definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,186 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Venture engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 042013


  • 133,280 miles


The metal underside support bracket that holds up both the engine coolant radiator and A/C radiator had rusted completely to the extent that the left (driver) side of the bracket completely failed and allowed the radiators to tilt down and drop approx. 4" on the left side. The primary support is now only the coolant hoses. Had I not noticed, while viewing the car from the front that there was a problem; both the radiators could have fallen off while driving, they certainly could have wedged to impede the steering control and /or run over by the tires to most certainly be a safety issue to us or others on the road. My call to a dealership stated they are well aware of this particular rust issue and they have no knowledge of recall by GM. There should be a recall to repair a corrosion issue of this support component that is a safety integrity issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rome, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 112007

Venture 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Why hasn't there been a recall on ** intake manifold gasket ** for the Chevrolet Venture 2003 ? I replaced it 2 years ago and now I must replace it again. There are like 35 models with the same problem. GMC knows about the problem. No one does anything about it. I hope you guys do something about it because every repair is around $ 700 to $1100. It depends where you go. I can't believe you guys can't force GMC to make this a recall.

- Warrenville, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 092007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,500 miles
On 3 mile in town trip, heat gauge suddenly climbed into the red. I turned of car and let it cool. Drove back home with many stops to prevent overheating. Towed it to a dealer. Lower manifold intake gasket, a well documented problem--but no us recall, needed to be replaced. Labor costs brought the defective and badly engineered replacement to over $900. There was no engine damage, because I caught the problem early, as no coolant had yet leaked into the engine.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 182004

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Intermittently while driving at low speeds and turning to the left vehicle stalled. Also, problem with both sliding doors opening and closing on their own. Dealership replaced the windshield.

- West Harrison, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
AWD and ABS light on. Rear heater/air conditioning temperature cannot be controlled. Car horn beeped when gas pedal in depressed.

- Indian River, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,519 miles
When slowing down to make a turn vehicle dies unexpectedly.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 032004

Venture Diesel

  • miles
I previously submitted a complaint in December ODI id number 10051011, concerning our 2003 Chevy Venture and the engine cutting off, between December 2003 and March 3, 2004 the van has since had disturbing noises coming from the under neath of the vehicle, grinding sounds and a thumping sound. Scheduled the van to the Chevy dealer and while driving in the van's engine cut off. The van is currently in the shop waiting to hear what they say this time. Last time they said this should not happen agian, well it did, and we are awaiting a reply.

- Clayton, NJ, USA

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