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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

197.9” x 55.2”


Front-wheel drive



2 trims

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  • LS


  • SS


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2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo review: Our expert's take

By Editors

In the pending Florida divorce action between NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jeff Gordon and his wife Brooke, court filings suggest that Jeff has a net worth of $48,798,837, the vast majority of it from his skill at driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo race car around a track.

Evidently, that’s all the Monte Carlo driving Jeff needs. At home, he and Brooke preferred other cars, such as their 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo or the 2002 Mercedes-Benz 600SL. Don’t forget the $1.5 million tour bus, and there’s a $7 million yacht under construction.

Suffice it to say Jeff probably isn’t driving around on weekdays in the 2003 limited-edition official Monte Carlo SS Jeff Gordon Signature Edition, but you can. Act quickly: There are only 2,424 available (the number on Gordon’s race car is 24 – get it?), and it lists for just under $31,000, with the Jeff Gordon package alone adding $3,100. There are, however, other mandatory options, such as an upgraded sound system and leather upholstery.

The two-door Monte Carlo shares a platform with the four-door Impala. They are sort of old-school cars, powered by the venerable 3.8-liter V-6 engine that has propelled GM cars for years. It’s a near-bulletproof engine, but not that powerful, considering the Monte Carlo’s weight. A mildly beefy suspension and big Goodyear radials help cornering, but otherwise, there are no real performance advantages to the Jeff Gordon package.

What you get are: a handsome “Superior Blue” paint job with faint, understated flames on the front fenders, hood and doors; diamond-cut aluminum wheels, raised yellow lettering on those Goodyear tires; and all kinds of lettering and decals and stitching inside and out to remind you that this is a Jeff Gordon Signature Edition, and that he drives for Hendrick Motorsports.

It’s essentially the same car as last year’s Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition, of which 3,333 were sold, in honor of Dale’s car number, 3. Chevrolet donated $666,600 from the sales of that car to the Foundation for the Carolinas, a charity the Earnhardt family supports. A similar amount will likely go to several charities designated by Gordon, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For cruising, the Gordon Monte Carlo is very pleasant, and will get you the occasional thumbs-up from a Gordon fan (and, more than once, a different finger from those who are not Gordon fans). In parking lots, remember that the two doors are very long, and just throwing them open could turn the driver of the just-dented car next to you into a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan quickly.

I’d be more impressed with this 2003 Monte Carlo had Chevrolet not already debuted the 2004 Monte Carlo SS, which looks about the same, but has the supercharged version of this engine, which pumps out 240 horsepower, 40 more than this year’s car. It will also get an improved suspension and 17-inch tires and wheels, instead of the 16-inchers on the 2003 car.

But th ere won’t be a Jeff Gordon edition. Get one while you can – unless you want to wait for the inevitable Dale Earnhardt Jr. edition.

Base price: $23,435

Price as tested: $30,630

EPA rating: 19 mpg city, 29 mpg on the highway

Details: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive coupe with 3.8-liter, 200-horsepower V-6 with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews


Love it better than my old '07 Monte Carlo

Currently driving my 2003 Monte Carlo SS for a work car. Great suspension and power to go vroom vroom around people. Currently has 244k miles. Only issue with it is a sticky lifter that causes oil to be burned, but have zero leaks as far as exterior leaks go. 26mpg going 80-85mph. Beautiful car to look at too and very spacious and nice that the doors are wide almost open at a 90° angle which doesn't make me wish I was driving my Cruze instead. My 5yr old daughter loves the moon roof.


Awsome fantastic .................................

Wonderful but a pain to work on but when she runs she flies it's a Wonderful vehicle. .......................I do recommend to at least to collect and my pain of experience was more hand delt because I got mine at a car auction all beat up already but it got fixed real nicely and even with things broke in it it still ran. I of course fixed them and am currently doing so but only got 1 or 2 more things to go. Honestly though raising the vehicle up is the problem lmao.


Love this car

I have a 2003 white Chevy Monte Carlo ss and I am having a blast with it. The engine is great and the handling is awesome and the exterior is amazing. The only thing is if you need to change your spark plugs your going to have a heck of a day but overall it’s a great Vehicle.

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Based on the 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo base trim.
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Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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