pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,962 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. rebuilt transmission with better quality parts (4 reports)
  3. rebuilt transmission (2 reports)
2000 Chevrolet Venture transmission problems

transmission problem

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2000 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 022009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 177,000 miles


We bought our 2000 venture van brand new. At 24,000 miles the transmission went. We had it replaced and the next day it went again ( 3hours from home). We were on our way to SC to take our daughter to college. Had to rent a van to get there and leave our van to be fixed. They replaced the transmission. Both under the warranty. Then 3 years ago we had major transmission problems and it cost a lot to get it fixed. Guess What- at 177,000 our transmission has gone again. What is with Chevy transmissions? Has anyone else had this problem. I drive it all the time. I am not hard on the transmission or a crazy driver. Air conditioner has been another problem. We had problems with it and finally had it replaced. Should have been under warranty but the warranty company went bankrupt. This year we had to have repairs done on it also. I don't think we will buy any more Chevy vans. I can't believe how much money we have spent on it over the years. We take very good care of the cars-changing oil every 3000 miles, checking and changing other fluids as we should, not hard or crazy drivers.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 102003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I am sure this transmission problem is electrical in some way. I have owned this van since 2002. About six months after I bought it is when this problem occurred. I feel this is electrical as it doesn't happen all the time. I have had this checked numerous times and being an intermittent problem it's hard to find.The transmission shifts really hard and feels like it's banging...I pull over shut it off and restart...sometimes three or four times to correct the problem. I always change the fluid as required. I feel if it was the transmission, then why not all the time?

- , LAncaster, MA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012003

Venture 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

2,000 miles after the 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty expired, the tranny failed. But actually, I believe this was the dealers fault, since what happened is this; brought in for a simple item to be fixed, and they told me the head gasket was leaking. that was 900 bucks to fix, and wasn't covered either, of course! So I had the gasket replaced, and 100 miles later, the tranny failed (burned up). Now don't tell me that the idiot repair guy forgot to do something when he fixed the gasket!!!! Probably forgot to put the fluid back in (if that is removed when a head gasket is replaced???), or forgot to connect some wires to the tranny, or ?????? I argued, and finally they replaced it with a rebuilt one for ONLY $1200 instead of the full $2400 they said they normally charge. But I had no proof they caused the problem, so I had to pay it. Now, the car has 138,000 on it, and the tranny jerks into gears when hot...I suspect a tranny tuneup (with fill/flush/band tightening) may solve the problem. I'm hoping another tranny isn't needed!!!!

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 112008

Venture LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


So we bought this van thinking it was nice and all. We use it to pull our jet ski. But just last year everything went down hill. We went on a 4 days trip from PA to Connecticut to NY to NJ then ended up back home in PA. Funny to say that in Connecticut our arm rest broke. (piece of junk!) Then... on our way to NY our front window got hit by a rock/pebble from the street and cracked. (streets in NY suck!) then after we thought everything was ok... our fuel marker thing goes wild. and a few months later...in January 2008, Our transmission goes junk on us too. Now! after 4 months, (2 from when i found out about the transmission..) We found our self in a funny and painful situation. We owe $3,300.00 still on this van. No warranty. its gonna cost about $2,000.00 to fix the transmission completely. I have only this one car. We use it for everything. No car to borrow what so ever.I have family coming to visit in about 3 weeks and from PA to NY (JFK) is a long way. My van won't even make it 1/4 of the way. When we drive it it feels like if you were in a horse for a while. jumping up and down. The van is a piece of crap. And even so... it wines when you go above 50 miles per hour. So she knows she's hurting. How annoying can this be. We bought a used transmission last week for $450.00 thinking that since it had 69,000 miles and a one month warranty, it would last. Now to that $450.00 add another $250.00 to get someone to put it in. Plus another $1??.00 in gas (on someone else's car) just for the trip to go get the transmission. Now there is much more to this but just to get to the point... This transmission turned out to be worse then the one it had before. So if you think about it... there went $250.00 for putting it in. To take it out and get my money back for this transmission before the warranty goes out it will cost another $250.00 to get it out, plus gas.So what to do now? Well my husband seemed to think he had the solution the other day. He was so frustrated that he drove the van all the way home at 70mph. Jumping like a horse he wanted the van to just Explode! for a second at a red light i thought he was gonna go through it without stopping and throw it down the hill. Funny thing is he actually thought about us being in it. =D When we get home we usually worry about kids being around the van when playing and damaging it in any way. Well this time when we got home my husband just sat down and when he saw the kids playing around our van he just screamed at them.... "IF YOUR GONNA HIT MY VAN, HIT IT! BUT HIT IT HARD!" As for me...I give up. I just wanna burn it!

- , Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 172007

(reported on)

Venture LS 3.2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

First noticed that the car would "jump" into gear-made a huge clunking sound. We bought this car as a "program vehicle" so there was a little warranty left but the problem happened just after it expired so we had to pay for it out of pocket. It seemed okay for a couple of years but it recently has started to do it again.But, we have noticed that the problem is worse when the A/C is on for some reason. We have, since then, found out that this 2000 model minivan is a real lemon! The transmission is not the only issue with it: brakes, A/C, electrical all suck too! The only Chevy's worth buying, in my opinion, are the trucks.

- , Fruita, CO, USA

problem #5

May 182007

(reported on)

Venture LS, LWB 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,623 miles

I took my van into a transmission shop because it was shifting hard at low speeds when warm and I had also noticed it whining while going up a hill at approx 90 km/hr. They scanned it and got several codes, the worst one being P1811 Maximum Adapt and Long Shift. The transmission needs to be replaced at only 104,000 kms at a cost of $3000 CAD, my warranty just expired at 100,000 kms!! I am beyond unimpressed!! Chevy will not even consider an exception past the warranty expiration for this because there was no history of this problem during warranty coverage. I will soon be taking my van in to have it fixed, what else am I supposed to do, but in the mean time I am parking the P. O. S. out on the street in hopes that it will be stolen... come and get it!!!!

- , Prince George, BC, Canada

problem #4

Oct 292007

(reported on)

Venture LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I put a new radiator ,water pump ,belt, freeze plug, battery and head gasket etc.. I hope it rides good rear a/c never work the car was 3yrs.old when I brought it

- , Newark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 212007

(reported on)

Venture 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

the van was jerking as shifting gears in a standard shift car.

- , Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #2

Dec 062006

(reported on)

Venture LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

I was driving my venture and started hearing a noise coming from under the hood. I only heard it at speeds above 50 miles per hour. If is switched in to 3rd gear the noise would go away but I could hear the transmission going faster. I knew right away that it was the transmission. My extended warranty had just given out at 90K. I brought it to World transmission who hooked it up to their computer and told me that the over drive gear 4th gear had given out. They were able to rebuild the transmission and things are working better now. I never thought I would have so many problems with american cars. It really sucks when our car companies know they are building substandard cars and wonder why we are buying honda, mazda, etc. They last. I will never purchase another american car

- , Magnolia, DE, USA

problem #1

Apr 122006

(reported on)

Venture WB

  • 76,000 miles

I have owned this car for 6 months. I never thought that the transmission would be toast. Upon talking to the aamco shop (where they make good money fixing broken chevys) i learned that they see this problem all the time. I wish I had done more homework prior to buying a chevy. it has been brought to my attention now that their transmissions are garbage. I contacted chevy and got a nice dose of smoke blown up my posterior. do yourself a favor america, ban chevy.

- , Boise, ID, USA

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