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2.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,756 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Venture engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Jan 152003

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Since purchasing this van I have had numerous problems, with the most recent being an engine replacement. This problem stems from the bad design of GM's intake gasket which breaks down and causes anti-freeze to leak into the engine causing premature wear and/or replacement.

- Vassar, MI, USA

problem #13

Apr 122004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles
My 1998 chev Venture was getting coolant into the motor oil which caused it to start ticking.I took it to the dealer and they said it was the intake gasket. They fixed the problem which cost me $1500. Three months later the engine blew up.I had to get a reman.engine which cost $4000.I feel because of the faulty gasket this lead to my engine problem.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #12

May 152003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I bought my 1998 Venture in Nov. Of 2001. It had 66000 on it. It seemed to have the smell of antifreeze. In December of 2002 someone told us that the gaskets were noted for leaking. My husband replaced it, and gave it an oil change in Feb. It was thick and dark orange in color. It started knocking when you accelerated. So once again my husband has it torn apart and found the crank shaft is coming apart due to the antifreeze leaking into the engine. Now I am paying on a dead horse. We can't afford to get it repaired. It would be nice if GM would recall this.

- Hillsdale, MI, USA

problem #11

Apr 262003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Chevrolet Venture. Intake manifold gasket went bad and got coolant in my engine. Had to replace water pump also. Cost $927.35 to replace. I feel GM should make this item a recall as I have found numerous web sites with people that have the same problem with all sorts of GM vehicles.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #10

Jan 072003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket leak and engine seal leak on a vehicle that has been serviced exactly as recommended in the owner's manual. Simple internet research (including this webiste) has shown a pattern of failure for these parts on this vehicle. GM customer service acknowldged problem but would not pay any of the $1,200 repair bill since the vehicle has 80,000 miles on it. This is a huge out-of-pocket expense for a part with a history of problems. I personally know two other 1998 Venture owners who have had the same repair.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #9

Jan 292003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
98 chev Venture with 60K blown eng.due to defective intake gasket which GM wont recall.100K antifreeze sludged at 30K.over 70,000 intake gasket backoredered at one time.Nov OF2002 models have updated improved gasket why should public that kept up on thier maint have to pay for design flaw.100S of web sites on this issue exsist.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #8

Jan 282003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own a 1998 Chevy Venture with the 3.4L engine. I am constantly loosing antifreeze and oil disappears with explanation. I am still under a warranty but the dealership says it cant find anything wrong with it. I am concerned that my engine might seize or fail while driving down the interstate due to a design flaw in the intake manifold gasket. The coolany that Chevy uses dexcool has been known to eat away the gaskets, so large a scale has this happened that GM has switched coolants to prestone extended life. I want a recall done free of charge to fix this problem. It is definitly a safety issue as most have complained about cams breaking and loss of power. Someone is going to die because of this.

- Hobart, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 192002

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,203 miles
Total engine failure caused by faulty gaskets allowing coolant to leak into engine resulting in camshaft breaking. This is a classic problem on 3.4L engine, occurring on most affected vehicles between 50K and 60K miles.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Jan 172003

Venture 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
1998 Chevy Venture, 77000 miles, no warning, engine light came on, pulled over, engine tapping & smoking. Walked 1.2 miles on interstate, 8 miles to exit, took ride from unknown couple. Had van towed, diagnosed: Collasped intake gasket caused rod to go through engine. Dealership & GM refused to help. Repeatable problem with gasket easily located on internet, overwelmed by severity.

- West Branch, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 162003

Venture

  • miles
Consumer complaining about the engine light working intermittently. Dealer has inspected the vehicle on several occasion. And could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 142003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Coolant leak in 1998 Chevy Venture minivan. Faulty intake gasket.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 222001

Venture

  • miles
The engine and several components had to be replaced due to sludging of the engine coolant, the heater system stopped working, due to coolant had sludged up causing clogged components in the heating/cooling system, also the vehicle overheated, there was corrison in the radiator, the thermostat was replaced, there was a leaking intake manifold gasket, consumer believes that manufacturer should have covered the entire bill instead of half.

- Jim Falls, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 222001

Venture

  • miles
The engine and several components had to be replaced due to sludging of the engine coolant, the heater system stopped working, due to coolant had sludged up causing clogged components in the heating/cooling system, also the vehicle overheated, there was corrison in the radiator, the thermostat was replaced, there was a leaking intake manifold gasket, consumer believes that manufacturer should have covered the entire bill instead of half.

- Jim Falls, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 031998

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
Windshield wipers intermittently go off by themselves when hitting a normal bump in the road, and when the front/rear heater or air conditioner controls are used. In addition, driver's information message center in the extended overhead console has never worked properly. Temperature gauge increases at least 1/8 to 1/4 inches and stayes there. Air bag wires are still exposed to rea rpassenger's seat. Drover's/passengers door locks failed. Headlights go off by themselves every 10 seconds. Finally, evaporative emission canister failed prior to recall. 780180 dup of 533715; posted on 09-07-1999.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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