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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,907 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 152009


  • 50,000 miles


Transmission failed in January of 2005 at 50,000 miles. Had it rebuilt for $3,000. Failed again at in August 2009 115,000 miles and at the same time the lower intake manifold gasket failed. Had it replaced and the gasket replaced for another $3,000. Still overheats in city traffic. Left radiator fan never comes on I have to run the heater to get the temp under control and I live in yuma, AZ. This van is a lemon and has cost me about $8,000 more than it should to own. Never again will I buy a GM product. They are criminals!

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jun 082007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,910 miles
The transmission in my wife's 2002 Chevrolet Venture failed with 57,000 miles on it. The transmission was repaired, and we retained the failed parts and inspected them. The cogs in the gear appeared to have snapped off. In my experience it appeared to be a heat treatment problem causing the material to be out of the brinell/rockwell hardness range. There was no advance warning of the failure. My wife just placed the gear shift lever in drive and the vehicle would not move.

- Marksville, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 282005

Venture 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,530 miles
While driving at 50 mph, going on I287 North in NJ about 4:00 pm about to exit 2A, the car's engine sounded like a strong revving, and lost all power, furthermore it lost all gear, while parked on the side of the road, tried to reverse and change gears D 3 2 1 and it will not move to either direction, the transmission was blown out.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


The owner had the automatic sliding door repaired at the dealership on four occasions. The door opened unintentionally, however the dealership stated there was nothing wrong with the door. After the owner pulled out of the dealer, the problem occurred again. No one was willing to assist the consumer with the problem. Also the all wheel drive system has gone bad and the sensors have gone out twice. Also, the ABS light stays on as well. Provide further details.

- Chicora, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 292003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My van was driving in the cold snow on an early morning. After driving about 40 miles very slowly, my transmission ceased. When I pulled to the stop light and applied the brakes, the vehicle did not move after that. Prior to this happening I had had the vehicle into the dealer with intermittent concerns with going into reverse. Eventually the vehicle would go into reverse, but it would hop into gear.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 182002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Put shift to park. Exited vehicle. Vehicle started moving in reverse. Driver's door was open - ripped of by garage. Finally jumped back into vehicle after it went down driveway, across street, & into neighbor's yard, stopped vehicle. Looked at gear indicator - still read park.

- Walker, MI, USA

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