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Chevy Venture



  • jints2282jints2282 Posts: 33
    I was told originally that the gas tank or tank sender was bad, but they couldn't pinpoint the exact problem, so they gave me a rental last Thursday. On Friday, they found the problem, but didn't have a replacement tank, and couldn't get it until this week, so they avoided a verbal confrontation with me by leaving me a voice at home. I went to the dealer on Friday afternoon to get the full story, and they promised the Venture back to me by Tuesday. I gave them a piece of my mind, hoping to receive compensation instead of a rental car. Anyone has any luck getting freebies from a dealer? I have had the car for 2 days but they will have it for 6 days. Is this how CM treat their customers?? The only thing they have offered is my first oil change free. Big Deal!!
  • Does anybody know if the dash mounted cupholder on the 2001 Venture fits on earlier models or if an aftermarket alternative exists? I spilled coffee on the floor because of the !@#$%^ passenger seat mounted cupholder.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Big Daddy:

    See my post 2/12. Can be done, but part is $75/$80 as it consists of the " frame" that surrounds the radio/heater controls/switches and the cup holder is mounted in there at the bottom.

    It is not a straight exchange for the ashtray in the 2000.

    Please check out at your Chevy dealer to see if same info.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    407 of 407 GM Minivan Recall 01V067000 by thaes Mar 28, 2001 (05:45 am)
    This recall notice is on at least the 2000 GM line. The text follows.

    Vehicle Description: Mini vans equipped with passenger side power sliding doors. The door closes but may not be latched. If this happens, the power sliding door can open while the vehicle is in motion, particularly when the vehicle ascends a hill, makes a turn, or travels over a rough road surface.

    An unrestrained occupant could fall out of the van and be injured.

    Dealers will install a new unlatch actuator assembly to the power sliding door. Owner notification is expected to begin during April 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737, or Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hot line at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT

    Campaign Number: 01V067000 Date: Mar-08-2001
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Prior to my Venture I had a Lumina APV van which had the cupholders similar to the 2001. Why did they change...???

    With smoking on the decrease, Chevy engineers did not catch on to the trend that people generaly do not want ash trays/lighters any more. Soccer Moms and all that.

    My other theory is that as this van was designed in cooperation with GM Europe, and I bet those guys were all smokers as seems to be the most of the population. I am sure the US Chevy guys said, "Hey what about the front cup holders" and slapped them on the side of the passenger seat as a compromise.

    Personally, the rear holders are not much use either, with the juice box cut out on the backs of the seats they are too shallow.
  • I have just started researching the pros/cons of this vehicle through the posting. For the most part, they seem minor. Looking at possibly purchasing new and wondered if anyone could suggest tips on getting the best price, best dealer, etc. I understand that special financing expires 4/2, so any feedback is appreciated. Has anyone purchased from any of the local dealerships from within the suburbs of Chicago, IL?
  • $75 for a piece of plastic? I don't think so. I'll probably pick up a console like my sister has in her Villager. Plenty of extra storage space and the cupholders are well placed.
  • leon17leon17 Posts: 2
    Hi everyone!
    I just bought 98 Chevy venture with 25k on it. it seems to be in a very good shape, however I have couple of questions:
    1.The horn appears to be very tight to signal - needs almost a kick with palm of the hand - is it normal for this type of car?
    2. The light for Traction control button stays on
    at all times (the one below the HVAC controls.) If I turn it off it comes back on after restarting of the van. When The button light is on,Does it mean that TracControl on or off? Manual is confusing.
    Thank you
  • I found the horn a little tough to push too so this must be normal. As for traction control sorry I can't help because I don't have it.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Agree horn does need a hit on the pad to make it work.

    Re TC. In the 2000 there are two indicators. The TC is always active unless you switch it off and on this model there is a light up sign under the temp gage showing "TRAC OFF". I have not tested to see if it stays on after I re start the van.

    When the TC is active, the 2000 have a message center that states "TRACTION ACTIVE" and you hear it whirring away.

    My conclusion would be is that your light in fact shows it is active, until you switch it off and it auto resets next time you start.
  • billk123billk123 Posts: 4
    My 2000 Chevy Venture is exhibiting quirky behavior. Initially when I purchased the van the air bag warning light would flash once or twice when starting the vehicle and then stay off. Last week it flashed about 6 times and stayed on until I rode over a dip in the road and then it went off. This week it went on after going over a bump in the road but didn't come on solid the next time I started the vehicle(still initially flashed more than six times). I'm pretty certain that if I take it in to the dealer, I'll get the "No Fault Found" run around. I suspect a connector somewhere has become partially disconnected. Any ideas on where to do a quick check before spending days going back and forth to the dealer?
  • My 99 Venture had the air bag light come off and on every now and then. When I took it in, the dealer said it had something to do with the seat belt latch and replaced the two front seat belts and the light hasn't come on since. But, we have had lots of quirky, (non-major) faults with the van.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Switched off Trac Control, when re started automatically reset. So it appears that if you want it off, it has to be done manually each time you start the car.Conclude that the earlier models have a "on" warning light as described by another reader.
  • sloan2sloan2 Posts: 8
    With 45,000 miles on my '98 Venture, I was surprised last week when my Service Engine Soon light came on. I knew from reading this board and prior knowledge that it had something to do with the emission controls. I did something smart for a change and checked-out what the owners manual had to say about the light. It suggested checking the fuel cap to make sure it was on. Apparently an open fuel cap changes the pressure in the fuel system, which affects the emmisions. I thought that sounded ridiculous, but I checked it anyway. Guess what? The cap was off. I tightened the cap and within five minutes of driving the light went off and hasn't come back on. Thanks Chevrolet for being honest enough to include quick fixes in the owners manual.
  • fgriecofgrieco Posts: 7
    I bought a new Venture Plus Ext. this weekend at Heritage Chev in Alexandria, VA for $24,400 with the 2.9% financing. The van is really nice, and came with the rear AC, power locks and windows, and so on.

    I test drove one of these vans a while ago. The one I test drove didn't seem as nice as the one I bought. This one is just a little tighter.

    I see this van as sort of a compromise between the Fords and Chryslers and the Hondas and Toyotas. I could barely afford the Honda and Toyota vans. The message boards for the Windstar and Caravan are scary places.

    There aren't many people on this board that seem to have problems with their vans. Should I be looking out for anything?

  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Couple of items. The black matte finish body moldings sometimes get polish on them which is hard to remove.Found a product today that does a great job called Turtle Wax Black Chrome. You only require a small amount and when buffed up they look great. It takes away any polish residue.

    I noticed that the left side support pad on the drivers seat looked different and found that a wire zigzag support underneath was immediately behind the fabric and was starting wear the fabric. The dealer arranged for me to take it to an upholstery shop on Monday, and they will take off the seat cover and see what has happened to the foam. All other seats are OK.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Found the cause of an annoying rattle FYI.

    On both the rear sides of van where the rear doors slide back, there is thin panel about 1.5inches wide and 20 inches long. This covers the center slide tracking.

    This is held in by two TORX screws one at each end(you need one of those special star screw drivers)and found that it was not tight.

    Underneath there is a metal door stop right at the end of the tracking and it appears to knock against that.

    I removed the rear light cluster and tightened the screw holding the piece of trim and it eliminated all loose movement.

    The front screw is more difficult as it is behind the sliding door and you need a 90 degree tool, which I do not have. Anyway this seems to have worked.
  • bought a 98 old. have 30k on it so far. have the same problem with drivers seat. on the left side it feels like the padding got pushed back and there is a wire right under the leather. bought the car used. figured the guy drove with a cell phone or a keeper on his belt. let me know what you find out what the problem is
  • marchemmarchem Posts: 1
    Has anybody had trouble putting fuel into a Venture. When I put gas in my 99 Venture the gas pump shuts add almost immediately. It takes over 15 minutes to fill a tank. I have been to several gas stations and used different types of nozzle and the dealer installed a new filler tube. The problem remains.
  • sintrasintra Posts: 15
    I have the same problem but I can fill the tank normally if I hold the nozzle horizontally. For a second or so, the problem occurs, then it's OK. I have been doing this for almost 3 years now.
    Hope this will help !
  • rbrixtonrbrixton Posts: 2
    My 1999 Venture Van with 33k has developed an intermittent shifting problem. Dealer can't find the problem (of course it doesn't happen when it's at the dealer). You can feel the vehicle "skip" when shifting gears. This happens in all gears and will happen either hot or cold. Sometimes you can hear the engine race just prior to going into gear. Then the problem will vanish. Sometimes returning the next week or months later. Any help would be greatly appreciated due to the
    factory warranty running out in 3k miles.
    Rick L>
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Spoke to the shop that fixed the seat, and this is quite a common problem on driver's side. As you get in and out of the van, pressure is put on the left side support.

    According to upholsterer, the GM foam/padding quality is not the best and eventually the wire support works/cuts it's way through foam, and that is what you can feel behind the seat fabric.

    He replaced all of it and put a patch under the fabric to ensure it does not wear through.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I had a look at (Chevy Truck 1999)
    and saw that a service bulletin was issued in Feb 2000 under ref 00-07-30-002 with text of "Slips,Harsh upshift....".

    Not sure whether this related to problem described, but would ask dealer to review the TSB under that reference to see if it is similar to the situation you are getting.

    Rest assured, it is something developing that could end up being costly.
  • p222p222 Posts: 5
    well now i had my van to dealer 7 times and all four windows still leak.service manager has stated they dont know how to fix them.Factpory rep. has looked at van, so far no offers of them buying vehicle back.Any one else with water leaks?
  • robfilmsrobfilms Posts: 5
    i'm looking used and doing my homework.

    i know in 98 got chair-mounted side impact air bags. was wondering if anyone can tell changes in 99 models? or 2000 model? or 2001 model?

    any and all opinions are appreciated.


  • offhamoffham Posts: 344

    Firstly, I would go to (see my #744 post) and review the GM service bulletin subject titles. You will get an idea of the sort of problems in each model year.

    As far as I can recall most of the changes between 99/2001 were small. Nobody knows except Chevy what technical changes were made between the model years.

    99/2000: Redsigned facia and message system. New radios with built in single CD player. Different seat fabrics.

    00/01: New grille, 6 CD player option, decent cup holder in the dash. Back seats can fold flat and some sort of shopping bag tray. If you want the WB version bigger tv screen and wireless headphones.

    Again it depends on the model you are looking at, but from posts it would appear that 2000 are looking to be more reliable than previous years.
  • robfilmsrobfilms Posts: 5

    thanks for your posts.

    for the above model years, no engine tweaking?

    does any of the 2000 gm vans have a rear seat that folds flat or is that feature available only on the 2001 models?

    i've read that the 2001 model side impact air bag is now designed to protect the head. does that mean that the previous generation of side impact bags DO NOT protect the driver/occupant's head?

    again, thanks for sharing your obvioous experience. be well.-rob
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344

    In regard to mechanicals, one has to hope that any problem found in a '99 was a production fix for '00 and so on.

    According to handbook side airbags in 2000 are to shoulder height and only activated in side impact.

    The fold flat rear seat is only for 2001. This seems to be a poor solution to the Honda rollaway rear seat. The Chevy one is not flush with the floor but must be 5/6 inches higher. We have the 8 seat version and the rear bench is a split flip and fold and each half can come out individually.

    For hauling college stuff/ice hockey gear it is great and the three center row seats do the same. For us it gives max flexibility relative to cargo and passengers.

    Trust assists.


  • I have a 2000 Venture, that I bought new about a year ago and I have been very pleased with it. The only problems have been minor, like the cover for the aux power in the dash broke off and the handle for the hatch broke, but the dealer fixed those with just a minor inconvience. I have found that the service at my dealer (Maher Chev in St. Petersburg, FL) is compentent but slow. 2-3 hours and $20 for an oil change, no thanks, I'd rather do it myself, and I have ever since the first free one.

    I have the short middle bench seat. The salesman that sold us the van said that we could come back later and get the 3 modular seats to make the long middle bench. Now child #3 is on the way and I want those 3 middle seats. I went to the dealer and the parts manager said that it was Chevy policy to NOT sell whole seats. Now I cannot get the seats without buying a new van or finding a wreck at a salvage yard. Have any of you run into this problem and/or any suggestions for getting my hands on these seats?
    Thanks in advance.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 274
    I also want the 3-abreast in my 99 with bench are right, you can't buy seats from GM, and I tried some net sites as well. Someone in this folder located seats at a junkyard. This appears to be the only way to get 'em, unfortunately.
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