2004 Chevrolet Venture LT 3.4L OHV V6 from North America


I must have been lucky or 2004 is a good year


Batteries, alternator, brakes, rotors, rear struts, broken sway bar link, glove box latch, dashboard cupholder trim.

General Comments:

All I can really say is that it has exceeded many expectations. Never went through a transmission, head gasket, or intake gasket. No 3.4L piston slap on cold starts. Running Dexcool. Maybe I got lucky? Does need a little suspension work. Very little body rust. Interior is stained from children.

The one I bought must be pretty amazing. DVD player and stereo sound amazing, although the screen is pretty tiny. The heated seats work well. Driver's side power sliding door had some goofy issue with the lock, but I played with the power opening mechanism and lock, and it opened. Glove box latch had broke.

Regular fluid changes and it is still kicking. Especially maintaining clean fluids on the trans is a must from day 1 on these. Have heard the internals get poopy and fail.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2014

21st Nov 2015, 19:02

Update: I currently have 255,000 miles. The strut bearings are now shot. The tie rods and ball joints are due for replacement.

The engine started climbing in temp this summer and the engine fans weren't turning on. It still tends to heat up sometimes, but only at a stop. Sometimes it does not heat up at a stop.

I had a plug wire get caught in the wiper arm assembly under the hood and cause a misfire.

Traction control will activate sometimes when shifting to drive.

Engine still runs strong.

2004 Chevrolet Venture from North America


All in all, it still gets me where I need to go


The cup holder face came off.

The seat side that holds up the plastic broke.

The windows have problems going up. I had to replace one window motor, and the window shifts out of place going up; I think it comes off track a little, but not sure.

The back leaks very bad; I think it was in a accident. I saw white paint on the back rubber, and there is mold growing where the carpet has got wet.

The rubber on the door has fallen off.

Once I was in the back and the doors all locked automatically; good thing I wasn't outside, as the keys were laying on the dash and my child was inside.

The transmission I believe has been acting up; it seems to slip and then catch with a clunk while I'm driving, although I was told it could be a torque converter.

I am a single mom on a very tight budget, and I fund raised to get the van for my special needs daughter; she is in a wheel chair, I needed a reliable van, and so far thank god it has been, but I know it's going to need work. I got the van with 38000 on it, and I've now got over 200,000. A lot of these problems happened within the first year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th March, 2010

2004 Chevrolet Venture 2004 venture LS V8 from North America




Had to have both front wheel bearings replaced at 37,000 miles, GM did pay for half. Had an issue with the driver door, had the whole front fender replaced at the cost of the dealer, but is still not aligned properly. Had another issue with the front windshield seal, after two trips to the dealer it is finally resolved.

Now at 55,000 miles I am having trouble with temperature, replaced thermostat, we'll see what happens now!

General Comments:

Not a bad ride as far as comfort, especially with three kids. I feel like quality was overlooked when building this van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd June, 2007

2004 Chevrolet Venture Plus 3.4 from North America


A best buy with no need to spend big $$


Brake pads replaced by dealer at NO charge after too much squealing, otherwise nothing yet.

General Comments:

Excellent ride. Basic 'Plus' model offers a/c, power windows, locks, automatic so unless you like lots of extras (that only break) this car has everything you need for very reasonable. The non-power sliding doors are EASY to use so unless elderly or have physical problems, another option that is not important. An excellent minivan with adequate power. The 3.4L 6 cylinder is the only engine option available whether you paid $20K or 35K for the van. Same engine for everybody. The only negative for me is the lack of a tachometer on this model. Why??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2006

15th Feb 2007, 15:39

You could get a tachometer in the 2004 Venture LT model with a certain options package. It really makes for a more useful and visually appealing dash layout. I don't understand why Chevy didn't use that dash for all of the Venture line.

By the way, we love our 2004 Venture LT. We have only had a couple of minor warranty issues with the interior, but nothing serious. My only gripe is the lack of driver legroom with the power seat option.