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#45 of 104 Its about time!!
Nov 19, 2005 (11:32 am)
The other night I FINALLY found an 06 Monte on a dealers lot. (FYI, the vehicle search option on the Chevrolet website isnt always that accurate). It too was black on black. So far that seems to be all that people are finding. Maybe they are making a different color each month and the 1st month is Black? Anyway, I was able to pull right up beside it and was able to make the small comparisons with my black 2000 SS. I have to say that I agree that it looks better in person than it does in the promo photos. The new front end seems to flow with the rest of the car better than I thought. Ive also noticed that they did revise the tail lights as well. Rather than having 2 cirlular units behind a clear bubbled lense, they are 2 red units behind a red flat lense, which looks a little cleaner. The interior also looks cleaner and a little more upscale. Especially the new console which adds an additional cup holder over the old one but less storage room under the dash. Over all, I think I would consider trading up for one. I am however still sad by the fact that Chevy once again did away with the Knight crest emblem and the "Monte Carlo" script. Its also odd that they chose to make the "SS" emblems on the car white vs the red that they have used for many many years.
#46 of 104 GM to cease production of third shift Oshawa #1
Nov 21, 2005 (7:35 am)
GMs announcement of plant closings.
GM announced that it will be dropping the third shift at its Oshawa plant #1 at end of 2006. Personally I believe that will be the end of the Monte Carlo. The Impala has had great success and the Monte Carlos sales are dropping like a stone. Chevy pumps hundreds of Millions into Team Monte Carlo in NASCAR racing and it isn't paying off. Now that Ford is going to use the new Ford Fusion for their racing program 2006 I believe after 2006 the Monte will be dropped and the successful Impala will be the new NASCAR Chevy entry. The Dodge Charger & Ford Fusion are both 4 door sedans, the Impala would fit nicely as a replacement.
Just my opinions......
#47 of 104 Re: GM to cease production of third shift Oshawa #1 [charts2]
Nov 21, 2005 (5:23 pm)
I hope to God that GM does not drop the Monte Carlo again. If they do I will be finished with them for good. If they are not happy with sales, then they should come out with a cutting edge new generation. Its been virtually unchanged for the past 5 years and the 06 isnt really that much of a change. But I do have to say that I see alot of Montes out on the street and not a whole lot sitting on the lots so I think they are selling. But time will tell.
#48 of 104 GM production
Nov 22, 2005 (12:40 am)
Chevy didn't go near far enough to freshen the Monte for 2006. The current platform looks dated, when I see pictures of the new Dodge Challenger coupe thats coming. I think Chevy blew it!
#49 of 104 Re: GM production [charts2]
Nov 22, 2005 (3:26 pm)
I havent heard about this new Dodge Challenger but Im sure it will be a hit like everything else they have brought out over the past couple of years. I dont know why it should be so hard for Chevy to do the same thing. They can totally come up with some fun and innovative designs that still retains the automibiles heritage as far as styling cues amd image. But yes you are right, they didnt go far enough with the 2006. This was something they should have done say 2 years ago and then roll out a while new generation for 2006.
Nov 22, 2005 (5:56 pm)
I agree that the Monte Carlo isn't anywhere near the numbers the Impala is in unit sales, but I think the Monte was specifically designed for the NASCAR circuit. I don't think the Impala even comes close as far as the aerodynamics of the body are concerned, and unless GM is prepared to abandon their NASCAR presence, they will continue with the Monte nameplate. Whether the particular vehicle itself sells in great numbers or not isn't the issue. The advertising for the Chevrolet division is the big thing, and it has taken many years to make the claim "The winningest name in Nascar history". It would be hard to throw that away.
That being said, I do think Chevy is way to conservative with the styling and they better wake up soon. The buying public (Me and people like me) aren't going to continue to support same old, same old. I have owned a 2000 SS and now a 2004 SS. About the only difference between the two is the 04 has the Supercharged motor. Nice but the car is virtually the same. Same as the 06 V8 power, nice, but what else is new. Sure some minor modifications but nothing I can see that really turns my crank to cough up another $10 - $15 grand to trade up.
#51 of 104 2006 Monte Carlo
Nov 23, 2005 (7:30 am)
The 2006 Monte Carlo just doesn't cut it. I am not being negative to anyone who owns one but it is a dated style and chevy blew it. NASCAR racing is huge. But win on Sunday sell on Monday doesn't work anymore. For the 10s of millions Chevy pumps into Team Monte Carlo it isn't paying back dividends of higher sales.
With the newer 4 Door Dodge Charger, and next year the new 4 dr Ford Fusion in NASCAR the Monte Carlo will be out of place. Its still based largely on the old 00-05 platform style.
Its time Chevy got exciting again. I was around in the 60s when stylish 2 door Impala SS, Chevelles, Novas, Camaros ruled the streets. High performance/trim packages could be ordered through Chevy. Everyone knew a Chevy model from blocks away,........not today!
Check out the website pictures of this new Dodge Challenger coming it will make the current Monte look like a Model T Ford.
Chevy, you have to take a chance to get a chance.....make some bold moves and become performance/styling leader like you were 40 years ago. Boring Cars/Trucks just don't cut it anymore!
#52 of 104 Most reliable model/engine?
Dec 31, 2005 (12:39 pm)
I'm thinking about buying a Monte Carlo in 2007 (I never buy the 1st model year that a car is made or revised). I test drove the 2005 version, and found the seats very comfortable, with good outward visibility (rear visibility is not that good, but stick on blindspot mirrors will alleviate that), and it's decently priced.
Does anyone know which of the 3 models or engines are most dependable?
LS/LT: 3.5 V6
LTZ: 3.9 V6
SS: 5.3 V8
The only features I really want are the side airbags, OnStar, XM Radio, and antilock brakes. This car will be replacing my 2003 Civic sedan. It's a great little car with 36 average MPG, but it is so underpowered that it is dangerous to drive in my mostly uphill commute. I'd rather sacrifice fuel economy for more power.
#53 of 104 Re: Most reliable model/engine? [crazygrrrl]
Jan 11, 2006 (7:44 pm)
All the engines you list are "New" for 06. The 5.3 V8 has been used in the GM truck line for years, although not with the cylinder deactivation system. I had a 2001 model SS with the 3.8 V6 200hp and now have an 04 with the supercharged 3.8 V6 These engines have been bulletproof, but they should be, considering the length of time they have been in service with GM. I do know the extra 40hp the 04 has is a big step up from the previous 200hp model. Whatever you choose, I think you will notice quite a difference from what you are driving now. Although I'm a bit partial to the power of the V8 (comes from my love of the old muscle cars of the 60's I guess), I would think the 3.9 in the LTZ would be a good overall choice. From what I have seen, I looks to me the LTZ with the 3.9 as the standard engine is a fairly reasonably priced rig when you add up all the features it has. Should be as quick as my 04 Supercharged SS as well since the HP numbers are the same. 36 MPG average is good mileage, you won't get that but overall I would think you should see around 22-25 mpg average.
All in all, you will have a three year warranty so let the General take care of any problems. Hey, who knows, my dad just got a new 06 Buick Allure (Lacrosse in the US) and it has a 4 year warranty. Mabey Chev will up their warranty for the 07 models. Good Luck, I'm sure you will like the Monte, I expect to get an 07 myself. That will be 3 in a row for me.
#54 of 104 Re: Most reliable model/engine? [revitupfast]
Jan 12, 2006 (5:45 pm)
Thanks, revitupfast. I was thinking about getting the 3.5 or 3.9. I can't imagine having a V8. That would be overkill for me. Super-fun, but too expensive on gas and insurance (my commute is 250 miles/week!).
I know the power of the 3.8, and boy, can a car fly with that engine. It's what I have in my 2001 Firebird (my weekend car). The average I got with the Firebird was 23-25 mpg. If I drove like a granny, the highest I got was 31 mpg.
I guess I'll just have to wait and see which of the 2 new V6's are most reliable. Thanks again.