Check this out : http://forums.vmag.com/mvventure1199 /
Intake manifold gasket, several electrical problem and power sliding door
seems the 3 weakest point.
Anayway I own a '00 Venture with 50km miles with (almost) no problem. :-)
I don't know for 03-04 specifically but Venture/Montana/Silhouette have a
very bad tracking record IMOO. Common problems I have seen are lower intake
manifold leak, Transmission pressure control solenoid, piston slap, rust,
leaking windshield seal and over time, the vehicle develop a lot of cabin
My Montana is my last GM.
It is a shame that these idiots on the web read a few posts of problems and
relate them to the whole car production. Only people who have problems
report in newsgroups and one or two continuously posting can make it look
like there are major problems. Most who post have very little knowledge of
cars and have no idea what they are posting about.
I speak of the piston slap problem from first hand experience. I had a
2002 Venture for 11/2 years and traded it back to GM as they would do
NOTHING about the sound which was getting louder and louder. They said it
was "Normal". Sounded like a diesel for the first 5 minutes after start-up
at 40,000 miles.
I made sure I was very well "armed" with info and written trade-in
allowances from other dealers (non-GM) who either gave a low trade-in or
would not take the vehicle at all. I got a very good trade-in allowance by
It's not the "whole car production", it's the "whole engine production".
Like I said in a previous posting above, check out www.pistonslap.com and
you'll see it's not just that particular engine either. Better yet, type in
"piston slap" in Google and see what you get.
Now, about the "idiot" thing, I have posted here a couple of times
regarding this issue and asking what other thought. Others have posted their
stories as well which is how I found out what it was. In short, "SIR", you
might do well to do some research before you go off and call others idiots
because they have problems with that make and model. The poster DID ask for
opinions. What do you think this newsgroup is for, to brag about
trouble-free vehicles? I wish someone had of told me before I bought the
If you're wondering what I traded the P.O.S.Venture in on, it was a Vibe
and ONLY because it's 95% Toyota. 15,000 trouble-free miles and not ONE
problem, not even a squeak or a rattle.
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