4th Generation (1981—1985) Monte Carlo Problems

This generations ranks 5th out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (66%), interior (33%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Ignition Switch Failure 1 complaints at an average of 210,000 miles in the 1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  2. Wont Start 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  3. Leaking Fluid Looks Like Rainbow on Wet Ground 1 complaints at an average of 200,000 miles in the 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

What Monte Carlo Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 1981 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1985 1 2 1 0.13
1981 2 2 0 0.31

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