definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,722 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Venture electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 112012


  • 160,000 miles


I was told it had intermittent rear lighting problem (driver side rear lights would go in and out) when purchasing vehicle used in 2012 with160,000 miles, 90% highway. Had repaired immediately for safety, legal and state required annual inspections (or so I thought). Within 3 months/75 miles later, it started again. Entire wiring harness and light assembly was replaced, to no avail. Before I could take it in again, both rear lights intermittently stopped working. Passenger side wiring harness and light assembly replaced. It wasn't fixed.and before I could get it back in the shop, the front passenger side lights started the same thing. New mechanic assures me, " don't worry, there are many things I can try!" little consolation for the drivers behind me or for me from being pulled over by & ticketed or when I need the va state mandatory "annual inspection" sticker. They are able to get them to work long enough but again, at what cost? meanwhile, the intermittent problem moved to the passenger front lights, when hitting brakes I see that flashers start to work. All of the mechanics are "putting a band-aid on a broken arm". & II'm paying dearly each and every time. They now want to replace things in the steering wheel but I want Chevrolet to correct the problem this time or tell the mechanics what to do. This is a mini-van that I drive back and forth to the grocery and school, .5 miles - 5 miles a way 3-4 times a week.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 202002


  • 5,000 miles
My mother purchased the vehicle brand new in 2001, it has been a problem since she brought it home. Turn signals have never worked properly, headlights fill up with water causing them to burn out, interior lights don't work properly. I acquired the vehicle after her passing in 2012. The van only has 66000 miles on it and I've had to replace the lights 6 times since I've had it. When she had it she took it back to the dealership several times only to have the same problems happen again. I recently ran into someone that was in the same make, model and yr vehicle at a gas station, he asked me if I had any electrical issues and of course I said yes..this van is a disaster waiting to happen.. why is there not a recall on this lemon?

- Debary , FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009


  • miles
No brake lights on my van all fuses are good and so are the bulbs.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 132007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,746 miles


Tail lamp failure due to water egress. Item is a 2001 Chevy Venture tail lamp circuit board socket. Nature of design is a 4 bulb in-line circuit board socket holder, its mounted with electrical connector at the top, thus allowing water to enter the socket holder via wires and connector. Water floods tail lamp and shorts out the tail lamp. Over time the steel circuit plate wires become corroded and can no longer make a complete circuit, thus very dim or no tail lamp lights.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 222005

Venture 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
Tail lights would illuminate dimly on the dash and then fail to operate. This created a dangerous situation when turning. Replaced both tail light circuit boards and pigtails.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 252004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
My 2001 Chevrolet Venture caught fire while in my garage. It burned to a total loss. It also caused a measure of smoke damage to my garage. The vehicle had 54,000 miles on it. The situation was extremely dangerous, as it could have caught my garage or even my home on fire. There were absolutely no warnings or indications that anything was wrong prior to the incident. It seems to be quite a defect.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,531 miles
Consumer complained about an ABS brake system problem. The rear brake cylinder broke, and vehicle leaked brake fluid. Also, intake manifold leaked coolant into the engine. In addition, delco battery broke, and leaked acid. The battery was replaced twice, but problem recurred. March 2002 computer malfunctioned. July 2002 vcr failed and required replacement. Dec 2, 2002 defective battery, Dec 10, 2003 electrical controls for outside mirrors. Jan 10, 2003 true;">automatic transmission replaced. July 7, 2003both rear brake cylinders failed. Aug 12, 2004 gasket leaks on water pump'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">water pump'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">water pump'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">water pump/intake manifold. Aug battery replaced due to being cracked. The consumer stated that this will be battery number three for this vehicle.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #1

May 122003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased van July 2001. I have discontinued putting my son in installed child seat because he complains it hurts his legs; when he goes to get out he can't hardly walk;I think the position of the seat causes his legs to go to sleep. Since purchase of van I have had it in for service several times. (1) I complained of vibration in the front when I got up to a speed over 50 mph; the service techs could not find anything wrong. (2) I complained of (while traveling) hearing air ventilation (like a window was down) on the passenger side; nothing was found. (3) when purchased the vehicle we stated our concern that door did not retract immediately. I put my arm in to demonstrate; it pinched my arm and bruised it before it finally retracted (4) I have also had my van in complaining that the cd player did not operate properly. They said it was defective and replaced my entire radio/cd. (5) complained that while driving (noticing at night) my headlights would dim and come back on. After not finding anything they replaced the alternator. It is again happening. (6) recent concern is while on an upward hill at a red light water started coming in through the storage compartment between the visors. Now they are declaring that the windshield was not properly sealed when it was installed. I have had this vehicle now for almost two years. My thought is that it may have been leaking but now just to the point that I am noticing it. How much damage has it caused in my head liner, etc. That they will not be able to detect with the naked eye and is the air ventilation that I was hearing a result of the windshield not being sealed; and is the water leakage causing my shortage in the wiring of the lights and radio, etc. My concern is later down the road will I have more deteriorating problems because of water damage that could not be seen at this point.

- Westminster, MD, USA

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