Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo?
Sharp looking exterior... I'm glad they kept the same side profile and rear end, and only changed the front. Other nice things: V8 power, remote starter, aux input jack, big rims, they added a passenger side seat airbag, they moved the info center from the spot by the rearview mirror down to the dashboard where it's easier to see and reach the buttons.
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo?
GM really cut quality to save money and it shows, maybe this is why they're going bankrupt! Compared to my old 2001 Monte SS, the 2006 Monte SS is stripped down:
- Cigarette lighter is gone and now replaced with a cheap plastic flap.
- Half the gauges in the instrument panel are gone!!! I liked the multi cluster in the 2001 Monte, it showed oil pressure and voltage meter, but now they're gone! Boooo!
- Speedometer goes in increments of 20 instead of increments of 10. This makes it harder to judge your speed accurately when you're being followed, which is the last thing you need!
- Leather shifter boot gone and replaced with more cheap plastic. I miss the old T-handle shifter! It was more comfortable to use and you could actually rest your hand on it while driving.
- All the nice little cubbyholes for sunglasses, change, CD case, and gloves that were in the center console are gone! Now it's just a big flat plastic waste of space.
- Stereo amplifier is gone and music sounds weak. What good is a radio if you can't hear anything? The 2001 Monte had kick-ass bass thanks to a built-in amp. The 2006's sound system is lame.
- Radio is a pain in the butt to use: it won't just play a CD after you insert the disc, you have to press "source" several times for it to go to CD mode... dangerous distraction while driving.
- The nice 3-spoke steering wheel has been replaced with an ugly 4-spoke wheel with a cheap plastic logo in the center.
- Heater controls are too small, too low to reach, and are hidden behind the shifter knob.
- The toggle switch for the sunroof has been replaced with a small flat switch that doesn't make sense... were the engineers drunk when they redesigned this???
- Can't use keys to open passenger door or trunk,you have to use the remote for everything, so if the car battery dies you're locked out of your own car. Ridiculous.
- They got rid of the protective plastic cover for the OnStar module in the trunk, so now the computer is vulnerable to damage if you put a large object (like a bike,) in the trunk.
- I think putting a 5.3 V8 in this car is a waste, especially since it's FWD. You go from 3.5 to 3.9 to 5.3??? I think a 4.4 liter V8 would've been a better transition. (They could've tried to use the 4.4 engine from the Cadillac XLR instead of trying to wedge this monstrous 5.3 in there!) And it still gets horrible gas mileage (19mpg) despite the Displacement On Demand, even with gentle driving.
- Too much power and too much torque-steer. In the winter I am going to park it, throw on a car cover for a few months, and walk to work in the snow... it'd probably be safer!
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Review:
Don't mess with perfection!!! The previous generation of Monte Carlos was great and GM screwed it up by removing all the nice features and replacing them with cheap plastic crap. Even though my new 2006 SS has more power, I really regret trading in my old 2001 SS because the '01 was more user-friendly and fit like a glove. The seats were more comfortable, all the knobs and dials for the radio, sunroof, mirrors, heater & fan were easy to use. I drive at night, so I rely on touch rather that sight, and the controls in the '01 Monte were easier to find in the dark. Heck, I could've driven the '01 Monte blindfolded! The '06 Monte is a waste and I can't wait to finish paying it off so I can get rid of it. >:(
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