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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,177 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 022011

Venture 6-cyl

  • 152,300 miles


On 3, June, 2011, the right passenger sliding door on our 2001 Chevrolet Venture minivan would not latch on the back latch, resulting in the door only being partially, and dangerously latched by only the front latch. Sometimes it won't latch on the front latch either. This is not a power sliding door; but I've seen several recalls for failed latches on the power sliding doors. We have called, gone to junk yards to no avail, and dealerships say they do not have the parts to repair the latch. This is a safety concern, as the door could come off during travel, or worse, fly open during motion, placing the middle seat passenger at risk of falling out of a moving vehicle. For safety, door latches are something that should be fail safe in automobiles. One dealership said it would cost over $220 to repair, if they could get the parts. If"?" the car only has 152K miles. In light of the recalls for the power sliding door latches failing, I would think GM would honor the failure of the door latches on the manual sliding doors. This just happened out of the blue, with no problems prior to the failure. It just quit latching. Thank you.

- Bennett, CO, USA

problem #12

Mar 262004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the passenger's sliding door was opened it suddenly closed on its own. As a result, consumer's child sustained major arm injuries, and was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #11

Dec 262004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Power sliding door wouldn't stop or open, wife got shoulder, arm, knee caught in door. The door is not working right. Called GM and they were very rude and said it was my problem.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #10

Nov 042003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Transmission slips after sitting when first starting out;horn honks occasionally while driving; power sliding door on driver's side won't open/close when activated by button or remote switches; hard starts after driving and sitting briefly (especially after highway driving--tried different gas stations gasses). Taken to two different dealers mostly about transmission and they claim unless the check engine light comes on, they can't do anything about it. Going to take back and have it stay there until they reproduce this week.

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #9

Oct 012003


  • miles
While opening side passenger door it fell off the track and injured a 10 year old child. Dealer notified.

- Westerville, OH, USA

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problem #8

Aug 052002

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
While closing the sliding door, it broke. When the consumer pulled the door handle to open the door, it had come back to the point that the consumer was unable to release it and the resistance did not make it stop, the consumer was still in her seat belt and due to such force not being able to release the door, the consumer broke her arm above the wrist. PE04064.pco

- Grenada, MS, USA

problem #7

Jul 152003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Last week driver's side sliding passenger door (non-power) flew open while the vehicle was in motion. Today a child tried to close the driver's side sliding door. The door came off it's rear track and falling inward striking the child on the head (no injury). The sliding door was dangling by its upper and lower lead brackets.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #6

Mar 072003

Venture 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2001 Chevrolet Venture warner brothers edition minivan. In the past nine months the seatbelt from the first seat in the second row has gotten stuck in the sliding door, causing the door to be jammed shut. My concern is it could be clothing or fingers or toes next time. In order to get the door open it had to be taken to a repair shop and pried out. This sliding door is suppose to stop and reopen when an object is in its path. Please look into this matter as I have five small children and I carpool with more. Thank you.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 072002

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles
The passenger side power sliding door kept getting stuck. It would not lock or stay closed, not even manually. The door also opened on its own. The wiper motor crank arm failed. The drivers side mirror had a residue on it. The weather stripping on the sliding door was loose and warped. The rear speakers were noisy.

- Gwynn Oak, MD, USA

problem #4

Jan 152001


  • miles
Power door will not stay open when parked on a down hill position. Dealer and manufacturer were notified. *akwhen parked on the hill the door comes down with enough force to injure a person. Door has to be held open manually in order for an accident not to occur. A GM representative explained to the consumer the specifics and directed consumer to the vehicle manual.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 302002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Doors unlock and lock involuntary while driving down the road. Consumer has gotten stuck in vehicle due to doors locking after being unlocked. Vehicle has been into the dealer 4 times for problem.

- Florrissant, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 042002

(reported on)


  • miles
1. the automatic power door has no sensor. If you are standing in its way when the door is closing, it will close on you before it retracts. If my child would get caught in the door, it could do substantial harm. 2. there are 2 bucket seats in the back of this minivan. They are spaced 4.7 inches apart. My son who is 2 years old (35lbs and 38") was inside the car and reached between the seats to retrieve something in the trunk area. He became wedged between the seats and could not free himself. Thankfully, we were able to lift him out before anything happened. If this incident happened during the summer and we did not notice he was in the car, he could have suffocated. 3. the way the car is designed with all bucket seats, it makes it impossible to attach booster seats and car seats properly. The buckles that clasp the seatbelts do not stand up to face upwards, they face to the front of the car. Therefore, you can not get a good connection for the seats to fit securely. I went to car seat clinics sponsored by Chevy and the "professionals" could not get the seats to fit properly and without movement. For a car that was designed with children in mind, they did a sorry job. I feel this car to be unsafe for any child under 40 pounds! please do not take these problems lightly - my children's lives are at stake.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 192001


  • miles
This accident happened in a rental car through national car rental in ft. Lauderdale, fl. My wrist was broken in this incident which I believe was caused by the automatic motorized door which was slow to kick in and by the large handle/lever on the door which you must pull to engage the motor. I was a passenger in the back seat on rt. Side by automatic motorized sliding door strapped into my seat belt. We were parked and ready to get out. I grabbed lever to open the door. Lever is supposed to engage the motor but the motor did not start so I pulled back some more and it opened about another foot or so and still did not engage the motor. On the third pull the motor suddenly engaged but the position of my hand around this large lever and the fact that my elbow was backed against the back of the seat, it was impossible to extricate my hand. The door, with my hand around the lever, dragged backwards until it snapped my wrist in half. I incurred a right distal radial fracture and being right handed and an artist and art teacher it has been difficult to say the least. I feel that the design of the sliding door handle is a hazard and should be considered for a recall. Other automatic sliding doors on other minivans tend to have a button or a small handle that would not catch the hand and drag it backwards causing injury. I wondered if I was the only person to whom this happened. The rental company had Chevy inspectors check the door and said it worked fine but for the entire trip the door never engaged the motor without great stregnth and several pulls. It was very sluggish. Thank you for your time. I know it is just a minor injury but it happened to me and I do not want this to happen to anyone else. PE04064.pco

- Northfield, MN, USA

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