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Chevy Venture



  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re #690. This has been reported by other owners in last 4/6 mos and believe it is a curable problem. Try scrolling back to find it.
  • I have a 1999 Venture with 27,000 miles on it. I have had to have many little things fixed, including the middle row seatbelts. The new ones still lock up, and won't let you move. When I called the dealer to complain, he said "They all do that, it's normal", I think he's nuts. Any suggestions?
  • My 1999 Chevy Venture pulls to the right. I had it aligned at the dealer, and it still pulls. Now they say I need to replace the "shims". It has 27,000 miles on it and it seems like the warranty should cover these worn out parts. What are they? How do they go bad?
  • ronsmith38ronsmith38 Posts: 228
    The middle row belts are designed this way to hold child seats in place. To release pull the belt out all the way.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I had a slight pull to one side when I first got Venture 2000. I took it to an alignment specialist as dealers equipment had broken.

    I would really get a second opinion as the front alignment can also be affected by the rear wheels. The shops with the computerized equipment are the best bet. Worth the $80.
  • We have a 2000 Venture Ls. It is now 11/2 years old and is approaching 29K miles. At around 16K miles we started having trouble with the van. First little things like all the dash lights would come on and gages would go to zero in various driving situations like freeway 70 MPH or parking lots or while breaking etc. Took it in under warranty and dealer "could not duplicate problem" Then when I put my van in reverse and hit the gas the engine would just rev and it would not engage. After placing the trans back in park and then back in reverse it would catch after the second or third time. Also the trans felt like it was slipping around 40mph. Back to the dealer where once again they could not duplicate problem. After two more times back to the dealer they replaced my computer chip and then some thing having to do with the trans (can't remember) In recent months my van has gone in pretty routinely every fourth day. The problems? Heres the list

    *interior lights flicking off and on
    *dash lights coming on and gages going to zero
    *stalling at low speeds (the last time I was almost rear ended by a truck who was driving about 60-70 and I had all three kids in my van)
    *power side door opening while drivng at about 40 mph with my 2 year old in the seat next to the door (nice huh)
    * side power door warning beep going off and on and at 1 pt beeping for 11/2 hours straight on a trip

    This is the first chevy we have owned. I am very frustrated. We have contacted an attorney and are just about to go forward with the lemon law.

    We paid $28,265. out the door for this van and the attorney said we would only get $23K back on the lemon law because we did not have trouble with it for the first 16K miles. I am sick as I certainly can't buy another car with this size and features for $23K. We paid cash for this van.

    I don't know what direction to turn at this point yet feel that the van is becoming unsafe, very frustrated that the only answer we are getting is "can't duplicate the problem"

    Someone told me we may get better results from the GMC buy back program. Does anyone have info about this? A friend had Astro van trouble and they gave her full price back on trade in as long as she bought another chevy. Do I want another Chevy? I have read of several complaints on here many of which I have. So my thoughts right now are that these cars have problems. I am considering an expedition or if we have to get another chevy a tahoe not another van. BUT again can't buy these on the $23K attorney says we will get.

    Can someone give me some words of wisdom or advice?
    lemon lady
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re your post above and sequnece of events. I would suggest you go to your Warranty Owner Assistance Info booklet that came with the handbook.

    Turn to Owner Assistance, and if a senior person at the dealer cannot assist in a satisfactory manner, then call Chevrolet customer Assistance as spelled out. Based on your info it is still under warranty, but getting close to the 36K.

    Stongly suggest you go to Chevrolet and let them have details of the problems. I would think that they would want to resolve in a psoitive manner.

    So many times we read on thihs site that the "dealer unable to duplicate".
  • bessejbessej Posts: 13
    Ok, who out there changes their own oil on their 2000 Venture and has the problem of having the oil drain out of the filter down the wire bloom and all over the side of the engine and into the frame where it gets hot from the engine and exhaust and smells for the next 1000 miles? Has anyone installed a remote oil filter and if so what was their experience with it? I am so disgusted with where the engineers that don't work on these vehicles placed the oil filter that I usually have a good round of cussing as the oil is running down my arm. Even the techs at the dealership hate how the oil filter is set up. I am thinking very seriously of taking this to the dealership and having that remote filter installed.
  • It's so inexpensive to have it done that it's not worth the time or hassle to me. You just drive in the garage and while they're changing the oil you get a free newspaper and coffee, all without leaving your vehicle.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Since I have my LT 2000, just on a year, I have changed the oil myself without a problem. I use the AC Delco PF47 oil filter as per handbook, which can be picked up at KMart quite cheaply $2-$3 dollars.

    I found the secret is to let the main oil drain for some time after a good run, so it is nice and hot and flows easily. Be sure to wear old (gardening) gloves and do not worry if the plug goes in the bowl, it can be retrieved when saving for recycling.I use old windshield washer bottles.

    In regard to filter, before removing, I push and old cloth up behind it to absorb any spillage. There will always be some oil in the filter, but sense there may be a siphoning action to take some of it out if you let the oil drain a little longer. When unscrewing be sure to try and keep it upright as possible

    Quite frankly, I prefer to do it myself, knowing I am using the correct filter and filled to correct level, which a lot of these quick change jobs do not always do. Furthermore, they tighten the plug and filter way over what is required.

    When filling with oil (I use Exxon Superflo 5-30 which you can get for $11-$12 per case)after the initial 3/4 quarts, run to let oil circulate and then top off to dipstick level. I have found it is better initially to be just short of the line and then re check, as on occasions I have had to drain some out.

    Hope this helps.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Forgot to mention that I always drain the engine oil before removing filter.

    Two things I forgot to mention. Release oil filler cap and when you start to take off filter, do not take it off right away. If you release it by 3/4 of a turn, you will see the volume of oil from the drain hole increase.

    When this reverts back to a drip, then remove filter.This should clear out majority of oil in the filter and stop the excess spillage...but still put an old rag as mentioned in previous message.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 274
    and have had the same pleasant experience as Offham.
  • joe232joe232 Posts: 1
    We just purchased a 2001 LT. Great car so far, took it on a 750 mile road trip and noticed but one annoying thing. The thermostatic switch that turns on the electric radiator cooling fan does not come on until the engine substantially exceeds normal operating temperature. I call normal on the temperature gauge the sixth segment where the needle stays as long as the car is moving (why don't they put numbers on these?). The fan does not come on until the needle reaches the tenth or eleventh segment (the gauge has a total of sixteen segments). The car does not seem to be in any danger of overheating, but I would not expect such temperature excursions to be part of an reliable engineered system. Anyone else seeing this?
  • bessejbessej Posts: 13
    I believe offham stated the reasons for changing his own oil quite well. I know that $20 doesn't sound like a lot of money, but when I can get Havoline oil for .49/quart cents after rebate from Shucks Auto Parts and AC Delco oil filters on sale from K-Mart for $2, I can change my own oil for $4.45 and make sure that the oil drain plug is not overtightened and stripped so that it drips on the garage floor and the oil filter is actually changed and stuff like that. I enjoy doing my own maintenence and usually go through the whole rig when I do change the oil and vacuum, wash it, and pretty much detail it out on oil change day. And I can take the wife out for lunch with the $15 dollars I saved and everybody is happy.

    Thank you offham for the tips, I will try them out the next time I change oil.
  • mike5806mike5806 Posts: 12
    looking to buy venture in far western chicago subs.(naperville, wheaton, aurora etc.) any dealer suggestions or warnings.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Can confirm exactly same on our van, and at first it was concerning, but adjusted my "mind set" that this is how it is set up. Since then if we are stuck in traffic etc., the fan cuts in and takes the needle back to left side of center line, and so on depending on conditions and outside temperature.

    According to handbook only if needle goes into red sector 15-16 segments there is a problem, but it has the special facility to alternate the firing cylinders in the event it overheats to get to service facility. I am not sure how accurate these gauges are but merely indicators of the situation.
  • jvirginiajvirginia Posts: 65
    I am amazed at people stating how hot their van engines are running. My father-in-law always complained how cold his '98 Venture would run. The temp needle barely moved off the 'C' whenever he ran his van no matter how long the trip. He would need to travel approx 6 miles before he would start to get any heat in the winter time. He had the dealer service check it several times and they informed him that was normal and the way it is supposed to operate. After reading the stories here, I would want to know what 'normal' really is. The engine running as hot as the 10th and 11th segment of the temp gauge doesn't sound very good to me. It could lead to premature failure of heads or head gaskets not to mention the additional strain it puts on hoses and gaskets throughout the cooling system.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re your above post. If the needle does not move and little heat it is the "usual" sign that the thermostat is mulfunctioning and in fact stuck in the open position. This means that the engine is running inefficiently and never properly warmed up. I think the dealer misled your father in law.

    After 23,000 mile normal on my Venture is at "10 to" position on a clock in the winter and slightly higher in the summer.
  • jvirginiajvirginia Posts: 65

    That is what he asked to have checked by the dealer the first time. He does have heat, it is just very slow to warm up and the gauge doesn't run high at all. He loves his van and has no complaints about it. He has approx 50,500 miles on it now and gets just over 28 mpg hwy and 21 mpg cty. I would still be concerned about an engine that runs that hot all the time, close to being in the red overheated section.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344

    Saw your last post, and maybe there are some differences between 98 to 2000. I don't think anybody has said that the temp gage needle is even close to the red sector whihc is danger.

    For the 2000, it moves off C to about "10 to " and that is the usual position highway or running around local. If stuck in traffic especially on a hot day, the needle will move around to the center and slight past to about "5 after", then the fan cuts in and brings it right back and have found this will happen continously until you are moving.

    The 2000/01 have a message center on the fuel gage which was new for 2000 onwards. In this case you can get a HOT COOLANT warning or LOW COOLANT message.

    Would be interested to read from others with 98's how long it takes to warm up for heat and wether the gage moves off C.

  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    Hi Folks... I am writing on behalf of a colleague at work who is devastated because her 1998 LEASED Chevy Venture with 66,000 miles has developed engine problems. She has five months to go before her lease expires and at this point was either going to buy the vehicle or lease another one from the dealer. It's been in the shop for three days now and they FINALLY have a preliminary diagnosis which is the CAM SHAFT having failed. I find it ironic that a car driven with great care, given excellent maintenance, would develop such a problem at such LOW miles. Does ANYONE know of GM possibly honoring a hidden warranty repair on this? I know that's asking a lot but any information would be greatly appreciated.
  • tmicheletmichele Posts: 1
    I am looking to purchase a new vehicle and would like to know any problems owners may have had with this product. I currently own a 91 chewy corsica it has been a good vehicle but the engine runs a little to hot for my taste. And it appears Venture may have this same problem. I live in a city where traffic can be quite heavy and maddening.
  • jints2282jints2282 Posts: 33
    Just picked up my 2001 Venture 2 days ago, with only 114 miles, message center displayed 'service engine soon'. Dealer has no idea what the problem is, now I am driving a rental. Should have gotten a Honda instead!
  • I used to think Honda's were bulletproof. I had a '87 Accord for 10 years without any major problems. I just read the Ody posts and was supprised to see how many lemons there are. Honda's not so bulletproof after all, at least the Ody. from what I've read. I now drive a 2000 Venture ext. wheelbase and it's been very reliable thus far. I'm very glad we chose the long wheelbase.
  • We had the same light come on when we bought our '99 Venture. It was a relatively minor thing for the dealer to fix (not longer than a day) and it has never shown up again. We are close to 35K miles and it has been a great van so far.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I would have to agree with #715, that Honda through clever marketing aided by Consumer Report and overall production shortage created a high demand and allowed dealers to mark this van up. I am not saying it is bad, but it has its fair share of problems. Just look at the posts.

    What I see coming through the Chevy posts, is that a lot of the dealers do not seem to be "with it" and convey the wrong impression to the client. I wish GM would grab these guys by the scruff of the neck and teach them some marketing skills.

    The Service Engine message can cover a variety of issues, which is checked electronically through the computer.

    I can understand the frustration of getting a top of the line van that needs to be in the shop within 2 days.

    Hang in there jints2282 !!!
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    On 2001 3400 V6 engines, the service engine soon light could be caused by a software programming error for the EGR system. This would set a code P1404. All that needs to be done is to reprogram the ECU with the latest software. This would most likely be true if your two week old Venture had been on the dealer's lot for a while (built during 2000). There are over 85 different situations that will set powertrain trouble codes, so this is just one possibility. I see by the time your post was made that you probably haven't heard the final findings from the dealer. Also please keep in mind that most problems with any product occur when new and Service Engine Soon trouble codes require specific operational conditions to occur to set, therefore they require mileage or time to show up. I hope your dealer fixes the problem and your get to enjoy your Venture.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 274
    I changed the oil today in my sweat, and I don't even have to raise the car to do it.
  • p222p222 Posts: 5
    my 2001 venture windows leak, all four passanger windows.Had van to chevy dealer 6 times and problem is still not fixed ,anyone else having same problem?
  • jints2282jints2282 Posts: 33
    I was told originally that the gas tank or tank sender was bad, but they couldn't pinpoint the exact problem, so they gave me a rental last Thursday. On Friday, they found the problem, but didn't have a replacement tank, and couldn't get it until this week, so they avoided a verbal confrontation with me by leaving me a voice at home. I went to the dealer on Friday afternoon to get the full story, and they promosed the Venture back to me by Tuesday. I gave them a piece of my mind, hoping to receive compensation instead of a rental car. Anyone has any luck getting freebies from a dealer? I have had the car for 2 days but they will have it for 6 days. Is this how GM trate their customers?? The only thing they have offered is my oil change free. Big Deal!!
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