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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,479 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Chevrolet Venture electrical problems

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2002 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 012014


  • 159,000 miles


Temp gauge trys go hot had check nothing engene misfire had check 7 times now. Replace mass air temp sensore twice throttle position sensors. Plugs and wires twice in one month has wire shortage for ac and we have paid out alot of money from day 2 of owning this was going sell but I would sell this crap to no one.. now says O2 sensore left wheel sensor and much more codes junk like this dont need to be sold..

- Whitwell , TN, USA

problem #13

Dec 012014

Venture 6-cyl

  • 129,700 miles
I was pulled over do to no rear brake light or turn signal on left side. Got a ticket. Went to junk yard bought replacement only to discover it was also burned out and useless !!!!!!!!!!!!!! been through at least 50 bulbs in the last year alone. I am second owner. Also have another electrical issue as in the switch above in between front seats that control inside lighting. It must stay in the off position or it runs the battery completely down. Also the side door gets stuck in the open position and it takes a lot of strength to close it.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #12

Oct 152013

Venture 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The vehicle randomly shuts down completely while driving - all electrical systems go off. Afterward, it cranks but does not start, after it's towed, it eventually starts. No error codes show in diagnostics.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #11

Sep 122010


  • miles


2002 Chevrolet Venture, experienced an electrical fire in dashboard. The consumer pulled to berm and the vehicle became completely engulfed in fire. According to the police report, a fuse had been changed in the cigarette lighter of the dashboard. The consumer stated that was the area she first saw the fire. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0607-90) updated 12/7/10

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #10

Jul 282004


  • 32,000 miles
Air conditioner condenser failed, GM new of the problem in December, 2002, but kept their mouth shut until the warranty expired. The gas gauge does not work, it flips from full to empty, I have to keep a mileage notebook in order to know when to fill up. My warning light on the dash continues to flash "rear hatch ajar, side door ajar, low brake fluid." There is nothing wrong with any of the items. The front brakes went bad at 32,000, requiring new pads and rotors. The window button on the driver side will put the passenger window down, but not up. The rear window washer does not work. I am so glad that GM is going bankrupt. I bought an american car, to try and help the workers stay employed, but now realize that all I did was to keep some overpaid, lazy slobs on the job for much longer than they should have been employed. The dealer has been a complete loss, with GM customer service having the attitude that, "since the warranty has expired, you can stick it, because we don't care.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #9

Oct 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The first year we owned the vehicle was great. After the first year we have had nothing but problems, frustrations and the run around. The most serious problem is the one I will share with you today. For over a year now, my battery light would come on while I was driving. I have taken the van into the dealership several times. They can never duplicate the incident. Thank goodness that it has never stalled while driving but I am sure it is just a matter of time. I have a small child and my husband is military, so my husband is not with us when we travel. Naturally I am very concerned that my child and I will be on the highway alone. They have replaced several parts (starter, wires, this time the battery, other times no parts at all) in the vehicle but nothing has corrected this problem. I keep going back and the service department keeps giving the vehicle to the same team. I am so frustrated and I feel like I was sold a new lemon.

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #8

Nov 152004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


: the consumer stated 1 year ago the vehicle's interior and exterior lights would go out without cause or warning. This problem recently resurfaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealership to have diagnostic tests performed. The dealership was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Ruby, SC, USA

problem #7

Apr 302004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Bought my Venture as dealer demo with 1400 mile on 6/18/02. In April 2004 A/C did not work. Tried recharging system found leak. Took to Chevy in June/July 2004 was told there was a bad weld on the condenser. They refuse to cover $800 repair because vehicle was over 36,000 miles. Also told me my gaskets need replacing at a cost of $1300. Also, have repeatedly had problems with my driver side power window not going up correctly. It gets stuck midway and sometimes will not go up at all. Have had this problem checked at the dealership from the beginning of ownership. Water is also in taillight lens. This was also fixed at dealership once but continues to occur.

- Belford, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 012003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system, air conditioning unit, lock on back hatch, the power slider, and the front and passenger windows have a hard time rolling up or down when it is cold outside, even though car was parked inside garage all night. The air conditioning unit stopped blowing cold air just about 6 months after we got it. The lock on the back end was stuck in the locked positioned and would not disengage. And the electrical system is all messed up in the back end. Taillights want to work when there not supposed to and the same with the reverse lights. Lights brighter then others on one side then the other, then a few minutes later it will be the other why around. Alot has to do with when I push on the brake pedal if the turn signals are going to work or not. And the power slider was already recalled on the van. The rear brakes on the van are sticking. Example: When you stop for a second and then release the brakes it will make a loud noise like it was stuck and then had to force itself to release. Not sure where to start on this process to get everything fixed.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #5

Feb 142004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had numerous problems with this vehicle. Most recently, my wife used the remote to lock the door, not knowing I had not made an exit. I attempted to unlock the door from the inside and it would not unlock, I had to wait until my wife came out of the store and uses the remote to unlock the doors. While this may sound humurous, imagine if this were to happen on a hot summer's day with children inside the vehicle.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #4

Jan 182004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Reverse sensing system failed to work resulting in the driver striking a pole. Fortunately no one was behind the vehicle at the time.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 192004


  • 36,000 miles
While driving the all wheel drive sensor failed. The consumer has replaced the part six times, however the problem still exist.

- Le Raysville, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022002


  • miles
Consumer states all doors on the vehicle locks without warning. Dealer notified.

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 242002

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles
The windshield leaked water down through the overhead instrument cluster along to the top of the window. The vehicle stalled, hesitated during acceleration and the passenger window had become inoperative. The service tech found corrosion in some wires.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

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