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CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 174 complaints filed for the 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 1996 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (13) Equipment (8) Seat Belts (4) Steering (8) Unknown Or Other (9)
Communications (1) Exterior Lighting (1) Seats (4) Structure (11) Vehicle Speed Control (8)
Electrical System (59) Fuel Propulsion System (1) Service Brakes Air (3) Suspension (3) Visibility (4)
Engine (1) Fuel System Gasoline (17) Service Brakes Hydraulic (49) Tires (3) Wheels (2)
Engine And Engine Cooling (46) Power Train (11)

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SEAT BELTS: FRONT: RETRACTOR

8/20/2001 - ALVERTVILLE, AL
PASSENGER'S SEATBELT WILL GO INSIDE RETRACTOR. BUT, IT WILL NOT SECURE PASSENGER. DEALERSHIP IS AWARE OF PROBLEM.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR

5/22/2001 - DUNCANVILLE, TX
ALTERNATER HAS BEEN REPLACED 3 TIMES. DEFECTIVE ALTERNATER WOULD NOT ALLOW ENGINE TO COOL. CONSUMER STATED ALTERNATOR IS LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ENGINE, BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION IT DOES NOT COOL PROPERLY, TO GET THE PART THE ENGINE MUST BE DROPPED, CONSUMER STATED THIS WAS A POOR DESIGN.

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POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)

5/22/2001 - DUNCANVILLE, TX
LOW TRACTION LIGHT COMES ON, THEN BRAKES GO OUT. BUT IF ABS AND TRACTION LIGHTS COME ON TOGETHER, BRAKES SOMETIMES WORK.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: ANTILOCK

5/22/2001 - DUNCANVILLE, TX
LOW TRACTION LIGHT COMES ON, THEN BRAKES GO OUT. BUT IF ABS AND TRACTION LIGHTS COME ON TOGETHER, BRAKES SOMETIMES WORK.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR

3/28/2001 - ORLANDO, FL
FOUND ODI ID 735734 ON YOUR WEB SITE, WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY RECALL NOT ISSUED?. NO SAFETY DEFECT.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: ANTILOCK

3/22/2001 - WICHITA, KS
PROBLEM WITH BRAKES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE. CONSUMER RAN A RED LIGHT GOING 30 MPH BECAUSE VEHICLE WOULDN'T STOP. BRAKE PEDAL GOES ALL THE WAY TO FLOOR, BUT IT STARTS TO SLOW DOWN. DEALER HAS HOOKED VEHICLE UP TO A DIAGNOSTIC MACHINE, BUT PROBLEM DOESN'T SHOW. DEALER IS CONVINCED THAT'S THE WAY THEY SHOULD WORK. THE CONSUMER HAD TWO ACCIDENTS AS THE RESULT OF BRAKE FAILURES.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: EXHAUST SYSTEM

1/9/2001 - NORMAN, OK
1ST PUMP REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY. AT 63,000 MILES PUMP FAILED AGAIN $150 PLUS LABOR TO REPAIR.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

1/1/2001 - JOHNSTOWN, PA
UPON COLD START, IDLE RACED AT 2800 RPM AND WOULDN'T DROP TO NORMAL 800 RPM EVEN AFTER BRAKING AND BRIEF STEPS ON GAS PEDAL. RACING EVEN CONTINUED WHEN CAR SHIFTED INTO NEUTRAL FROM DRIVE. PROBLEM CONTINUES EVEN AFTER DEALER SERVICING ON 11/24/2000WHERE SERVICE BULLETINS CHECKED, FINDING NOTHING ($46.41 CHARGE) AND THROTTLE BODY CLEANED AND LINKAGES LUBED. DANGEROUS CONDITION CONTINUES. ONLY SOLUTION I HAVE FOUND--TURN ON IGNITION, LET CAR IDLE RACE A FEW MINUTES, THEN TURN OFF IGNITION. WHEN IGNITION IS THEN TURN ON AGAIN, IDLE APPEARS TO FUNCTION NORMALLY AT AROUND 800 RPM. OTHERS, INCLUDING SENIOR CITIZENS, MAY NOT DISCOVER THIS FIX AND CONFRONT AN OUT OF CONTROL, NONE BREAKABLE CAR RESULTING IN SERIOUS COLLISION. SUSPECT SOME OTHER PROBLEM, POSSIBLY DEFECTIVE COMPUTER CHIP--WHATEVER ALLOWS IDLE SPEED TO DROP AFTER WARM UP UNDER COLD CONDITION.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR

11/4/2000 - CLOVIS, CA
PREMATURE ALTENATOR FAILURE, CAUSED BY ALTENATOR BEING POSITIONED UNDER CAR , WHICH CAUSES IT TO BE OUT OF A "COOLING AIR FLOW" AND TO OVERHEAT/BURN UP,INTERNALLY. PLUS, DUE TO IT'S LOCATION, THE RIGHT FRONT AXLE, AND SUB FRAME HAVE TO BE REMOVED TO REPLACE THE ALTENATOR. ALTENATORS SHOULD NOT FAIL AT THIS MILEAGE. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH SEVERAL OTHER 96-Z-34 OWNERS WHO HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEMS. CLEARLY A BAD DESIGN BY GM, AND IT PASSES AN UNNEEDED/UNWANTED BURDEN ON TO PEOPLE WHO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS AND HOPE THEM TO BE TROUBLE FREE,. MODERN TECHNOLOGY SHOULD ALLOW THEM TO BUILD A SYSTEM THAT IS MORE DURABLE. I HAVE TWO OTHER VEHICLES, THAT ARE MUCH OLDER THAN THIS CAR THAT ARE MUCH MORE RELIABLE AND LESS COSTLY TO MAINTAIN. THIS POOREST / AND MOST UNRELIABLE OF MONTE CARLO NOW HAS A REPUTATION IN THE MARKET PLACE AND THE RESALE VALUE HAS PLUMMMENTED. THERE SHOULD BE SOME LIABILITY ON GM'S PART.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: ANTILOCK

11/4/2000 - CLOVIS, CA
TOO MUCH PEDAL PRESSURE REQ'D TO STOP CAR. BRAKES/ROTORS WORN OUT AT 36,OOO MILES , FRONT AND REARS.

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