I’m actually in the camp that feel these cars will have a place amongst enthusiasts and collectors in the future. This past summer I found an immaculate 2006 Monte Carlo SS with 54k on the odometer that I purchased for my son. I was actually surprised by how little of these were actually produced and thought there were more, but then that accounts for how little of these cars are actually around and can be found. And it seems the one we found with the “factory delete” of both the Moonroof and Leather (both options I prefer to NOT have) are even in lesser numbers.
The LS4 ‘06 Monte SS is an awesome performer. And despite it’s criticism of being a FWD transverse car, it’s a great driver and goes like hell !! No discernible torque steer at launch, and very comfortable going down the backroads and highways… The only recurring complaint I found on these cars through research was the intermediate driving shaft seems to have a less than average lifespan, and as a preventative maintanience approach, I had our’s replaced at the time of purchase. Apparently the GM TSB just calls for lubribication at various service intervals, but as a fresh start, I chose replacement.
This car will only be driven in the spring, summer and fall and put away for the winter. Had a fun time with it this summer taking it to several car shows and cruise-ones where it won a few trophies. Many commented about their scaricity, so we were glad to find this one in such well-preserved original condition… No, it’s not a ‘70 SS Monte, but still one that brings a smile and provides satisfaction driving and gets many thumbs ups from on-lookers… If you can find a nice low mileage example, I’d say buy it, you’d be very surprised at it’s performance and comfort.