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2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Review

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The Monte Carlo once shared a common platform with similar cars from Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick, but it alone has survived to become GM's only offering in the personal luxury coupe segment. Unfortunately, with Chrysler readying a new Sebring coupe and the Honda Accord and Toyota Solara still alive and kicking, the Monte Carlo cannot afford to rest upon its laurels. Given a fresh interior and available V8-power last year, the front-wheel-drive Monte Carlo has increased appeal, for those who grew up with the name as well as empty-nesters looking to get away from their ponderous and fuel-thirsty SUVs.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you'd like a big two-door car with a long hood and short deck, the Monte Carlo is one of only a handful still in production. The V6 gives good performance and fuel economy, and the front-wheel drive provides good traction in the snow. If you need a coupe with a usable back seat, the Monte Carlo's got your name written all over it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a performance coupe that really lets you get involved with the drive, the Monte Carlo may be too tame for you. There is no manual transmission, the seats are a bit soft and wide and the steering feel is not as accurate as the Accord's or Solara's.

What's Significant About This Car?

XM Satellite Radio is standard on the SS trim, while 17-inch wheels become standard equipment on the LT. The LTZ trim has been dropped, as has the 3.9-liter V6 engine.

Driving the Monte Carlo

Driving Impressions The Monte Carlo's 211-horsepower V6 engine and soft suspension are tuned more for cruising than bruising. As this is how the vast majority of people drive, the Monte Carlo LS...

will probably at least meet the expectations of most of its owners. The LT employs the same engine with a bit firmer suspension and larger wheels and tires.

The SS gets a 303-horsepower, all-aluminum V8, allowing it to move like the old muscle cars of the past. The SS package includes thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, heavier shocks and wider tires. The package works fairly well and allows the Monte Carlo to reach some pretty extreme limits, but ultimate performance is limited by the constraints of a front-wheel-drive system attempting to get 303 horsepower to the pavement and still maintain some level of manners.

CD/MP3 audio
CD's burned in the MP3 format can hold up to 120 songs. No more fussing with external MP3 players.

Horsepower
The 5.3-liter V8 gives the Monte Carlo the guts it needs to compete with other muscle cars. The clever Displacement on Demand technology shuts down four of the eight cylinders when not needed, which is to say, a lot of the time, which helps improve fuel economy.

2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Details
2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo photo Interior

The Monte Carlo received a new dash, door panels and seats last year. The upscale look also features better quality plastics than the previous model. The seats are made more comfortable with firmer foam and larger side bolsters. Side-impact airbags are now available and the SS model receives a race-inspired instrument cluster. Though it is a squeeze to get into the rear seats, they can accommodate up to three adults in relative comfort, a claim other competitors will have a tough time matching.

Exterior

The GM crew did a good job with the Monte Carlo's front end last year, replacing the oddly shaped headlights and bulging hood with symmetrical lenses and a handsome new grille. The awkward side sculpting is still in place, as are the wide rear pillars and rear spoiler. New alloy wheels help improve the Monte Carlo's profile, especially on the SS trim, but the old Lumina-like styling and proportion is still evident and lacks the visual punch of the new Ford Mustang.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There are three trim levels: LS, LT and SS, in ascending order. The LS features such basic creature comforts as power windows, power door looks, air conditioning, keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD, power mirrors, power driver's seat and a tilt wheel. The LT trim has been simplified this year and gains some features from the discontinued LTZ, such as dual-zone air conditioning, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SS package adds a 5.3-liter V8 engine, fog lights and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options, depending upon trim level, include automatic-dimming rearview mirror, front seat-mounted side airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, power glass moonroof, leather seating, remote start, driver's information center, anti-lock brakes (ABS), XM Satellite Radio and steering wheel-mounted touch controls.

Under the Hood

The Monte Carlo's standard 3.5-liter V6 is more than sufficient for most drivers and considering the car's size, returns fairly decent fuel economy. Hot-rod lovers will settle for nothing less than the SS model's 5.3-liter V8. With 303 horsepower and ample torque, this engine can move the Monte Carlo with authority, but running so much power through the car's front wheels is bound to incur the unpleasantness of serious torque steer.

3.5-liter V6
211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (E85), 21/31 (Gasoline)

5.3-liter V8
303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

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2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 867 Ratings for the 2000 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

just an all around great car

By on Sunday, January 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had an 06 and sold it two years ago. I regretted it the day I sold it. It had the 3900 engine and leather interior. I have been looking for a second hand car to help keep the miles down on my truck for several months and finally found one with low miles. It's an LT with the 3500 engine and cloth interior. Interior is every bit as comfortable as the leather in my 06 and the 3500, while not as quick as the 3900, is ample motor to push the car along. I run about 76 mph on the highway and am getting close to 28 mpg. I found this car with 45,000 miles and bought it without hesitation. A set of new tires and it rides like new. Took the girlfriend out and she commented on how quiet and smooth the ride is. I hope to have as much luck with this monte carlo as the last one."

Great car

By on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"No way would I take less than 3 times the trade in value. this is the best car we have ever owned and will keep it till the wheels fall off. Superb mileage on trips. 34 mpg highway. about 24 city."

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

best car ever

By on Thursday, November 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "It's getting old and so am I."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"the best road car I've owned. Bought it new. Loved it from day one. Very reliable, performs well, excellent mileage, yet can move out smartly when necessary. Absolutely trouble-free. Quiet and steady on the road."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great Vechicle

By on Friday, November 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bravo for Chevrolet with this model. A road trip to Colorado in a November yielded 32 MPG (!!!). The only thing that has been replaced is the oils and the tires, (the brakes are original). This is a great car, that I would purchase again if they made it."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

very pretty, very fast!

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Engine, looks."

Cons: "Goodyear tires."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"bought mine used. great car from the start. handles very good for a big coupe. I love surprising the punks in the 5.0 Mustangs!"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

2003 montecarlo

By on Sunday, October 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car looks like new never beeat on"

Cons: "front spoiler could use a paint job"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"car has not seen a winter in over 5 years never driven more than a couple k miles a year in over 5 years needs nothing car has silver trim package car color yellow no rust top or bottom would like to trade for conversion van of same quality just getting rid of it because of family sickness"

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