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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,742 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Venture body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 042013

Venture 5-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Driver was turning at traffic light at low speed, 200 ft from her home. When turn was complete, driver was unable to return steering wheel to forward position, nor was she able to stop the vehicle using brake pedal, until the vehicle crashed into another one parked along the street. Driver was unable to explain how it could happen, and the accident was considered her fault. However, the latest GM recall regarding weakness of ignition key mechanism provides logical explanation of this accident. If the ignition key flipped to "off" position during the turn, power steering and power braking would be gone, and what driver described would make total sense. Especially taking into account that at that time the driver had several additional keys on the keychain. Is it possible that 2003 Chevrolet Venture ignition mechanism may suffer from the same problem as ones recalled by GM?

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Venture 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The driver side passenger door sill is rusting even if the car is washed on a regular basis. The frame holding the radiator is also rusting, and a rust spot is appearing on the passenger door sill.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 042013


  • 133,280 miles
The metal underside support bracket that holds up both the engine coolant radiator and A/C radiator had rusted completely to the extent that the left (driver) side of the bracket completely failed and allowed the radiators to tilt down and drop approx. 4" on the left side. The primary support is now only the coolant hoses. Had I not noticed, while viewing the car from the front that there was a problem; both the radiators could have fallen off while driving, they certainly could have wedged to impede the steering control and /or run over by the tires to most certainly be a safety issue to us or others on the road. My call to a dealership stated they are well aware of this particular rust issue and they have no knowledge of recall by GM. There should be a recall to repair a corrosion issue of this support component that is a safety integrity issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rome, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 202012

Venture 6-cyl

  • 64,688 miles
Due to rusted rear right brake line, vehicle lost all brake fluid without warning and prevented vehicle from stopping in a timely manner. The lack of brake control caused right rear side of the van's body (just in front of the rear right wheel) to hit the protective barrier at the gas station. Upon inspection rust is now observed at several places on the brake lines as well.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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