2001 Chevrolet Venture from North America


Do not buy a Chev van


This van is awful.

We bought it from my parents since they had just fixed the head gasket about a year ago, so we figured it should be good for a while. We only had it for about 6 months and it blew again so we drove it until it wouldn't move anymore and then sold it for parts.

What a waste of money, just like any other van.

General Comments:

The comfort and size is good. There's nothing special about it, but it was designed well for a plain van. It's just the motor and transmission that is not great on these vans.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th September, 2010

2001 Chevrolet Venture from North America


I'm really gonna miss her when she's gone!!!


Have replaced one wheel bearing.

Replaced front shocks.

Headlights are not very good.

General Comments:

Comfortable seats.

I have had the best luck with it.

Great stereo system.

Moved a lot of teenagers to and from school over the years.

Comfortable drive.

Survived 2 deer crashes.

I may be one of the lucky ones, I love my Chevy Venture.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2010

2001 Chevrolet Venture Warner Bro Edition 3.4L V6 from North America


A reliable, 7 people hauler for the budget minded


Only thing other than standard maintenance tires, oil changes, etc. Had a cracked manifold that caused a coolant leak.

Had to replace both O2 sensors, and thermostat.

General Comments:

I have to say overall, I have been very pleased with this van. Besides the expensive manifold repair, $1,200, which I found out is common with GM vehicles, nothing else has gone wrong with this van.

I had my mechanic check it over before taking an 1,100 mile trip, and he said all it needs is a tune up, and it will be good to go. I have done a lot of in-town driving with this van, braking often, and I just had the brakes inspected, and they still have 75% of the pad left, after me driving it for 30,000 miles. And I do not know when the previous owner had the brake pads changed, or if they ever did.

It gets great gas mileage to be such a large vehicle. Compared to my previous van. The Big Lemon AKA 1996 Chrysler Town and Country, that would get 16 mpg if you were going downhill. This Venture gets over 20 mpg in town driving, and even better on the highway, and yet it still has a lot of power for its size. No van will perform like a race car, but I feel confident merging onto highways, knowing I can accelerate fast when I need to. Although the engine noise is loud when in passing gear.

I will have to say though that the interior finishes of the van is where GM really dropped the ball. For the WB Edition to be the top of the line model, the plastic parts on this van are extremely cheap. Pulling the cup holder out one day, the front plate of it broke off in my hand, and for some reason, if you put a large drink in the cup holder, it wants to fall down slightly.. Which usually ends up spilling part of the drink on the carpet, and the back row seat belt cover keeps coming unsnapped, and various other plastic parts have started to come apart.

The radio is also another feature of the van I think they could have improved on. There is not enough adjustment on the volume control. It's either not loud enough, or too loud.. there isn't any adjustment in between. I'm thinking of replacing the stock one with one that fits my needs better.

Far as the ride goes, it's fairly comfortable. The seats are wide and somewhat plush, but for me they could use more lumbar support, but you do have great leg room in the front.

Handling is a little too soft for my tastes. I'm used to driving vans, have driven them for years now, but the body roll, and turning radius of this van is a lot more than the Chrysler van I owned previously. Getting in and out of small parking spaces can be a challenge sometimes, but if you have driven a van or other large vehicle before, you shouldn't have many issues.

Even with the cons, I still enjoy driving this van, and would definitely consider buying another. For the reasonable price I paid for it used, I can't really complain too much about the cheap interior. Knowing that's it's a reliable vehicle, and when I need to go somewhere that it's going to get me there and back, is worth a lot more to me then a great cup holder.

I say if you're going to buy one of these vans, have the intake manifold inspected, and see if that has already been replaced, or needs to be.

I plan to keep this van for many years to come, and hope to continue to have the same reliability that I have had so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2010

4th Dec 2011, 14:00

This is an update on my review.

I am now at 113,000 miles, and since my last review I have had to replace one motor mount, spark plugs, brake pads, did a coolant flush. And next on the list is a new set of tires and struts. The engine and transmission are still working flawlessly.

I did have my mechanic change the transmission fluid, and then add Lucas transmission treatment to it just to keep the transmission running smooth.. but he did not do a flush; he strongly advised against it on a high mileage vehicle.

I use a oil for high mileage vehicles, a conventional and synthetic blend. I use a 5w 30 oil, which is what the manufacturer recommends. I also use a product called Engine Restore.. highly recommend that for any vehicle. You can tell an instant difference in the power, and gas mileage.

So in short, I am still happy with my van; everything I had had done except for the manifold repair has been normal maintenance, and it has never left me stranded.