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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,608 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.

2003 Chevrolet Venture brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #8

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 #7

Apr 142009


  • 100,200 miles
Signal bulbs keep blowing out, definite electrical problem - brakes no longer work - bulbs are good, they work when you pull the back cases off. Put them on like they are supposed to be, no longer work. Cannot find anything wrong to fix it!

- Box Elder, SD, USA

problem #6

Jun 152008


  • 60,667 miles
There are several problems with my van. The first is the plug at the base of the captains chair on the driver side has broken twice. Since it is plastic-I have already replaced this item. The van has an intake leak which I can't afford to fix, this was discovered at 64,000 miles. With a price tag of over $500 dollars to replace, it is still an issue. At the 60667 miles it was discovered that both the left and right front wheel bearings needed to be replaced. That was done with the hefty price tag of $1,279 which also included rear wheel cylinders which had begun leaking and needed replaced. Now the brakes are squealing again and I am really concerned about this pattern.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 132005


  • miles


I have owned this van for 28 months with multiple mechanical failures. I have had the brakes replaced, the rack and pinion replaced twice, the tie rods on both sides, the power window motor on the passenger side, the glove box lock, the water pump, the thermostat twice, the engine "seals", the coolant hoses and the power door handles. The power sliding door gasket has also come off on multiple occasions. The airbag light has now been on for 4 weeks. I have been stranded many times and without a vehicle on several occasions. The latest problem required three visits to the dealer to fix. The car overheated and could not be driven all three times, in a two week period. This required a new water pump on the first visit, a new thermostat 8 days later and new hoses 1 day after that.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 012005

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles
Flashing of lights and fuel gauge floats drastically constantly. The vehicle also experienced problems with low brake fluid, the door ajar, the rear hatch ajar, and the brake light remained on.

- California, KY, USA

problem #3

May 102004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with drive train and/or transmission malfunctioning on 2003 Chevrolet Venture. On two occasions, while vehicle is on drive, it rolled backwards. Repairs where also made on brakes, and sliding door.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with malfunctioning drive train and or transmission. The consumer released the brake and attempted to place his foot on the gas and the van rolled backwards. This occurred on two different occasions, one of which the vehicle almost struck the consumers four year old child. (the second incident occurred while the vehicle was in the drive position) the front brake pads were worn out and the rotors were machined.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
AWD and ABS light on. Rear heater/air conditioning temperature cannot be controlled. Car horn beeped when gas pedal in depressed.

- Indian River, MI, USA

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