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STAY AWAY!! 3.4L engine will be grief!! The Venture, Montana, Grand Am, Alero, anything with a 3.4L engine will suck you dry. We had a 2000 Venture with a 3.4L engine. Bought it as a lease return with 58,000 KMs (36,000 miles). 3 years old, low mileage, figured great!! Day after we got it, ignition coil and ignition module problems. $600 bucks. A few months later, seat belt pre tensioner. $200 bucks. A few months after that, O2 sensor with the other seatbelt pre-tensioner and the fuel pump. $1500 bucks. The fuel pump died as I was crossing a busy intersection. Was Saturday and needed to get towed to the dealership. After intense arguing for 1/2 hr with GM VPs, they decided to pay half (Vehicle had about 40,000 miles or 64000 kms at this point). A year after we got it, intake gasket and transmission problems. Another $800 bucks. Pre-mature tie rod end and ball joint replacement as well. Tranny would always whine and jerk into gear when hot even after fixing and tranny fluid flushes. Rear wiper motor never really worked at all either. The most recent and damning problem, head gasket blown. 130,000 Kms or 81,000 miles. Taxes included, a $2,400 dollar fix. It was -25c or -13F when my wife was going to work and called me saying she had no heat in the van and the temperature gauge was spiking. I knew right away. We took it to our local GM dealer to look and said it was a blown head gasket and it would be 2000 to fix plus taxes or $2,400. Well, we have been fed up with GM's attitude towards us from day 1 with their lack or concern for all the issues (corporate GM that is) so we went across the street to our local Honda dealer and traded it in on a brand new Civic. Never buying GM again. They just don't care. They lost 37.8 BILLION dollars last year...gee...I wonder why. Sh*tty product perhaps?
- Cory P.,
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada