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Chevy Venture

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  • I'd love to brag about our Venture, we have an LS and it is used to haul our two kids and 2 dogs to our business every day. Then at lunch time all of the seats come out, I deliver baby furniture from 4-6pm and then at 7 all the seats go back in.
    We have 31,000 miles in 13 months. Just love to drive it. Use it to demonstrate proper car seat installation for our business.

    We are looking to buy a second one when replacing my Beretta
  • I bought a 2000 Venture LT in October of 1999. I noticed the same problem with the van rolling back. In addition, on a level surface, it will roll forward about 2 to 3 inches after putting it in park.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    We have had our Dark Blue LT 8 seater just under two months and at the 3000 mile level. Not a single complaint. Headphones came in three weeks after delivery. Engine and transmission virtually silent on the highway

    No leaks in rear gate as recently posted by others over last few days.

    Drove this week to Boston to pick up my daughter from BC. Ave 28.2mpg at ave speed of 54.9mph. A real highway cruiser in comfort for 530 miles round trip.

    Prior to this we had the Lumina APV for 9 years, with 146,000 miles and quite a few new parts. It got whacked and went to the great auto cemetery in the sky (Probably Staten Island !!).

    LT was an carorder.com special order purchase at $24500 all up incl NJ tax.Took 8 weeks. Dealer was Reedman of Langhorne PA...great people. CO now pricing $3116 more. Believe me we are very (eternally) grateful.

    We discounted Chrylser/Ford. Looked at Nissan Quest/Sienna and Mazda MPV, but none of them came close in price and versatility of the Venture as the best college hauler/ice hockey tourney trips.

    Still a $1500 rebate available ex dealer stock based on Chevy Web site.
  • Overall, the GM minivans (Venture, Transport and Silhouette) are very competent and comfortable. I just can't figure out why GM insists on such a low seat height for the middle and rear seats. I have compared them with others and they are much lower to the floor. I find them very uncomfortable and don't like the "knees against your ears" sitting position back there. Same was true for the previous "dustbuster" minivans. Car magazines have criticized this also and with all the headroom available, these seats could easily be raised to make them more comfortable (try the back seats of a Windstar, Caravan, Villager, Sienna, Odyssey etc. for a comparison if any adults are going to have to ride in the back). For what it's worth, the GM sedans are no better.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Happen to notice this issue came up in #208 & #209 and I guess it is what you are used to driving. Posted recently we went from Lumina APV to Venture LT with 8 seats. As mentioned in #209 there is a rise in the floor - theater seating.
    No one has complained in our family.

    However the big advantage for me is that all the seats pop out individually. Chrysler still putting a big bench in the back and will be on their new model out this fall.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    NYTimes had small piece on 2001 models with minor body changes, but most seems to be inside. Wireless headphones, so assume no wires hanging down. Larger TV screen for WBE.

    New seats that fold flat. Would appear that may be like the Ody/Mazda MPV as it mentioned a well for shopping. However also refers to 2nd row in addition.
  • bpaynterbpaynter Posts: 4
    I'd be very interested in discussing your Venture LS with you, since it sounds like you have to be really adaptable with your minivan. Please email me at bpaynter@cecom.com and I will contact you soon.

    Thanks for responding.
  • bpaynterbpaynter Posts: 4
    I am looking for some recent-model year Chevy
    Venture owners who are interested in talking about
    their ownership experience. I am working on the
    2001 Venture catalog and would like to include
    actual owners' words.

    Specifically, I'm looking for:
    1) A family who very actively uses their Venture
    to discuss its versatility and adaptability.
    2) A Venture LS family (mom, dad, two or more
    kids) whose children are soccer players. Kids
    should be fairly young.
    3) Venture LT family living in the Rocky Mountain
    area who take their Venture on skiing vacations.
    Should have two or three children.
    4) Venture Warner Bros. Edition family living in
    Southern California who like to travel in their
    Venture. Should have two or three children.

    I certainly would appreciate any response I get on
    this. I can be contacted via e-mail at
    bpaynter@cecom.com. Thank you.
  • mpassmpass Posts: 17
    Recently we have begun to notice a noise, a thump, that is made by the front end of our 98 Venture when the van is in a hard turn, in reverse, or braking hard. It sounds like a deep popping noise from the front end. Any ideas? Struts? Bushings?

    Thanks for your input!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    As an idea, it could be the Constant Velocity Joints wearing, but you don't give mileage. On the hard turn they will make a noise if they are on their way out. These can be replaced on an exchange basis, but if you are still under warranty take it to the dealer.

    Good luck
  • wanzawanza Posts: 1
    Hi I purchased a Chevy 2000 Venture about a month ago. I have had problem with it cutting off while I am driving. I took it back to the dealer they could find any thing wrong but changed the ignition switch. Then a week later I went to start it up and it would not start, I had to have It towed back to the dealer and that is where it is now. What should I do.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    To see new front end..only picture shown go to www.cars.com and click on NY Autoshow icon. In left side bar mentions new GM minivans. Gone is the chrome grill in favor of a all painted single bar.
  • sloan2sloan2 Posts: 8
    To Mikeglyn: It is really unfortunate that you have experienced so many annoyances with your Venture. I can suggest one remedy for your banging sliding door glass. Adjust the window. My Venture had the same problem. The window was too low on the end that latches and was hitting the metal on the van when we hit a bump. The adjustment is at the hinge end. Once mine was adjusted, I had no more problems. You may also want to get some silicone spray and apply silicone around all the window seals, including the little rubber square piece that the window rests against. This stopped some of the squeaking as well.

    Now to MPASS: My Venture has the same problem, the loud poping noise that sounds like it comes from the front suspension. It does this very rarely and only during hard acceleration from a dead stop and sometimes as the Van begins to back up. I think it happens because the weight shifts quickly from front to rear. My Van has been in a wreck, though, and I thought it was related to the wreck, although the wreck did not affect the front of the Van. If you find out what the problem is, please post it.
  • minnbillminnbill Posts: 28
    GREAT value for the money! Paid $300 below dealers invoice (special deal thru wifes employer), PLUS got the 0.9% financing for 60 mos., which is like a free loan. Looked at Caravan, liked the layout & engine of Venture better, did not like all the tranny problems reported in Town Hall from Dodge/Chrysler van owners. Would have liked to look at an Odyssey, but there are none in our area, and was wondering if they are really worth their MSRP.
    Anyway, Venture drives like a dream, so far. Love the large side mirrors (about 2x as big as the ones on our Lumina). Got the Plus interior, pretty basic, with the split-bench seats in back, (no problem taking those out), kind of plasticky looking, but w/2 small kids, it cleans up nicely. Got the RDS radio/CD player, too. Gas mileage low 20's around town and plan to take it on its first road trip this weekend. Only concern is where the wipers rest, under the hood. Seems like this will be a problem come winter, w/ice and snow accumulating there. Also, the wipers leave a V-shaped spot in the center of the windshield, behing the mirror. Bothers me, but I guess I'm used to wipers that clean right-to-left. All in all, a great van, and we plan to keep it many many years (hopefully trouble-free). Check one out if you're shopping around. Some great deals out there!
  • big__daddybig__daddy Posts: 30
    You've just described our van! Do you have the long or short wheelbase? Yeah it really rides wonderfully with more than adequate power. Fuel consumption is quite good so far with mostly city driving. As for the wipers in winter don't worry about it. The first 4 days we owned this van it snowed every day last february. Sure some snow accumulates a bit there but you just brush it off like any other vehicle.
  • bpaynterbpaynter Posts: 4
    I am looking for some recent-model year Chevy
    Venture owners who are interested in talking about
    their ownership experience. I am working on the
    2001 Venture catalog and would like to include
    actual owners' words.

    Specifically, I'm looking for:
    1) A Venture LS family (mom, dad, two or more
    kids) whose children are soccer players. Kids
    should be fairly young (between 5 and 13).
    2) Venture LT family living in the Rocky Mountain
    area who take their Venture on skiing vacations.
    Should have two or three children.

    I certainly would appreciate any response I get on
    this. I can be contacted via e-mail at
    bpaynter@cecom.com. Thank you.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Noticed over weekend that some of the stiching on left rear of drivers side seat had come away, exposing a plastic strip.Have had nothing large in back pocket, but will be fixed by dealer via an upholstery shop under warranty. Will also have front toe in checked as slightly steering to left. Just as info
  • ayllamsayllams Posts: 1
    Hi! I bought a new 2000 Chevy Venture on Monday May 8. It did not start the next day --- the van has only 40 miles on it! Had it towed to the dealer and they said it was a bad battery and that the negative bolt was loose and stripped. they replaced the bolt and I went to pick it up on Wednesday and it would not start again!! They looked all Wed and on Thursday they called up and said think it was the security system. Today is Friday (May 12) and they are still looking into it. Has anyone seen a similar problem? Also the person who posted #416--- is your problem fixed? I would appreciate any info. You may email me at ayllams@yahoo.com.
    Thank-you.
  • beentherebeenthere Posts: 1
    Wow...glad I stopped by this site! Next wk our 99 Venture loaded LS model will be repurchased from the manufacturer after pursuing the Lemon Law--problem w/ ABS brakes that couldn't be fixed. Now we're doing the "van shopping" thing all over again and guess what? We're back to the VENTURE! We have searched every model high and low and have not found anything comparable for the money or ride. We definitely got the most "bang for our buck" w/ this product despite that one and ONLY AGGRAVATING problem.

    Even when we test drove all the newer vehicles we were not impressed at all. Good luck if you can find an Odyssey-plus there's no "child infrastructure" in the back seat...my daughter could not even reach the cup holder! The dealers are using the old supply & demand principle to keep the price UP which is a crock-they just don't have the capacity-period. Toyota finally made enough Siennas this year, but can't put the price range in the "family first" range. Plus, what's up w/ that tacky looking gear shift? Ugh! The Ford Windstar still drives like a truck and has poor acceleration and the rest...don't even deserve a one-liner. So, should one lemon sour the entire lot?

    p.s. for those of you wondering abt that "popping" noise coming from the front/rear end when putting the car in gear or backing up, I was told it's the ABS system engaging or some nonsense like that.
  • dvdlee98dvdlee98 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2000 Venture recently and noticed
    that there is water leaking into the vehicle
    through the middle windows on both sides. This
    only happens while the car is sitting in the rain for a coupe of hours. I can see the water getting into the car through the bottom of the window. It did not happen while driving or going through car wash. The dealer replaced the weather strips on both sliding doors. It is still leaking.
    Another problem is that It is VERY difficult to close the passenger side sliding door. It is not a power door. We are having trouble getting it latched.
    Has anyone else experienced this?
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