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  • stobarstobar Posts: 110
    Now that I'm home, I was able to take another look at the tires. They are "General XP 2000 GT Gen Seal" tires. In taking a look at the original sticker, it was part of their Safety and Security Feature that included Theft Deterrant and Self Sealing System, a $210 option. I had the opportunity to look at one of the tires off the rim. I should have used the word "goop", but guess "[non-permissible content removed]" is just as good! Anyway, the first dealer wouldn't touch it, and finally someone else plugged the tire for me. So much for the self sealant. I am hoping someone else who has these tires will let me know their opinion of them. They are supposed to be 80,000 mile tires, but I don't think I can take it that long. I've had the van three years and only have a 36,600 miles on it. The tires will dry rot before they wear out at that rate. Thanks again for your thoughts.

    Barry
  • stobarstobar Posts: 110
    I think I'm going to go with the Goodyear Aqua Tread tires next time. Was thinking that they would work well with the Traction Control System. If you may think otherwise or have a better suggestion for tires for a '97 Chevy Venture Ext., please let me know.

    Thanks again,

    Barry
  • What city, State do you live in? 9% sure seems high for Interest rates. I think GM still has low financing, at least that's what i've seen. I'm in los angeles and I know i've seen rates at 3.9 and 4.9. Maybe they are higher where you live. I used to be a salesperson for dealers. For anyone interested in a new vehicle, Email me and I'll give you the "inside scoop" on how to get an awesome deal on new vehicles. re025901@student.fullerton.edu
  • Ready to buy in Baltimore,Md. Venture LT w/ 1SD pkg. 7 seats, 2nd row captain seats. $26,794 plus tax of 1340 plus title,lien, reg & tags, and tire recycling fee of 140 less $2,000 rebate, bottom line of $26,298.Any comments; looked at Edmunds TMV.
  • I almost bought a 1997 Venture on 8/19/00. However, talking to the only two people at work I know that own a Venture, they both(yes, I said both) had to have their 1998 3.4L engines rebuilt shortly after 30,000 miles. Can't believe there are no posts here about 1998 Venture engine problems. They said the start of their problems was a noisy engine at startup, which the one I was going to buy has. They said there was a technical bulletin, repair by complaint only, out on the engine,however can't find it with Edmunds search. And they did get new pistons in their engine, one lady received a new engine. Chevy wouldn't do this if there wasn't a problem. Anybody else out there had engine problems? Does your engine have a little tapping sound on start up? Better check it out!!! The dealer I was going to buy from didn't want to deal with it. They will just sell it to some other unknowing soul, warranty being up in 2 months, and this baby has 30,000 miles. Good luck to someone!
  • I do hear a ticking sound after start up but this goes away after 15 seconds or so. I don't know if this is normal or not for a 2000 Venture? I've found a service bulletin at alldata.com ;

    57-61-24A JUN 98 Cold Engine Tick or Rattle After Start-up

    I'm not taking any chances and will have this checked out tomorrow.
  • I drove over to our local dealer's lot on Sunday evening to see what was new and found to my surprise a 2001 venture in sandrift metallic. It must have just been delivered on friday or saturday because it still had all the factory stickers etc. on it, this dealer also has 4 2000 ventures on the lot yet.
  • I forgot to mention in the previous post that I LOVE the new grill on the front end of the 2001's!
    It is much more attractive than the present grill. I really couldn't tell if it had a power sliding door, but it did have rear air and on-star. Unfortunately, the seating arrangement is not what I am looking for, want the captain's chairs in the center.
  • hate_gmhate_gm Posts: 2
    Even if ypu can ignore the safety test photos, is it worth the hassle of spending hours/days in GM shop while they fix one problem after the another?

    GM's quality may be comparable to that of Ford and Chrysler but it is no way near Toyota and Honda.

    By the way, their roadside assistance was a no show even after 3+ hours during a recent breakdown on an interstate (one of so many so far)

    Yes, i was stupid enough to buy an American car after so many years of dependable Honda/Toyota ownership.

    All of us even thinking about looking at anything other than Honda/Toyota should get our head examined.

    This should be a no brainer. STAY AWAY FROM GM (or Ford or Chrysler)
  • hate_gmhate_gm Posts: 2
    How can there be a "deal" on Venture?

    After buying Venture, you get nothing but hassles and hours at the dealership?

    Buying junk is not a DEAL at any price.

    Buy Honda or Toyota.
  • tmalltmall Posts: 3
    I've put 180,000 miles on a '91 S10 truck with very few repairs and never once got stranded. I've also chocked up $3500 in GM card points and with the $2000 rebate, I was sure to buy the Venture.

    However, on the way to the Chevy dealer, I stopped at the Honda dealer. Wow, what a difference. The Od LX is larger, has bigger engine,standard rear heat and air, independent susp, bigger wheels/tires, etc, etc, etc AND stickers for about $3000 less than Venture LS extended. We sat in 3 Ventures and they all had trim falling off, loose doorskins, sliding doors with lots of interference, terrible fit and finish, vague steering, inferior ride and handling, on and on.

    There was a Venture demo with only 4500 miles on it that had a rusty exhaust and the bottom of the engine was oily! I can't understand how GM sells a single van in today's market - even with heavy incentives. I'm ordering an Od LX this week.
  • wdaveowdaveo Posts: 7
    We had the same experience. $3500 on the GM card and a $2500 rebate, we had no doubt we would be buying another GM minivan after owning a '94 Lumina APV which we had been quite pleased with. After test driving everything (Venture, Silo, Montana, Caravan, Windstar, Ody) here we sit with a new Honda Odyssey. Could have gone with the Caravan, as well. But after driving the GM trio - we knew immediately we would not be purchasing a GM van. It was very sad and very difficult to pass up the $7000 savings on top of a GM option 1 discount, but we are still thrilled with our Honda and have no regrets (other than the heavy car loan). Good luck in your decision!
  • A solution for the sagging plastic over the sliding doors. Forget the double sided tape or foam. Go to your nearest big name hardware store and buy some heavy duty velcro. Make sure it is the type with the extra strength adheasive backing. Plase both sides together and cut it to about 1" x 2". Fold the fuzzy side over the plastic tab on the trim leaving some left over at the top to create a surface large enought to stick to the opposite side (rough) which you will place inside the trim track. Just eye-ball the location. As long as most of the sides overlap it will work just fine. I did this a week ago and they haven't budged since. The extra stregth adheasive is more heat tollerant so it won't fall out and the velcro makes it removeable should you need to grease or repair the door track.
    I know it's a $20,000+ van, but what's worse, a droopy trim on a $20,000+ van or a "high tech" velcro fix?

    -"Chuck"
  • Must you allow posts from those who are only intent on trashing certain auto makers? This is your web site not a newsgroup. If you want to provide a "valuable" service to your customers you must curtail such misuse. I will not be able to recommend your site to others if this is activity is permitted.
    (I would not have posted this here if I could have found a direct link to the host for this group.)
    Please respond with your intentions.
    Thank you.
  • mep932mep932 Posts: 1
    Lots of talk on here ab out Gen Tires. Mine went 70000 on orig and I replaced w/Pep Boys best touring type and what a difference. Those Gens were like 4 stones. These (made by Cooper) make the van ride better than my Caddie. Also on Oil leaks--prob is the design of a wrg harness is right by oil pan drain plug and whenever oil is changed it is goin to drip for a day or two. Leave it to GM! Good car though. Hav 107000 on my 98 and haven't touched it.
  • 22282228 Posts: 2
    TO WDAVEO AT #555, YOU'VE MADE A POOR FINANCIAL DECISION BUYING THE ODYSSEY. WITH THE $3500 CREDIT ON YOUR GM CARD, THE GM VAN HAD TO HAVE BEEN AROUND $5000 LESS THAN THE HONDA. I'VE LOOKED AT THE ODYSSEY, AND WHILE I LIKED THE THIRD SEAT FEATURE, THE CAR IS NOTHING SPECIAL. THE STYLING IS DULL. HONDA'S LOWER DEPRECIATION FROM MSRP WILL NOT MAKE UP THE LOSS OF YOUR GM CARD CREDITS. LIKE YOUR DECISION, MINE IS AFFECTED BY CREDITS ON MY GM CARD. EVEN THOUGH I AM LEANING TOWARD THE SUBURBAN, I KEEP LOOKING BACK AT THE MINIVANS, PRIMARILY BECAUSE THEY WILL LEAVE ME MORE ROOM IN MY GARAGE. I JUST WISH GM MINIVANS HAD THE 8 PASSENGER SEATING WITH LEATHER. I'M SURE YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH YOUR HONDA, AS YOU WERE WITH YOUR LAST GM. MY LAST GM CAR, A BUICK, WAS STILL GOING STRONG WHEN I SOLD IT WITH 200K MILES.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have seen a 2000 LT with the eight seater option and in leather. Suggest check with GM if dealer not sure.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Did post some time back, that I resolved this problem with Super Glue Gel. The gel does not absorb into the foam on the little pillar. I also put some on the inside "ledge" of the door seal where the plastic rests.
  • wdaveowdaveo Posts: 7
    hopefully we will be able to use the GM credit card on the next vehicle we buy in 2-4 years when we replace our '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We like many of the GM vehicles (our previous 4 had been GM)- just didn't like the minivans at this time.
  • 22282228 Posts: 2
    Check how long your GM credits are good. I think they expire after 7 years if you have kept the plan that avoids the limits toward a car purchase. Since you can only accumulate $500 a year, and you had $3500, your seven years are up.
  • wdaveowdaveo Posts: 7
    First of all, we had the card before there was a $500 limit per year. Secondly, you don't lose all your points after 7 years, you only lose the first years points. You just add on subsequent years points, and we will always have $3500 until we use it again. (Also, we only have 4 yrs worth of points on this one since we cashed it in 4 years ago on a Cavalier). But don't you all worry about our finances, we got it under control. (Appreciate your concern, though....)
  • 44him44him Posts: 1
    My wife and I are in the market for a late model minivan and are seriously considering a 99 Venture LS with 32K. Have a 91 GMC Safari Van now with 113K and have been pleased with it other than its "truck-like" ride (because it is a truck). Drove a 98 Ford Windstar with 33K today and I was not impressed. It didn't have as good of a ride as the Chevy and rattled a lot. We are praying about this purchase and want it to be a good, solid, dependable van for 4 or 5 years. Family of four, 2 boys, 14 and 10. Pray for our decision. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • ronsmith38ronsmith38 Posts: 228
    My 2000 Silhouette with about 11k miles has a very intermittent problem with noise interference on the radio. It sort of sounds like ignition noise. If the engine is stopped, the noise stops. I had the dealer check it out at the last oil change, but "could not duplicate" the problem. Anyone else have this problem with their GM van or car?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Whenever looking at a secondhand auto, suggest you visit www.alldata.com. Under Service you can pull up the model year - 99 and select Chevy Truck and then Venture.

    You will be able to see various tech supplements issued on this specific year...we tend to call them recalls, but some maybe advice for the mechanics in resolving certain problems. It will give you a fair idea of what happened during the model year.

    With this info you can then inquire what servicing was done on the van in question you are contemplating. Service history is also important.

    We have a 2000 LT 8 seat with just over 12000 miles and nothing but pure pleasure. Have rented Windstars in the past and one of the most annoying features is that the radio can be controlled from a remote location by family aka children and just drove me crazy.

    Good luck.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    I shopped every minivan from Nov 99 to Jan 2000 before buying our Venture. 10,000 miles later, the car is still perfect. It's my wife's car,she loves it, and every time I drive it, I remark to myself what a pleasure it is. Power, handling, room....it's been wonderful. Go see my post at epinions.com in the 200 Venture folder, called "Family Cruise Missile" for more info.
  • I have been driving a 97 dodge caravan for 2 years as my co. car. I received a notice that I get a new vehicle next month. But the van choice is this 2001chev. venture apv wagon 4 door ext wblo ts of equipment listed and group 1sb. Went to drive it today and surprised I liked it. But I cann't figure out what model it is. I think it is the extended cab plus. Does anyone know out there Thanks. I read all the posts and I sure hope I don't get a lemon. It comes with one year of on star.
  • Does anyone have a Venture 2000 redfire metallic?
    Have you had any paint problems?

    Does anyone out there have a 2001 on order?
    Do you have a delivery date for it?

    I am trying to get a 2001 Suburban, it is suppose to come in this color, but GM has it on constraint. I don't know why. I need to know before I wait forever and then get it and the paint peels off or something funky like that!

    PLEASE HELP

    :( :( :(
  • I've had one since last Thanksgiving, paint seems ok so far, have 12K miles on it and one Midwest winter!
  • I currently own 2000 Venture LS (RWB), and it has the 7 passenger modular seat configuration. What I'd like to know is, is it possible to swap the 3rd raw seats to the 50/50 split bench seats? From what I have seen so far, the floor hinges look the same. The only reason I ended up with this configuration was that the salesman said they were different, and this was the only one in stock.

    Thank you.
  • The "service engine soon" indicator went on and when the GM dealer plugged in the computer, the feedback indicated an unspecified transmission problem. If you have experience with this problem please respond
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