2002 Chevrolet Venture Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2002 Chevrolet Venture LX 3.4 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired147 miles
Most recent distance31743 miles
Previous carToyota Sienna

Summary:

Excellent : Quality should be concerned

Faults:

The fender is misaligned.

There was some rust where the tailgate closes.

And had to replace a rear window.

General Comments:

Very good. Handles well for a van.

The overall quality was so-so.

Me and my wife now are going to buy another Chevy! Our previous Toyota Sienna had some problems but little. So we decided to buy American for the first time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2008

11th Sep 2008, 08:05

You are about due for the intake manifold leak. Get rid of it no later than 50,000 miles, unless you have an extened warranty and a dealership with good customer service. No worse than a Toyota or Honda mini-van with the transmission problems because they are based on a car.

2002 Chevrolet Venture LT 3.0 V6 from Philippines

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60005 kilometres
Most recent distance60257 kilometres
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Worst car ever

Faults:

Engine was nearly destroyed (previous owner did not replace the engine oil since he purchased it at 60,000km)

Things that has actually GONE WRONG after repairs:

Power windows didn't work. Needed to replace the unit.

Radiator fan stopped working.

General Comments:

I have never seen a car so unreliable. Maybe not a surprise considering that the Asian market version is assembled in China.

When the radiator fan stopped working, I went to Chevrolet to ask what was wrong. They didn't know and wanted to run a diagnosis. For 9 whole hours. at 50.00 USD per hour. I complained, telling them that it shouldn't cost me anything to know what was wrong with my car. That if they expected anything of me, it should be for repairs, labor and parts. I mean, shouldn't they know what the problem is? And if they didn't, then why on earth should it cost me 450 bucks just to find out?

Tried to help the dumb technician narrow down the problem by exploring the possible problems one by one. Nothing wrong with the wiring, electric current. Decided that there was something wrong with the thermal sensor for the engine. Asked him how much it would cost to have the sensor replaced. He said 60 bucks for thermal sensor, but more for another related sensor... 110 bucks. Asked how much the brake pads cost. 250 bucks per set. Ridiculous!

The only thing I like about this car is the interior. The seats are comfortable and the onboard toys are plenty. But other than that... I hate the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th April, 2008

30th Apr 2008, 01:39

Why should you get the repair for free? It's 6 years old, the warranty is long gone. The dealer was trying to charge you 50 bucks an hour? That's a deal! Usually the going rate at a dealership is twice that. Sounds to me like you don't know how much a car actually costs to maintain. 250 for brake pads sounds high, unless that price includes the rear brake shoes and labor. If that is the case, then 250, done at a dealership is a fair deal. 60 bucks for the fan sensor, again from a dealership is a good price. Oh yes, the previous owner's negligence in changing the engine oil resulting in engine breakdown shouldn't be a reason to hate the car, neglect will damage things. Next time when you buy a car have a mechanic check it out first!

7th Feb 2010, 10:19

Totally unreasonable conclusion in this review IMO. Your complaints are entirely isolated to a neglectful previous owner and an incompetent technician. These complaints have NOTHING to do with the vehicle or the design.

Worst vehicle ever? An entirely misleading conclusion, based on your review.

9th May 2010, 11:58

Just got a pre-owned Chevy Venture'02, mileage 80K... I was lucky to have the car well maintained by the previous owner.. thanks to them the car is in very good condition. Suspension plays well, A/C is great considering the car is 8 years old, no squeaks, engine delivers well... excellent riding comfort.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews