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Pros: Everything ! From the performance, looks, and comfort (leather interior and heated seats) to the high quality sound system.
Cons: The fact that I bought it used and it has no ashtray or lighter. Must have belonged to a non-smoker..It's cool though, I bought an ashtray that fits in the cupholder.
Advice: Test Drive one, and see for yourself! Don't even bother with the smaller sporty looking cars, there is no comparison!This car is one sweet ride!!! I fell in love with it in the showroom. I've waited 27 years of my 'driving' life for something sporty (raised 4 children first, driving sedans) Growing up in the 70's, cars like this always got my attention and fast. Now I finally own one! My car turns heads everywhere it goes. Gotta love that. I was afraid to get the SS solely because of insurance rates. The LS looks just as good. The only thing it doesn't have is a spoiler. It doesn't matter though, driving this car will make you feel like you are on top of the world! The comfort of the leather interior and heated seats will be much appreciated during winter driving in upstate New York. We travel downstate at least once a year and the long drive will be as comfortable as driving to town, I'm sure. The sound system is fantastic, as I have always liked my music loud. There is no distortion as there was with my old car. The power moonroof is awesome when the sun streams in making me feel as wild and untamed as the car looks. No matter how old you are, you will love this car! My husband says I am living my second 'teenhood' with it, and you know, he is absolutely right! This car is a dream with a happy ending! It had only 4400 miles on it when I bought it, as close to new as I wanted with an $6000.00 sticker price less than it would have cost me for a brand new one. Worth the price? Absolutely!! If you want something that looks sporty, yet drives with the comfort of a luxury car, look no further, this car is it! The dependability of a Chevy with the 'pick-up' and 'looks' of the other 'performance' cars in it's class, (Trans Am, Camaro, GTO, and even Vettes)yet the comfort of a Cadillac.
Pros: Body Style
Cons: Rear Passenger Seatbelts are a hassle
Advice: Get one..Make sure its a SS and with factory Graphics. Get a White/Silver quarter PanelsI own a 2003 SS. I would LOVE to se more performance options in this Veh if its representing NASCAR. I have the 3.8 SS 2003 and turned it into a exact replica of the Indy pace car..Really Super Sharp..Turns heads, but wish I had the Supercharger or can get more HP..200 hp does not do this veh justice. What is Chev thinking. All in all, I'm 57 yrs of age, male, and just love driving this SS. Makes me feel 18 again.
Advice: largest coupbest i ever baught
Pros: Overall Value
Cons: Can't believe no glove box light available!
Advice: test drive both LS and SS models before you buySmooth and comfortable big car feel. Handles bumps well and minimal road and outside noise. Very quiet! Engine accelerates smoothly. Nice cruising car for long trips down the turnpike. Good braking too! You will think Caddilac on overall feel for a lot less money! However overall quality of workmanship and materials don't quite meet that standard! Plus the car is a real headturner on looks and a nice overall package.
Pros: The fact that it is american made and the train stopping brakes!
Cons: the daytime running lights and the On-star Integration
Advice: Go ahead and get it....You can't lose,It's like an affordable Cadillac!I LOVE this car!!!!!!I think that the only thing that It is actually lacking is a v-8 engine, but since there are only a few cars and trucks on the market that actually have them you may not even notice. The performance is very good for a V-6. it is potent to say the least and the handling is great for a vehicle of this size because the steering has a very nice mix of being sport precise and smooth at the same time. The take-off is good (I leave the 2 fast 2 furious types in the dust). I love the fact that Chevy provided the car with a lot of extra's and at the same time the layout of the controls are easily located and simple. This is a get in and go automobile with a little muscle in it's hustle. The radio & rear view mirror controlled On-Star system is cool because it can check stock quotes and e-mail or be a voice recorder, a cellular phone or a personal assistant. although if you're into car stereo's and want to change the radio for an aftermarket upgrade it will be difficult unless you purchase the non-Onstar model. The car has lots of room both front & back as well as good head room trunk space. The car is also comfortable on long & short trips. Also the entry & exit is great (I should know I am 6'-1')The car also has other nice features such as a turn signal indicator chime that comes on when the signal is left on for more than a minute and if the ignition is on and you turn the key again the ignition will not make a terrible grinding noise like most cars still do. Chevy put lots of effort in this one and I'm very satisfied with this being my first new car purchase. In a nut shell all you have to do is stay in between the lines and obey the traffic laws and you're good because the car practially drives itself!
Cons: location of the emergency brake pedal
Advice: The extra options are worth it!I fell in love with the Monte Carlo from the first time I drove it. It handles beautifully and is very comfortable. I commute 120 miles a day and am very glad I chose this car!
Cons: Seats are uncomfortable
Advice: Wait until 2004 when the SS gets 40 more horsepower.I love the lines but I wish I held out till 2004 when the SS gets an additional 40 horsepower. The car tends to torque its way down road as is the nature of the 3800 series II powerplant. The usual smooth shifting transmission can become confused as to what gear to be in under certain driving conditions. If your looking for a sports car this is not it. But if you are looking for a smooth, well performing 2 door car with clean lines and decent performance for under $25,000 this is it.