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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,750 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Venture brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012005


  • miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I own a 2001 gray Chevrolet Venture minivan & often times for about the last 5 years now and even at the present time, the accelerator speeds up without any explanation and I have to pump the brakes several times before attempting to turn the car back on again to stop it from continuously accelerating. When the vehicle is off and when I have to pump the brakes, the brake pedal actually pumps up to deactivate the acceleration process temporarily. This happens often during the summer months when air condition is in use and it also happens alot when you are driving and the accelerator will just speed up suddenly for no reason. I have had it inspected by the dealership once about 5 years ago when this first started and they say that it is some kind of braking security feature once they hooked it up to their computer system and said it was nothing to be concerned about but other auto mechanics that have inspected my brakes on the vehicle don't seem to know anymore than the dealership knows because the vehicle is computerized. All the other mechanics do is change my brakes pads when they wear down but can't explain the sudden acceleration now that I am hearing about all of the controversies with Toyota motors braking defaults and the deaths and injuries associated with it I am really getting concerned about my vehicle continuously accelerating for no explainable reason. I think Chevrolet will probably try and hid something because they don't want the bad exposure that Toyota is getting so I really don't want to deal with them right now especially after them telling me basically nothing in the past. Can you please advice me what to do"?" [xxx]

- Chatham , VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The brake does not engage. Causing the car to still move when you press as hard as possible. This is going to cause and accident and kill someone. I saw enough complaints that between all them and the ones still coming in, something needs to be done.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 202004


  • miles
Replacement of rear left hand wheel cylinder due to failure of oem (2001 Chevrolet Venture van rear left hand wheel cylinder). When I replaced the above cylinder, I took the van for a test drive and 3 miles later found the wheel to be smoking and extremely hot (I had not backed the drum brakes off to account for the size of the new brakes). When I pulled the drum back off of the axle, I found that the new wheel cylinder had a whole in it. I thought that this would be a fluke, so I replaced it with another of the same brand and bought from the same store. Upon closer inspection, I found that the 2nd new wheel cylinder had a divit in the same location as the 1st new cylinder had. I took one back to the store and asked them for another one, we (the clerk and I) examined it and found that it also had this divit in it. We inspected a couple more of them and was able to pull one of the rubber boots off of one that did not look defective, and combined it with a cylinder that had a second boot on it that was not defective giving me a good cylinder to install on my van. There were 3 or more of these defective wheel cylinders that were bad. The product was bought from advance auto parts and the part # is W37855 item # 3643344 and it costs $22.76. Advance auto parts was very helpful and concerned when I presented them with the issue and they found a way to make it work for me. I have a 22 hour drive to make from North Carolina to Illinois in 2 days with my family and this is a major concern for me. Thanks again for your time and assistance in this matter, luckily there were no incident(s), crash(ES), or injury(ies) before I found this problem, I hope that advance auto parts will put an immediate recall on this part so that no one has a brake failure while driving on these wheel cylinders.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I purchased the vehicle brand new in 2001. Since then, my vcr that is installed in the Venture was defective and repaired four times. Each time under warranty but it was inconvienent for me. The brakes went out on me twice that I repaired at a mechanic, then the A/C wouldn't cool (this is recently), now the oxygen sensor is causing the "'service engine" message on my dash board to light up. This car is only 2 years old!!! I maintain my car well, the manager of the Chevrolet dealership tried to accomodate me (once) so that I won't make a fuss and call the media on them. I was not aware of the lemon law until recently.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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