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I will never buy GM.
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By claude
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe LS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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My car is a burgundy(berry red) 2003 3.8L Monte Carlo SS. First of all, I would like to say when I bought the car with a sunroof, power everything, and roomy with 39,000 mileage, I loved it. It had a comfortable ride and it looked awesome. That said, there are many irritating small things about this vehicle and the bigger ones you will run into at around 130,00 miles. First of all it does not play MP3's or have an auxiliary input jack, something that has been around since the 90's. Before you suggest changing the manufacturers radio, please consider that the radio controls many functions of the car: including resetting the tire pressure alarm, oil change alarm, fog lamps, car theft alarm, the chimes of the car, and the onstar system, among other things. Another minor irritation of this vehicle is that is looses engine oil every 2 months through combustion. So every 2 months your "Low Engine Oil" light will come on, this was expressed to me by the dealer mechanic and a memo sent from corporate, as normal. I never had this problem with my Ford Mustang. Finally, this vehicle uses Dex-Cool coolant(orange coolant), which according to the manufacturer only needs to be changed every 5 yrs or 150,00 miles. This is primarily due to the high acid content in the coolant, as compared to the 2yr green coolant used in Fords. After about 130,000 miles the Dex-Cool will have eaten many of the engine gaskets, as well as some of the engine parts. The coolant will produce sludge inside the engine that will require a flushing of the coolant system. Also, since GM in all there genius, decided to build the car with a plastic intake manifold, which will crack and warp over time, motor oil and coolant may begin to combine inside your engine. This is fatal for any vehicle, if not immediately corrected. GM is currently facing lawsuits regarding Dex-Cool. Other problems with this vehicle include a lack of a WEATHER COWL (A rubber trim under the wipers that guide rain water away from ac blower) on the front passenger side. Over time or if someone replaces the cabin filter, this trim weakens and slides off. Without this trim, every time it rains, the inside of the car will start to fill with water. To prevent this a $20 piece of plastic must be installed under the wipers, that the GM dealer will charge you $80 for. Finally, the interior of the car does not stand up to the test of time, predominately all the control knobs will have writing fade away. I will never buy another GM vehicle since they seem designed to be trade ins, after 5yrs.


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Love the Monte SS
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By cyanidekid
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe SS 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought the car off craigslist through a private party without even hearing it run. It had 45,000 miles on it. I rented a car trailer from uhaul and drove 2 hrs to pick the car up. It is a (Competition Yellow) 2003 Limited Edition SS w/ the High Sport appearance package, fully loaded. The car now has 138,000 miles on it and it runs like a champ. I haven't had to put any $$ into it besides regular maintenance and it gets excellent gas mileage for its size. It's big enough to fit 5 comfortably and the trunk is HUGE! The Monte Carlo is definitely sexy and demands attention on the roads, but it's not a "race" car... unless you want to spend the extra $$ for the modifications.


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Gotta love the motor in this car. It is very dependable. The heated leather seats are a dream and are comfortable.


Worst Features

Make a 50th anniversary MONTE CARLO SS and make it the race car it was meant to be!!! But Chevy probably didn't do that to begin with so people like me wouldn't actually think they were in a NASCAR race.


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By caitlinmay
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe SS 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I am obsessed with my '03 Monte Carlo SS. I bought it only a few months ago with 126,000 miles on it, and it's already my favorite car I've ever owned. I bought it from a new/used Chevy dealer, so there were no problems with the car at all. The interior and exterior were both in perfect condition. No mechanical problems at all. It drives smooth and it's fast!!! It's a very easy car to handle, and I love love love the style! I haven't had it for long enough to say it's reliable and things don't go bad on the car, but from what I see now, the car has been taken very good care off. I don't see myself having any problems with it down the road!


Best Features

I love the sunroof, power seats, controls on the steering wheel, and the overall design of the car!


Worst Features

The only thing I don't like about the car is gas mileage! It supposedly gets 17 city but it doesn't seem like it. Right before I purchased the Monte, I owned a 2002 Sante Fe (SUV) and it also got 17 city, but to be honest, it seems like I got better mpg in the SUV!!!


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2003 Monte carlo ss
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By coonhound01
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe SS 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my SS with 83,000. It has been a very reliable car. I now have 176,000 on my car. It still runs and rides smooth. I've replaced the thermostat, a/c condenser and resonator during that time. The condenser was the result of a stone or debri, which I was told was typical. I like the car, the interior has held up well, and the exterior is even better considering the miles. I average 23-24 mpg combined, 27 mpg on a trip.


Best Features

Looks, mpg, a/c-heating system


Worst Features

little better performance(supercharger should have been a std item), better sound sytem, better knobs- facades wear off.


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2003 Monte Carlo LS
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By ep1
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe LS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Really like the style of the car, though not very happy in the way it handles, sloppy but sort of controlled has the feeling of being very nose heavy up front in cornering manovers presently having steering shaft issues the dealer lubed and greased the steering shaft seems to be much better - great gas mileage and a real head tuner on the road.


Best Features

The style of the car, and the way it rides


Worst Features

Intake manifold gasket should be made to last longer than it does, and the steering shaft issues on many Montes!


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