot because they have to take the intake off to get to the back 3 wires. Another problem is the alterator. It went bad at 51K and agian at 104K. It is under the engine. So it gets hit with dirt and goes bad. Only a shop can replace it. The engine has to be lowed to replace it.
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nasty
By c mundie on 04/03/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 2dr Coupe

Review

nothing but problems
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