definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,365 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 102010

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles


January 4,2011 philadelphia, pa. I first notice in Aug 2010 that my 2002 Chevy Venture was making noise and overheating was told by a mechanic it was my wheel bearings and my thermostat got that repaired that cost about $425 then the van kept overheating and cutting off went back to the mechanic and was told it was my radiator that was repaired drove it and had to take the van back because it was still overheating so the water pump was repaired and the both of those repairs was about $275 needless to say the van was still overheating then I was told that the van need to be put on the diagnostic machine and then I found out it was my intake manifold gasket and that cost me $500. If GM is having this many customers with the same problems this it should be addressed so us as owner don't be put through this again.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Transmission failed in January of 2005 at 50,000 miles. Had it rebuilt for $3,000. Failed again at in August 2009 115,000 miles and at the same time the lower intake manifold gasket failed. Had it replaced and the gasket replaced for another $3,000. Still overheats in city traffic. Left radiator fan never comes on I have to run the heater to get the temp under control and I live in yuma, AZ. This van is a lemon and has cost me about $8,000 more than it should to own. Never again will I buy a GM product. They are criminals!

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #9

May 142010

Venture 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I am still paying for a 2002 Chevy Venture van that I bought 2 1/2 yrs ago. It has 72000 miles on it. I am having major cooling issues anywhere from over heating to smelling the anti freeze, if it idles for 10min it will get up to about 220 deg and the fans wont kick on till 285 deg. We have had in the shop 4 times now for repairs. The water pump was replaced, the intake manifold gasket was replaced, this time they just replaced my radiator cap and flushed my system. 4 days later its doing it again overheating to 3/4 mark, smelling very distinctly like anti- freeze yet there are no leaks. ? they are now looking into an engine sensor and said it normally runs 184 deg and should be at least 195 deg so it runs low on a normal basis. ( normal to me since I bought it) I paid for an extended warranty through GM and no one can seem to find what the problem is." How many deductibles do I have to pay before they actually find the solution to the problem I told them about from the beginning" I have three children I drive around in this van and I shouldn't have to worry about it overheating somewhere.

- Augusta, KS, USA

problem #8

Oct 212009

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Chevy Venture - manifold intake and head gasket failure at approx. 70K miles due to faulty engine design and dex-cool corrosion. GM lost class action lawsuit in 2008 about this problem. These gaskets should not be failing anywhere near this early. GM needs to recall this engine (3.4L V6) and fix the problem.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 022007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,200 miles
Coolant leaking. Turns out gaskets need to be replaced. Car has only 47,000 miles on it. Research shows this is a common complaint. Cost approximately $750 to fix. I see where GM knows about problem and issued technical service bulletin, yet consumer must pay. GM should pay.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

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problem #6

Nov 272006


  • miles
I have a 2002 Chevy Venture van that earlier this summer started to lose engine coolant. Web research shows many other fails of this type on the Chevy Venture van. I took it to a local mechanic who performed a coolant leak check and found the head gasket failed in two places. It appears to be a design problem but GM refuses to help, cost of the repair was over $500. The vehicle just came out of warranty the first of the year. Not a safety problem - design problem. Would like a recall and GM to pay for their design problem.

- Allen , TX, USA

problem #5

May 302006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


Took the Venture minivan in for brakes at the dealership and they told me the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. I was not losing any radiator fluid but how do you argue with a dealership that wants to make money. From the web and this site, GM has a defective intake manifold seal that should have been fixed free to charge. A service bulletin was even issued for this problem. Shame on GM.

- Birmingham, MI, USA

problem #4

May 122005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,250 miles
We bought a Chevy Venture in October, 2004. It was supposed to have been a "GM certified" vehicle, since we bought it in October and in the midwest we did not need to turn the air conditioning unit on until about six months later. That is when we noticed that it was not blowing cold air. According to the dealer the air conditioner condenser had a leak, by then the 3000 miles warranty had expired and we got stuck with the $900 dollars bill. The second incident happened in March 2006, while at the service station for an oil change and state mandated safety inspection the mechanic informed me that the engine cooling system manifold had a leak. I think this vehicle is a lemon but it is to late to do anything about it, this second problem is going to cost me another $900 dollars. Why is it that everything that goes wrong with this van costs $900 dollars?

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 142006

Venture 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,560 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled intermittently. This happened at various speeds and under normal driving conditions. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership for inspection numerous times. However, the dealer could not duplicate the problem. The dealer replaced the intake manifold and anti-freeze in an attempt to remedy the problem, but it still exists.

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 062005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The intake manifold gasket on my 2002 Chevy Venture van with a 3400 cc engine failed and over heated. My wife who is a visiting nurse was luck enough to get off the road in a safe area. This problem has been going for at least 6 yrs without any help from the government to force a recall on a known defect. There are many web sites that have documented this problem. What is safe about overheating on a highway or at night with family and kids in the car. GM has already issued a service bulletins about the gasket problem and what dealers are to do to fix the problem at the customers expense. I believe that the government should force GM into a recall. These repairs are costing about 6oo.00 to $1200 dollars. Thank you. Robert S. ingersol, nremt-P

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 152005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
68,000 miles on 2002 Venture and losing coolant. Mechanic told me it would be approximately $650 to replace poorly designed intake manifold gasket that is leaking!

- Deatsville, AL, USA

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