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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe

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money's revenge
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By barb b
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe LS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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saw this car and had to check it out. 2003 limited edition pace car. tested it on a wet road, handled great, punched it & rocketed forward with no hesitation. impressed buying to replace cadi etc with northstar which is going to be 100% classic show car. thats what compared to & 83 Z28 350 300 with air induction. wow


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I will never buy GM.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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2003 Monte Carlo LS
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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Awesome vehicle!
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By Warhorse
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe LS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this car 2 years ago, always wanted one, my wife found it in the used car lot. Despite needing new intake gasket set right away, I'm VERY pleased with this car! I hope to own it as long as it will last, have added customized parts to it and is a head-turner. Also put 40 series Flowmaster dual-exhaust on it, sounds great! I feed it Z-Maxx every 6000 miles and it treats me right, recommend it to everyone!


Best Features

Stereo out of the box sounds awesome, good fuel mileage, about 25 mpg country driving, great styling, good pickup, (especially with dual exhaust)very comfortable interior.


Worst Features

Need to address the intake gasket issue.


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Love My Car
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By June Seymour
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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe LS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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I only have 56,600 miles on the car. Runs great and have only had it in for regular service. Wish GM still made this vehicle. People look at car when I'm driving and give me thumbs up or a toot, but I know it is not for me because of my age. My car still looks like new!


Best Features

Style, gas mileage


Worst Features

None-just start making them again!


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