2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of Supercharged SS
  • Driving ease
  • Quietness
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Passenger space

The Bad

  • Fuel economy of Supercharged SS
  • Steering feel
  • Reduced visibility due to thick pillars
  • Long doors hinder entry and exit in tight spaces
  • Resale value of LS

Notable Features of the 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

  • Choice of three V-6s
  • Available supercharged V-6
  • Race-style short-deck profile
  • Kinship to company's Impala sedan
  • Available ABS

2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Monte Carlo midsize coupe is entering the last model year of its current iteration, with a redesign due for 2006. For 2004, Chevrolet took a bold step forward in performance by tucking a supercharged V-6 into the Supercharged SS (Super Sport) model. The SS edition features race-inspired styling and has been available ever since the model was redesigned for the 2000 model year.

Developed by General Motors' Performance Division, the Supercharged SS uses a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. Fog lamps and a race-inspired spoiler are installed on the Supercharged SS, and the six-instrument dashboard cluster includes a supercharger boost gauge. Front and rear spring rates are stiffer, and stabilizer bars are thicker.

In addition to the Supercharged SS, the 2005 lineup includes an LS model with a 180-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 and an LT version with a 200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6, which replaces last year's non-supercharged Monte Carlo SS. Newly available 17-inch diamond-cut cast-aluminum wheels for the Supercharged SS have a chrome finish. GM's OnStar communication system is standard on all models.


Exterior
In addition to a short-deck profile, all Monte Carlos exhibit a unique appearance that includes a longer sloping hood, distinctive C-pillars, and a different grille and headlights than Chevrolet's Impala. Character lines are etched into the front fenders and rear side panels. Vertical taillights are reminiscent of those ...
Vehicle Overview
The Monte Carlo midsize coupe is entering the last model year of its current iteration, with a redesign due for 2006. For 2004, Chevrolet took a bold step forward in performance by tucking a supercharged V-6 into the Supercharged SS (Super Sport) model. The SS edition features race-inspired styling and has been available ever since the model was redesigned for the 2000 model year.

Developed by General Motors' Performance Division, the Supercharged SS uses a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. Fog lamps and a race-inspired spoiler are installed on the Supercharged SS, and the six-instrument dashboard cluster includes a supercharger boost gauge. Front and rear spring rates are stiffer, and stabilizer bars are thicker.

In addition to the Supercharged SS, the 2005 lineup includes an LS model with a 180-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 and an LT version with a 200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6, which replaces last year's non-supercharged Monte Carlo SS. Newly available 17-inch diamond-cut cast-aluminum wheels for the Supercharged SS have a chrome finish. GM's OnStar communication system is standard on all models.


Exterior
In addition to a short-deck profile, all Monte Carlos exhibit a unique appearance that includes a longer sloping hood, distinctive C-pillars, and a different grille and headlights than Chevrolet's Impala. Character lines are etched into the front fenders and rear side panels. Vertical taillights are reminiscent of those installed on Monte Carlos of the 1970s.

Measuring 197.9 inches long overall on a 110.5-inch wheelbase, the LS and LT models ride on 16-inch tires.


Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Monte Carlo, which has bucket seats up front. The roomy coupe is wide enough to hold three passengers in the backseat, but it's actually shaped for two. A standard 60/40-split rear seatback folds down to supplement the trunk, which has a 15.8-cubic-foot capacity.

All major controls are large, handy and well lit at night, but the interior contains plenty of cheap-feeling plastic.


Under the Hood
The LS coupe uses a 3.4-liter V-6 that produces 180 hp. A supercharged 3.8-liter V-6 in the Supercharged SS coupe makes 240 hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque, while the non-supercharged 3.8-liter V-6 in the LT model is rated at 200 hp. Each engine teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional on the LS coupe and standard on other models. A side-impact airbag is optional for the driver's side.

Driving Impressions
Despite its shapely profile, the non-supercharged Monte Carlo drives a lot like the Impala, which is no surprise considering how much the two models share mechanically. But the Monte Carlo feels like a sportier machine.

Occupants enjoy abundant interior space, but thick rear roof pillars can hinder over-the-shoulder visibility. Automatic-transmission performance is smooth and easy, with only brief hesitation when downshifting. Despite a rather heavy feel, the Monte Carlo is easy to drive but it suffers from slightly numb steering. Maneuverability is acceptable, and engine noise is nicely muted. This coupe feels solid and tight, but it's not up to European standards.



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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.2)
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(4.2)
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(4.5)
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(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Luxury Sport Coupe Fine Quality!

by Steve from Akron, Ohio on July 3, 2018

This 2 door Luxury Sport Coupe has been one of the nicest riding, Quiet, Fun Driving, economical cars we have ever owned! Beautiful Classy styling inside and out. Over 34 mpg highway. Low road hugging ... Read full review

(4.0)

Most reliable car I ever owned.

by danpw from Chattanooga, TN on June 20, 2018

Excellent gas mileage, always used oil lucas products and would recommend this type of vehicle to anyone. Plenty of leg room, handles well, and runs very strong. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo currently has 4 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Monte Carlo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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