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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,762 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Venture body / paint problems

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1997 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Mar 032004

(reported on)

Venture 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer complained about a multitude of problems: 1. headlights came on and off intermittently; 2. when hitting a bump in the road, headlights came on; 3. engine overheated due to leaking radiator, and 4. electrical problems, such as ignition and power door locks malfunctioned regularly. The vehicle was hard to start. The door panels were loose. The windshield leaked. The anti theft alarm malfunctioned. Rear window washer malfunctioned.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #41

Aug 222003

(reported on)

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated the manual sliding door did not shut properly.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #40

Jun 242003

Venture

  • miles
The vehicle leaked coolant which caused the vehicle to overheat. Also the fuel injectors failed and the sliding door did not shut properly.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #39

Jan 132003

Venture

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Front drivers side window regulator. Window will not operate. Talked to a mechanic about it. He was completely amazed because he had seen about 5 Venture vans in the last month with the problem. The part to fix is almost $500 and I have my name on lists country wide to purchase a used one, low in behold I can't find one that is operable.

- Bucksport, ME, USA

problem #38

Oct 212002

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
Door is extremely hard to open, dealer either wants $2000 to fix it and won't tell me how much to disconnect the whole thing so that it is easy to open.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #37

Sep 012002

Venture

  • miles
Sliding door computer module is bad. Sometimes door opens on its own, and sometimes automatic control for door doesn't work. Dealer has replaced 3 modules trying to correct this problem.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #36

Jan 011999

Venture

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The intake manifold gasket blew and filled the engine with water, this is a problem with the 3.4 engine that GM is aware of. The sliding door on the passenger side has fallen off the van 4 times since we have had dealer fixed 3 times then it was out of warrenty. The front and rear brakes started squealing when the van had 1000 miles on it and continue to this day. GM says they are designed like that. The seat belts in the van come unlatched at any time, the belts in the rear will contiually tighten when you hit bumps in the road. GM told us that we were not using the seatbelts properly. The rack and pinion steering started making a growling noise immidiatly following the warrenty running out.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #35

Jun 122002

(reported on)

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Van was involved with recall 01V067 power sliding door. Door appears closed but will open while van is being driven. Owner took van back to dealership which then replaced electric contact points.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #34

Feb 012002

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power locks lock and unlock intermittently while driving, happens when vehicle is parked with engine off.

- Boswell, IN, USA

problem #33

Dec 122001

Venture

  • miles
On 12/12/01, the door would not stay closed under power. The manual override switch located on the header had to be used and the door closed manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on 12/19/01 to have the campaign repair performed. This was done but the dealer said the inside door lock was broken due to the bad actuator that was replaced under the campaign and that I needed to call Chevrolet. Later that evening, the outside door handle fell off. Chevrolet (ref. # CO6273409) was called and today, over 2 months later, michael glenn of Chevrolet said that it was the owner's responsibility to have the door repaired. Yesterday, 2/27/02, the door popped open while driving down the highway even though the doors were locked and power was removed from the side door.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #32

Feb 032002

Venture

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at 35 mph sliding door came open. A short time before consumer had vehicle in repair sh0P to get sliding door fixed.

- Lost Nation, IA, USA

problem #31

Feb 032002

Venture

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph sliding door came open. A short time before consumer had vehicle in repair sh0P to get sliding door fixed.

- Lost Nation, IA, USA

problem #30

Jan 012002

Venture

  • miles
Power door would intermittently close on passenger or not operate at all while getting in or out of vehicle. Dealer has been notified, and wasunable to correct the problem. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Phillipston, MA, USA

problem #29

Jan 012002

Venture

  • miles
Recall 01V264000, for sliding door failed to correct the defect. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #28

Nov 082001

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
Recall 01V264000. Not parts available to correct recall problem.

- Ketchikan, AL, USA

problem #27

Jun 012001

Venture

  • miles
When consumer is traveling passenger's side sliding door opens without prior warning. When door is closed there is an alarm indicating that door is secure. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Ketchikan, AK, USA

problem #26

Sep 012001

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dashboard lights will not automatically come on at night. When leaning forward in seat seat belt comes on. Seat belt indicator alarm doesn't work. Locks unlock and lock going down the road. Mechanic stated it was body control module. Consumer was taking vehicle to the dealer to confirm problem.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #25

Jul 011999

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Door locks automatically locked when door closed. This has happened on many occasions. Problem is intermittent, but very dangerous. Consumer's children have been locked in vehicle sometimes with keys inside vehicle. Dealer said nothing because they've had no other complaints. Manufacturer kept referring consumer to dealer.

- Finlay, OH, USA

problem #24

Sep 071999

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
The electric sliding rear door malfunctions activating the alarm buzzer.

- Fredericks, VA, USA

problem #23

Aug 192000

Venture

  • miles
Power door locks lock and unlock on their own, whether vehicle is on or off, uncontrollably. Has happened before. At that time, lock code mode was reset. However, this time not able to reset. Worried about locking children in van with keys in ignition.

- Fort Jennings, OH, USA

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