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Chevy Venture

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  • jimchijimchi Posts: 10
    I am planning on renting a Chevy Venture from Avis. We will have a lot of luggage so will need to collapse the 3rd row of seats down. Can anyone tell me if ALL current models of the Venture have collapsable 3rd row seats or is it just on selected models? Avis seemingly can't tell me which model they use.
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    Many model combinations and seat options on the GM vans. But I am almost positive, there are only two types of third row seats. A three passenger solid back that "folds-flat" and a three passenger 50/50 split that will "fold & stow". "fold & stow" is seat backs fold down, and stow by releaseing the rear legs and folding up onto the front legs. Should only be 10"ish behind the second row when folded up. The real issue on luggage is, regular length van or extended length van. The extended gets around 10" more cargo room.
  • jimchijimchi Posts: 10
    Montanafan-- do you mean that after we "fold and stow" that there will be only about 10 inches of storage stage between the 2nd row and the rear door? Certainly not enough for any luggage. I couldn't even fit my briefcase in that !!
    Perhaps I misunderstood.
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    Sorry I ment that the width of the folded seat would be about 10" up against the second row. Swing by a GM dealer and take alook.
  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    Woe is me fellow travelers, low coolant light went on. Already had the intake gasket replaced. It's going in tommorrow.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,794
    Maybe it's related to your gasket work a few weeks ago and they'll cover it... please keep us posted.

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  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    It's the water pump this time around. Due to be picked up tommorrow morning. Jim
  • dennie4dennie4 Posts: 24
    Help!!!!
    I think this is a new one. I have a 2000 Warner Brothers Venture. I probably wasn't paying enough attention to my oil usage as i have it changed every three thousand miles. Last month the low oil light came on. So I put two quarts in to top it off. Well yesterday the light came back on. I had to put two more quarts in. I only had driven 1700 miles. So it is using about a quart every 850 miles. Every one i have talked to has said this is excessive. Yet nothing leaking on garage floor and it doesn't appear to be in the coolant. The bad news the van is three months out of warranty although it only has 34600 miles on it. I made an appointment to get it checked Monday. I am not sure if I should just unload it or wait for the verdict. I am guessing this is going to be an expensive problem. Any thoughts out there. The dealer said he hasn't had any problems with Venture using Oil.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Your oil use is definitely excessive. If you have receipts for all your oil changes, take them with you to the dealer. As your vehicle is barely out of warranty, if make any kind of fuss, I would guess GM will pick up the repair bill.
    I agree with your mechanic, in reading all the posts I have, using oil in these vans is a very uncommon problem.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re 1510. Although the warning light maybe coming on is it still down on the dipstick after you topped it off the first time. If there are no visible leaks it needs dealer attention. The warning light could be a "sender' problem. I had this on the Low Coolant

    Would agree with CATAM that need to make a bit of noise with the dealer as just out of warranty.
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    Could be an intake manifold gasket leak. And in some areas that would be a 36m/50,000m warranty (california emissions states). So should be able to make a case for post warranty concideration.
  • dennie4dennie4 Posts: 24
    Thanks for the help. I have an appointment for Monday. I talked to the dealer about post warranty help. He wants to check it out first and see what the problem might be. He is going to do an Oil consumption test. Also check compression and a few other things. He said i should wait to contact GM after these tests. He made it clear though that the Van is out of warranty. Like I didn;t know that. A few others notes I checked the tail pipe and there isn't much in the way of soot deposits. Also i have put 4 quarts in the last two months. It was low two quarts the first time I checked it and was low two quarts last week. Also absouletly no blue smoke is coming out of the tail pipe. I also checked the transmission and it is OK. The engine is running as smoothly as it ever did. I am going out today to check out a few new vans and see what my is worth before they give me the bad news. I really like the van and do not want to get rid of it, especially since i am on the last few payments. Either pay the bank or GM i guess. I have never dealt with GM before so who knows how this will turn out. I will let you know.
  • greg32greg32 Posts: 48
    Has anybody added television or video to their Venture? I've searched the web and have seen console TVs that sit between the front seats. I've also seen LCD screens that mount to the back of the front seats. Anybody had experience with any of these systems?
  • big__daddybig__daddy Posts: 30
    I have a loose window on the passenger side. Does anybody know how to remove the inside door trim to get access to the window bracket? I've removed the power window/lock switch panel so far. Inside there's a screw which seems to hold in the trim. I removed that too but the trim still doesen't seem to want to come off very easily. I don't want to force it too much and break something. Are there any other mounting screws I should look for or does the whole thing just snap in?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Based on past experience with a Lumina APV, once you have removed the trim the actual panel is popped on with plastic plugs down both sides and along the bottom. Then you will find a plastic sheet which is adhered to the door frame with black stuff. Believe this is to protect door/window mechanism from water ingress.

    Maybe worth looking in one of these after market manuals that has an exploded view. GM may have changed the design.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I have not added or seen one of the types you mention in action.

    I tackled it buying a small 9inch tv/vcr combo, but you can get them with a DVD now. We have the eight seater with three modular seats in second row and flip the center seat forward. I then secure the tv with small bungy cords using the seat bars on the floor.

    You will need to get a kit - TARGET Stores that allows you to angle the tv up, so that the viewers in the very rear seat have a comfotable line of sight.

    Ther ones that come in a case and strapped to the front two seats have a small screen. The floor mounted ones are too wide for the space between the two front seats on GM.

    You must secure the tv otherwise it could end up being a projectile if accident occurs.
  • montanafanmontanafan Posts: 945
    You might ask in the Aftermarket Forum, about audio/video upgrades.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    I have done a similar set up to offham. I actually have a 13 inch TV/VCR combo. I use a few folded blankets to prop it up at a viewable angle. I also remove the center seat in the second row (8 pass seating config). I put the cooler full of drinks and snacks there for the kids. This has made for the most headache free and comfortable road trips I have ever had.

    PS. An added bonus for the TV/VCR combo is that its now sits in my kitchen all week long, so that we have something to watch while cooking. I only put it in the van for road trips. It also gives me a VCR in the hotel room for the kids. Quite a bargain $120 for TV, $30 for power inverter, and you're ready to go. Beats the heck out of the $500-$1500 systems that get installed in your van.
  • 4wheeler54wheeler5 Posts: 5
    Posted this in "triplets" as well...
    We have had our Venture for about a week after getting it used (120K) I am fairly happy so far except for a couple of things - I'm getting a hesitation and slight "bucking" feeling from the engine when excelerating or at cruising speeds (all speeds) feels like the engine is missing but suspecting its a dirty fuel injector. Any thoughts? Last thing , and its minor is the passengers arm rest sits too low as if it was foced down or sat upon at one time. I'm hoping I can take it apart and have it "park" a couple of inches higher?
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    I would check your plugs and wires. Odds are that your vehicle never had its 100K scheduled tune up, and with 120K on the clock its highly likely You may have a bad one. If those check out OK, then I would look at the fuel system, ie fuel filter, pump, injectors, etc. The last possible culprit although unlikely would be air, check your air filter and replace if old, mass airflow sensor, o2 sensor, pcv valve, egr valve, etc.
  • homerkchomerkc Posts: 113
    I have a Malibu, with similar 3.1L engine. When I experienced a "miss", or bucking, I decided it needed plugs. My dealer service advisor strongly advised to ignore the plugs and change the plug wires (said they go bad before the plugs.) A new set of wires fixed all!
  • 1panky1panky Posts: 34
    Has anyone else had this problem. On my 2000 Venture, the remote power lock fob will no longer open or close the doors; the power slide door; nor the emergency horn. This happened two months ago for a couple of hours and repaired itself. It now has occurred again for good. It has been inoperable for a week now. I have tried both key bobs and neither work. I also checked the fuse box and all fuses are fine. I can contol the electric doors from within the cabin and now have to press the lock button twice before departing to lock the vehicle completely. To enter, I must use the key and then press the unlock button from within the cabin Also, where is the control box to this system? Maybe a wire is fried or an in-line fuse is blown. Otherwise, with 65,000 plus miles and over three year's of use; it has been a good vehicle. I just hope this doesn't cost an arm and a leg to repair. Thank you
  • just4fun2just4fun2 Posts: 461
    Did you replace the batteries in the FOB's? Just a thought.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re last two postings. We have a 2000 and notice that have to be closer to van to open. There is a specific article on changing batteries in the key fob in the hand book and maybe the time to do it.

    If this does not work, I recall more than some time ago..couple of years, you should disconnect the battery connections to "reset" the door operation etc.. Do not believe it is a fuse issue.

    Please let us know.
  • just4fun2just4fun2 Posts: 461
    I believe that their is a procedure in the owners manual to reset the power doors. Since it was mentioned that they had to use the key to get in the van from the outside, I would assume that the key FOB isn't working any door lock.

    I have found that if you hold the FOB against the bottom of your chin while pushing the buttons, that will increase the range of operation. I have tried this my self, so this isn't some trick to make you look silly.
    I think your body is acting like a large antenna, so the range is increased.
  • 1panky1panky Posts: 34
    Thank you for the suggestions. I have also used my wife's fob which is used occasionally and there is also no response. I have moved to various distances and locations and still no response. I have not performed any maintenance recently on the van that I can point to as a possible source of the problem. I followed the instruction manual as suggested and reset the electric doors to no avail. I will try the battery technique offered to see if that might help. I ordered the service manual today on-line (something I have been planning to do for three year's) with the hopes it will shed new light on the problem. It just may be the receiver is on the fritz. If I can locate the control module; I may be able to check the connectors or at the very least; have it checked. It just may be time for a replacemtn module.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,794
    I'd still replace one of the fob batteries just to rule that out.

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  • I am getting ready to change my coolant in a 99 Venture (DEX-COOL). Can anybody tell me where the drain plug is? There seems to be a plastic plug at the bottom right as I face the engine. It appears that it needs a special tool to unscrew it. Any help would be appreciated.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    Sounds like you have correctly identified it. It unscrews, you may need pliers to turn it. There are also two cooling system bleed screws on the top front of the engine you're supposed to open to get the coolant to drain, but it's hard to describe where they are.
  • I know many would never compare the Venture with the Odyssey, but I rented a Venture for the week and drove it fully loaded for 800 miles through the Sierra Nevada with my wife following in the Odyssey that we own - both were '02 models.

    For someone who doesn't think much of GM cars, I gotta say, the Venture was a pleasant surprise. The feel of the wheel and the seats (Venture) were outstanding. Road noise is well insulated. The Venture was a little challenged climbing hills vs. the Odyssey, but it fared much better in the mpg department going 23 mpg vs. 19 for the Odyssey.

    Fit and finish has to go to the Odyssey, and over time, I'd guess the Honda product would fare better in reliability and re-sale, but I think the Venture was probably alot cheaper to get off the lot than my '02 Odyssey at MSRP.

    one other note: as if to say 'take that Odyssey!' the Venture threw a rock busting the windshield of the Odyssey while on the HWY.
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