3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,902 miles

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problem #11

Aug 152003

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,865 miles
Front evaporator core failure. Dealer stated to me that he had had several similiar repairs on chev. Venture. I would like to know if manufacturer would consider sharing the cost of the repairs.

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 152003

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
We purchased this van from a local dealer about 5 months ago. It had just 40,000 miles on it. Since then we have had the oil changed twice and in between oil changes we have had to add over 6 quarts of oil. At 600 miles we had put in 2 quarts of oil. There is no sign of leaking and no sign of smoke from the exhaust. We purchased an extended warranty and will be taking it to the dealer, hopefully, next week.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 222004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Venture 3.4L w/49.9K - coolant overflow was empty and has been low several times.after web research, I found many owner (3.4L engine of any model car/van) complaints and an intake-manifold-leak website and on your NHTSA website with complaints of gasket problem and a possilbe relationship to texeco dexcool coolant. At this time, GM has a better intake gasket design and switched to prestone coolant since last year. They seem to address this issue discretely. I also looked more closely at my engine and now see (intake) leaks/wetness but small. March 22, 2004, I have contacted GM assistance - 800.462.8782 (linda cooper - service request #1-200466551) and discussed my surmise of the coolant loss and a pervasive problem which more complaints should occur as more vehichles miles go beyond 40K. Since many websites describes in detail and put up pictures of the leaks, the gaskets defects and related problems if not monitored and allowed to run at point of low coolant warning could likely cause overheating, oil dilution, engine damage and other problems. With all this information, GM would not acknowledged a known problem, problem familiarity, nor allow any warranty repair because there is "no recall" in process. I was then conferenced-called to a local dealer who offer me 10% discount for a ~$600 plus cost of repair to any other problems found. This is not an option I prefer, as this problem occurs out of warranty, 2nd owner of car, I do my own maintenance without use of the dealer services; otherwise I may have gotten this fixed under some/partial warranty but I was not given this option. But if this is a defect which will only occur "after" warranty coverage, eventually everyone will have this problem. If I go to a private shop for a more cost effective repair, GM will only reimburse me, only when and if there is a recall.

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 172003

Venture

  • miles
I bought the car October 3 and started having problems with it 2 to 3 weeks later first there was a leak in the coolant department it took them a week to fix and did not do a good job, then the air bag light came on they fixed that then I heard a noise under the hood a loud noise like metal was rubbing together they said it was the belts they tightened them ok the sound went away a week in a half later I hard the noise again and it was even louder.... I had to have the car towed to them.... it took over a week before I received the car back they said it was the air conditioner compressor... ok 2 weeks later I hear the same noise again, now remind you this is the same noise for the third time... now hey are telling me to bring it in for servicing... and I'm gonna have to pay for what ever is wrong with the van... I only had the van for about three months.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 012003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Chevy garage discovered an intake manifold gasket leak during routine maintanance work on my 2000 Venture at 50,000 miles. It would cost $900-plus to fix. Three separate mechanics told me that this was a common problem on this particular engine and that I could expect to have it done again in the next two to three years. It seemed common knowledge that this component was due to fail in a relatively short period of time, however, Chevy garage told me that General Motors was not offering any recalls or discounts on the service.

- Crestline, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 032003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Leaky intake manifold. GM is aware of the problem. Van has only 42000 miles. It is a 2000 Chevy Venture. Intake manifold leaks can lead to any number of very serious, and expensive, problems. While the part itself isnT costly, the labor to repair it is very intensive, and has been quoted around $800 usd (give or take a couple hundred depending on the vehicle). This is in addition to any other costly problem(s) the intake manifold gasket leak may have produced.

- Napoleon, OH, USA

problem #5

May 122003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,275 miles
2000 Chevrolet. Venture van at 45300 miles the intake and the head gasket went. I had my van service at denny hacken polar Chevrolet. In white bear lake, mn and the total cost was $1550.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 102003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Van was brought in for service with a "low coolant" light and a loud noise coming from the engine. The van is 3 years old with 48K miles. I was told that I had an intake manifold gasket leak. This caused coolant to mix in with the engine oil which caused a cam bearing failure. The engine was completely damaged and needed to be replaced. My car was at the dealer (scott Chevrolet in emmaus, pa) for 17 days getting repaired because of a defective $20 gasket! the dealer service manager told me that this gasket failure occurs often and it is something that they normally inspect in vans with this style engine at 40K miles.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 232003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,727 miles
Leaking lower intake gasket failure at 42,727 miles. Apparently very large number of vehicles experiencing same failure- over $800 repair! GM will not take any responsibilty for the problem.

- Aquebogue, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 182003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On 2-18-03 my 2000 Venture was serviced for a tow package. The invoice is ctcs280208. When I picked up the vehicle I noticed on the job sheet "note intake gaskets leaking coolant approximate cost 450.00" I met with service manager roy stoner to discuss other issues which I am happy to report were satisfactorily resolved. I am meticulous about watching for leaking fluid in my vehicles and having had none on the Venture I asked him to show it to me. When we lifted the hood I noted that my coolant reservoir was empty. With the use of a flexible light he showed me the puddle antifreeze on the rear of the intake manifold. I asked him how this was detected since none of the work involved this part of the engine and there was no drip indication. Roy informed me that they routinely check the intake manifold gasket on these vehicles because there have been chronic failures of them. "I can probably pull one out of the garbage can right now." Was his response. "this is a horrible design or a torque problem." He called over one of your mechanics who suggested it be repaired immediately or risk replacing the engine should the leak become internal. I have an appointment scheduled for Thursday February 27. Since then I have done considerable research on this issue. I have discovered a web site petition signed by over 2,000 GM customers with the same issue at www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?gmcnsmrs I tried calling GM customer assistance center and was given a service request number of 1-75030610 and told to get the tsb number and call them back. My research shows that many customers are having the repair done with a $100 deductible or at no cost. In September of 2002 this gasket was on a "national back-order." It appears a class action lawsuit is also in the works and the ntsb has launched an investigation. It also appears a new gasket has been or will be available soon.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #1

Jan 182000

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
Temperature guage malfunctions.

- Riviera, FL, USA