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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,278 miles

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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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1997 Chevrolet Venture brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 152006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the ABS brakes failed to stop the vehicle while traveling 15 mph. The failure occurred 3 separate times. The service dealer and manufacturer were not notified. Updated 12/05/06.

- Hamtramck, MI, USA

problem #17

Apr 142004

Venture 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The seat belts did not work, they were defective. Took vehicle to the dealer three times, but they wanted consumer to pay for it. Consumer felt that manufacturer should be responsible for the repairs. Also, the sliding door motor on 1997 Chevrolet Venture is defective. Consumer paid for repairs 3 different times, but it kept breaking. Passenger side window switch failed. Wiper module shorted out. The vehicle ABS light illuminated. The dealer found a bad connection at the ebcm. Also found both traction bulbs were missing.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jan 011999

Venture

  • miles
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 #15

Mar 252002

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Headlamp fell out while going down the road, never did find it. Antilock brakes are malfunctioning, very unsafe to drive, transmission went out very costly to repair, especially with so little miles on this vehicle. These problems that I am reporting are very commom and need some attention granted to them. Vehicles cost so much and then when you have to put more money into them it can financially drain you. Please look into this. Thank you, anne de bolt.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #14

Aug 312001

Venture

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #13

May 172001

(reported on)

Venture

  • miles
ABS system malfunctioned because of circuit board according to the dealer.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #12

Dec 102000

Venture

  • miles

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

Had to have the engine rebuilt, new fuel pump, front/rear shocks & struts, intermediate steering shaft assembly, brakes. I think there is something extremely wrong with this vehicle and it should be investigated.

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #11

Oct 052000

Venture

  • miles
Told dealer that engine is knocking/making a ticking sound. Can hear it clearly from within or outside of the van. Took it to dealer once already and will be taking it again on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 for testing. Engine is also taking longer to start...hard start no matter if hot/cold start. Already had to have new brakes, shocks and struts put on the vehichle.

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #10

Apr 262000

Venture

  • miles
Car shut down on two separate occassions. Inspection after second failure at auto shop indicated fuel pump wiring harness connector under left middle passenger seat was filled with water and severely corroded, causing electrical short. Similar connector for ABS brakes also shows similar problem, but has not yet failed. Mechanic asked for replacement pigtail. GM told them only entire harness was available (engine harness etc). Shop cut connector off and spliced wires with solder.

- Castroville, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 201998

Venture

  • miles
While driving on highway, I drove over debris (tree limb) on highway while passing semi at approx. 65 mph. When I ran over branch, all vehicle electrical and braking systems suddenly went off, resulting in loss of lights, power brakes, power steering, signals, and power from engine - a total shutdown. I wrestled van to side of road and had towed to town (while on xmas trip, travelling thru ok). After towed to dealer (closed, at night), I checked under van to find a male and female plug for wiring harness disconnected and hangling down midway from front to rear on drivers side. I plugged two back together and van worked perfectly with no further problems. Altho there were no accidents, injuries, if my wife or daughter had been driving, they probably would not have been able to stay in control, pull van to side of road. I beleive that connector plug of this crucial harness should be better protected from unintended disconnection. I waited this long to report since I reported problem verbally to dealer immediately after trip and just found out this site exists. I just bought a 2000 Venture van, and harness/connection has changed slightly but still seems susceptible (I taped connectors to receptacles as a precaution).

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 021997

Venture

  • miles

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

ABS brake system not working properly. Extended stopping distance. Rapid pulsating noise has changed to long grinding noise when system engages. Feels like wheels lock to long before system engages. Then it feels like wheels lock and unlock to long of a time. Dealer claims nothing is wrong. Horn did not work when turned side-ways or up-side down. Took 4 service calls to correct. Horn works but it is still hard to find the "sweet" spot to activate. Audio tape deck housing heats up to 150 degrees when heater is on for 2 hours. Dealer cannot correct after 4 trys. Auto sliding side door would randomly reopen aafter closing. 4 service calls to correct problem. Clips holding rear brake line came off leaving line dragging on street. Rear brakes grind after car has sat for 1/2 hour. Dealer couldn't fix.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 221999

Venture

  • miles
ABS would kick in without inddications, causing extended stopping distance.

- Mcalester, OK, USA

problem #6

Dec 081997

Venture

  • miles
ABS brakes failed, resulting in loss of control/collision. No deployment of driver's/passenger's air bags upon impact. Also, driver's seat belt came unfastened.

- Whitesburg, KY, USA

problem #5

Feb 121998

Venture

  • miles
ABS brakes failed to operate proerly.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #4

Dec 171997

Venture

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake failure.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #3

Aug 011997

Venture

  • miles
When traveling and upon depressing the brake pedal, the pedal travels to the floorboard, causing extended stopping distance, consumer also states there is a griding sound when stopping the vehicle. Consumer has contacted the dealer. Dealer has replaced parts.

- West Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 311997

Venture

  • miles
Vehicle's ABS braking system linkage retaining ring broke off the master cylnder, the brakes became inoperative.

- Bristal, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 071997

Venture

  • miles
Vehicle's ABS braking system linkage retaining ring broke off the master cylnder.the brakes became completely inoperative while driving.

- Bristal, CT, USA

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