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Chevy Venture



  • fsimpsonfsimpson Posts: 2
    Does anyone know if the 97 venture has a power window lock. The drivers side window goes down sometimes but rarely goes up by the passenger controls. No problems with drivers side controls. Also not all doors lock when using the power door lock - especially the drivers side slider. Also have a slight engine knock when 1st started which goes away after a minute or so.
  • aquakidsaquakids Posts: 7
    I've noticed it most at night. Dash lights are already on. Normally happens just once . . . usually about ten minutes of driving. No problems . . . just catches my attention.
  • daverosedaverose Posts: 233
    Sorry. It was a thought.
  • nksunsetnksunset Posts: 1
    I have a 99 Venture LS extended van and its transmission died at 17000 miles. It occurred suddenly (as I was driving to work one morning) without warning. All of a sudden the van began to shudder when it shifted and luckily I was a mile from the dealer. They completely replaced the transmission but now it shifts hard and I don't trust it. I have not been very happy with our van - mouldings fall off on the inside, knobs broke off. Tires that will not align, and gas mileage averaging 19 mpg. I have always loved Chevys and this is the first bad experience I've had. Maybe I have a lemon. Anyway - I'm trading it in on a Malibu. Now maybe I can park in a normal space!
  • aquakidsaquakids Posts: 7
    Thanks anyway.
    If that's all I have to worry about, sounds like I'll be pretty lucky.
  • jeffc83jeffc83 Posts: 1
    We have had the Venture Since Jan 99. It rolled off the lot and had transmission prob within two weeks. We have had intermittent and dangerous electrical problems which can't be reproduced. Car just shuts off while driving. Individual electrical systems will fail and comeback on.

    The power door rattles and we have relaced the track once. Low quality plastic parts in the interior. The real problem is I had to convince my wife to buy a made in USA car. I'll never live it down. Please give feed back on any success in making GM step up and take responsibility for for there garbage vehicles. We are taking the car in for every problem large or small and documenting. Dealer is trying but they did not design or buidl this piece of junk.

    Toyota here I come!!
  • We looked at a 1999 Chevy Venture Ext 8 passenger seating model today with about 25000 miles. Although I didn't dwell on it at the time - it did not seem to have a separate rear airconditioning. Does anyone, who has an extended version Venture without separate rear ac/hear,have any comments re the temperature comfort when riding in the back? Also - any thoughts re $19,900 for a 1999 LS extended model with 25,000 miles? I like the 8 passenger seating but I am having difficulty, in the Cleveland, Ohio area in finding 1999 models(the 2000's are probably out of my price range)with the 8 passenger seating. Thanks.
  • jelsingajelsinga Posts: 2
    Hi, I wrote in before (see #447) regarding the transmission going at 90,000kms....and I had just bought out the lease! Well, after much phone calling back and forth and demanding that GM stand up and take some responsibility, they have decided to "participate" in fixing the van. This means that GM pays 1/3, my dealer pays 1/3 and I pay 1/3. Just for the record, I do not agree with this, but need the van fixed. I plan on paying my 1/3 (about $1,000 CAD) and then making a claim in small claims court to try and recover the costs. I got some very good advice on this, so I will try it and see how it goes. I told GM that they need to stand by their product, they won't sell many $35,000 vans if they can't promise a transmission beyond the last lease payment! FIGHT for what you believe when it comes to dealing with the big car companies, it is by nature, an adversarial system and we need to understand this.
  • SAhladasSAhladas Posts: 35
    Sounds to me like GM is being more then fair with you. In the states, the warrentee is 36K miles, so you would have been 14K miles out. Nobody would argue that a transmission should not need replacing at that mileage but how do you figure you should get full coverage for a replacement? At what mileage do you think repairs should become your responsibility?
  • rk18rk18 Posts: 1
    Hi - New at this computer stuff!
    Read your comments on trans prob.
    Our van started shifting very rough at 16K
    with a high pitch whine. Took it to the
    dealer and it took a full day for them to
    fix it. Solution - they did a field change
    i.e. new shifting valve and solinoid. It's
    been fine ever since.
  • fsimpsonfsimpson Posts: 2
    Bought a used 97 chevy LS extended van and have a few quirks with door locks and power windows. The passenger door does not lock when using the drivers door power door lock switch when exiting the parked vehicle. When we 1st purchased the vehicle it was the drivers side sliding door that would not lock. My wife has also noticed that on occasion when the van is sitting the interior lights go on and she hears the clicking noise as if the unlock function was pressed on the clicker that accompanies the ignition keys. Also the passenger window will go down via the switch on the door but rarely will go up. If you use the drivers door switch and get it started then the passenger door switch will raise the window. Has anyone had any similar quirks with their van.
  • lorelei1lorelei1 Posts: 1
    I was glad to hear that so many others had problems with their Ventures. (Not glad that you had problems, but glad we're not alone!) Ours is a company vehicle. Over the years we've had Caravans, Luminas, and now the Venture. It's a '99, with 65,000 miles. We had the same problem with the stiching on the back of the driver's seat coming apart. Plastic molding coming out of the seat and everything! The driver's side electric window won't go all the way down - makes it very tricky to get your turnpike ticket! A piece of plastic molding on the side sliding door has broken and is falling off. It won't come completely off, just kind of hangs there to poke you in the eye should you try to enter the van. That handle on the inside of the rear hatch broke, so now we have to pull down on the outside of the door to close it. All very annoying examples of poor workmanship/design. Just recently the coolant thingy has begun to leak. I have to carry a spare jug of water to put in if I'm going to be on the road for a while. Luckily, we only have to keep it for another month or so, but the problem is that we aren't getting minivans anymore. The fleet company has decided to go with Malibus (What are they thinking? The minivan was barely big enough to handle his job related equipment!) so now I'm in the market for a minivan for me to drive. We know we don't want to buy a Venture, that's for sure! I'm looking at the Villager. Haven't heard too much bad stuff about those!
  • marcbmarcb Posts: 152
    if your considering the mercury villager/nissan quest twin, you might also consider the mazda mpv also. they would fall within the same size.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Not sure why a hidden message, but certainly would advise anybody considering the Mazda MPV to check out the site and look at the problems.
  • As a venture owner for 6mths, I am very dissatisfied. AT 300 miles the transmisson developed a whining noise. Dealer replaced a flaking sprocket? Alignment has not been correct since. Found lift damage behind front wheels at unit boxes. 2 times back to dealer, which has claimed alignment was within limits after last adjustment. Newer dealer found engine cradle not inline, take back to original dealer for fix. Called GM for service mgr input. To date van pulls to right steers to left for straight and rear tires are worn abnornal.7000 miles of lemon juice.
  • cevans4cevans4 Posts: 1
    We bought a 97 Chevy Venture brand new, fully loaded. We waited a long time searching for the right van for room and for equipment for the price. We got the options we wanted, but we were not expecting the problems that awaited us in the last 3 years. Our van has been in the shop 5 times for a knocking noise, just to be told it was normal and to find out 2 years later it was the transmission going out and had to be replaced. Since being replaced 2 weeks ago the service engine light keeps coming on for slippage on the new transmission. We had a leak for 1 year or longer that they could not find. They resealed the windshield 5+-times, when finally found. The headliner had to be replaced nothing fits right now, or is tight anymore. We are told this is normal for ventures to have leaks, and we should not expect it to be like new. When the liner was replaced they screwed up the tint or antenna wiring to glass, leaving it to look busted. We were told not to expect it to look new. But by GM's Policy they cannot fix their screw up. Also we had to argue for the headlights to be replaced that were filling up with water in the rain. Luggage rack peeled several times and had to be replaced. Windshield wiper mister will not stay attached, finally gave up and tie wrapped them our selves. We have lost our faith in CHEVROLET PRODUCTS all together, after swearing that Chevrolet was the best-built vehicles on the road, because of 2 years of constant service calls without satisfactory results.

    Good Luck on anyone that wants one. Even though we love the room, options, and driving it we cannot go on taking it in every other week.

    The Evans
  • cevans - sounds like you should seek out a lawyer, in your area, who specializes in "Lemon Law" claims - assuming your state has such a consumer protection law. You might have a viable claim and it should not cost you anything to find out. I used to defend those claims and the company would pay legitimate claims. We've had our 1999 Venture LS Extended, which we bought with 25,000 miles for $18,200 (plus I purchased a 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty just in case) about 3 weeks now - and we love the room; it also drives very well - like a car. Good luck with your Venture - my auto from hell was a French-American joint "venture", in the late 1980's, a Renault LeCar.
  • jotalupajotalupa Posts: 1
    My wife and I are very interested in the Chevy Venture minivan. It appears to be a good value for the money. However, the IIHSA offset crash tests are disturbing although I have appreciated the running commentary at this site.

    Regarding the safety issue: GM's Nov 21 1996 response to the IIHSA offset crash test results seems to be the only GM comment on offset crash testing re their minivans that I could find.

    In the response, their spokesman asserts that GM ran 3 offset barrier tests using a "well accepted European test procedure" on the European GM minivan and that the van "performed well"

    Anyone who is familiar with the Euro NCAP offset crash testing results(performed after the GM response) knows that the GM minivan (the Opel Sintra) had a very difficult time in the European offset crash test.

    GM also indicated that it ran 72 full scale crash tests during the design phase of its vans, is there any way to obtain the testing information referred to by the spokesman in the article, especially the three offset barrier tests?

    Can anyone recommend a good book or a paper on interpreting the results of crash tests? Is it fair to extrapolate the results of one crash test and apply it to a wide variety of circumstances? ie real world crash between Venture and smaller vehicle at 30% offset and 120 pound driver(as [opposed to 150 pound dummy) Is the GM safety cage really that much more poorly designed than its counterparts?

    Interestingly enough, the GM spokesman also alleged that the one passing minivan in the IIHS crash tests had an intrusion of a tire into the passenger compartment as a result of the crash. Is it possible to get specific information on individual crash tests from IIHS?
  • It has been 1 year since I purchased the Venture LS. NOT 1 PROBLEM!!! I took ownership with a scratch on the passenger mirror, whole thing was replaced. We drove from NY to North Carolina in June and got 27 mpg avg 65 mph.

    The power slider is working without a hitch and there are no rattles, clinks or clunks.

    I am an extremely happy Venture owner!
  • spirit97spirit97 Posts: 2
    We are looking to buy a van and are on the fence betwwen the Venture and the Honda Odyssey. Any input on either vehicle or both would be greatly apreciated. Thanks
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