If you check the internet, you will find a lot of gripes about this van and I experienced them all. electrical include brake lights shorting out, turn signals failing, power sliding door going out,and radio lights burning out. Mechanical include brakes constantly need serviced and the head gasket goes out at around 120,000 miles on almost ALL 3.4 motors. My buddy is a mechanic, he says he works on the head gaskets a lot, can do it in his sleep now. Cost $700 to replace head gasket as they have to plain down the aluminum heads to fit properly. Then you may as well replace timing belt and oil pump since you are that far into the motor, talking around $1100 now.
Like the 25 mpg and the big gas tank. Did not like that the rear hatch handle broke at 3 yr mark, that I have to top off the antifreeze every month, that the power door and locks on the sliding doors stopped working, but I cleaned the contacts and it works again, need to clean twice a year. Biggest problem was the transmission at 67000 miles. Torque converter lock out caused vibrations like going over rumble stips, after driving 55+mph for >20 minutes, now the transmission sporaticlly slips when starting out on a grade. Estimate repair bill $3000 at dealer or $2000 at tranny shop. Since I wanted to tow a camper now, decided to trade it in for a large SUV. Tranny always had a hard shift.
Gas mileage, radio/tape/cd, rear controls for radio and Heat/AC, load leveling system, nice ride, removable seats, head room, plenty of space to keep kids separated, ease of oil change, van always in wheel alignment, like the power rear window vents.
Smoother shifting transmission, longer lasting transmission - fluids were changed at 35,000 miles by dealer, better rear hatch handle
1st 2 years were fine with this
vehicle, soon as the 36,000 warr. wore
off problems started on regular
basis. have had electrical issues with
the wiring, problem with the power
windows and the gasket problem
everyone else has mentioned..& little
things like the rear hatch handle
breaking off GM should stand behind its
product. it is very poor quality. i
can not believe how many people i know
that have had the same problems! the
gasket should have been a recall..and
many people have had the wiring problem
too. i can not afford a hefty car
payment, coupled with repair bill after
repair bill. no more chevy for me.
traded in venture today, at a loss.
the quad seating in the first two
rows. the power sliding door. that's
see above....i feel if EVERYONE is
having the same problems, the repairs
should be covered by the
manufacturer....i really don't think
cars should have these major problems,
before 75000 miles.