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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,119 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 302009


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Venture. While driving approximately 5 mph on normal road conditions, the driver attempted to place the gear shifter into park. She noticed that the gear shifter was extremely loose and unable to shift gears. The gear selector and shift operation failures occurred intermittently. The contact stated that the failure was related to the gear shift cable. The gear shifter was temporarily repaired and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The vehicle has not been inspected by an authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 83,000.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 102008

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle was left running and a child reached to the front seat and pulled the gear shift. The vehicle was put into reverse without the brake pedal being applied, the vehicle slowly rolled backwards and crashed into a building. A small amount of damage was done to the vehicle. I sat in the rivers seat and was indeed able to move the gear shift from park to reverse without applying the brake. This safety feature is faulty.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 072005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,356 miles
The gear is suppose to lock for safety, and only be applied when the brake is applied as child safety protection. Consumer's child got into the vehicle, placed it into gear, and crashed the vehicle, nearly injuring several children on a playground. No one was injured, however, the vehicle collided with a swing set.

- Herrin, IL, USA

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