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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,908 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Chevrolet Venture engine problems

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2002 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 272010


  • miles


I own a 2002 Chevy Venture needs a new head gasket I was told very common with this make of vehicle I have already put alot of money in van. The van overheats so often I can hardly even use it. I am financially in a position were I can't afford a new car don't think I should have to when I have taken such great care of this van. Further more after researching online I have found numerous problems with this same issue that consumers have had with 2002 Chevy Venture. I feel this is a safety issue I never know how hot can the van get before its a danger to me, my children or anyone else this should be looked into for recall.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 012007


  • 90,000 miles
Failure of intake mainifold and head gasket, resulting in replacement of intake manifold, heads, head gasket, thermostat (3 times), water pump (2 times), radiator, condenser, radiator cap (2 times), all due to dex cool and faulty design. All parts replaced. Old parts not retained.

- Albertville, MN, USA

problem #6

Dec 012006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,500 miles
Coolant leak. Head gasket was disintegrating due to type of coolant GM used. Head gasket had to be repaired. $750.

- Riverview, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 012006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,703 miles


: the contact stated while driving 30 mph the temperature warning light illuminated, causing the speed of the vehicle to be reduced. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, the dealership replaced the intake manifold and cylinder head gaskets, which remedied the problem. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 202005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
With 39,000 miles we came through a toll booth & with no warning the engine made an awful noise & quit. After the expense of a tear down, the engine was found defective. A small piece of metal broke off, bent the rods and there was no compression on one side. We had to pay for a new motor and feel as this was a defect which GM should make right with us. ( I retired from GM, & may never but a GM vehicle again.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 112004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,765 miles
60,000 miles on 2002 Venture 3.4 and loosing coolant (intake gasket ) I also own a 1996 Chevrolet 1500 wow yep I replaced gasket on it 5.0 plastic gaskets.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #2

Nov 192002


  • 1,700 miles
Vehicle has been in dealers shop four times due to fuel gauge not working properly. Whenever fuel tank was filled fuel gauge would show a half tank. Also, there was an oil leak. Vehicle had been in dealers shop twice for oil leak.

- Jamul, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 272003

(reported on)


  • 19,600 miles
The engine stalled without warning.

- Mary Ester, FL, USA

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