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Chevy Venture

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  • n4slun4slu Posts: 3
    AWD comes in 2002. Haven't heard of optional tables, but the WB version will get bigger TV screen and wireless headphones in 2001. Also coming is remote sliding driver's side door. Wait till you see the Montana Thunder Van in 2003! It is wild!
  • We currently bought a WB edition, wish I would of known of the new options, might of waited. Anyway we got it for $300.00 over invoice but the dealer would not take off the Holdback or Advertising fee Also the van already had 500 miles on it.

    I have been waiting for the headphones sets. The dealer is saying it could take up to 6 weeks. We bought the van on the 22nd of Jan. Has it taken 6 weeks to get them?
  • Is the length of the van(cargo area) the only advantage to getting the LS extended vs the regular LS? My friend who bought a 99 extended says that he thinks there is a difference in the leg and head room of the passengers in the back seats.
  • than3than3 Posts: 5
    Is the front suspension of the '99 Venture too low? I have noticed the scraping sound the
    van made whenever I drove over a speed-bump
    or dip on the road. Any one has any idea?
  • we are about to lease a 2000 venture lt with power sliding door. any comments good or bad regarding this feature? is it a maintenance head ache?
  • greg32greg32 Posts: 48
    We own a 97 Venture extended. The door has not been a problem for the most part. The door will sometimes not close, happens maybe once every three or four weeks in the winter. This is most often after a rain then cold weather. Maybe some freezing of the latches or something. Usually it will close on the second try. Only a couple of times has it taken more than that. We haven't had the dealer look at it since it is hard to reproduce. Other than that we really like the car. It handles well and has a comfortable smooth ride.
  • The standard option the the Venture is a Chrome grill, on the value package it is painted. Our 2000 WB edition is plastic Chrome painted.

    To me Chrome is metal, I cannot find anywhere where it defines what is chrome to the manf.

    Anyone have a metal grill?
  • n4slun4slu Posts: 3
    There are no metal grilles in those vans. Also coming is a collision sensor that will beep in the event of a reverse collision. This will beep, say like when you are backing up and didn't see your kid's bike or another object.
  • I have a BRAND NEW 2000 Venture. No miles, extended version. Champagne color. Fully loaded.
    MSRP is $28515. I will take any offer that is reasonable. ANY OFFER. The van is paid for so I don't need to pay off a loan. My email is re025901@student.fullerton.edu Roger
  • We just purchased a 2000 Chevy Venture LT with the power sliding door. We love it so far! We just ordered an extra FOB (remote entry & power door control). The dealers want $60-$80 to program it. The FOB itself was $60, plus $60 to program, this seems steep. Also, $25 to have a key made? high security keys with transponders in it? Are the dealers trying to take me for a ride? Any info would be appreciated.
  • I am considering buying a 2000 Venture LS. Can anyone let me know about the reliability of this van. Is anyone having any major problems with their Ventures. Thank you.
  • I really think you are getting takin on a ride
    I had a key replaced at the dealership for free
    no questions asked. also the fob can be programmed yourself in less than 5 minutes
  • If your dealer gave you a free key replace, kudos for him, but the keys really do have something inside them. If you have one cut at a hardware store, it will not work. On the other hand, I convinced my insurance company this was an auto enabling theft deterrent and save much more then a $25 key.
  • I have a 1999 Chevy Venture minivan. So far I have driven it 7000 miles and have only one complaint - the sound system!! On an intermittent basis the audio becomes "tinny" or "scratchy" - almost like a weak signal and on occasions I have heard other background audio. When I took the vehicle back to a dealer it was checked and "found to be to factory specs" and no problem detected, hence nothing was done and I still have a poor system. I questioned the fact that the minivan is the only Chev. (I believe) with a built-in windshield antenna - all of the other models now have the outside antenna.

    Has anyone experienced the problem with the Venture or know if the windshield antenna may have a bearing on the problem?

    Dennis W. Hetherington
  • I am looking to purchase a 2000 Venture LS. Can anyone let me know if they have encountered any major problems with their vans. Should I purchase an extended warranty as I am expecting to keep this van for 7-8 yrs. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  • Yes I am aware that these keys really do have
    a chip in them that actually opperate off of a radio frequency but I do believe the dealership
    is overcharging him.
  • I'm looking at used 199 Venture LS with 4 doors, one being power, power seats, AM/FM/Tape/CD, dual
    heat/air, 7 seats, 2 child seats, plus a few other standard items. Has 25,000 miles and is dark red. Looking for input on value for the price. Dealer is asking $19,995. Is this fair?
    Are there any problems to be aware of on these vans? Have had a Dodge Grand Caravan bought new in 1989 and have loved it, except for tranny problems and now the nickle and dime repairs! Only put 86,000 miles on it, so the replacement van will be driven about same. Need something reliable the won't have repair expense. Venture would come with remaing warranty of 3yr/30,000, but would it be necessary for extended warranty?
    Please advise on all aspects of the Venture at email mbd4315@aol.com. Thanks!! M.DiCello
  • OR 2000. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR 3 WEEKS AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY HOT DEALS. I FOUND A 1999 VENTURE WITH 14,500 MILES FOR $20,995. HAS CHILD RESTRAINT SEATS AND THE REMOTE POWER SLIDING DOORS AND OVERHEAD LED DISPLAY AND REMAINING WARRANTY. THEY OFFERED ME $8000.00 FOR MY '96 FORD TAURUS WAGON GL WITH 42K MILES AND A SMALL DENT IN THE SIDE AND BUMPER PAINT DAMAGED. I HAVE BEEN READING POSTINGS ABOUT A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT MINIVANS AND ALL THE HORROR STORIES. SEEMS ALL HAVE TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS AT THE VERY LEAST. I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH MY WAGON. IT JUST DOES'NT HAVE GREAT PICK UP SPEED AND I CAN'T FIT A NEW DRYER OR LARGE ITEMS IN THE BACK. MAYBE I SHOULD JUST PAY THE EXTRA $20.00 TO HAVE THEM DELIVERED.
  • leased a 1998 Venture, new. Now has 60K mi. The sound system w/windshield antenna has reception better than my wife's caddy. Have had no absolutely no troubles. Really like it. My only complaint, being that I spend lots of time in car, is that I wish the seat was a little softer.Originally compared w/chrysler products, and found the handling more like car, the stereo quality about the same, but the speaker placement really sounded much better, quieter ride.
  • anderschandersch Posts: 1
    I am about to start negotiations for the purchase of a 2000 Chevy Venture LT or LS with options. If you've been through this process recently I would appreciate knowing what sort of deals you where able to negotiate.

    Also any advise on whether the LT is a better buy than a loaded LS would be great.
  • For you, louvg1 & andersch:

    It's a little difficult to pre-determine the reliability of a new model. Let me suggest that you visit http://carpoint.msn.com. In the Prices & Reviews section (aka Looking for Prices?), there is a subsite called Reliability Ratings, maybe that may help you.

    The Venture LT is considered an upgrade from the LS trim. However, it really depends on what you consider priority in a van. The LT does come with several extras as standard, but then again, you may not want ALL the extras, just some. So you're stuck paying for things you really don't NEED. Also at http://carpoint.msn.com, in the Prices & Reviews section, there is a subsite called "Price It With Options." That may be very helpful for you as you can price an LS with extras added ala carte. Compare that with the LT. Ask yourself, do you really need rear audio controls? Traction control? Power sliding door? Hope this is of help to you two.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re #305. You can price out an LS with all the options that come standard on an LT, and from memory it worked virtually the same. I looked at this because we had a test run in an LS, loaded up but without the rear audio. This was a rare one off on the dealers lot.

    We went for the LT in the color and 8 passenger seating, so if you going to spend that sort of money go for the LT up front rather than compromise yourself on a LS.

    We bought via carOrder.com and you can go and do a check. LS seem to be more popular with the dealers, just depends what they has in stock.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    We ordered an LT with 8 passenger seating so we get three modular seats in second row. LT is listed as getting a child seat, but not with the standard Captains Chairs.

    Has anyone got the above configuration and does it come with the child seat behind passenger ? Is it uncomfortable with the safety harness underneath compared with the other two seats.

    Guess we will know in a week....
  • After months of shopping around, test drives etc we finally bought the Venture with extended wheelbase. I've had many comments already about the smooth and comfortable ride. After reading the many posts on the other domestic products (Chrysler & Ford) and the problems they were having the Chevy seemed a logical choice. Also the 1.9% financing over 4 years (in Canada) was too good to pass.
  • kwf904kwf904 Posts: 1
    Hi I am about to purchase a 2000 LT extended with no other options. After looking in the Edmunds pricing and adding in 3% I came up with a price of $26,677 How does this price seem? Could I do better? and if so how much better? Any thoughts on this would be helpful thanks
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re #310. Is this before tax/title? Too Much. Go to carOrder.com and price it out. Chevy still have a $1500 rebate until April 3.

    I have a Venture LT coming next week via carOrder.com and unfortunately the price I got of $23039 plus tax/title $1458 for total of $24497 is no longer available. The rebate was $2000 at the time and carOrder gave away the dealer holdback of 3% as a promotional issue.

    Now it looks like they are adding 1% to dealer invoice in the current calculation, but the $1500 is there.This should be good enough to use with a dealer if you are in a hurry, but as usual it depends on color/seating (we took the 8 seater N/C option )and availability...

    If you go to the carOrder in the Town Hall you can read some of the exchanges first.

    Good Luck
  • venman1venman1 Posts: 6
    For anyone who wants added gas mileage and power, I put a K&N filter in my venture and noticed a
    significant difference in gas mileage and power.
    I now get about 23 in the city and about 28 to 29 on the highway.Also anyone who wants to keep the back window and liftgate clear of road grime,I installed a EGR dustgaurd on my venture and it stays clearer alot longer than without it.ckeck it out at www.egrinc.com . They are the only ones who makes this product GTstyling will have one in about 90 days.
  • mayogrmayogr Posts: 2
    I just purchased a new 2000 Venture. A day or two after I got it home I noticed the exhaust system has a lot of rust. The sales book says the exhaust system is stainless steel in front of the converter and "Aluminized" behind it. I thought stainless steel and aluminum wouldn't rust. Do other people have the same problem?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re #313. I am picking up mine this Thursday and will check out. My old Lumina APV was all stainless steel and never rusted after 9 years.

    I think that Aluminized means it is steel that has been painted with aluminized paint you get at the hardware store. This is not rustproof....!

    Assume warranty would cover if that bad.
  • mayogrmayogr Posts: 2
    RE # 314. When I picked up my van I was so excited I never looked it over closely. When I got it home I notice the windshield had three cracks in the blue shaded area. You could only see them from the inside. I stopped at another dealer and one of their vans had the same three cracks. It must happen going on or of the trucks for transport. Just a suggestions not to get caught up in the excitement of buying a new vehicle and to check it over closely. My windshield was replaced the next day but I was really annoyed they sold it to me that way.
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