2001 Chevrolet Venture LX 3.4 from North America
Not general satisfied with performance or reliability of 2001 Venture Van
Passenger window stops working and then starts again. Head Gasket blown at 50,000 miles. Rapidly fluctuating temp gauge since purchase and to date. Overheats in the winter, but dealership says nothing wrong. Electric rear windows do not work. Automatic sliding door will not stay closed without manual assisance. ABS Sensor went out subsequently causing the ABS casing box to go out ($1200 total to fix). Transmission leak at 50,000 miles. Hard shifting since purchase. Everything plastic inside the van is broken after 3 yrs (i.e. cup holders, jack panel, etc.)
Still experiencing a fluctuating temperature guage after replacing the thermostat (x2), flushing and replacing fluids, etc.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th August, 2004
Solution to fluctuating temperatures:
Similiar to bleeding the air in the brakes' lines, the venture's cooling system will have air if you open the radiator cap.
There are 2 bleed screws: 1) on the thermostat housing
2) by the hose near the the water pump. They look like brass screws with 2 nuts. Just warm the engine to normal temp, then loosen the top nut and let air and coolant come out for a while.
My 2001 Chevy Venture Van has ABS brake problems, passenger window does not work sometimes, temperature gauge goes up and down like crazy, now shifting hard.