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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,682 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.

2003 Chevrolet Venture accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 022003

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Passenger side sliding door does not stay shut properly. Dealer has worked on it many times resulting in re-painting door. Last time dealer had the car they were going to call Chevy technical to have someone come look at it. I received a phone call two hours later saying that the vehicle was fixed and to come get it. All they did was put a piece of rubber on the door to keep it from hitting. When I asked why they did not call Chevy technical as promised they said they didn't have to. When I asked for another "rubber bumper" for the door on the other side, they suddenly could not duplicate the product. The door will not always lock and unlock as it should and it still does not stay closed properly. If we do not use it for a couple of days it will be loose. First complaint was two weeks after purchasing the vehicle.

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Sliding doors on Chevy Venture van keep opening, van is unsafe for kids or anyone to ride in the back because we aren't sure if the doors will open up. Dealership told us to drive the van until doors open again so they can find the problem, I can't keep anything inside the van because you think the van is locked up and you leave the van and come back and the sliding doors are open again. This also has done this while driving the van too. The dealership unplugged the remote to see if this was the problem and told us they didn't see a problem yet, so drive the van until it happens again and bring it back in. We have 3 kids, and I don't want to see my kids hurt because a door slides open while driving. I would like them to have there kids drive around in the van until the problem happens again. I can't tell you how many times the doors open and won't shut, the problem started last yr while on vac. The dealer replaced something (weather strip on floor where the door slides) but this summer it started up again. While driving about 30 mph the driver side door open. I almost ran off the road because I thought someone was in the back seat opening the door. I thank god my kids weren't in the back seat at the time this happen.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #6

Jul 232005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2 year old son was climbing in the right side of the car when the automatic door starting closing. The door did not stop when it hit him closing him in the door. It took my entire weight to push the door back off of him. Dealerships system there is no problem with the door, that the 2003 Venture do not have a sensor in the door like the new models.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 202005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,455 miles


Received a recall for 2003 Chevrolet Venture. Husband took vehicle to dealer to have the right hand sliding door handle replaced. When husband brought vehicle home consumer got inside and closed door with power button and then manually tried to open this new latch handle and it would not open. Consumer felt that the electrical power has been switched out from this unit, the only way one can now open door was through power-not manually. Feels this was more of safety hazard now. If the electrical system failed or in the event of a crash it could not opened manually. Very upset with the recall remedy that was provided.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

May 082004

Venture 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
(1) passenger was trying to open rear sliding door by handle (2) passenger right arm got caught between the door handle and back of the seat. Passenger is currently in theraphy for the injury. (3) N/a

- Lanham, MD, USA

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problem #3

Mar 042005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The power slidinig door on my 2003 Chevrolet Venture is staying shut and is coming open while driving down the road. The dealership says nothing is wrong with it!

- Ottawa, KS, USA

problem #2

Feb 232005

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The right side door failed to open. The consumer tried to pull the door open manually, but was unable to do so. The consumer drove to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the door latch needed to be replaced due to wear and tear. Please provide additional information.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 212004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
When opening the power door the passengers wrist became caught in the handle. As a result her right wrist was broken.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

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