2002 monte carlo
What can u tell me about a 2002 Monte Carlo? Im
thinking about buying one from a friend he just got
it from an auction. It appears to be in awesome
shape. Even the interior is spotless
Someone really took care of it. Any advice? Pros?
If it has the 3.8L V6 and is between about 90,000 and 120,000 miles replace the upper and lower intake manifold gaskets. They're prone to failure at this mileage. If you're well beyond 120,000 miles they've probably been done already. That engine is a workhorse and once the intake gaskets are done it'll last a long time!! If you have the 3.4L V6 they blow head gaskets. Usually around the same mileage. Not nearly as good as the 3.8L. Another thing about the 3.8 is it's currently under recall. It's GM recall 15757. It addresses, for the third time, engine compartment fires being started by leaking valve cover gaskets. As a preliminary step you should remove the plastic engine top "beauty cover" and don't park the car in a garage or carport until the recall has been performed. If the "beauty cover" is missing and the front valve cover is black the recall has been done already. Pay attention to the automatic transmission. It's common for them to lose overdrive and torque converter clutch lock in. This is evidenced by the tachometer reading above 2000 RPMs at cruising speed (60 to 70 MPH). You may also hear a whine from the front of the car when you're cruising as well. If you have a constantly on low coolant light remove and clean the coolant level sensor. Located on the radiator about 3 inches below the radiator filler cap. If you remove the sensor and no coolant comes out but the radiator is full the radiator has been replaced and the hole for the coolant level sensor was never drilled out. This leaves the sensor dry and keeps the low coolant light on. The light may remain on for a few ignition cycles after the cooling system is serviced. This is normal as long as it does go off with the radiator full. Good luck with your new car. These are reasonably good cars if taken care of and the above mentioned trouble spots are fixed correctly!! HTH. -Jim
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