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#2477 of 2501 Thinking of buying 2005 model, problems?
Jun 01, 2010 (3:44 am)
I am looking at a 2005 Chevy Venture, it's the LS model, long wheelbase, with cloth seats, the 3400 engine, and 192K miles. I've talked the guy down to about $2400 and I'm comfortable paying that, but I want to know what problems the 2004-2005 owners have been having. Was the intake manifold gasket problem licked by then? Are the transmissions still having PCS solenoid failures? Do the fuel pumps still fail for no simple reason? I see a lot of problems on the 1997-2003 vans but no one mentions issue with the last two years???
#2478 of 2501 Re: Thinking of buying 2005 model, problems? [occupant1]
Jun 01, 2010 (4:36 am)
I have a 2002 Chevy Venture LT and I had the intake manifold gasket replaced along with new anti-freeze, oil, and oil pressure switch. It was replaced under my extended warrantee. I also had to have the air conditioner condenser replaced for $1000 and it is leaking again. The rear wheel cylinders had to be replaced because they were leaking on to the brake shoes causing loud braking noise and slipping. Along with the rear cylinder replacement, the rear brakes and drums had to be replaced because the brake fluid could not be completely removed from all working parts in there. I am now dealing with the passenger sliding door that will not open. The dealer says the part costs $1000 alone plus labor. I took the rear panel off and found the door cables were tangled and damaged. I made up my own cables and installed them, but now the door will open using the power, but wont close properly. I still have some tweaking to do on it.
No transmission problems or fuel pump problems on mine. I did have the tranny fluid flushed and replaced at 46,000 miles. I now have 60,000 on it and so far so good. Overall, the van drives and rides pretty good, my wife loves it, but I don't think I would buy another Chevy van after all of the problems I had with mine and it all occured with under 50,000 miles.
Good luck with yours
#2479 of 2501 Re: Thinking of buying 2005 model, problems? [occupant1]
Jun 01, 2010 (5:25 pm)
To many miles on it. Transmission will go out ant time, and the coolant problem still exist unless you have the full maintenance schedule and reciepts on the van. front wheel bearing for sure are worn by now and supension components also. Think twice.
#2480 of 2501 2005 Venture cooling problem code 480
Aug 12, 2010 (11:15 am)
2005 Venture with about 120k. Engine code 480. Air conditioner blows hot intermittently. I took it for repair and they said the "main fan" was not coming on and they found a burnt pin in the fan connector. They bypassed the connector and now the fan runs when the air comes on. This is the fan on the van's right side. However they also said the other cooling fan does not come on at all. They said this fan would only come on when the vehicle's temp reached a high level so it is not critical. They said they could not force this fan to come on from the computer but they could run it by jumpering it, so the computer or the harness must be bad. I verified that the main fan does come on when the air conditioner is on, and the second fan does not come on. I checked the fuses, but I didn't check the relay. Are these two speed fans? Or, is it as the repair shops says, one fan comes on first and when the air condition is on, and the second fan only comes on when the engine temp goes high. What doesn't make sense to me is that the van never overheats. Before the repair, neither fan would have been coming on. wouldn't the van eventually overheat? I know the fans runs intermittently and normal air flow at highway speed would probably keep the engine cool enough, but I drive in the city all the time and sometimes get stuck in traffic and the van never overheated. funny thing is that when they did fix the burnt connector the air conditioning seems to be working now. they say that before the fan didn't come on with the air conditioning and now it does. So how was the engine being cooled if neither fan was ever coming on? i also don't believe that the second fan has nothing to do with the air conditioner. The air conditioner condenser looks to me like it extends in front of both fans. I have also read elsewhere that these are two speed fans and both run together at low or high speed. Is that right? Thanks
#2481 of 2501 Re: 2005 Venture cooling problem code 480 [cjp57]
Aug 12, 2010 (7:40 pm)
I did some testing and verified that the second fan does come on if I jumper up the relay. I also tested the relay and it works. So, in fact, I think the second fan is either not being told to turn on or there is a problem with the wiring harness or computer as the repair shop said. Except, I am thinking there could be another issue... I think there is some kind of interlock with another relay. There are three relays that have something to do with the cooling fans. I know this because if I pull out this third relay, the first fan shuts off and the second fan doesn't come on simply by jumpering across the relay contacts. I think it is time to get a wiring diagram. I hope I can fix this without getting into the computer. How about this? Maybe I could just run the fan 100% of the time. What is the down side of that? I live in florida, so I don't think it would make the car run too cold ever.
#2482 of 2501 Re: 2005 Venture cooling problem code 480 [cjp57]
Aug 20, 2010 (4:56 pm)
Run the jumper wire to a switch and then mount the switch inside the car. That way you can turn it on whenever you need to.
Its a popular mod with Saturn S cars as their fans come on at a really hot temp.
Or let the fan run all of the time - certainly shouldn't hurt anything
#2483 of 2501 Re: 2000 Venture Fuel guage/dome lights/hesitation [axmadrigal30]
Sep 09, 2010 (6:30 am)
Having the same problems with my wifes van. Did you ever figure yours out?
#2484 of 2501 2002 venture 3.4 with awd transmission makes noise in park and neutral
Sep 12, 2010 (4:25 am)
we backed out of driveway put the vehicle in drive and it make a terrible noise then for a moment wouldnt get in drive or reverse. after a moment it would go foward i got it back in driveway and now it goes fine drive and reverse no noises to problems but with it running in park or neutral the transmission makes whining grinding sound. anyone had this issue..???
#2485 of 2501 Re: 2002 venture 3.4 with awd transmission makes noise in park and neutral [billfromkcmo]
Sep 12, 2010 (8:38 am)
Transmission going out. happen to us only that i didn't have overdrive. Had to replace the transmission cost with labor was $3500.
#2486 of 2501 Re: 2002 venture 3.4 with awd transmission makes noise in park and neutral [boga228]
Sep 15, 2010 (6:04 am)
not sure if i have overdrive or not hadnt drove fast enough to find out transmission shop saying its torque converter but still has to be rebuilt $2,700 thank you for your reply