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Rex and I had mini-arguement about the current monte. I think it is ugly inside and out while he thinks its look nice on the outside condering the other choices one has for a large coupe.....The poll reflects not just the large coupe category, but as a car in general.
 

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I think most of the car looks fine, but the front end and grille looks lame. Nothing like a NASCAR Monte, or Intimidator concept. I think SLP had an air dam that looked close to it though.

Give me the DE package with the black body, silver skirt and red stripe, with the SLP air dam, and I think its great.

The inside is a little dated, but in all black I'm willing to overlook that.

If the Monte Carlo was RWD and 300hp, people would call it beautiful. Trust me. :) Its previously weak (average joe sedan) engine choices and FWD nature have done a lot to hurt its image. The SC'd 3800 is great, but 3 years too late.
 

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I've never been able to accept that huge, awkward butt on the car. The front end is just OK.

I like the interior of the car. I wish they would use that dash in the Impala LS's, since they all have bucket seats anyway. It's also one of the few cars out their with a full set of gauges, including oil and volts.
 

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90% of Monte buyers love the looks(one of the main reasons for buying it). If you notice, Monte Carlo owners shine their cars up as much as anyone. Having said that, I think it looks like cow crap.
 

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The huge flowing spreading rear end of the Monte reminds me of how a British auto writer described the bathtub Caprice: "its shape calls to mind the broad rear ends of the wives of the men who will buy these cars." (Or words to that effect.)
 

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I wonder how that British writer described his homeland's mobiles. Vehicles that invented the word "unreliable". Their cars created the word Saturday morning mechanic.
At first, I didn't like any of the GM cars- especially the Monte Carlo at first sight. It being some sort of NASCAR result didn't impress me. Actually I liked the rear end but do think that the front end doesn't fit it and I don't really like the lights.
Being a larger, more luxury coupe, I would expect better appointments in the interior.
So I looked at other cars. The Altima was quick and had an okay interior but the slab sides reminded me of so many other cars. Also, it's a sedan. The Dodge Stratus coupe has a nice body but is a little short in the headroom department and it costs slightly less than the Monte.
But, the more times that I drove the Monte, the more I liked the ride and seating. So, when the supecharger was added and the other improvements and the rebates, well that tipped the scales. I'm not looking at something to blister the pavement but more of a cruiser. If I wanted another muscle car, another Nova would e sitting in the garage.
Last year, I have seen guys showing their Montes at local car shows. So, these guys must think they have something. Me? I'm thinking chrome wheels, maybe some mods under the hood and a new exhaust.
 

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The current Monte is hideous. I'll have about 3 proposals for the Monte Carlo design contest (barring any unforeseen technical f***-ups).
 

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The current MC is a terrible design. It is busy and has some odd design touches such as the line on the rear fender, and awkward tail lamps. I have driven one and it is a nice drive but the next MC needs to be a much better looking car.
 

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I think the Monaro would have been better recieved in north america if it was the new Monte. Then they could have come up with something really special for the GTO.
 

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What the Monte/Impala still sport though are gauges. It could use some appointments on the doors rather than the one-piece plastic.

What I dislike about the new cars' dash boards are the cheap looking white gauges. It looks like some sort of olefin with cheap printing. The letters look almost smeared when looking closely at them. Never mind some neon glow as background lighting. Chrysler's sebring coupe has some nice touches with a chrome ring on the gauges' edge.

Forget pushing some button to get oil pressure, etc., readings. I want them there in front of me. I'll keep an eye on them rather than being tied up with a cell phone.

The flow into the tail is natural and the car sits like it means business. RWD would be a natural as would a V-8 fitting under the hood. But as I said, with these additions the Monte would steal the limelight from the GTO as every NASCAR fanatic would want one.
 

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Originally posted by SilverZ@Mar 19 2004, 12:41 AM
90% of Monte buyers love the looks(one of the main reasons for buying it). If you notice, Monte Carlo owners shine their cars up as much as anyone. Having said that, I think it looks like cow crap.
would you buy a car if you didnt like it? I certainly wouldn't. when the monte first came out i thought it looked more like a chevelle than a monte. i wish that they would have called the re-entry monte the chevelle and gradually made it more agressive looking like the 70's chevelles. i think that gm went with this current body style so it would look like the earlier monte's that were in nascar. the new monte's look too bloated, and fake high class. i think the monte could look better if they stretched the wheels more to the corners and lost that ugly buldge on the rear deck.
 

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It is hard to strech the wheels out on a FWD platform at least moving the front wheels forward. Another reason why FWD doesn't look as good as RWD. Too bad for the MC.
 

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The head lights and grille look out of place and I would like to see more definition on the fenders likk the 2nd - 4th generantion
 

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Your right, doh, about the front end being out of place. I cannot put a finger on it nor have a solution for it. It may be okay for the NASCAR track where everything is geared for 200+mph and aerodynamics but it does look out of place on the street.
 

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That is the only gripe I have with the Monte Carlo, the absence of the grill. I have been driving mine for 3 years now and had nothing but compliments.
 

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You are so right, SS4EVER, Friday I went cruising past my neighbor (who has the new GTO but which has not seen the light of day) whose garage door was open. After taking another look at the non-descript car (albeit quick), the Monte's style is so much more American muscle.
 

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i like it, i mean there are some details that i would have like to have seen improved on.. grille definatately does nothing for me. door mirrors look very sporty. in its stock plane jane form, it does lack some aggresiveness, but the ss and limited edition models look great. as for its performance, i've owned 3 monte carlos in my lifetime, 2 RWD v8's, and they were not blazing fast.. so for what the car is trying to be, a fairly sporty car for grown ups, its great. its not a monaro, firebird, or vette, or 300z.. nor does it try to be.
 
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