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Posted: 8/12/2017 2:48:24 PM EDT
What does GD think of an 03/04 SS Monte Carlo as a daily driver? I've read they get 20 mpg City and 30 highway with a 200hp V6 engine. Which is appealing as I commute about 80 miles 5 to 7 days to work. So it is a better deal than my truck getting between 15-18 mpg.

What's the good, bad, and ugly of these SS Monte Carlos?

This is a close match to the one on my commute. It does have the gray paint along the bottom of the car and black paint. I don't know if the one I am interested in is the intimidator model or not.

Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:49:52 PM EDT
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Good = Gas Mileage
Bad = Chevrolet
Ugly = The pic you posted

Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:51:34 PM EDT
[#2]
Look at a Grand Prix GXP before you decide.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:52:01 PM EDT
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These cars were HATED for their looks. I'm no late model GM fan,but always thought they looked pretty good...
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:56:11 PM EDT
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Drivers usually had Mullets and smoked Marlboro reds and drank Bud Lite
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:58:22 PM EDT
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Dang, I guess I'm out on that then.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:00:19 PM EDT
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Noting wrong with that
another advantage is pretty much anything it will ever need is $9.99 at Napa
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:03:17 PM EDT
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I'll know more when I stop and check it out, but is $3000 cash a good deal on one?
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:05:01 PM EDT
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3800 V6 is pretty bulletproof. Had some issues with the lower intake/egr passage melting and dumping antifreeze in the intake. I'm running a 99 Buick with the 3800 on my 90 mile a day commute. 25 mpg but I have a 5 mile 8 percent grade to pull at 70+ every day. Paid $2200 for it with 74K on the clock and I'm at 136K with just the lower intake replacement and brake job.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:06:26 PM EDT
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Does it come with a powder scale and baggies?
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:11:29 PM EDT
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No, just mud flaps and a Confederate battle flag sticker.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:12:07 PM EDT
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I recently got a 2000 SS. It's now my daily driver. No serious problems to report. Just a couple of niggling issues regarding the turn signals and the tail lights fogging up in wet weather. Other than that, it's a pretty good driver.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:25:49 PM EDT
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Meh. Turn signals aren't necessary in Alabama. Sometimes taillights aren't either.

But thank you. It's been raining here a lot lately. I'll check it out.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:27:50 PM EDT
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Meh. Turn signals aren't necessary in Alabama. Sometimes taillights aren't either.
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Meh. Turn signals aren't necessary in Alabama. Sometimes taillights aren't either.
You should be fine then.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:38:15 PM EDT
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I had the 3.4 non ss.  it was a comfortable car but had a shitty cooling system, not much room to work on anything.  I think the you posted has a 3.8 motor but not sure.  Car shocked me every goddamn day was so tempting to take it to knob creek or something. I donated it to a veterans group after the transmission busted into pieces inside.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:47:06 PM EDT
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The SS is the 3.8.

My uncle, who I got mine from, drove it coast to coast twice with no problems.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:48:01 PM EDT
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Are you black or live in a trailer home?


Answer Yes: then yes daily drive it

Answer No: No don't daily drive it
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 3:57:58 PM EDT
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I will say you can get them in great condition cheap (like less than $3k).  But there is a reason, they are not really reliable cars.  If you have a pickup as a backup it wouldn't be bad.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 4:18:15 PM EDT
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Thanks for the help. I think I'll not fo on it at all.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 6:51:07 PM EDT
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Do you have large kids and want to make them miserable?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:55:14 PM EDT
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It's an Intimidator with the supercharged 3.8L V6.

Runs pretty good, going to test drive it for a few days to work and back to see how it is.

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Link Posted: 8/21/2017 10:04:20 PM EDT
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ugliest car ever produced.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 10:10:06 PM EDT
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I like it.

Guy I went to school with had one.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 10:12:14 PM EDT
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They are decent cars. There are some plastic bits in the cooling system that need keeping after. Heavy footed drivers may run into transmission problems. The interior is a bit on the chintz side.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 11:50:05 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/21/2017 11:58:07 PM EDT
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I've always liked how they looked, and I wanted one until I found out NASCAR wasn't like back in the day and it wasn't rear wheel drive with a V8.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:01:48 AM EDT
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I do know if you whip reverse doughnuts in one long enough the computer will shut you down and a bunch of the idiot lights will come on 
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:24:49 AM EDT
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We went through three in a buddy of mines.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:28:47 AM EDT
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That's an ugly Chevy Lumina.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:27:05 AM EDT
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I had one as a rental for 3 weeks when they came out. Nice cruising car. Road well. I liked the way it look e but hate FWD. those cars needed RWD and LS motors.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:33:46 AM EDT
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Saw an '86ish years ago. The guy had done the Big Block conversion that was posted in a magazine. Looked like a factory install with the hood open.

Beautiful car, work.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:38:18 AM EDT
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It's an Intimidator with the supercharged 3.8L V6.

Runs pretty good, going to test drive it for a few days to work and back to see how it is.

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Oh. THAT 3.8

Crazy fucking sleeper. Dooooeeeeet.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:47:05 PM EDT
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Oh. THAT 3.8

Crazy fucking sleeper. Dooooeeeeet.
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It's an Intimidator with the supercharged 3.8L V6.

Runs pretty good, going to test drive it for a few days to work and back to see how it is.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/399736/IMG_2142-286928.JPG
Oh. THAT 3.8

Crazy fucking sleeper. Dooooeeeeet.
Not really anything wrong with it mechanically, has just over 100k miles on it. Cosmetically there's a few spots that can be worked on but I'm not worried about it right now.

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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:53:52 PM EDT
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Needs an LS4.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:56:17 PM EDT
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I use to see those in trailer parks when new, now I see them in the hood... I wouldn't drive one.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 12:58:51 PM EDT
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Dad had the number 8 car an '04. Lots of fun. Put in a cold air intake and a few other little mods. The thing was a lot of fun to drive. He had over 150k miles on it before he traded it in last year.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:03:17 PM EDT
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Wrong wheel drive
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:06:45 PM EDT
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Hahaha I never expected to see a serious thread about buying a 2003 Monte Carlo as a daily driver, in 2017
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 1:47:35 PM EDT
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Not really anything wrong with it mechanically, has just over 100k miles on it. Cosmetically there's a few spots that can be worked on but I'm not worried about it right now.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/399736/IMG_2144-287287.JPG
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It's an Intimidator with the supercharged 3.8L V6.

Runs pretty good, going to test drive it for a few days to work and back to see how it is.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/399736/IMG_2142-286928.JPG
Oh. THAT 3.8

Crazy fucking sleeper. Dooooeeeeet.
Not really anything wrong with it mechanically, has just over 100k miles on it. Cosmetically there's a few spots that can be worked on but I'm not worried about it right now.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/399736/IMG_2144-287287.JPG
That's one clean car for $3000.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:02:37 PM EDT
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the 3.8 SC motor can make some good power and be a total sleeper
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:12:25 PM EDT
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Monte Carlo drivers seem to fit a pretty narrow demographic in my experience.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:13:47 PM EDT
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If you can get the passlock to let you start the car it should be good to go.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:14:07 PM EDT
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+1

and i hate modern gm, and nascar.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:14:49 PM EDT
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that is one ugly fucking ride
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:23:02 PM EDT
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wasn't there also a guy here who rents 11 year old cars to review?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:29:15 PM EDT
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You'll be the envy of the trailer park, no doubt about that.

I swear to god yesterday I was coming up behind a Jeff Gordon Edition Monte Carlo (very similar) on the highway and chuckled to myself thinking no doubt this guy is sporting a Mississippi mudflap haircut and puffing on a marb red. Get next to him and sure shit he's got a beautiful black mullet and he's ripping a heater with the window is cracked. I couldn't make that shit up. 
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:32:18 PM EDT
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I drove a couple of those as rentals.  The blind spots are horrible. 
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:36:02 PM EDT
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Shit bucket.  Good motor, shitty transmissions.  Ugly too.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:00:42 PM EDT
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Deej rented a old Subaru on some sort of uber type app that you can rent out your car on 
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 5:14:31 PM EDT
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Loved those cars. The 3.8 is a good motor.
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