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Chevy Venture

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  • 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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