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Chevy Venture



  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    Do yourself a favor and get the clips from the dealer - the parts replacement from Auto Zone and NAPA fit poorly and even shattered when popping the panels back on. I broke mine by keeping my big ol' Maglight in the door pocket - when the door was closed, all of that wieght started to break the plastic pieces after a couple years.
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    When I had my door apart to replace the speakers, I tried to figure out why my 2000 Venture power window would go up so much slowly than the pass window. I greased the scissor bar connections and freed up some stuck parts inside the door. I used regular auto grease and got everything freed up, and everything seems ok again.
  • I have a 2002 model. From the second month of owning my vehicle I have had the same problem with my driver side window. Every time I took it in to be checked my dealership told me that there was sand in the track causing the problem. Now every time I put the window down, when I want to put it up I have to do it in two stages. First I put the window up to the half way point where it stops, then I put it down a small amount followed by putting it up the rest of the way. That is the only way it will work.

    I am glad to see other folks have the same problem. My husband thought that it was because I spilled something on the switch. Thanks for your help!
  • We bought our venture in June '02. It was a dealer demo. We have had problems since August of '02 with the van. Worst problem occurred in April '04 when we tried to use air conditioning and it wouldn't cool. Van had 40000 miles so we took it to a private mechanic who said the problem was the condenser. He told us to try to get chevy to cover the repair. Dealership had the car for 3 days and told us the problem was a bad weld on the condenser causing it to leak but they would not cover the repair, and oh by the way "your head gasket is leaking and needs to be replaced.." This was 2 years after the vehicle was purchased! We demanded that the area chevy rep look at the vehicle. The rep told us chevy would not cover the condenser. Contacted chevy care center. We were told that we should be happy chevy volunteered to cover the head gasket ( a problem no private mechanic has confirmed existing to this day!). We are very frustrated that our 2 year old van requires $2300 worth of work. After spending $30,000 to purchase this vehicle we feel we deserve more than two seasons of air conditioning. Chevy is horrible and we understand why they are in such financial trouble. Has anyone else had problems with their condenser?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have 95K on an 2000 LT. Yesterday we had to go to Boston from NJ to pick up my daughter's bed and airconditioner from her apartment. 580 miles round trip. The practical nature of this van becomes more than apparent when I took out all the five seats and created a huge space. It just cobbled up the futon bed, frame, mattress and a/c unit.

    It's long legged gearing was ideal and registered 29mpg on the read out which is really about 27mpg even with the air condioner going. Nevertheless we traveled in comfort and this van eats up the miles. Next week it will get its first set of spark plugs.

    With so many criticisms posted on this site, this van is not all bad.
  • monswmonsw Posts: 1
    We had the same thing happen in our Venture. We had at least 40,000 miles but I think it was more. Thank goodness all the repairs I had done to the Van (and there were a lot and quite extensive) were done at the dealer. When the mechanic found my condenser had a leak in it he called the rep before he called me and said Chevy would replace the condenser but I would have to pay the labor. I was happy with that since we were our of warranty. But I have to tell you I have had really really horrible problems with the Van. 1 month after we owned it it just stopped dead. We had it towed to the dealer, they said water had gotten in the fuse box and blown a fuse (why we believed them I have no idea). They replaced the fuse and we went on our way but it has happened about 4 more times since that first time, We once spent $1,000 between Cleveland and Cincinnati and still got no answers. We still own the van since all the power locks and windows have been replaced, the condenser has been fixed and my son drives it. Since the first time it stopped dead in traffic I have never felt safe. We now have a Honda Odyssey and I an very happy with it. :(
  • I have a similar problem with my safari. I have replaced the spark plugs,cap and rotor,wires,fuel filter,catalytic converter and problem is still not fixed. The fuel pump would likely set a code. My Mechanic is calling a engineer that he knows who now teaches this stuff and should have an answer by the end of the week.

    If it is like mine and the engine starts and idles fine, it is not likely going to be electrical or timing. It is possible that it is in the the fuel system. Apparently GM used some hoses that were inadequate and sometimes collapse. Could also be the computer that controls the transmission. I will let you know when out for sure.
  • s10kevins10kevin Posts: 1
    I have called a couple of local GM dealerships. They have no record of GM offering this fix, after the alotted warranty period. I also have the exact same problem, and GM will do nothing to help. Where did you go to get your head gaskets replaced. I'm willing to tow the van a long way for free repairs. The cost of replacing these parts is ridiculous due to the amount of labour required.

    Please respond
  • cheeze74cheeze74 Posts: 31
    While replacing my front brake pads today I noticed that the stabilizer bar was cracked on the top on the drivers side and the bottom on the passenger side. It is cracked where the bar is mounted to the bushing connected to the front end. I'm not sure of how long this problem has existed and if it is a common problem. Also am wondering if it would be possible to weld the breaks rather than replace the whole bar?
  • If you are as fed up with your venture as I am, file a complaint through the NHTSA so that they can research our problems. Maybe they can get Chevy to do something about our similar problems, i.e windows, gaskets, air conditioners.

    Here is the website:

    Copy and paste the address and file your own complaint. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    You might also want to check out the Chevy Van Owners: Problems & Solutions discussion to see if the members there have any input. It's likely that someone there has had (and found a solution for) whatever problems you might be having with your Venture.


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  • eenaefeenaef Posts: 3
    98 Venture w/ 78k have had since 52k w/ no issues. About 6 months ago (about 8k miles) started this problem of stalling after starting. Then on next try it would start and run ok. Changed fuel filter, injector cleaner, etc. w/ no luck. Then learn if I turned key on to accessories for 3-4 seconds before starting it would start and run fine. Well this has worked 'til now. Now no matter how long I wait it stalls at least once then starts and runs. Suspect bad check valve in pump or weak pump. Would like to check fuel pressure but had myself and 3 buddies climb all over engine looking for pressure gauge ports. Any one know where ports are located? Anyone know if check valve can be replaced or if it is part of a non-servicable pump assembly?
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    Eenaef, you might want to ask in the Chevy Van Owners: Problems & Solutions or the Idle or Stalling Problems: All Vehicles discussions.


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  • jesseboydjesseboyd Posts: 1
    Thank you for the information. Dealer used the TSB and this fixed the flickering lighs on my 2001 Venture. Parts $2, Labor $50, Mama's happy - Priceless
  • denisehdeniseh Posts: 6
    The fuel gauge on my 2000 Venture Van is not working. I have to keep checking my mileage to make sure I don't run out of fuel - since the gauge quit working, so did the low fuel warning bell. Any ideas what could be wrong? I have under 88,000 miles on the van.
  • manitobamanitoba Posts: 1
    I had the same problem with my 98 venture. I phoned around looking for a regulator at a wrecker, cost $250 canadian. Then I phoned the dealer and they said you can as of 6 months ago just buy the scissor arms for $65 canadian new and improved???. My arms were weak and would bend when my window went up and down.
    It took 2 hours to change, not bad for never doing it before. A few hints disconnect all the wiring & dont forget speaker wire and tie out of the way, also disconnect the door inner open handle (just clipped in) and tie handle and rods up out of the way. The whole black frame comes out as a unit. Window is heavy a second person might help. Mark the gear on the motor and watch your fingers when you disconnect the motor.
  • gerry6gerry6 Posts: 2
    After the oil has been changed on my 2000 chev. venture, how do you reset the service engine light that shows up on your dash so that it goes out?
  • gerry6gerry6 Posts: 2
    Same thing happened to me on my 2000 venture. Do not let them put in a new sensing guage inside of the fuel tank before they check for corrosion on the pins where a cable is plugged in that goes to the guage readings on the dash. after they cleaned the pins I didnt have any more problems. I learned the hard way because that sensing unit they put in the gas tank cost me about $400 Dollars and I dont think that I needed it.
  • Turn your key ignition to the run position but not start the van. Fully pump the gas peddle down and up four to five times, then turn the key off. This will reset the change oil light.
  • nancie1nancie1 Posts: 5
    I have a 1998 LS, a year ago my time/temp/direction display quit working. I pulled the chip out and it is toast....Chevy wants 350.00 for a new one. I can get a used one from a junk yard for 50.00. Does anyone know if this is a common problem, or if there is a way to be sure that that is the problem?
  • nancie1nancie1 Posts: 5
    My horn keeps blowing fuses. Is this an electrical problem? It really stinks, as I would love to blow that horn. How would one determine the cause?
  • nancie1nancie1 Posts: 5
    I have a 1998 LS with 136K and I have had it for 4 years now. Only did a few minor things like serpentine belt this year, regular brakes, and general maintenance. I get fantastic gas milage, and can haul people and stuff! I am all about it. The only issues I have with it is my read out for milage, and direction, temp, etc. quit working and my horn keeps blowing fuses. Gotta figure that out. Any clues?
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    I had the same thing go wrong at about 105,000 miles (just out of warranty, of course!). I asked to see the old part from inside the fuel tank, and the small contacts were completely worn away. If anyone ever has any doubts about thier mechanic, then ask for the old parts - it is law in most states. It is also a good way to double check wear on parts like plugs to get a better idea if you are changing them often enough.

    GM now sells the sensor and float separate from the fuel pump now, significantly cutting down costs. The Venture has one of the easiest tanks to free and lower, incidentally.
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    Never heard of any going bad - if you can get one used, than do it - a chip is generally good or it isn't. Even if it only lasts half as long, it is still a bargin! You might want to make sure that is the problem and that a short did not cause the chip to blow, if you can.
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    For God's sake, spring for a K&N air filter - you do not have to service them nearly as often, they improve gas mileage while cleaning the air better, AND are reusable!

    The Venture is so $%%^@&; hard to change, do yourself a favor!
  • My venture is a 2002 one. It's very good and has never had any problems since I bought it brand new. The key is that you've got to treat it well and don't abuse it. The previous owner of your 2005 venture must have done something extraordinary stupid to this baby. That's why I don't buy used vehicle. Mine still looks as shiny as a new one, believe it or not. Venture is reliable, very reliable. I love it!
  • nancie1nancie1 Posts: 5
    I bought a used 1998 Venture LS in 2001, and I think it is fantastic. I treat it great, and it in turn treats me great. No real issues, just regular maintenance type things, and plenty of love! It is the best vehicle I have ever owned, and when it is time for another vehicle, I plan to do another used Venture. It has been very reliable and is fantastic for me to drive my twin daughters around with their cousins, or even their bikes and gear for a week long trip to IOWA. I will say that it doesn't seem to like Holiday gas. It chokes and gags. So, I just don't put that in it anymore.
  • nancie1nancie1 Posts: 5
    Just got the "new" chip for the driver info disp. I put it in myself, and it works! Hopefully I don't have a short and this one blows. How would a person go about finding out if I have a short? I don't want to spend alot of $. Is there something I can possiby do???
  • Up to today I've put 41k km on my Venture, just as great as always. 24 mpg in the city. never gave me any headache, sent in for service every 5k km,no hassal....
  • believerbeliever Posts: 1
    So it seems I am not alone! I've recently had problems with our 2002 Venture too. Admittedly, we have 66,600 miles on it but it's only three years old! About two weeks ago the windshield cracked and we went to have it replaced and the glass experts said it was because there was rust behind the molding which bubbled up, put pressure on the windshield and caused it to crack. Then about a week later the ABS started acting up - the light would come on and the ABS would prematurely activate occasionally. Then about a week after that the AC went warm and the dealer told us that the condenser was leaking!

    I went a few rounds with the dealer and GM and right now they aint payin' for squat. I need to write a few letters and such but I don't think I'm going to get too far. Sad part is we really liked the van and it was pretty much trouble free until it hit the three year mark - now it's falling apart. So for the first time in my life I visited the Japanese car maker sights and... I liked what I saw! Sionara GM! I'm willing to bet that even if the vehicles are no better I'll at least get treated better!

    You'd think that after buying 12 GM vehicles in about 15 years they'd throw me a bone or something - nope!
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