Until now, I've been pretty happy with
my 1999 Chevrolet Venture LT. But on
May 6, 02, I found out that the
manifold gasket has failed &
replacement gaskets are on a nation
wide back order. Service at Anderson
Chev. in Los Gatos, CA have no idea
when the repair will be made. I have a
rental car for the duration.
I was told the manifold is made of
aluminum & the engine block is made of
cast iron. The two metals expand and
contract at different rates stressing
the manifold gasket.
Long term prognosis: frequent manifold
AC works great; decent sound system; it
is quiet and comfortable. Until
recently, I've been happy with it.
How about making the engine block and
manifold out of the same metals?
I purchased the van with 55,000 on it so I expected it to be used and have minor repairs. The problems started with the intake gaskets blowing this turned out to be a very typical problem with the Venture; coolant deteriorates gaskets (Dex-Cool). Then there is the engine rattling also typical for the 3.4, caused by short piston skirts (design defect). Water pump went out ended up being related to the intake gaskets (Dex-Cool). Then there is the transmission hydraulic pressure defect that results in having to replace the transmission also typical of the 1999 Venture. These are all very costly repairs and I would not have purchased the van if I had known they were all so common to the Venture.
The only good thing about this van is the cost is it costs a lot less than Honda or a Nissan. But in the long run it probably still ends up costing more.
Better engine and transmission design and engineering.
Bought this vehicle new in 98, and
like many others had no real problems
until about 40,000 miles, just past
warranty. I had to replace the
transmission at a very hefty cost. GM
would not even think about defering
some of the cost, great customer
support, not. I have also had problems
with electrical items (ie...windows,
door locks), and the same manifold
gasket leak that just about everyone
complains about. I gave the US market
a shot, and they failed miserably.
Engine performance is decent for such
a large vehicle. Seating capacity and
cargo room are nice.
Everything dealing with quality
assurance. The modular seats make it
difficult to place a child seat
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