2000 Chevrolet Venture from North America


Venture Value Van not such a great value in the long run


My Venture van ran great until after the 36,000 mile warranty. I had to have the rotor's replaced. The dealer fixed at no charge since it was just over warranty.

Then I started having problems with the transmission at a little over 50,000 miles. A solenoid in the transmission had to be replaced. This was not only costly, but an inconvenience.

General Comments:

These problems were not cheap nor easy.

The van was well maintained.

Checks were done every 3,000 miles or as according to checklist given by Chevy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2004

12th Nov 2006, 14:48

Be glad that the solenoid was the correct repair for that condition. Many dealers will recommend a complete transmission rebuild at a cost of $2400 or much more. Anyone else who has the harsh shifting issue should research "PCS Solenoid" for the 4T65 transmission as this is a common problem that makes people think their transmission is completely shot.

2000 Chevrolet Venture from North America


Not so sure on the value


Fuel sensor staying on full at 9214 miles. Fuel sensor defective.

Intake manifold gasket leaking oil and coolant externally at 29,780 miles.

Inspection of front brakes finding 0% remaining.

Rotors need replacing.

Rear wheel cylinders are leaking.

General Comments:

I thought that when I purchased the car in the fall of 2000 that I got a great deal on a reliable car. Manufacturer and dealership both offered rebates. I was also able to use my GM points from the GM charge card. Walked away saving $7,200.00.

I was very disappointed that at 9,214 miles that I already had my first problem. This was not a serious problem, but it was an inconvenience. Dealer replaced and fixed fuel sensor at no cost due to the car being under warranty.

This van has been serviced on a regular basis. Every 3,000 miles the oil has been changed. Every 6,000 miles the tires have been rotated and brakes checked by a service station. I could not believe that at less than 30,000 miles and four years old that I needed to have a major repair being the intake manifold gasket.

I was equally surprised that my brakes were in such terrible condition.

Of course, all the work was done at the dealership since they are well equipped to handle this kind of a repair, but very costly.

Overall I like this van, but I have lost my confidence in it since major repairs had to be done so soon.

I have to wonder if all the rebates are worth it. I would much rather not have rebates and have a car that I feel I can rely on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

6th Feb 2005, 03:44

Yours is the 2nd Venture review I've read where GM card rebates was a major factor in buying. I'd recommend people to look at the Chevy Astro van, which you can also use the rebates on. Consumer Reports gave bad review, but my family's owned several and they've all been super reliable, and I've yet to meet a single owner who regrets buying. They're not for everyone though.. they are built on a truck chassis which makes them super tough, but have a "trucky" feel to em (Not bad IMO, but can take getting use to). And there is no option of a driver-side sliding door. The few compromises are well worth it to me. I much rather have a van that won't break down.

2000 Chevrolet Venture Warner Bros 6 cylinder. from North America


Very poor reliability


Windshield leaked at delivery.

Oil leaks at head gasket, oil filter, and oil pan 6 times in first 1.5 years.

Gas leak at fuel filter.

Battery leaked and was replaced at 25,000 miles.

CV boot, brake pads, front rotors, and driver's side 1/2 axle replaced at 28,000 miles.

General Comments:

Handling, acceleration, and traction control are a big plus on this vehicle.

The VCR and screen have been a big hit with our kids.

The vehicle has been very unreliable. In 4 years, we have been in for a major repair at least every 6 months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004