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8.8

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,778 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Venture fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 072003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

Fuel tank "thud" heard from underneath vehicle a second or two after coming to a stop. Loudest when tank is 1/2 to 3/4 full. Taken to dealer two times while under warranty. No repair made. Now with 80,000 miles on vehicle, we have taken it in again and shown the dealer a "technical service bulletin" from NHTSA.com showing certain 1998 VIN #'s need new fuel tanks. Dealer told me my vehicle didn't apply. Two weeks later I returned and drove vehicle w/service manager. He finally agreed that there is a problem with my tank and will fix/replace. If you have this problem, see the section on this web site that shows technical service bulletins, print my complaint also, and take these to your dealer to get your "thud" fixed.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #8

Jul 032001

Venture

  • miles
Gas odor, gas is pouring out, dealer replaced fuel filter. Did not help

- Whiting, IN, USA

problem #7

Sep 301998

Venture

  • miles
The noise coming from the fuel tank appears when the tank is full and is heard down to about 1/2 tank. When you start out or come to a stop a "thump" sound is heard. It sounds like a basketball is rolling around in the tank. The dealer has R/R the tank and replaced the strapping and the sound is still there. If and when I sell this vehicle the sound won't be a selling point. Plus, there's a possibility that it could be a safety issue too. I've filled out a nhts questionnaire in October and haven't heard from either the manufacture or the dealership. When I first contacted the dealership, they checked the tech. Support side of the house and were told that there was a known problem, no fix, but not to worry... well, we're worring now. Please contact us by E-mail as to the status of this problem. Thank you john thime.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #6

Sep 271999

(reported on)

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving and coming to a stop with vehicle on a full tank, there is an excessive amount of bouncing and splashing within the gas tank. After vehicle gets down to less than half a tank, the noise is not there. Dealer restrapped the tank and put insulation in tank assembly.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #5

Sep 011998

Venture

  • miles
With fuel tank full and down to 1/2 tank, we hear a thumping noise. This happens when we stop, or accelerate. We also hear it when we pull in or out of the garage (sloped). Once the tank is below 1/2 the noise goes away. We have had the dealer replace the insulation between the tank and frame and new stapping was installed at the same time. The problem still exists. If we trade this in like we're planning on doing, this problem will sure put a crimp on the sale price. Any information on a fix or some corrective action would be appreciated. Thank you

- Vancouver, WA, USA

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problem #4

Sep 101998

Venture

  • miles
We are experiencing a thumping/loose basketball rolling in the back of vehicle sound. It happens when the tank is full, and gets louder down to 1/2 full then dissapates. Additional padding and straping were installed by the dealer, but the sound is still there only louder. For resale this isn't going to fly. Is there anything that can be done? thank you.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 301999

Venture

  • miles

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

No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 021998

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The fuel gauge does not register the correct amount of fuel. Sometimes when it reads empty it is full, and sometimes when it reads full it is empty. Dealer is not able to correct the problem with the fuel gauge.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 011997

Venture

  • miles
Consumer' S gas tank is on straps. When stopping there is a 2 second delay, then there is a rumbling noise where as the gas gushes to the back of tank, causing the tank to move against the chassis. The dealer installed rubber bushings between tank and chassis to minimize sounds. Vehicle will do this every time unless the tank is full or low. Vehicle has been serviced at least nine times for this problem, Chevrolet acknowledges the problem, and says they do not have a solution. In addition, the front driver's seat has been replaced. Also, the window fell out from the sliding door because the latch was installed up side down/the headlight assembly was replaced due to loud whistling whenever driving more than 50mph. (dimmitt Chevrolet dealership-813-791-1818).

- Largo, FL, USA

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