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  • Hi. My wife and I want to replace our 96 Transport because we want the driver's side sliding door. We found a 97 Venture that we can afford, but it has 95,000 miles, mostly highway miles. Any comments on the reliability of these vans after 100K? Owner says it has an extended warranty to 125,000, but I haven't seen the paperwork yet. My other concern with this van is the lack of rear a/c. We live in an area with hot summers, so we need good cooling. Any thoughts on that?

    By the way, our Transport has 86,000 and is doing great.

    Thanks, Greg
  • '97 Ventures with the driver's side sliding door are hard to find in fact I'm not so sure they were available that year/model. And why would you trade-in a van that's doing great and has less mileage than the one you're looking at just to have the driver's side sliding door? Oh and we've had 7 passengers ride in our Venture on a hot day with no complaints and we don't have the rear A/C so I wouldn't worry about it. If you absolutely MUST have the driver's side sliding door then shop around a little more you can probably find a 97 or 98 with less mileage. If not then my advice would be to keep the Transport.
  • Well, here's our thinking. We love our Transport, but with two small children in car seats, the lack of the 2nd slider is a major pain. Getting in and out of the car is really hard sometimes, especially when one decides she doesn't want to go. Also, the 96 pontiac has only one airbag, and lots of blind spots because of the huge posts between windows. The 97 Venture has the 2nd slider, two airbags, MUCH better visibility, daytime lamps, AND 2 integral child safety seats! It seems like a much safer van to us than the Transport. I'm not too concerned with the mileage difference, because this particular Venture has an extended warranty and our Transport doesn't. Also, the seller is selling it for $2000 below bluebook, because it is a company car, and this is more than they would get on a trade-in. So, we could get a newer, safer van for just slightly more than we can sell our Pontiac for. We're building a house now too, so cash is tight and we can't really afford to trade in on a car with 30,000 miles.

    Make more sense?

    Greg
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Have you taken a look at the IIHS crash test ratings for the minivans? Seems like safety is one of your higher priorities, so you may want to have a look at this: http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/summary_passvans.htm

    Good luck!

    Drew
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  • of the GM minivans! Even though you now get a safety discount from State Farm on the Pontiac Montana based on real-world crash data....

    And let's not forget that the Insurance Loss Data Institute's figures show the GM vans as having some of the lowest accident claim costs of any vehicles on the road today....

    Why not point people to all the information, not just that which you feel is important? Isn't that the job of host on Edmunds? It would seem that your bias is getting in the way of your job performance....
  • had problems with the automatic door not closing and just recently my car while doing about 40 miles an hour just dies out w/no reason. The car has been warmed up,I lose all the power in the steering and the brakes, the second time i was on a hill going in reverse, the dealer cannot guarenntee this can be fix, anyone out there with similar problems. my car is only 14 months old> badcar2
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I am not a mechanic, but the door situation can be re set and instructions are in the Owners Manual. In regard to brakes/steering both these which are power assisted would feel heavier when the engine cut out.

    I would seriously consider another dealer and if not happy call Chevrolet direct.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I have a 2000 LS Venture which is just 7 months old. Have had problems with it about 1-2 months after we got it. I was picking up my 5 year old from school in 110 degree weather with a 3 year and a 1 month old in the van and could not get it started until the 3rd try. We took it in and the dealer flushed out the fuel injector. Still have problem starting, and is getting worst every day. It stalled 3 times today after I started it and put it in gear. Also, it seems to be choking when I drive it in the parking lots. Going to take it in tomorrow to see what can be done.... love this van, but I hate the problems! Anyone got the same probs? And what's the fix for it?
  • Just purchased a used 2000 Chevy Venture with under 20k miles. I really like the van (sure beats the '90 Mazda MPV I used to drive!). As I don't have an owner's manual (the dealership has ordered one for me), I'm hoping someone can answer this question. When I start the van, lots of indicator lights come on briefly on the dash, then go out. However, in the information window, the battery picture appears, then the "Change Engine Oil" message will appear and stay on for a good 2-3 minutes. The dealership assures me that they just changed the oil. Anyone know what's going on? I'm not too worried, as the light doesn't stay on, but I'm curious as to why it stays on as long as it does. Does this need to be reset each time the oil is changed? Thanks in advance for any help anyone out there has for me.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    There is a section on the oil change in the manual. After the oil is changed, the system has to be reset by turning the ignition key to point where all lights are on (prior to starting) and depressing the accelerator pedal fully three times within five seconds. Then restart.

    This should reset the warning message. However, the warning system is not based on mileage, but on engine revolutions and conclude that the oil may be too thick at the start and as it warms up thins out and the light goes off. Only an idea ?

    If it still lights then suggest oil change 5-30W (have found Exxon Superflo is good)and filter. If still stays on after reset maybe the sensor.
  • We've had the oil changed twice at the dealer during regularly scheduled maintenance. Both times after the oil change the "change oil" lite would come on for a few seconds after startup. Seems the mechanic forgot to reset something. Now the warning message doesen't appear. Maybe the mechanic did the reset procedure as described in the manual? The mechanics must forget to do the reset because it's probably new for 2000. In fact upon describing the problem the mechanic said "2000 Venture?"
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re #641. I believe you are correct that the 2000 was the first to get the warning message system.
  • DOES ANYONE KNOW IF CHEVY IS PRODUCING 8 PASS VENTURES W/THE WANNER BROS. PACKAGE. GM CUSTOMER SERVICE IS USELESS THEY GET THEIR INFO FROM THE BROSURES. I HAVE SPENT AT LEAST 2 HOURS ON THE PHONE AND NOBODY CAN TELL ME FOR SURE. THE DEALER HAS IT LISTED AS SEATING CODE ABF. I ORDERED ONE LAST WEEK BUT STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A BUILD #. IF ANYBODY HAS SEEN ONE CAN YOU LET ME KNOW. I HAVE FOUND 47 VENTURES IN THE NJ AREA AND THEY ALL HAVE 7 BUCKET SEATS. I AM SO DISGUSTED WITH THE SITUATION I MAY JUST GO BUY A CARAVAN. THE CUSTOMER SERVICE # I HAVE IS 1800 222 1020. IF ANYBODY HAS A DIFFERENT # LET ME KNOW PLEASE SINCE THE UPPER MANAGEMENT AT THAT # CANT BE BOTHERED . THANK YOU NICKJRNSA@YAHOO.COM
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Could you please not type your messages in capital letters. That is considered shouting and not polite. As far as a build date it has been my experiences that it takes more than 1 week. If it takes 7 weeks to build I would expect the build date in about the 4th week. You may also run into problems as GM is shutting down a lot of their asemblely plants for 2 week periods in Feb. and being their vans aren't hot sellers I bet they will be down too. So it could be 8 to 10 weeks before your van arrives.
  • Did you bother to even check GM's website? It says the Venture WB Edition can be available with the 3rd row 3 passenger stowaway bench (wish that was available for 2000!). Along with the 3 modular 2nd row seats that would be a total of 8.
  • We have had our darner Brothers Venture van for about 6 months and my wife really likes it. BUT, we have started having trouble with a loud groaning under the hood, mostly at idle. When it is groaning, turning the steering wheel slightly can make it go away. AND, when it is groaning the lights (both interior and exterior) pulse. Has anyone else dealt with this problem?
  • Took my van in on a Thursday and got it back on Tuesday! The problem seems to be solved! The culprit was a white wire from the starter that was chaffed.
  • p222p222 Posts: 5
    Purchased 2001 venture as extended van 1 month ago. When it rained,the 2 middle windows leaked as well as the two rear windows. Took it to dealer and dealer said they couldet find any leaks when they squirted water over the van. BUT WAS TOLD THEY HAVE A LEAK SPECIALIST man that goes from dealer to dealer to solve leak problems. So I guess that means that chewy has a lot of problems with leaks. Any one else have leak windows,please let me know how they fixed the problem. gray
  • My wife and I took delivery of our 2001 Chevy Venture in November 2000. We were leasing a '98 that was do to expire in February '01 but we wanted the 7 passenger seating instead of the 8 passenger version. Unlike nikjrnsa - Post #644 - we did not want the folding bench. We like the versatility of being able to remove or fold down one seat while leaving the other rear seat in place. We ordered a 2001 but we were no longer able to get the 7 passenger version so our dealer did a search and found exactly what we were looking for. We took it.
    We love our new Venture WB edition. The pros outweigh any cons. The ride is great, the kids love it, the dog loves it! As for the leather/cloth seats...the reason they put the cloth in the center is so your bum does not get cold. I think they could have made the seats all leather and put heaters in them however this could be costly with 7 bucket seats, 5 that are removable!
    Many of our friends that were turned off by the safety reviews have been won over after driving or riding in our Venture. It is a great Van! If you are on the fence just stop someone in a parking lot and ask them how they like it. I did that when I before I bought my last car. You will be surprised how willing people are to talk honestly about there vehicle! Good Luck!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    The standard bulbs #9004 in the Venture can now be upgraded to a new street legal Sylvania Bulb CB9004 which are much brighter ( a white light) and give a wider spread on low beam and greater distance on high. They cost about $15.00 each and are packaged as Cool Blue.

    They also make a bulb for about $10.00 with 20% more power than the old ones, but I have found the extra $5.00 worth it.
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Has anyone experienced a water leak on either the driver's or passenger front doors? Our company van's passenger side door has a water leak when driven through a automatic car wash, seems fine in the rain and no evidence of wind noise. If so, what was done to cure it? All of the weatherstrip looks in good shape, only 20k on van.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    The new 2001 Venture has cupholders in place of the ashtray and lighter on earlier models. The cupholders on the side of the passenger seat are not that practical, especially if you have to take your eyes off the road to put a hot drink down.

    I have asked Chevrolet whether it can be a retro fit on 2000 and back, by removing the ashtray and lighter and inserting the 2001 cupholder.

    Will post comments when rcd.
  • My sister and her husband are thinking about purchasing a new 2000 or 2001 Chevrolet Venture. I am needing for some one to tell me if there are any problems with this type of van. I know very little about mini-vans. Any help would be greatly appreciated:)
  • Send me an email, I'll give you my Venture experience.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Share your experience with all of us.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Despite the negative comments that are posted on this site from time to time about the Venture, it seems to me that every minivan made has its own set of issues good and bad.

    We have had a Venture LT 2000 8 seater in dark sapphire for 11 months with just over 20K miles. We got in through carorder.com at an unbelievable price of $24500 incl taxes.(Carorder packed it in and are now back in CA.)

    This van has been absolutley first class with minimal repairs, the major one being an errant low coolant warning light which was fixed by the dealer. A couple of minor issues I fixed myself. I always change the oil/filter myself at 3K and have tires rotated as per schedule.

    I took it out in the snow this week and it felt very competent and reassuring with the Traction Control coming on and off as well the anti lock brakes.

    For college runs and ice hockey tourneys it is a very comfortable highway cruiser with plenty of pep in the engine and good mpg.

    Consumers Reports seem to knock it at every opportunity and appear to be in love with anybody other than GM.
  • the GM triplets mainly because of their poor offset crash test scores. They have admitted in the past that the vans are well designed and comfortable cruisers, however.

    Since I have no immediate plans to run into a fixed barrier, those scores don't worry much!! LOL...

    And, since State Farm now gives discounts based on their claims experience with the Pontiac Montana, I guess those tests aren't the best predictors of actual injury/death rates....
  • pretty much says it all about our Venture: it's been a perfect car for my family, and even though my daily driver is a Firebird Formula 5-speed, I still like to drive the Chevy. I would like better brakes, but that's about it for criticisms.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    ...utilises a fixed but deformable barrier that simulates the front end of another vehicle.

    "In the Institute's 40 mph offset test, 40 percent of the total width of each vehicle strikes a barrier on the driver side. The barrier's deformable face is made of aluminum honeycomb, which makes the forces in the test similar to those involved in a frontal offset crash between two vehicles..."

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    More information about safety/crash tests can be found here:
    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/offset.htm

    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/def.htm

    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/summary_passvans.htm

    http://www.crashtest.com/explanations/iihs/iihs.htm

    http://www.crashtest.com/explanations/nhtsa/usncap.htm

    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/96026.htm


    Although the Chevy Venture is structurally identical to the Pontiac Montana (and the Olds Silhouette), State Farm doesn't give the same discounts to the Venture or the Silhouette. Hmm....since this is the Venture topic, guess that point is moot.


    Drew
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  • Mr. Onetrack mind....


    Where's the link to the Highway Loss Data Institute's information about actual loss experiences for these vehicles, including the Chevy Venture?


    Conveniently left that one out, eh Drew? Nothing like the supposedly impartial host trying to move the discussion in his/her way....


    Well, in the interests of fairness, I'll provide the link. I think you'll find that real-world experience suggests that choosing any of the GM triplets does not put you at a substantial risk for death or injury, in fact, they are all in the "substantially better than average" category....


    http://www.carsafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ictl/ictl_wagon.htm

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