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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,300 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Venture body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 102004

Venture 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


While driving at high speeds antifreeze was mixed in with the oil. This caused the vehicle to vibrate. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. This caused the transmission to break. The sliding door on the driver's side rubber trim had fallen off, water would get into the trunk when it rained, and the rear windshield did not work properly.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,600 miles
I own a 1998 Chevrolet Venture ls van. The headlight assemblies' seals don't keep them from filling from water causing the lights (headlights and turn signals) to short out. Further, due to the knowingly defective assemblies, the headlight crystals pop off (due to the poor seal). This occurred to me while I was driving and I subsequently ran over the crystal spraying debris behind me. In contacting Chevrolet customer service center's toll free number, they said that there is no recall for this defective safety equipment and they don't see a problem with these scenarios. In doing further research, I've discovered that these defective assemblies were very common, Chevrolet has in fact issued a tsb highlighting this commonly known defect, and in talking with a Chevrolet dealership service writer he related that he has seen far more of these problems than he would like to ever see. Does the ntsb consider fully functional headlights and turn signals to be necessary safety equipment" how about headlight crystals flying off vehicles while in operation"

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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