definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,602 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Venture lights problems

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2003 Chevrolet Venture Owner Comments

problem #5

May 252007

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


The headlight & turn signal assemblies on the van continued to accumulate condensation in them. This has been going on for about 2 years now. The dealer will not fix it, stating it was cosmetic, and did not interfere with safe operation of the vehicle. We took it Friday to get it inspected and it failed inspection. The cause of failure was contaminated light assemblies. We contacted the dealership from whom we bought the van, and was informed they would not do anything about it. The did admitted that they had several others with the same problem. They suggested we contact you. I removed the water from the headlight assemblies and got the van inspected again today. It did pass, but I felt certain condensation will be back again soon. I realized this may not appear to be a substantial problem, but it did interfere with the night vision capabilities. As I said earlier, this was not the first time I have removed water from the headlight assemblies on this van.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 272007

Venture 6-cyl

  • miles
I filed a complaint already on a similar problem, ODI number 10177955 on 1/5/2007 in which I had problems with condensation on the inside of my headlamps, making it difficult to see at night. The condensation now led to the driver's side halogen bulb exploding inside the headlight housing due to water accumulating inside the assembly splashing onto the bulb. There is no way to remove the glass from the exploded bulb from the inside of the headlight housing and there is no way to stop the condensation. I had to pay $180 for a new driver's side headlight housing. The passenger side headlamp has condensation forming inside. I am certain that I will have to replace the housing on the passenger side as well.

- Bennington, NE, USA

problem #3

Dec 292006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Both headlights have condensation forming on the inside. This will cause the headlights to be less effective.

- Bennington, NE, USA

problem #2

Jun 142003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Left front headlight fills with water and fogs up the lens cover thus hindering the beam of the headlight. Water literally stands in the light so much that when you bring the vehicle to a stop with the lights on, the beam is like an ocean wave. I have returned it to the dealership but they say they all do that and there is no remedy. We have been told to drill a hole in the casing to drain the water. My vehicle was bought new in June 2003. This has been a problem from the beginning. It is getting progressively worse. Water is now standing inside the lens. What happens when the freezing temperatures come" will my light freeze and burst? 2 of my family members also own Venture and this seems to be a problem for them also. I have noticed other Venture parked in parking lots and some of them also have a fogged up left headlight lens. I truly feel that GM should fix this problem. It has been this was since I drove it off the lot brand new. Surely a company with as much technology as GM has they could come up with a remedy for this "leaking light". it really hinders your vision using the headlights. Its like having a headlight out. Standing water is also hard on the headlight bulbs. Will this eventually cause an electrical short or possibly a fire at some point"

- Elberton, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 212006

Venture 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
: the contact stated condensation built up inside the headlights causing the bulb to blow. The contact has replaced the bulbs three times.

- Jackson, TN, USA

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