2000 Chevrolet Venture LS 4.3 from North America
After mentioned repairs, good
Problem Intake manifold gasket leaked. This was indicated by antifreeze level dropping in overflow reservoir. I was advised to ask GM nicely for repairs and GM paid one half (after warranty expired) In my opinion, this should have been a recall and I feel customer confidence will suffer.
Problem Front brakes began to fade. I was advised by a independent mechanic to change disks (rotors) purchased from a well known auto supply store. Rotors and pads were changed and I have had good service from brakes since.
Problem Changing air filter myself. It's a frustrating job. Everything is so jammed in. I had to remove electric pump to rear heater, removed overflow reservoir and then pry air cleaner assembly apart to replace air filter. I suggest you leave it to a mechanic.
Problem I started to hear a slight whine in the transmission. I suggest you run not walk to your nearest auto transmission shop and have fluid changed. My friend with a 96 Dodge Caravan didn't do this and he now has a rebuilt $4500 transmission. Venture's transmission shifts up and down very smoothly. All front wheel drive transmissions are more stressed than the old rear drive, the shop told me. Yes, the transmission is OK and now no noise and normal shifts.
Problem (When first purchased with 66000km) 3.4L engine slightly difficult to start and then some clicking from engine lifters when engine cold. I changed to full synthetic oil and that solved it. I won't use anything else now.
Overall I like the Venture's power. It has 185 hp and is adequate, but not lazy. I see the new Venture clone, The Uplander has 3.4L (200hp) engine. Perhaps its better.
I have found the the fit and finish to be about the same as other domestic vans. The Venture's ride is very good. The sliding doors rattle a bit over harsh bumps, but so do other domestic vans. I have found the mileage to be above average, about 26 or 27mpg. It's great for hauling plywood sheets. Newer seat systems are easier for the some to handle. I find mine OK to remove, but a bit heavy. Air conditioning is very good. I was advised to get a upgraded thermostat. I did and now get much better heating. I like my 2000 Chev Venture, but I feel GM should correct the head gasket deficiency and others that are mentioned on this forum.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 2004
5th Jun 2009, 12:53
I am pretty good at repairing most anything, and will have to say that my Chevy Venture has given us good service for a price.
I too am pretty fed up with Chevy parts and service, they seem to think you have a money tree growing in you back yard when paying for parts. I just discovered that my 3.4 has a blown head gasket at 178K, which most likely started 20K ago, but just figured it out. I replaced the thermostat, (Clue) temp gauge was fluctuating, which means your 3.4 has reached end of the road.
We've had transmission problems, differential problems, even had problems with the wheel bearings where Chevy used plastic races for one year in the Venture model.
Replaced my fuel pump twice, and even the wiper assembly had issues which required an expensive part.
You really have to wonder if Chevy engineers think the public are a bunch of Ginny pigs, and really how much they value or safety. Fortunately all of us are still alive.