I bought this car new as a leftover in August 1998. Now, in December 2004, with 90K miles, and after NO major repairs, it is still such a reliable, comfortable, and yes, economical car that I'm wondering if I should keep it AND buy a new one. Why buy a new one at all? The transmission gets stuck in second gear (won't upshift or downshift to first) when the car is very cold, and after five service visits to three separate dealers, they still don't know what's wrong. The new ones don't have standard ABS (cheesy!) like the '98 did, the transmission shifts roughly on the new ones, the brake pedal is too high on the new ones, the seats uncomfortable, etc. But the '98 has been a great car!
26 mpg overall, with plenty of power for normal driving. Good looking car with a much nicer interior than the new ones. Original tires are lasting FOREVER. Standard ABS. Just as reliable as my Lexus LS400 was (and MORE reliable than both of my Camrys!).
Improvements? They should've left it as it was! Take care of the transmission problems, then make the 2005's more like the 1998's.
Bought the car 9/97 off the showroom
floor and it now has 200,000 miles. I
am a sales rep and travel many a mile
in my Z34. I love the power of the
engine and the gas mileage is great. I
have had no issues with the car. I
feel it is time to retire the car
because of the mileage but feel it
still has many miles yet to come. The
tires that come on the car are superb -
I have only had to replace the tires
twice in the 200,000 miles.
The engine, look of the exterior, and
the comfort of my front seat.
I bought the car when it was 2 years
old with about 20,000 miles. Car ran
well, good power and torgue from the
solid GM 6 cylinder.
However, as noted by one other
reviewer, at 100,000 all heck has begun
to break louse. Problems with breaks,
locking up for no reason. Now, it
appears I may have to replace the
transmission. Note, the hard shifting
you feel is the start of bad things,
and should be corrected. GM 4 speed
automatic is not as sturdy as thier 3
speed. Potentail cost of a new trans,
Good starting torque from the engin.
Quiet and comfortable ride, but fairly
responsive in the turns.
After so many years, GM should have had
known problems solved in the 4 spead
This is a good family car that gives
you a break from the minivan. My
Monte Carlo is a reasonable compromise
between power and fuel economy for an
american product. It lacks in
sportiness in comparison to the older
rear wheel drive models, but it has
been a good choice as a second family
vehicle used for daily work commuting.
Nice acceleration. I have gotten as
much as 29 mpg on highway. Style with
long wheel base.
Better turn signal switch assembly. I
had to replace this twice while I
This has been a very reliable car for
me. Had a new transmission put in
around 90k because of something very
rare. Mechanic had never seen it
happen before, just a fluke. Have had
no other problems. Still drives well
and gets decent gas mileage.