Print this page


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,614 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.

1997 Chevrolet Venture exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1997 Chevrolet Venture:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1997 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 132005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Intake gasket leaking coolant in my van not to mention the many problems I have had with the lights on this van, so now I am having to sink another $500 into this van to get the part first mentioned just so my motor won't blow up.

- Chester, SC, USA

problem #16

Jun 282004

Venture 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,338 miles
(1) car started making knocking noise and then quit in the middle of traffic. (2) the intake manifold gasket failed causing engine coolant to leak into the engine oil. This coolant in the oil ruined the engine bearings and main journal. This caused the engine to quit running in the middle of traffic. (3) the vehicle was brought to a Chevrolet dealership and a complete new engine had to be installed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled while driving. Also, coolant was leaking from the intake manifold gasket. This could be related to what was causing the vehicle to stall. Dealership will be contacted.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 142004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


From about 40000 milesproblems with the temp gauge indicating engine running hot when in fact it never was and coolant was adequate mechanic never able to figure out 60000 intake manifold replaced 90000 miles engine losing power and stalling engine block cracked possible and head gasket. Brakes noisy with a grinding feel in the pedal lights on dash on & off ABS and coolant low when no problem exists! car pulls to left and hard to steer in a puddle horn almost impossible to activate. Directional and hazard lights flash when brakes applied.

- Smithtown, NY, USA

problem #13

Dec 212003


  • 76,000 miles
Mechanic informed me that I will soon need my intake manifold gasket replaced because that is why I have an oil leak they cannot stop. I pad a lot of money for a diagnostic to determine the oil leak. And have been charged for so many oil changes because of the diagnostic tests etc. I was told there is a techniocal service bullitin re. This problem but I think it should be a recall based on my research of this widespread problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #12

Dec 282003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a manifold gasket failure that makes it necessary to replace the engine. This vehicle only has 50,000 miles. At this point we were told no help from GM. From looking at complaints I see this is not the only problem. GM should be made to fix this problem on all affected vehicles. It is obviously a manufacturing problem.

- Orrville, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 212003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


While driving at any speed and without warning engine would stall, causing the consumer to pull over. Dealer stated that intake manifold cracked, and coolant went inside the engine.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 132003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,500 miles
The intake manifold failed and needs to be replace, along with the water pump. In addition, there is a problem with the rear braking system causing the ABS and traction contol system not to work. Last month the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 082003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Description : I bought a used 1997 Chevrolet Venture from the norwood group in warwick, ri back in Sept 2002. Approximately 5 weeks ago I began experiencing overheating problems. I took the vehicle to pep boys in warick, ri for a diagnostic thinking that it was the thermostat. They ran the test and came back with an engine problem, and advised me to take the vehicle back to the dealership. I did this and the service dept at norwood informed me that there was a problem with the intake manifold gasket. After having my vehicle for two weeks they repaired that and when taking it for a test drive before returning it to me, they decided that I now had a throttle body problem. Fixed that and two weeks later the vehicle started to smell strongly of gas. Again I took it to pep boys where another diagnostic was run and it was determined that the fuel injector, intake manifold and the fuel injector kit had to be replaced. Back to norwood I go....norwood assumed a portion of this repair but it still cost me a lot more money than it should have considering they had just done this work.less than 48 hours after getting my vehicle back, while on the road and 120 miles away from home the vehicle caught fire from underneath. Oil is sprayed all over the vehicle's exterior, the engine and undercarriage. I had to pay to have the vehicle towed back to norwood. The engine appears to be seized up and will not turn over. I am extremely disappointed over the performance of this vehicle, the dealership and the cash outlay I am having forced upon me. I want to know what can be done in the way of recourse.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #8

Jul 092003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states while vehicle vehicle was being serviced technician noticed leakage coming from manifold. Manifold gasket needed to be replaced.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Coolant leak caused by failure of the intake manifold gasket.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #6

May 062003


  • 56,000 miles
Consumer states intake manifold has failed. Dealer notified.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 102003


  • 44,600 miles
The intake manifold experienced a coolant leak.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 292002

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
GM mainfold gasket leak

- Prospect, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 222002

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Leaking intake manifold gasket no longer covered under warranty. Cost to repair is $1000 + a web site has been set up to petition GM to recall this defect

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 011999


  • 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 #1

May 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the exhaust manifold is leaking.*jbmechanic informed consumer that it was an improper gasket installation.

- Columbia, IN, USA

Not what you are looking for?