pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
117,022 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace multifunction switch (1 reports)
  3. replaced rear tail light cluster (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Venture lights problems

lights problem

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2001 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 042012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


I saw everyone's common complain about this lighting issue. I found the issue and thought I would pass it on. The left rear tail light cluster is a circuit board and went bad. I found that this is a lousy design. First off the wire plug is at the top and the rain water pure over this and they are relying on a lousy gasket. In this case I notice the center pin connection to the wire harness has been arcing for a while. I went down to the Chevy dealer and they wanted to charge me $74 to replace the wire and plug and $150 to replace the light cluster that was jacked up from the burned wire. I contacted the local parts house (Napa) and got both pieces for $100. Basically when the left light is out it will cause the right to malfunction. They are series together so they need to work perfectly. My symptoms was the blinker lights on the dash would either fast flash or would be steady but faded out. This fixed it. A quick suggestion is get some dialectic grease to put in the plug that will extract and keep out all the water and give a better seal. Had Chevy put the plug to come up from the bottom instead of the top this problem would not exist. They are retarded and with crap like that and total mismanagement it is no surprise they went BK. This should be a recall as there are plenty of complaints and this is your brake lights - how much more of a safety issue is that other then the brakes themselves. Don't get ripped by the dealership they will soak you and if you have them install which is just two bolts (very, very easy) it will cost $450 at my local dealership. What a shame it took me 1/2 hour to fix this but took 24 hours for the parts to arrive. Happy motoring.

- , Tracy, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022008

Venture Warner Bros 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Taillights constantly gong bonkers! Replaced circuit boards, same problem. Chevy Should issue a recall to make a perm fix!

- , Fremont, CA, USA

problem #4

May 232010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles

Okay, I also put this complaint under electrical problems and then noticed the lights category, so I will put it in here as well. for two months my left turn signal quit working. Oil change place tried to change bulb for me, and said it must be an electrical problem. Yay, well then the blinker started working normally again. WTF???? Sunday night 5/23/10 I realized my headlights were not working on my way to my third shift job. A bit inconvenient at night........people were flashing me, and brighting me. It was still twilight for Pete's sake!!! Yesterday, went to work early so I didn't get in to trouble, but today I took it in and $860. later I got a new multifunction switch. UGGHHH!

- , Stoughton, WI, US

problem #3

Sep 092009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,131 miles


So my 2001 Chevy Venture when I applied the brakes while having my left rear turn signal on the blinker would quit flashing but stay on. Right turn signal no problem while braking. Checked bulbs, replaced 1 that was burnt but it was up front. Did not fix the problem.So the board for the rear tail lights was replaced as it was much cheaper then the multifunction option. Fixed. Alright until my remote starter decides to start acting funny, eg when applying the brake pedal without first turning the key (it should have shut it off) stays running, Also doesn't want to quit running after driving somewhere and turning key off, still running until I push my remote stop and sometimes it starts right back up again. So now a few short weeks later I now have no brake lights. Awesome. NOT!!! I have tail lights but no brake lights, this Im sure is SAFE for all of us who own, lease, borrow these, Or everyone else behind us who are just as unaware of these kinds of problems, until they rear end us. I have a multifunction switch sitting here and now need to figure out weather or not I can replace it myself. The switch cost me 40CND funds from the scrap yard. Thank goodness for that as new it was 400CND..It seems to me that Chevy needs to get this under control as the mini van usually appeals to those of us who have families. When do we the customers get quality?

- , Southampton, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Dec 042008

Venture 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I have had a light problem from the day I got the van, so when I got stopped for having a light out......no there were no lights at all. And now I hear about this $800.00 dollar switch. Does anyone know any other way? Chevy should fix this.

- , Greenwood, IN, US

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problem #1

Oct 252008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I got a ticket because my lights where out ok so i went to the dealer thinking it was just a fuse hell no it was some kind of switch in the steering guess what 800 * dollars now i have no van to drive and a 100 ticket i HATE CHEVY AND THATS NOT ALL I STILL HAVE TO MAKE MY PAYMENT

- , Belleview, FL, USA

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