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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,912 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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2003 Chevrolet Venture engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 292011


  • 132,000 miles


2003 Chevy Venture 3.4L. Multiple problems with this van. Head gasket failure at 70,000 miles. Intake manifold gasket failure around 100,000 miles. Now at 132,000 the van is currently in the shop being torn down to find what is a suspected cracked cylinder head or cracked block. At what point with GM decide that they manufactured a worthless engine that is costing its customers thousands to repair. Help!!

- Saranac, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 262008


  • 75,000 miles
Was on the interstate after driving approximately 1.5 hours when service engine soon light appeared. When I slowed down to in-town speeds the van drove very rough and would often stall when at a stop light. Took it to GM shop to find out that the rocker arm post had pulled out of the cylinder head #4. GM wanted to charge me over $2000 to repair. Instead the offered to repair with a "heli-coil" and GM picked up all charges. 10 months later driving again on the interstate went to pass another vehicle and the service engine soon light appeared again. Was able to get to a GM service shop. They found another rocker arm post had pulled out of a cylinder head #6. they did a "heli-coil" replacement again which I paid for. Both shops have said this should never happen during the lifetime of a vehicle, yet it happened twice in mine. In a car less than 5 years old no less. Is there a manufacturing defect in these engines to cause such a significant failure?

- Dunlap, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 102008


  • miles
In our 2003 Chevy Venture with only 53,000 miles. We are having trouble with the intake manifold leaking. The van has overheated and needs to be replaced at a high cost to us. It upsets me to find that Chevrolet knows of the problem but has done nothing to correct it. Why recall the vans in Canada with the same problem but not here in the United States.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 102007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


2003 Chevy Venture with engine code of E in the VIN (covered under service bulletin) started leaking antifreeze and oil from the intake gasket. Called Chevrolet customer care and they informed me that my VIN was not covered in their service bulletin. It will cost approximately $850 to repair and be without the vehicle for 2 days.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 112002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Venture has stalled without warning twice. This caused difficult steering and near collision. Will contact dealer for inspection / repair. Van has only 22K miles.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 222003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,900 miles
While turning into a parking space the steering on our 2003 Venture tightened up and then the engine cut off without any warning lights. The van was brought to the dealer ship and they found no problems, they said there was no history recored in the computer and that it should not happen again.

- Clayton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 292003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,400 miles
On two separate ocassions in the past 2 months the engine of our 2003 Chevrolet Venture van had cut off while turning into the driveway. I contacted GM about the matter and also took it to the local dealership, but they could not find the problem.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 062003


  • miles
While driving at any speed and with no warning vehicle stalled, causing the consumer to pull off the road. Dealer notified.

- North Miami, FL, USA

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