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1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Review
A spacious American sport coupe.
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The 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a two-door coupe manufactured by General Motors and sold under the Chevrolet division. The car was first introduced in 1970, and marketed as a personal luxury coupe.
Although it was introduced in 1970 and was quite popular at the time, this production run ended in 1988. After a hiatus of several years, the Monte Carlo was reintroduced in 1995 as the fifth generation.
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS, Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34
The 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 comes equipped with new wheels and a new engine. Both models are now fitted with second-generation airbags. A new interior hue and new exterior paint colors round up this model year’s changes.
Compared to the 1970-1988 Monte Carlo, the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has a more fluid and aerodynamic exterior. Nevertheless, the styling is still plain and does not have any distinctive elements that can make it stand out among other cars on the road.
The ES and Z34 models look identical except for some minor changes in styling. The Z34 has a special red badge, blacked-out trim, and a lower front air dam. Both models of the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo have a wheelbase of 107.5 inches and a length of 200.7 inches. The width of the car is 72.5 inches and it is 53.8 inches tall.
Although the exterior of the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo may seem lackluster, it does offer a spacious cabin. Five people can technically fit inside it, albeit with some compromise. Realistically, it can seat four passengers with great comfort and some space to spare.
The wide doors of the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo make them difficult to open fully. As a result, entry and exit becomes a bit bothersome, especially at the rear.
Visibility is good up front and at the sides, but the thick rear pillars compromise visibility at the rear. Up front, the dashboard has a clear and contemporary design that is easy to figure out. The controls are simple and well laid-out, and they are all within reach of the driver.
The trunk of the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is quite roomy, thanks to the flat and wide floor that extends forward considerably.
Performance & Handling
The base engine of the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a 3.1-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 160 horsepower (hp) and 195 lb-ft of torque. An overhead-cam, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 200 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque replaced the older, 3.4-liter engine that was originally available with the Z34.
Both engines only come with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 3.1-liter engine offers adequate performance, although it lacks power when the car is accelerating from a standstill.
The four-speed automatic transmission offer smooth gearshifts and prompt downshifts at the right times. The 3.8-liter engine is definitely more powerful than the now-discontinued, 3.4-liter engine, which was considered strong but loud. The new 3.8-liter engine works best when the car is driving within the city.
The suspension of the 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo absorbs rough roads without transferring any harshness to the cabin. Steering is great too – it is responsive and light at the same time.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo receives four out of five stars for driver safety, and a full five-star rating for passenger safety during frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious interior and trunk
- Good ride quality
- Smooth automatic transmission
- Good performance
You Won't Like
- Poor rear visibility
- Difficult entry/exit
A spacious American sport coupe.
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