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Chevy Venture



  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    Friend of mine has a Venture that has the speedometer pegged at 120+. At least I think that's the highest number on the speedo... In any case, it doesn't matter how fast the van is moving, the speedometer is right up there. Any ideas what the problem may be? Everything else seems to be working fine so I'm told. Thanks!

     93508C NOV 92 Speedometer - Registers When Vehicle is Stationary

    Came across the above TSB, is it related?

  • Seized the other day - broke the serpetine belt.
    Had the dealer tow it in. Verdict: Compressor's clutch,pulley and coil installed = $800.00.
    Bummer on a 2000 Venture LS!
  • We own a 2001 Venture "Looney Toons" edition driven mainly by my wife around town, and by the family on frequent trips. The VCR has finally given up the ghost, does anybody have any idea if instead of replacing the VCR, could I upgrade to a DVD player???? I know the newer models come with the DVD player ...... is the wiring harness a direct plug in???? Will it plug into the dash "cubby" currently occupied by the VCR without modifications????? Anybody know the approximate cost for replacing the VCR ... or buying a new DVD??? Thanks in advance for any help.
  • bcd99bcd99 Posts: 45
    What are the symptoms of the dead video cassette player in the van. I had a tv/vcr combo that I thought was dead, it played sound but no picture only snow. Couldn't figure out anything wrong, it was less than a year old. I threw in a Memmorex cleaning tape and slowly but surely the picture returned. It is amazing how dirty some borrowed or rental tapes can be. Your best bet for replacement is to find a salavge yard that has one or can find one for you.
  • I'm afraid it's really REALLY dead. When a tape is inserted, all of the lights go on, but it will neither play, rewind, or fast forward. The "on screen info" says it's in idle, when the "play" button is pushed the on screen info momentarily flashes play, then goes back to idle. No matter what button is pushed (play, rewind,fast forward) the tape will not advance or rewind. I'm 99.9% sure it needs to be replaced, and before I replace it I would like to find if upgrading to a DVD player rather than replacing the Video tape player is an option.
  • indrgbindrgb Posts: 115
    I recently saw an automotive VCP on clearance in Crutchfield magazine. I don't know if it will fit in the hole where the existing vcp is, but it might be worth a phone call to Crutchfield. DVD might be more of a problem if your looking for something that looks factory installed. You might check with a dealer about converting to DVD. I'm sure it will be somewhat expensive. I will be in the same boat if/when my vcp gives up.
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  • I have a 99 Venture with 76k on it. The airbag light will usually stay on once started. This problem happened long ago and the dealer said there was a loose connection to the driver seat airbag. I believe it might be the same problem as the seat position seems to have something to do with it. I have verified all the cables under the seat are securly connected.

    If this is the problem, is the entire system disabled, or just that airbag?

  • wife said our 00 montana has intermittently been hesitating on the highway, almost stalling once? all gauges ok and no engine light. has 85,000 on it and has done this on the last few tanks of gas so i don't think she got just one bad tank of gas.

    my solution will be to change air/fuel filters, plugs, and wires. i understand the plugs on this van are very difficult to get to so i may pass on those initialy, but i would prefer to go at this intelligently. what order should i go in and is there anything else i should look at? any experiences would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  • bcd99bcd99 Posts: 45
    Don't forget the fuel filter.
  • jeberjeber Posts: 91
    I'd try plug wires first, then filters...if no better then, possibility that fuel pump is going out? Those intermittent problems, esp.if only at higher speeds, are often tough to pinpoint
  • thanks for the help, i will keep everyone informed when i find the problem, still think it may be gas quality related, getting cold here in detroit and i know they gas stations start changing the additives in the fuel in winter, maybe we got some fuel left over from last season they are trying to get rid of... never know. we'll see, thanks again, and if anyone else has any input i would appreciate the help.
  • jeberjeber Posts: 91
    that would definitely be good if it's just gas! Don't know about plug wires, now that I think back, I had a couple cars that had bad plug wires, and they seemed to sort of cut out/miss under any hard acceleration. But, a good, cheap & simple thing to try, I guess.

    Don't get me started on winter gas additives! lol most of the Colorado front range is required to add mtbe (10%, i think?) and I've read a couple things where reputable studies have shown that it actually does significantly more harm than good. Basically, if you're reducing certain emissions by x percent with mtbe, but you're decreasing avg. gas mileage by x percent (due to the mtbe), the end result is actually HIGHER overall pollution. Not to mention the stuff is a carcinogen and collects in water, soil, etc. Well, enough O.T. ranting for now - good luck!
  • When I stop, when in drive or reverse, I feel a subtle "bump" in the rear of the van. It doesn't always happen however, and it's hard to predict. Has anybody had this problem? It's a brand new van!
  • bcd99bcd99 Posts: 45
    Check the usual suspects for noises: jack, spare tire, rear seats fully latch.
  • Well it has been more than a few months since my post on Venture Van using excessive amounts of oil. I had several tests done at the dealership to rule out most of the easy fixes. They are going to tear it down Monday and either fix or replace engine under warranty. The dealer and GM have been great about getting this problem fixed. It is using more oil as time has gone on. I would guess I am at 2 quarts every seven hundred miles now. Service guy at dealer ship believes it is a ring problem. Hopefully this solves problem for good.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    That's a lot of oil.

    Thanks for the update. I'm curious to hear the final problem diagnosis now.

    Steve, Host
  • Thats unusual for a 3400 to be using oil. Between all of my family we have 3 of the 3400 engines and none of them use a drop of oil. My sister has a 1998 Venture and loves it. Much different from the junk 1996 Grand Caravan she traded for the Venture.
  • I dropped off van Monday. They figured about a week to fix. I'm not in a hurry, they gave me a 2003 Chevy Impala to drive. Seems pretty nice. I also a have a 2003 Buick Rendezvous with a 3400 six in it. No one I have talked to has heard of this engine using oil. It has been very reliable for GM. I have bad luck with this kind of stuff. If it is bad I will get it. I will post what problem was when I get Van back.
  • lct1lct1 Posts: 21
    Any web sites or suggestions where I could get help in dealing with
    getting my van fixed. Looking for others with similar problems. Under
    warranty (20k miles)but dealers, GM customer service, and BBB have
    been mostly a waiste of time. I have Owned a GM vehicle for almost 30
    yrs and can't believe what I have gone through to get this van fixed.
    Problem with belt squeal and chirping since new I think is fixed. At
    one point the dealer lubed the belt without telling me and claimed
    there was nothing wrong. They covered up the problem and acted like I
    was crazy. After 5 belts, tensioner, and 10 attempts, 4 Dealers,
    seems that problem was nothing lined up properly when assembled. Now
    I am labled a problem customer and someone that you just can't
    sastify. Can't get questions answered or anything in writing. Other
    problem is AC. High pressure valve blew out at 19K miles, As soon as
    I got it back it was blowing warm air. Was told use rec. nothing
    wrong, next they recharged it, colder but not as it was when it
    broke. You could have made Ice cream in this van before it broke, now
    it is cool and gets worse the hotter it is outside. They say it is
    within specs. and refuse to go with me in other vans to show the
    difference, which I've done. Also since AC broke bad moldy smell.
    Before it broke still smelled like a new van. AC broke in Aug. when
    it was 95 outside. This is just some of the story with this van. More later, Thanks
  • just4fun2just4fun2 Posts: 461
    Just take it to another dealer. Some are better than others. It sounds like you service dealer is at the bottom of the list and doesn't want to bother with you. Take the hint, find another dealer. Good luck.
  • lct1lct1 Posts: 21
    O2 Venture 3.4 , oil dripping off oil pan. Took it to the dealer
    they tightened the oil pan bolts. Also tightened the drain plug so
    tight I had to use a breaker bar on it when I changed the oil. Oil
    leak got worse. When I went back the service manager put in dye and
    said drive it for a few days. This was 2 months ago and although it
    is still leaking it is not as bad. Oil was plashing everthing under
    the van until dye was put in. My question is it possible they put a
    sealer in it? It was in a small bottle and the oil turned a dark
    green color. Thanks Len
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    My wife and I are considering the purchase of an Equinox. We are waiting to see one in person before we decide. This vehicle will have the 3400 engine in it mated to a 5 speed automatic tranmisson. Since this engine is used in the Venture van I thought this would be a good place to find out about the durability/fuel mileage/performance and general reliability people have had with this engine. I belive the Equinox will not be as heavy as the Venture. We are considering FWD not AWD in the Equinox. My sister has a Venture and loves it. Her family takes it on trips and gets mid 20's for gas mileage and her husband feels it has plenty of power.Comments please. Thanks
  • lennxlennx Posts: 73
    With about 25K on the engine, I would say it is a good engine. Fuel economy 22 mpg around town, 26 on the highway.

    Some have reported gasket problems in older models. Not sure if this has been fixed in later models or engines needs to get 3 or 4 years old for it to show up.

    I thought I read that the 3.4 engine for the equinox would be made in China.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    lennx has it right. It is a good engine in tha it has good low end torque (which translates to acceleration) and you get good gas mileage.

    As the engine ages it does tend to get louder which some people like. So far I do not think GM has made changes to the gasket to resolve the leaking problems that plague their V6 engines. the leaking problem we are referring to is the intake manifold gasket. The coolant leaks into the engine block. it tends to show up as the engines gets older 3-4 years as lennx suggests. Of course there has been cases of it showing up earlier. And of course many people may not have had this problem at all.

    I'm not sure of the long term affects but this is a known problem with this engine.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 274
    I believe GM redesigned the gasket last year (2003) to stop the leak problem.
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    I had posted on the Nox site what a local GM mechanic told me about the gasket problem.
      He says GM feels the problem is caused by the heat/cool cycles of the engine causing the intake bolts to tighten themselves down, thus crushing the gasket material. This crushing later allows the gasket to split causing the leak. The fix is new intake bolts with a new torque sequence. The gasket is new in that it has steel spacers in the bolt holes to prevent the gasket from being crushed. He says the remedy was put into effect about 4(?) months ago. He says he believes this will fix the "leak" problem and the engine is a good,durable and fuel efficient model.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I have read a few places that the gasket issue has been addressed in the past year. Newer 3.4L motors should be fine. Most of the older ones seem to be ok also, but there is always a chance.

    We are considering the Venture and Equinox both.
  • mitzijmitzij Posts: 613
    The little bottle was dye, it changes the color of your oil and is reactive to a black light. That way, they can tell where the leak is coming from better. You should take it back in for followup so they can find your leak. They may have tightened up something when they added the dye, so you leak less, but if you still leak, it needs checked.
  • dennie4dennie4 Posts: 24
    I picked Venture up a few days ago. It took them about three weeks. They ended up replacing engine with a new one. When they tore it down they found out of round cylinders. It was cheaper to replace than to try and fix. I had a Chevy Impala as a loaner car and found it to be quite a nice car. I only hope now that the old extras off my engine work well on the new one. I will be checking oil a lot closer these days. The accounting bill I saw had a price of almost five thousand dollars, the courtesy car was over five hundred. I wonder how GM credits dealers on these things.
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