1998 Chevrolet Venture Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1998 Chevrolet Venture 3.4 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Astro

Summary:

A piece of garbage

Faults:

We bought our 1998 Chevy Venture van in May of 2003. It had no warranty, after 1 week the motor started knocking, the dealer replaced the motor.

The van was sucking up antifreeze, we had to add a gallon every 2 weeks, that motor gave out in April of 2004, we bought a brand new motor, 1900.00.

Now we are having problems with the van jerking forward after about 5 minutes on the road, the transmission is shifting fine, and the motor is working OK now, but the van jerks and loses power.

I will never buy another Venture again. After having all these problems, we researched it and found a lot of complaints. We are looking to trade it in for a different minivan within the month, with still a year on our loan, I can't drive it again, so I am back to driving my good old reliable 1994 Chevy Astro van.

General Comments:

Please please research a vehicle thoroughly before you by one. We have learned the hard way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st October, 2004

1998 Chevrolet Venture from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Try another brand

Faults:

Head gasket blew on Venture... It had a lot of problems prior to this one.. I did not find the Chev Venture very reliable.. expensive to repair. Interior fell apart quite easily. Poorly put together.

General Comments:

The Chev Minivan has great a/c poor reliability interior hard to keep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

1998 Chevrolet Venture LX 4.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Lemon

Faults:

The usual stuff went on my Venture at the lower end of the mileage scale. The water pump went around 100 000 km and the plugs were finished at about the same time.

The biggest flop was the motor overheating and was finished at 135 000 km. After this I found out that the Venture and all GM models similar have the same problem.

The engine gaskets fail regularily and all of the coolant leaks into the internal parts of the motor. I have warned all the people that I have known and each and everyone of them has had to replace these gaskets.

An inquiry at the local Gm dealer advised that they are doing 1 vehicle a day with the same problem. More like an epidemic. I have known the same engines to verheat and blow with as little as 60 000 km.

General Comments:

Plain and simple I have found that North American cars are junk. I have put an engine or transmission in every car I have owned.

No I am not hard on cars, quite the contrary. I put a lot of time and effort into the service and have been stung every time.

That is why my last two purchases have been a Toyota and a Nissan. Both extremely reliable to date.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2004

28th Aug 2004, 08:17

I also own a Venture. I have not had many problems with it. The main problem was with the fuel injectors. I am told by a local repair shop that GM uses injector nozzles with the smallest orifices. My van began acting like it had bad valves at about 60,000 miles. I found that it was the injectors. After a professional cleaning by this shop, the engine has run fine ever since.

As for the leaking coolant, this mechanic also stated that due to the different metals used for the block and intake, the expansion rates are different (by.003"/inch) which causes premature gasket failure in some cases. He also said that it rarely leaks into the engine cylinders. Since you stated that you bought the van with about 60,000 km (38,000 miles), that would lead me to believe that this vehicle was a lease, fleet, or rental van. Someone who owns such a vehicle originally also knows that they will be turning it back in, so small leaks, noises, and otherwise annoying problems may be left unserviced. This may be why your particular van experienced a large number of problems. In fact, the GM 3400 engine is considered to be quite reliable by many mechanics.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 13 reviews