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8.4

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,565.00
Average Mileage:
92,421 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace gasket and seals (5 reports)
  2. not sure (4 reports)
  3. ditch anything at all made by gm with this engine!!!!! (3 reports)
  4. add bars leak (1 reports)
  5. replaced engine (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Venture engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #14

Feb 122013

Venture Warner Brothers

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

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

STILL not the tip of the iceburg for the problems on this vehicle!!

- , Tracy, CA, USA

problem #13

May 012009

Venture Warner Bros 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Second time for the lower intake manifold. Just kept adding bars leak and hope for the best.

- , Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #12

Mar 122008

Venture Warner Bros 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I noticed that antifreeze was seeping down the block from the lower intake manifold. I found a used engine in another state. I installed it myself. Now at 115000 miles the same problem. I put bars leak in to slow the rate of the leak. Now at 126000 the head gasket is blown so were cutting our loses and going shopping for another van.

screw GM I will never buy from them again. Oh yeah at 38000 the trans went bad!

- , Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #11

Nov 092010

Venture LT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,398 miles

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

GM is a awful company!!!!!!!! My transmission blew-out last week!!!!! Now this!!!!!!!!!! Car leaks coolant sometimes!!!!!!!! We have had this problem over 3 times now!!!!!!!! I'm done with this car!!!!! Selling this week I hope!!!!!!

- , Nashua, New Hampshire, USA

problem #10

Mar 012005

Venture LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Mechanic stated he has replaced alot of these on this engine. GM should be more responsible and take care of their customers.

- , Defiance, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 212009

Venture LT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,067 miles

This was not the first time this had to be replace. Coolant leaaking. but on the ground. so we had to fill it with coolant alot. not a very good car.

- , Nashua, New Hampshire, USA

problem #8

Jan 012009

Venture 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

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

We first had the cooling system checked and hoses replaced because we mysteriously were losing coolant. When the problem persisted, we took it back to our faithful mechanic. He gave it a diagnostic and found out at some point the intake manifold gasket had failed and was leaking coolant into the engine oil. We are looking at at least $1055 to fix, possibly $4000 if the water has gotten into the bearings or if the head has cracked (engine replacement). We were having the same problems as another complaintant who posted on this site. No heater and the engine getting extremely hot. We had no warning signs for this, no check engine light. No way to tell because the coolant was leaking into the engine, until the water was so low we could tell by looking in the radiator and seeing no visible coolant!! Also, the reserve tank of coolant was not being drawn into the radiator.My mechanic has told me that the manifold pieces are made of two different types of metal which of course expand and contract at different temperatures, causing friction between the metals which cause stress to the gasket, causing it to fail. To top it off, this was an experiment ( using by GM to reduce the weight of the vehicle I am trying to get GM to cover this under a manufacturers defect, but it does not look good. I have to agree with the other complaint, if this does not get covered by GM, I am going to take my business elsewhere.

Update from Oct 15, 2009: We now know that the most likley cause is a ill designed gasket that allowed Dex-Cool to touch unprotected part of gasket. Dex-Cool(OAT) is highly corrosive to silicone and nylon and also to aluminum (what are your manifolds made of???). There was supposed to be a bead of silicone sealant, but un the faulty designs the bead did not cover enogh of the gasket to protect it properly. I think that Dex-Cool needs to be changed to a HOAT, which is like an OAT, but with " added siilcate inhibitors...that protect the silicone polymer from the type of degradation it suffers with pure OAT(DEX)."- www.imcool/articles/antifreeze-coolant/dexcool2007Part3.php. this is an excellent web site for some insight into the DEX problem. I think any thing coorosive to engine components should not be allowed in the engine! DUH!!!!!!

Update from Oct 20, 2009: I have been talking to GM since 10/07/09 about my blown IMG. Every step, they keep telling me that if I do this, or show that, they will fix the problem. Of course that is not true! After leading me around for almost 2 weeks, they tell me the same story they told me in the begining, I have to wait for a mandatory recall (mandatory from the NHTSA!!!) before they will fix the problem. Well I guess it's on to small claims court!! We'll see how that goes! I love GM!!! Thats why next car IS going to be a Honda!!

- , Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012008

Venture 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles

Original engine has already been replaced at 135 KM because the crankshaft bearings fell apart due to leaking intake gasket. Guess what... the replacement engine came with the same sh*tty gasket that at 35 KM later leaked enough coolant into the crankshaft compartment to finish it. Changing the gasket does not make sense anymore as the engine will die sooner rather than later.

N E V E R E V E R ANOTHER GM PRODUCT!!!!

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #6

Mar 042003

Venture

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,583 miles

Manifold gasket failed again 2nd failure @162,000 its a plastic piece of junk GM could not care the GM customer care was as if they had a script, the dealer when I spoke to one of the clerks in service said "Really never had that problem" GM knows the problem ......... I have one word for them TOYOTA

- , Beaconsfield, QC, Canada

problem #5

Feb 212008

Venture 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

i called Chevy about my van, got talking to the guy, and said that he would look through the list of recalls. he said that there was only one recall and that was for the sliding door, what kinda of idiots don't do a recall on something they're getting sued for. im having a buddy of mine fix my van, but as soon as its fixed, im selling it. Damn Chevy

- , Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 092007

(reported on)

Venture LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

OH MY GOD WHAT KIND OF JUNK ARE YOU PEOPLE AT GM MAKING??? EVERY SINGLE CAR YOU MAKE WITH THIS ENGINE IS PURE GARBAGE. I HOPE YOU GO OUT OF BUSINESS. YOU DESERVE NOTHING SHORT OF COMPLETE FAILURE FOR SELLING THIS SH*T TO THE PUBLIC. F*CK ALL WHO HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS ENGINE AND ITS DESIGN. BURN IN HELL!!!

- , Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 242007

(reported on)

Venture LX 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,290 miles

If your considering buying a GM product, my family WAS always a Chevy family, remember this: I bought a 2001 Chevy Venture van. At 19,000 miles the rotors dissolved to nothing and brakes and rotors had to be replaced. I bought a Toyota at the same time. No repairs needed. At 26,000 miles, my Chevy required new control arm bushings - won't pass inspection - $300. My Toyota, required no additional repairs at 37,000 miles. At 29,000 miles, my Chevy venture van started to leak antifreeze into the engine via the intake manifold. Add another $1,000 to the Chevy torment. My Toyota at 46,000, no problems or repairs required. I called Chevy last night and they denied all responsibility for a defect that seems to have affected thousands of poor GM owners. Today it was annouced that Toyota surpassed GM as the biggest car manufacturer in US. I'm neither surprised nor will I ever shed a tear for American car manufacturers after what GM/Chevy has done to me. I hope they feel as much pain as I do repairing their garbage.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 282007

(reported on)

Venture 3.4 L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,131 miles

The problem was definitely terrible and the mechanic was found through NAPA Auto Care Center which ended up being a total rip off. I had to pay a second mechanic to go back in and replace the thermostat a week after the repairs because the first mechanic got the gasket torn and caught in the thermostat.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Venture LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

When the vehicle was still under warranty I lost antifreeze while on a trip to Baltimore. Upon returning home I brought it in to the dealer and they could not find the leak, so they dumped some Bars-Leak in the system. A short time later at a quick-lube the kid showed me where it was leaking and that he worked at the same dealer I had brought the vehicle to and he knew they couldn't find the problem as this was there normal mode of operation, "wait until it was off warranty". Not only is the GM vehicles I own JUNK, their dealers are nothing more than crooks!!! I cannot wait until the day I can scrap the GM junk I own and buy Japanese..... I never thought I would think that let alone write it but I am tired of wasting money on this North American junk! I have never had to replace an intake gasket on any other vehicle I have ever owned, nor has my father and he was a licensed mechanic.

- , Kingsville, Ontario, Canada

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