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#8 of 629 MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH OUR CHEVY VENTURE VANS !!
Nov 10, 2002 (7:34 pm)
Yes I said Chevy Venture Vans !! We are on our second Chevy Venture and I must say when the Consumer Protection Agency gets us out of this one... IT WILL BE OUR LAST !!
We got our first Chevy Venture from a dealership inLaurel, Maryland. From day one we noticed the overhead console leaking. The sales rep told us it was a "condensation buildup from the air conditioner". WOW one powerful air conditioner eh? Well that buildup landed up back in the shop 9 times. Unable to fix the problem and Chevy accusing us of creating the problem... the Chevy Corp. had to purchase the vehicle back under the lemon law. Especially after they found rust on the van from the leaking.
Well, a few years later... October 13, 2001..we decided to purchase another Chevy Venture van because we enjoyed the "space" in it when we traveled back home. This time we purchased the van back home while my husband and I were on leave. Well..... our saga begins again. In April of this year... with only 8200 miles on the van... we noticed a bit of hesitation to the motor. What went from hesitation to a down and out clunk in the motor turned out to be the transmission. Yep.. we had to have the entire transmission replaced. Well not only did the original dealership refuse to help us...( we were darn near stranded on I95!! ))... we ended up having to leave the van back in NC for a week in order for another dealership... (Power Swain - THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL HELP !!) to order the part and fix the transmission.
Ready for this? Once we got the van back up in Maryland... a week later... the godforsaken thing started leaking .. JUST LIKE OUR FIRST ONE DID. Well then... now that we are on time number 5 with the leak... here's hoping that the same attorney can get us out of this one quicker than he did the last one !!
So problems with this van?
1- TRANSMISSION - replaced at 8200 miles
2- Leaking overhead console - 8705 Miles
3- Leaking again - 12,994 Miles
4- Sliding door motor replaced - 12,994 Miles
5- Pass. Windw Motor replaced - 13,314 Miles
6- Drvr window Motor replaced - 13,536 miles
7- Leaking again - 13,536 Miles
8- Leaking again - 13,745 Miles
9- Leaking once again - 13,889 Miles
ANYONE SEE A PROBLEM HERE? hmmmmm GOD HELP ME PLEASEEEEEEEE ... NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER will I get another CHEVROLET PRODUCT AGAIN !!! AGGGGGG
Anyone else having these problems or is it just us?
#9 of 629 Thermostat Replacement
Nov 11, 2002 (6:22 am)
Ha any one had the thermostat replaced, if so what was approximate cost. It appears to be located on the right side if the engine.
Took the van out Saturday early am, and temp needle never got past the "10 o'clock " bar. If I turned the heater on, the needle went down.
However, yesterday it worked fine. Whether it was stuck in open, but resolved itself later.
#10 of 629 uncbrat - I agree
Nov 17, 2002 (9:30 am)
We have a 2000 Venture, 60k miles and have spent the last 2 months forwarding my paycheck to the dealer. The big problem to me is that the most costly things have been fuel tank related - not wear related. First we had to replace a fuel tank sensor ($495), then the gas cap (why?) and THEN the tank gasket ($400). Doesn't seem right, so I contacted GM. The customer service person was very friendly and agreed that the gas tank isn't wear related and would see what she could do. Ultimately, the "area rep" sais "60k miles?, sorry." The dealer also told me that the rear brake cylinder had to be replaced for another $400, but my local mechanic said it just needed a normal brake service for LOTS less. I am wondering if the dealer has caused each successive tank problem in servicing the previous one or if he knows what he is doing at all. Does GM give a hoot about it's quality as perceived in the market? GM, as promised, I am telling as many people as I can that you don't.
#11 of 629 trailering specification
Dec 10, 2002 (3:25 pm)
hello, i am owner from a chevy van g30 year 1988. now i must register a receiver hitch. but the inspector need a document with the trailering specification to the van!
from where can i order this paper? GM want not help me!!
2. i need a original owner manual to this car. who can help?
#12 of 629 venture head/intake gaskets
Jan 07, 2003 (10:51 pm)
99 venture,42500 miles and head gasket goes. Service dept. guy says when I first brought it in and before even looking that it might be intake gasket, that's common. No gaskets going on an engine at 40 k should be common. Dealer says it's beyond warranty nothing they can do. Call G M tell problem to a polite young lady who says it's beyond warranty, no can help, that's G M policy. While having work done I had both sides of engine done. Mechanic tells me the intake gasket was ready to go also, and G M is putting in gaskets that arn't as good as they used to be. After warranty runs out no one want to take responsibility for the bad gaskets G M is putting in the 3.4 engine and maybe others. Big(and expensive)problem, no solution, except out of the customers pocket book, for me $614.
Jan 08, 2003 (6:29 am)
it was the fuseable link
all fixed now
#14 of 629 Windshield Wiper Adjustment
Jan 09, 2003 (6:41 pm)
Anyone know how to adjust the windshield wipers so they will return to the resting position. Also, they sometimes touch when wiping. Thanks.
#15 of 629 New Venture 2003-a lemon already!!
Jan 27, 2003 (4:23 pm)
Advice needed. I bought this van and I have not even made my first payment and already have troubles. Here is the problem. In the morning my van starts right up (very cold here) and I do plug it in and than I will drive to the store about 4mins away go to shop maybe 10min come out and the van will not start. It turns and sounds like it wants to start but will not. It has happened 3 times . First time I was towed to dealer and by the time we got there it started. Second time I let it sit, I walked home and than went back and it started. Today it happened again and now the van is at the dealers and they can not find anything wrong. I am upset and do not want to be left on the road with my kids. Has anyone had any problems like this? Please help? Thanks
#16 of 629 New Venture lemon
Jan 29, 2003 (9:51 am)
Just a thought: I have a 2000 Alero with the famous GM security coded ignition key. On Occasion it will fail to start. I remove the key and wipe it off or turn it over and it will start. Surely the dealer would know this, as mine did. You might try the other key that came with the vehicle.
#17 of 629 Re Post #15 Lemon already
Jan 31, 2003 (3:04 pm)
Sounds like it is a fuel system problem. If the engine is turning over and not firing the fuel lines may have water in from the cold temps.Or you may enough gas in the system to get you a few miles. Do you put that stuff in the tank to remove the water condensation ?
Have you been to the dealer. If they keep it inside the workshop it may not duplicate the problem.