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#823 of 2512 venture not starting
Jun 04, 2001 (7:40 am)
I have a 2000 Venture LT that we purchased in January 2001 - it had 7600 miles on it and had been traded in (we were told) because the owner lived on the side of a mountain and found that it didn't handle well in the snow and ice, so they decided to get a Chevy Astro AWD. It has been a wonderful vehicle for us, at least until the beginning of May. We took a trip to Maine (from Harrisburg, PA) and the night we came back, it stalled on me while I was rounding a corner. Fortunately, after a few tries, it started again and I got home.
The next morning, it wouldn't start, so the dealer had it towed in and kept it for two days while they replace the fuel pump (and took care of the door recall). It seemed to run fine until Memorial Day. My husband was in the drive-through at McD's and it stalled again (had to push it up to the window to pick up food and then into a parking space). It eventually started and ran fine. The next evening, as we were leaving a parking lot, it simply refused to start. After waiting an hour for the tow truck, the dealer again kept it for two days, this time replacing the ignition switch -- why, you might ask? Have no clue -- their diagnostics came up with nothing wrong, so hey, let's replace something while it's there! Oh, and of course it started just fine for them.
So, yesterday (not a week later, mind you!), it leaves me and three kids sitting at a local garden shop. To make a long story short, it's again on it's way to the dealer, only this time the service manager agreed to give me a rental under the warranty agreement.
Ack!!! Has anyone dealt with similar problems and had them resolved??? I'm terribly worried about reliability at this point. I love my Venture, and would buy one again, but I'm thinking I got a lemon this time! Do I have any rights if they can't figure out what's wrong? I can't afford a brand new Venture, but I'm now afraid to take a chance on another used one. We found this one for about $20,500 -- a heck of deal with the low mileage, considering the 2001 LT we looked at was nearly $10,000 more.
#824 of 2512 Adding DVD/TV Tuner to video system
Jun 04, 2001 (12:19 pm)
Just about to pick up our new 'family truckster' - a 2001 Montana with Montanavision, and was wondering if you can add a TV tuner to the system. Also, what have you used to play DVD's? Is there a player that can be mounted under and wired into the VCP?
#825 of 2512 update on Venture not starting
Jun 04, 2001 (5:06 pm)
As a quick update to my previous post, the dealer called and said the van started up fine this morning when the tow truck arrived, and they've not been able to find anything wrong -- ack!!!
#826 of 2512 Venture not starting/stalling
Jun 05, 2001 (9:24 am)
Our 2000 Venture stalled at highway speeds when it was under 5,000 miles old. It re started and seemed OK. Dealer said they could not find a problem. Soon it was losing power and stalling again. Again the dealer said could not find a problem. The last time it went to the dealer with the same problem I threatened him with Ohio's lemon laws and said to fix the problem or give me a new vehicle.
Surprisingly he fixed the problem. It was a poorly manufactured catalytic converter that was clogging the exhaust. The van has run without this problem for 15,000 miles. It was very dangerous to operate prior to the fix. I hope this helps.
#827 of 2512 Question regarding 2 very minor problems.
Jun 05, 2001 (5:19 pm)
Recently I was cleaning our Venture inside and out. I noticed what looked like dust on the radio controls. I was surprised to see that the black finish on the switches is literally coming off! This seems like premature wear for a van that's not even 2 years old yet. I'll have the dealer check it out this week when we get the oil changed. Also part of the center brake light cluster is burnt out. Can I expect these small problems to be covered under warranty?
#828 of 2512 update on Venture not starting/stalling
Jun 06, 2001 (5:48 pm)
Yeah! I finally have my van back! The dealer had it for two days and it finally wouldn't start for them. Turns out there was some kind of electrical connection to the fuel pump and its insulation had come off and the wire was basically charring. Sometimes there would be some kind of "surge" and the van would start just fine. Other times, no surge would happen and it would leave me sitting. So, that's fixed, and I'm hoping for many, many more happy miles on my Venture!
#830 of 2512 Fuel Injector Failure
Jun 06, 2001 (7:24 pm)
As a follow up... Took van to dealer. This time two more injectors were out. Dealer agreed to replace all injectors. Though I am worried about them going bad another 30000 down the road. Has anyone had any problems with fuel injectors? I understand that a service bulletin came out regarding corrosion on the 1999 Venture's injectors causing malfunctions in performance.(Per alldata.com) Have not been able to look at the bulletin. Has anyone seen the bulletin? I am really interested in what it says. Unfortunately I think I'm going to have to sell my van. The warranty is up in about 3000 miles and I certainly can't afford to replace costly items regularly. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
#831 of 2512 Injectors
Jun 07, 2001 (5:06 am)
Don't know about problems with injectors on the 99's (my Montana didn't have any), but they did change them for '01 if that's any hint ...
#832 of 2512 2000 Chevrolet Venture Pinging
Jun 07, 2001 (5:44 am)
My 2000 Chewy venture pings under most conditions except when engine is cold. I do not want to use plus or hi test gas because it is so expensive, and haven't tried yet to see if this stops the problem. Can anyone suggest an alternative solution?