Chevy Monza
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Chevy
Model: Monza
Chevy Monza

The Chevrolet Monza was offered as a rear-wheel drive hatchback, coupe and wagon, from 1975 through 1980. During this short five-year span it replaced the Chevrolet Vega, with three years of overlap. The Monza was based on the same GM H platform as the Vega making it interesting that both models were available at the same time. The Monza name might sound familiar because Chevrolet previously used it as a separate model name within the Corvair lineup. As it turns out, the Chevy Monza and the many other models on the market just like it were not designed to replace the Vega. It seems that rather, they were to be the platform for GM's Wankel engine. The project however never made it from conception to actually being offered in the marketplace so the Chevrolet Monza can be found with traditional I4 and V8 engines instead. This of course caused a very crowded engine bay in the case of the V8, which actually required one spark plug to be accessed through the driver's side wheel well. This was obviously an inconvenience during repairs and maintenance and drivers were pretty displeased to learn that they had to jack up the engine to change a spark plug. Additional problems arose from the heavy V8s being placed in the Chevrolet models. They caused severe driveline vibrations due to a sagging front frame and suspension. Things were not that much better in Brazil, where the Chevrolet Monza name was used on GM Brazil's J-car. It featured a three-door fastback, and later, a four-door sedan version was introduced. Thank goodness, a two-door coupe eventually replaced the hatchback model. It remained in production until 1996, at which point the Chevrolet Vectra replaced it. For the obvious engine weight problems, the Monza is not a highly sought after collectors model.

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