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  • tinyguytinyguy Posts: 44
    Aha...

    Actually, what happened was the following :

    I received a new car. Around 5000km (I am in Canada), the light came on during the first two minutes of driving. I had the van change oil. Got the van, and the light wouldn't go away. I assumed that there must be a reset switch or something. Got lazy... :) Didn't do anything about it until 10000km. I tried that method to turn the warning light off. Didn't work. Got oil changed anyway. Since then, I haven't tried it again.

    Perhaps if I try it now, it might work. I must have tried to reset it when the oil was dirty again near 10000km...

    I'll try it tomorrow! Thanks offham!

    (are you SURE, that it is not based on mileage or time?)

    -YH
  • Looked at, and studied, wide variety of mini-vans, until deciding on the Chevy Venture...
    contacted numerous Chevy Dealers in the area via the 'net, and asked them to give me their best purchase price, (through GM Buy Power).
    The results were astonishing!...For the 2000 Venture Plus-1SB which comes with cruise, remote key entry, power windows, and deep tinted glass...
    the prices offered me ranged from $1,400. to
    $6,500. below MSRP that came with also the option of taking an additional $2,000. off their quoted price or taking 5.9% APR...Needless to say I ended up with an acceptable price offering of
    $18,500. plus TT&L. Tossing in $2,000. of my own, and taking the 5.9APR, my monthly notes are only $340. per...(the van also had the AM/FM stereo with CD and Cassette...a $470. option).
    Just goes to show the power of the internet, and the reality that you can get an excellent value and deal if you don't settle for just any ol' quote given to ya!!!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have definitely read that the warning light is not mileage activated, but as mentioned via engine revloutions. If I find it will post.

    Hope your re set works
  • dbeddbed Posts: 1
    Is the "rollaway rear seat" standard in 2001? Can you reseach it and post for the rest of group? Whether Olds will have same option? I heard Olds 2001 model out already (from my GM card mothly billing papers).

    Other question regarding the dealer math:
    Is the GM card bonus(rebate) subjected to tax? i.e. does dealer subtract the GM card bonus before the tax? My bonus is expiring another 250.00 in august, should I wait for the 2001(rollaway rear seat) or any good suggestion?

    Anyone know that Olds will come out short wheel base in 2001 Silhouette? Thanks for help!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    There is a paragraph on this in the US handbook a little further on from the oil change info. Believe it is page 6-14.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Stumbled across this today via Edmunds New Trucks for Chevy. It is called GM buying power and allows you to put in your zip code, and it will pull up all dealers in your area and their current inventory/specs/MRSP. At least you can go prepared.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    This was an article in the biz section of the NY Times either a Sat/Sun in July. The main subject was about the new Chrysler mini van due out in the fall.

    The article noted that Chrysler had not gone for this Honda/Mazda feature and still have the full length bench which is a hassle to get out on your own. They will offer the Chevy split rear seats but no flip down.

    Chryslers answer was to do with the noise created inside the cabin by the seat space well...

    In the article it mentioned that the new 2001 Venture will have it which leaves Chrysler out of it.

    The papers are in a stack still here, so will make sure got my info right. It surprised me as the only comments I had seen on the new Venture was related to the NY Auto Show in April.

    Main features..new front grill (single colored bar), wireless headphones and two channels. Larger video screen on the Warner Bros and revised dash layout. Appears GM intend to stay up with the pack.

    Edmunds 2001 Chevrolet does not have this posted yet.

    Reverting.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    It was July 16 issue..NYTimes want $2.50 for the download. However I found the paper in the garage

    Essentially what I said in previous post is correct. FYI I will re type the relevant text.

    Quote:

    G.M.'s Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Pontiac Montana will offer fold-away seats beginning this fall. Unquote. Went on to say that Ford was working to develop a fold-away seat for the Windstar....

    This is the place where it gave 6 month production figures and I was well off the mark in a previous post.

    Dodge Caravan 163000
    Windstar 134000
    Odyssey 66700
    Plymouth 57700
    Sienna 54400
    Venture 54400
    Chrysler 46800
    Montana 35200

    Aggregated

    Chrysler 267500
    Ford 134800
    GM 89600 (No Olds figures)
    Honda 66700
    Toyota 54400
    Mazda Who cares
  • tinyguytinyguy Posts: 44
    Yeah, it worked!

    Thanks for the tip. Finally, I got rid of that annoying light...

    -YH
  • minnbillminnbill Posts: 28
    Wow, you got a great deal at $18,500. We bought the exact same model Venture in April for almost $4,000 more. This was the "GM supplier rate" which is GM employee price plus 3%. I would've definitely gone out on the 'net to get quotes if I'd known we could've saved that much, though. Did get 0.9% financing though, so payments are low.

    Minivan sales figures posted in #521 appear to be similar here in Minnesota. Caravan/Voyager/T&C are everywhere here. If I had one of those, I'd have a heck of a time trying to find mine in a mall parking lot. Interesting, though, was on vacation in Arizona recently, and saw lots of Ventures/Silohuettes/Montanas, and, no I don't think many of 'em were rentals, unless they rent in colors other than white.

    Glad GM is going to put that foldaway rear seat in the '01's. That's what I really envied about the Odyssey.

    Also, I notice that Venture seems to ride higher off the ground than most other minivans, which I like, even without raising the drivers seat. Anyone else notice this?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    For those looking for end oy year bargains. NY Times noted that both GM/Chrysler sales are down and still high with 2000 models. GM has 68 days worth of unsold vehicles, and with model change over should be around 55-58 days. However it is noted that 2000 inventory looks higher versus 1999 when they were short of many models.

    Chrysler July fell by 12.2% but minivans down 29% despite rebates people seem to be holding off for the new 2001.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have never measured the ground clearance between vans, but the Venture et al are narrower than most, as it is/was exported to Europe for Opel and Vauxhall. This may give an impression of being higher off the ground than say the Ford and Honda, which looks really fat & squat from the rear.

    I very much like the high position and although I am 6ft1" usually have the seat up.

    During a recent trip to Toronto the GM vans were everywhere,(it's those daytime orange lights!) but major percentage being the short wheelbase version.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    For more details go to the Montana site and select 2001 models post #16. Pulls up press release from GM. Interesting that the folding rear seats do not appear to go into a well at the back.
  • tauberjtauberj Posts: 61
    Giggo.com has all the information posted for the 2001 GM vans. I looked it up yesterday.
  • We had the first oil change done on our 2000 Venture after 4700 or so km. Somewhere past 5000 km the change oil warning message pops up. I say to myself strange the oil was just changed. So I check to make sure the level was ok etc and everything is fine. So we take it back to the dealer and it turns out the mechanic that changed the oil forgot to reset the computer. So is this warning really mileage activated or temperature/viscosity activated?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    As posted just a few back, hand book states it is temperature etc not mileage. When I have changed the oil myself, I do not reset the computer as I conclude that it only operates when it reads something is wrong. Take the view that that new oil should not incur these problems.

    Only once did it come on after 750 miles from an oil change, but we had been pushing it back from Toronto to NJ. It came on after a pit stop and I just reset not to be seen again. I find it interesting technology rather than mileage based.
  • tbone14tbone14 Posts: 10
    Does anyone have any info on Mfg to dealer incentives going on. I couldnt find anything out there except the 2k customer incentive. I like to have the true dealer cost (invoice less any dealer incentives) to negotiate with some of the sharks out there....Any help would be appreciated.
  • JUST BOUGHT AN EXTENDED, LOADED LS. DON'T ASK ME WHY IT WASEN'T A LT. WE BOUGHT IT OFF THE LOT. HAS EVERY FEATURE OF A LT INCLUDING 8 PASS SEATING. MSRP WAS $28840 INCLUDING DELIVERY. WE PAID $23840 WITH REBATE. YOU CAN FIGURE 10% OFF MSRP(NOT COUNTING REBATE)AND I FIGURE THEY STILL MAKE $500 TO $700 PER UNIT. IF I DIDN'T HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME FINDING THE COLOR AND OPTIONS WE WANTED I WOULD HAVE TRIED FOR 13% TO 15% OFF. WE MADE THE DEAL AFTER TALKING TO THE DEALER FOR 10 MINUTES, BUT WE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR 3 MONTHS. SOME WILL ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU AND OTHERS TRY TO SQUEEZE EVERYTHING THEY CAN OUT OF YOU WITH EVERY KIND OF STORY AND LINE THEY CAN FEED YOU. DO YOUR HOMEWORK, KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND NEVER TRADE IN A VEHICLE. ALSO, BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR SALES PERSON. HAVE BEEN IN DEALERSHIPS WHERE I DIDN'T CARE FOR ANYONE. JUST WATCH FOR THE BULL*#$& I THINK THE SMALLER THE TOWN THE BETTER. GOOD LUCK
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    nra4ever sums it up in his %531...Homework prior to stepping into the dealer and an action plan of what you want to pay.

    If it is Venture you are looking for, then I would start with the www.GM.com and select Chevrolet. There you will see all rebates. $2000 off Venture thru 10/2 or financing. Doubt if manufacturer to dealer incentives are published Then go to GMBuy Power. There you can see what models the dealers in your area have in stock full specs and sticker.

    We know from an earlier posting of mine GM have an overstock coming into the 2001 model year of 2000 as per NY Times this week.

    I strongly recommend that you also visit www.carbuyingtips.com. You must read and absorb where the dealer will try and nail you. Doc fees/extended warranties/paint sealant/window etching.

    Dealers who offer AARP/AAA deals are essentially offering 2.0 to 2.5% over their invoice price. They also get 3% dealer holdback so let's say they are getting $1300/$1400 overall, then they want you to get hooked on the other stuff.

    If you lease they will definitely try and hit you up on the paint sealant...." when you turn in the car you will not be billed for tree sap stains or bird mess." This could add $20 per month to the lease.

    Finally, do not be afraid to get up and walk out the showroom, even if it embarrasses family! If you should agree this as a possible plan of action PRIOR to going in.

    Keep us posted.
  • dawn20dawn20 Posts: 1
    We purchased a Chevy Venture "Value Van"-base model on 5/16/00.After owning it for only a month we have taken it to the dealership many times. The interior plastic molding by the side doors keeps falling down. Also my driver seat-the back of it continues to open. They replaced the seat cover but did not sew it together. They ended up super gluing it and now it is coming apart at the bottom. AFter all of this-the air bag light came on and stayed on-they had to replace something called a pretensioner/belt kit. I have taken it some many times-I count 8 times. I feel like we have purchased a lemon. Has anyone else had these problems? Thanks!!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have had both problems and the back of the drivers seat came unstitched rear left seam. The dealer sent it out to an upholstery shop who made a proper repair under warranty.

    The plastic trim lodges of the rubber door seal. We had no problem with manual door behind driver. The powered on the passenger side it fell down.

    In the end I found that you need to get super glue GEL, not the regular liquid. There are two pieces sticking up from this plastic trim. Put the super glue on the top, may have a piece of foam on it. That's why you need the gel. Put the glue on and hold it against the roof.It adheres very quickly. Then I put some on the inside of the black door trim where the plastic trim rests.

    So far this has worked 100%. Interesting that on the other door no problem.

    The airbag light has beenn up before with some other owners. Suggest you jog back in the posts to about beginning of July.
  • I started emailing dealers to get their best price. One of them called me today and told me for a Venture Plus with AM?Fm/CD/Tape player he could do $100 over invoice minus the rebate plus tax and taggs and anything else I might want like warranty and all the other junk they will try and sell me while there. I know the invoice price is $22492. Does anyone know if GM charges their dealers an advertising fees per vehical? A few people have mentioned $350 to me but I cant find this on any of the sites.

    If this dealer is not giving me the business Im going to take it. $100 over invoice rocks. I may even add a few more options at that price.

    I think there must be a dealer incentive we dont know about. At that price the dealer is makeing about $750 (hold back plus $100) Someone mentioned they have a pretty hefty surplus of the Ventures on hand so that could explain the deal I guess.

    I'll post how it turns out. Anyone kow of any GM advertiing fees or dealer incentives?

    Thanks
  • daverosedaverose Posts: 233
    Since the dealer has cited the invoice, ask to see it; it should have the advertising charge on it.
  • tbone14tbone14 Posts: 10
    We did the same thing and got pretty much the same deal. Although we have not bought yet because of the high finance rate. I just have trouble with paying 9%, although they have the lower rates in place of the 2000 rebate. We also believe that there is a dealer incentive floating. Don't believe that they are sacrificing profit, they have a back end deal. The best deal I received form the net is $100 below on invoice, but the color was wrong. Offham posted a great site www.carbuyingtips.com which is very funny, (check out the emails on the home page)but also gives some great information.

    Although the published finance rates are currently high, I think or at least hope there will be some deals given to move all the 00 ventures on the lots.

    Good luck, let us know how you make out...
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I would concur that apart from the regular holdback, there is an additional incentive that is given to dealers to push those 2000 off the lot. The current $2000 rebate is the highest they had back in late Dec/early Jan, and you could get another $500 if had owned a GM auto.

    Nevertheless, the 2001 are on the production line, so the 2000 on the lots is "what you see is what you get". As I had mentioned earlier GM have an excessive "day" inventory of autos including vans.

    In some ways that forces a compromise, maybe on color, options and model availability.The GM BuyPower site does give you the insight on what the dealer has on the lot.
  • I Already have my financing lined up. 6.95% from my Credit Union if I can get 20% down. (the rebate plsu my old car should get me the 20%). If I cant get 20% it will 7.95%. Compared to all the other rates Ive seen I think it's good. I'm going to see if I get any takes on my old car this week. If not I will trade it. I don't want to wait too long. That excessive inventory of 2000s wont last forever.

    I'm startn to have some fun with the dealers.... I told two of the others that responded what my current best deal was. We'll see what they say. I love pitting them against one another... god I love the net.... After all those yeas of them haivng the upper hand I finally feel like I can get a decent deal.

    A friend of mine worked at a car dealer as a lot attendent. He says I should get my best deal at one place then ask if I can take it home so the wife can see it. Then drive it to another dealership and tell them I'm about to buy it at this price and can they beat it. I'm thinking about it but I don't know that I'm quite that bold. Besides... I'm getting in the area where they might not have much room to undercut each other now.
  • Does anyone have any idea when the 2001 ventures will start to appear on the dealer lots? I checked out www.giggo.com and it sounds like some of the features that cost extra on the 2000's will be included in the 2001. Thanks for the link! I guess I could just go into the dealer and order one?
  • stobarstobar Posts: 110
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had problems with the stock General tires that come with Ventures? I bought a '97 Venture Ext. new in August of 1997, and the tires that came with it were the General Self-Sealant tires. Come to find out, that "[non-permissible content removed]" that they put inside the tire, will settle into one spot on a really hot day. Also, if you pick up a nail, the self-sealant doesn't always work, and tire repair shops do not like to mess with these tires because of the "[non-permissible content removed]"! With the "[non-permissible content removed]" settling into one spot, it mays for a someone bumpy or uneven ride. I was wondering if anyone else has had that problem, or has seen something like this posted in the various sites.

    Thanks,

    Barry
  • The tires that General makes that are self-sealing, America GS60 GenSeal, are not the ones that came on my Y2K WB Venture. My wife thought that the dealer told her that they were the sealing kind, but when she got a nail in them last week, and one went flat (the built in air compressor came in handy. Short trip to the tire store), she realized that we didn't have them. According to consumer reports, this is the only self-sealing model that General makes. I would bet that very few Ventures that have Generals have the self-sealing variety. I have the XP 2000 model on my van, and according to General, these aren't self sealing.
  • I know it is probably a nice little feature but why? You can buy a good tire plug kit for $10 and a small portable air compressor for about $25. The only other thing you need is a par of plyers to pull the old nail or screw out. It takes about 15 minutes to fix a puncture, it usually lasts a good long time, and takes just slightly more effort than chanigng your oil to do.

    I keep a kit like this with all my other esential stuff in my tool box in the car. I usually end up fixing other peoples tires in the parking lot at work more than my own. Nice to know I have it if I need it though.
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