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Chevy Venture



  • greg32greg32 Posts: 48
    Your correct about my seat belt issue. You should not have the same problem.

    Have you tried using the internet to look for junk yards to search for seats? Thats how I found my seats in Petersburg, VA. Most of the web sites have 800 numbers you can call directly to ask if they have the seats.

    I may have my old 97 venture GM brochure. What did you want to know from it?


  • All the GM headlights on newer cars and vans are weak. My last few cars I have installed higher wattage bulbs and new wiring available from
    They work great, improve visibility substantially, they do not blind oncoming traffic, and Competition Limited guarantees their bulbs and wiring for 90 days. I sound like a commercial for them, but I have been very happy with a new found ability to see at night. I have put the higher wattage bulbs on my 2000 Montana (the same as the Venture and Silhouette) and they work great. Slight glitch with the fog lights and the high beams, but the fog lights are worthless anyway. I leave off the fog lights and the headlights work perfectly.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    I own a 99 Venture, bought new, currently with 13K miles. The transmission is fine, but I've read so much about these transmissions screwing up that I wonder if pre-emptively changing the trans fluid now would forestall any future problems. Any opinions?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    RE 601: Personally, I have always got the fluid changed around 30K - 35K, irrespective of the owners manual etc. My transmission guy charges $45.00 and in all cars I have had, I consider it well worth it and such a small investment.
  • This weekend my wife and I looked at some minivans. The local Honda dealer wants $24,340 for a 2001 Odyssey LX. Also, the wait may be a couple of months for it. We also looked at the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. It had the power package and middle bucket seats. The salesman tried to BS us with a quote of $24,300. The funny thing is, there are about a dozen of the same 2000 leftover vans still on the lot! He asked us what we were looking to pay and I told him $22,000. He checked with his sales manager and came back and said that he could sell it for that (including taxes & tags). Not feeling very comfortable with the whole deal we told him we would get back to him if we decided to go with the Dodge. After reading some posts on the Dodge and the transmission problems, it isn't an option for us.
    The next stop was the Chevy dealer. They had 2 leftover 2000 Ventures on the lot. They offer a $3000 rebate off the $22,831 sticker. That brings the price down to $19,831. It's an LS model with a CD player. They let us borrow it for the weekend to see how we like it. My question is, do you guys think it's a good deal? We are going to drive it around tomorrow and see how it is. Thanks for your help.
  • Has anyone heard of APR's of new 2001's for after January (purchased, not lease)? Right now, I see 5.9% for Ventures. Are there going to be lower ones in the future (like last year---Ford had some 0.9%). Has anyone heard? Thanks
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    Send me an email re: 2000 Venture if you want to hear about my 99.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    One of the motoring mags, runs a test on minivans this month, featuring the LS, Nissan Quest, Mazda MPV, Sienna and latest 2001 Chrysler van.

    They put the LS and Quest at tied fourth, and usual niggles by the writers about interior switches etc. However it is the fastest in its class.

    We have the 2000 LT 8 seater, and after 15,000 miles it has been mechanically fautless and good MPG (upto 32) on long trips. The 3.4 V6 engine can be a little noisy at first, but a silent highway cruiser on long trips.

    If you are into home maintenance, changing the oil is about it, even the airfilter is like wrestling with the devil.

    Good luck
  • kymbokymbo Posts: 1
    We just purchased a 2000 Venture lease-return with 23,000 miles on it. Power everything. At first the power door was wouldn't stay closed, it kept reopening but it seems to have corrected itself over this past week. But other than that I just love it! We rented a Venture for a road trip this past June and I just fell in love with it. Although I had researched and re-researched and had decided to buy a Ford Windstar, top of the line, I drove one and just hated it. We went for the Venture instead and I'm still glad we did. I drove a Chevy Lumina sedan for 138,000 miles and only replaced the alternator once, the tires twice and the battery once. Other than that, no problems whatsoever. Hope this Venture is the same!
  • Gary, what part of the county are you in ??
    If our dealers would have come up with that sort of price for us, we would have jumped at it [ central Fl ]the best offer they would do for a venture lx with cd was $26,100 & that was not including tax & title [ but did include the $3000 or 0% apr ]I told my husband if we could get one at that price it would be worth travelling to get it at that price.
    We have been looking at the venture & like it very much, would love to hear from anyone who has one, good or bad comments !
    We were loking at a dodge durango but read a lot of negatives about it so we are looking at vans again !!
    Any help/comments much appreciated.
  • Take a look at response # 575. It is still available.
  • Just bought a new 2000 LT with leather- $26,100. Also got 5 yr 0% financing. Combined with $3600 GM card rebate- I couldn't pass it up. I almost gave up on finding a yr 2000 close to what we wanted, but there are a few still out there. Never owned a GM before. This was the most pleasant car buying experience ever (dealer was great) lets hope ownership goes the same way....
  • I am planning to purchase a used 2000 Chevy Venture Value Van. The van has 17K miles, power everything, and is in excellent condition. The owner is asking $14,500. Is this a good buy? I see brand new Ventures listing for $18,400 at a local dealership. Are there any Venture owners out there that are dissatisfied with their vans? This is my first domestic car purchase!
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I have a 2000 Venture LS with 15K , hasn't given us any problems yet. Which has suprised me as I've hated GM products for about 3 decades! I also have a 2000 Windstar SE with 6K which has been back to have a new accelerator pedal unit and a new gear shift lever (those are the "safety" items which needed fixing, I won't bore you with the trim ones!) When they hit 50-60K then I'll make my final opinion about how good they are or aren't!
    14K for a car with 17K miles doesn't sound too bad. You lose several grand the minute you drive off the lot!
  • My 2000 Venture LT has water leaks.

    Water accumulates in the rear quarter panel where the jack is stored. During heavy rainfalls the water also leaks at the joints in the paneling of the inside rear storage area. Purchased in March noticed large quantity of water in storage area in July. Since August Van has been back to dealer five (5) times. Forth (4th) time area representative present during fix. Fifth (5th) time was by Chevy Engineer as service representative identified him. Car Still leaks.

    Recommend anyone buying a Venture perform a water leak test on vehicle before acceptance of vehicle.
    Run water for approximately 15 minutes over top of vehicle. Vehicle should be on slight angle to allow water to run off the Right Hand Side of the car by the Automatic Door. Check inside paneling for water drops and jack storage area. Other cars returned to my dealer also have leaks in the overhead console information center.

    Anyone else have water problems. Please post if you do and if fix was found.
  • jnattjnatt Posts: 1
    I own a 2000 venture plus and also experienced problems with water in the jack area, however the dealer could not find where it was coming from so I took it upon myself and discovered it was coming from the rubber boots when you open the hatch they are mounted on the van to cover the electrical wires and such. I found they was'nt sealing against the van surface, and every time it would rain or I would wash it the water would roll right under the seal and run right down to either the jack area or sometimes the driver side area.give it a look and let me know . goodluck
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    as I discovered when replacing a flat last week (swapping tires was very easy using the toolkit). I suppose my rubber boots are also have y'all fixed this? Offhand, I'm tempted to try Shoe Goo or equivalent.
  • My 1997 Venture is 3 1/2 years old with 55k miles and it is in the shop with a cracked head and major damage to the engine. As a result a new engine is being installed. Up until now we have been very happy with the car. We are not sure how or why this happened. We have always brought it in for its regular maintenance, which is usually just an oil change or a tire rotation. Has anyone out there had the same problem?
  • Hello folks,

    I have a 1998 Pontiac Transport, but since it was a Venture clone and there seem to be more folks here...

    My driver's side wiper blade comes all the way past the windshield and wraps around slightly to the top of the drivers door. It tends to wear out the blades more quickly, and it makes an annoying "thump" when the blade slides off the glass and over the edge :)

    I have mentioned this multiple times to the dealer when I am in for an oil change, but they haven't done anything. It doesn't seem to me that the blade arm can be easily calibrated; I tried by loosening the nut and moving the arm down. Didn't work.

    Anybody else had this problem, or am I just lucky?

  • I had this problem with my 2000 Silhouette. The dealer fixed it right away by replacing the arm assembly; it was bent, but not very noticeable.
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