When I got my red 1990 Monaco ES, it was
a fabulous sedan. Everything was
powered, including both front seats and
the antenna. The MSRP was high at over
$20k, but slow sales led to hefty
rebates and discounts, which made the
car a steal at under $16k. This car is
really a Renault sedan, and was the last
Renault in the states as part of
chrysler's obligation to Renault when it
purchase AMC. Parts are a bit pricy, but
fortunately few have been needed. With
proper care, this car carried on though
many a MI winter without a hitch, and it
took many cross country trips in the
heat of summer with no disappointments.
This car has a lot of cool features,
including subtle but sophisticated
mechanical touches. The best thing about
it is the premium stereo, which is the
best factory stereo I ever heard. It's
the only car I've had in the last 30
years that I haven't changed the stereo in.
This car needs a more reliable water
pump. I've replaced it twice. Also, it
really should have airbags instead
of motorized shoulder belts. Finally,
there seems to be an electrical
glitch that affects the front running
lights, but not the headlights or turn
signals. It's annoying.
Best overall combo ofcomfort and
handling of any car I have ever driven.
Bought mine used 8 years ago for almost
nothing, and currently have 160000
miles on it. Extremely reliable, but
has a few quirks which are minor if you
understand them , and potentially major
if you don't. These have killed the
reputation, but also result in a great
used car buy for the informed if you
can still find one.
Driving comfort and handling.
Reliability and easy maintenance if you
or your mechanic know the car.
NA since no longer made. Would be happy
to share experience with any current
owners left. Masondr19@yahoo.com
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