19th Feb 2007, 15:44

I too am not real happy with my 2000 Venture. I bought it used with 70xxx miles and it has been pretty good until today. I took it in to have a recall on the sliding doors repaired, and to have a leak in the cooling system looked at. As so many others have said, the intake gaskets need replaced along with the tensioner unit for the Serpintine belt.

About $900 quoted. 97xxx miles at this time. Also needed was a tune up, battery and a cabin filter, bringing the total to a little over $1600. am presently trying to decide if it would be better to replace it with a more reliable vehicle.

23rd Feb 2007, 13:53

I too have a 2001 Venture and have had some of the problems. My Venture has a 145,000 miles on it and started shifting really hard about 3 months ago. I drained and added some additive and it is shifting good now for the last 2 weeks. But when I drained and added fluid to the transmission the van is now not starting. It's weird, you turn the key and it acts like it's going to start and then with in a second of releasing the key it dies. The only way to keep it running is to pump the gas pedal as you turn the key. After it runs for about a minute or 2 with your foot on the gas pedal it will stay running on it's own. I replaced the fuel filter, but that did not help. Fuel pump is working, but not sure how much pressure is reaching the injectors. Anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this.


3rd May 2007, 09:10

May 3rd 2007 my 1998 venture has just turned over 201,000 miles. switches and power steering pump and standard brake repairs all done by myself. I have lived with gasket oil leaks though for 100,000 miles. I realize now that I may have gotten the only pretty good car. I have changed trasmission oil 3 times. all original engine and transmission.

10th Jun 2007, 16:45

We just bought a 2000 Chevy venture with 210,000 miles on it. When we test drove it, it shifted fine, and drove fine. We've had the transmition flushed, and filter changed. Now once it heats up it shifts really hard. If I shut it off for a while it stops shifting hard, until it heats back up again. Is there anything I can do? Please write: jrobinson83@yahoo.com.

8th Jul 2007, 12:42

I have a 98 Chevy venture with many of the same problems I have been reading. I bought the car with about 83,000 miles and ran great the first year I had it. The only problems was the alarm system kept going off. So I disconnected that and it was fine. The front wipers stay in the up position when on anything, but high or low speed. Not a major issue, but annoying.

Into the second year I had the vehicle, I have done nothing, but dump money into it. I've had the trans replaced, O2 sensors, filters, cam shaft sensor, mass airflow sensor, cat converter, motor mounts, serpentine belt and tensioner, the list can go on. The car is still not running right. It hesitates when idling and does not accelerate upon hitting the gas when vehicle is first driven after sitting for awhile. There is also a slight knock coming from the motor which probably means it's about to go. I also just found that I need my entire coolant system flushed because there is either oil or trans fluid leaking into my coolant. I'm not ready to suffer my losses yet so any help, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your input. <jcirefice@yahoo.com>

BTW does anyone know anything about a Canister purge solenoid? It came up as code P01676.

9th Jul 2007, 01:54

I bought a 1999 Venture about 2 years ago for $4500.00 It had 82,000 miles on it. I have been pretty lucky with mine. I have had only a couple of problems with it so far and it has 122,000 today. I have had a leak in the radiator hose underneath which required a lot of labor - $1400.00 worth. And I just replaced the battery today. Not too bad!

16th Jul 2007, 00:03

I've had all the same problems now we're trying to decide whether to fix the tranny or replace the vehicle . I am not buying another GM if I replace the vehicle.

23rd Jul 2007, 13:12

I have a 99 Chevy venture, Oh my god, i seem that almost every post has the same complain. All the lights on, GM Not Good At All.

4th Sep 2007, 10:25

Hi have a 1999 Chevy Venture and I really like how comfortable it is. Unfortunately, little things keep happening with it. When I first got it, a giant spring came flying out of the door. The dealer fixed that. But then, after the warranty, my coolant light was coming on even though the coolant level was fine. The light is still on. The rear wiper is dead, the auto door locks don't work, the rear left slider door doesnt open all the time (the child lock is not on), the fuel line had a leak and was replaced and now the engine light is on. Mechanic said nothing is wrong and it could be the cam sensor. So, now, my engine light is still on. Why do they have the lights if they don't read accurately??

6th Sep 2007, 20:31

Wow, misery sure loves company.

I've had or have the gasket problem, rear wiper (x2), driver door lock, fogging left headlight, airbag light on, and the fuel gauge gone nuts.

Some other's I had was rear brake lights burn out in about a month (electrical problem), resistor pack on heater fan lost high, engine whine (water pump, A/C bearing, A/C clutch). Oh yeah, great mileage, but when on highway driving, Engine light comes on, and stays on until after I'm driving city streets for a few drives/stops. (ie get to hotel, go to restaurant, back to hotel, next time we go out, engine light is off). We bought this van for trips (daughter dance trips twice a year), and to brign our son to university - 3 or 4 trips a year of 700kms - every trip we do the engine light dance.

The biggest issue is this gasket thing, and it's not only the GM venture. I have a GM Lumina car, and had to replace the head and manifold gaskets on it.

Needless to say, I wouldn't accept a FREE GM product at this point. I just need to finish paying off the thousands of dollars in repair bills before I can go get another vehicle.


23rd Sep 2007, 13:04

Just three days ago I purchased a 1999 Chevy Venture. I it out of town where my parents live and when I was driving home last night the engine started to chug, have no clue what that could be. Also my airbag light stays on too. We had it plugged into a machine the other day and the code was for an ERG (?) or EGR not sure. But we had that replaced, along with the battery. The service engine soon light comes on a lot. Then this morning on my way to church the gas gauge was at 1/4 tank approx and then zoomed all the way up to full tank? Weird, but I went and filled it after church and put in over 19 gallons... so??? I am a single mother going to school so I hope this wasnt a bad decision. I got it cheap and just want it to last a year until I'm done with school so I can trade it off. I'm scared after reading all these posts UGH. If anybody knows about the chugging while on the interstate please email me razberi96@gmail.com. Thanks!