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GM's best-kept secret
By Erik Smith on
Vehicle2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 2dr Coupe
ReviewAs a car salesman, I sold these for years, and just purchased one for myself. The 2000-2007 Monte Carlo was a standout in the GM lineup, and used models are a bargain in SS trim (avoid base models). The car, unfortunately, was misunderstood -- witness the reviews here. It was really one of the last "personal luxury" cruisers -- stylish, extremely economical with the 3.8, roomy, and as powerful as it needed to be. A better performer than most 4-cyl cars, cheaper to operate than many, cheap to repair. If maintained, expect 200K-plus miles. Only drawback is the endemic GM midsize steering shaft problem, which can be solved cheaply ($5 or so) with DIY lubing. A wonderful car, a classic.
Best Features2-door styling. SS model offers full luxury and sport handling, long wheelbase gives smooth ride. 200 hp in 2000-2005 SS models is plenty; GM's 3.8 motor is one of the great all-time engines for power and fuel economy (30- plus mpg on highway -- no fooling!) Used models with less than 100K are cheap!
Worst FeaturesA little late for this, since the car was dropped after 07 model year. Would have been nice if GM solved the steering-shaft problem once and for all, but regular maintenance takes care of it. Advice to prospective purchasers -- this problem is no big deal; every car has quirks and this has very few.
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