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Chevy Venture



  • You guys are smart. Venture is a real nice, though sometimes overlooked, minivan.

  • The Side impact crash ratings of the GM minivans came out quite good:

    4 STAR for Front seat side impact;
    5 STAR for rear seat side impact.

    It will be interesting to see how well the other minivans perform in this test. A 5 star rating for rear seats is very good news as this is where children will be seated. Sounds like a very safe minivan for children. The front impact is okay, but certainly has room for improvement.

    I was reading Consumer Reports and noticed that the predicted reliability rating of the GM minivans has improved from -86, reported in 1998, to -25. A -20 score is considered average. When
    three model years are included in their survey, I would expect another improvement. It sounds like GM is paying attention to reported problem areas.

    Go American!
  • Hello everyone,

    I've got to go and wont be (posting) back until Jan 04, 1999. I've enjoyed my conversation and point of arguments with all you folks. Hope everyone gets the minivan of their choice during the next two weeks. I will find out when I come back.

    I will have my NEW Chevy Venture by Jan 04, 1999.

    As always...

    Best of luck,

  • Just bought a new 1999 Venture Van LS loaded. We got a great deal from our local dealer. It rides well and the finish is not cheap. Safety? Sure enough we have heard all the clatter. Yet, a vehicle is only as safe as you drive it. The best way is defensively.

    We really like the van, the dealership, and the financing through GM Canada.

    So take a closer look, you may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Hi All,

    I just bought a 3dr base Venture last weekend.
    It was the lowest trim level except for the addition of a cassette radio. I paid $21200 out the door with 0.9% 36 month financing w/ zero down. ($1000 rebate is not available in CA) Now I just heard about some $500 loyal GM customer rebate.

    I have an '86 I too late to get the $500?

    Only problem so far is a slight, but annoying, steering pull to the right.
  • Me Again,

    A quick trip to the Chevy home page tells me that the $1,000 rebate (or 2.9% financing) on '99 Ventures has been extended (if I remember correctly, through the end of March).

    This makes me less suspicious, but still leaves me wondering.
  • tiger9tiger9 Posts: 2
    Hi Walt,

    My dealer only list 17999, not the 16999. I will take it if you could get that price. Let me know if you get the van, I am also considering that van.

  • Walt,

    Don't forget the dealer's got a 3% holdback and
    another $500 dealer incentive. Of course, he's
    not obliged to share these incentives with you.
    Also, make sure the 16999 includes the $580 dest.
    charge. My deal of $21200 OTD was actually $300
    below invoice by my calculations. My Venture had
    some fit & finish flaws and 125 miles.
  • Walt,

    One more thing, the power door and AC are are
    not options. They are standard even on the base
    model, as are 2 side air bags and anti-lock

    I believe the van you're looking at is like mine,
    minus the (radio w/ cassette).
    The MSRP would be $20745 + $580(dest. charge) =

    Anyone with tips on a slight steering pull to
    the right?
  • Hello All,

    First off, thanks to everyone who replied.

    It was just a case of an overzealous salesman. When I called him back, he said my deal wasn't enough. In fairness to him, he was a good guy just doing his job. He even told me, right there on a Chevy lot, that he bought a Caravan!

    However, I just received a call from a Plymouth salesman I had visited earlier, and he found a new 1988 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE that he says I can have for $17,000 + my car - off the lot.

    Here we go again.


    p.s. I couldn't find anything on this website about rebates or incentives for the 1998 models. Anyone have any news?
  • Hello Again,

    Sorry, my brain apparently has a Y2K problem. It's a NEW 1998 van, not a new, 10 year old 1988 van.

    Does anyone have the correct (if there is such a thing) GM Venture rebate info. So far I've seen the current $1000 rebate expires on Jan 31, Feb 28 and the end of March. On top of that, one of the above threads says there may be $500 loyalty rebate. Does anyone have the correct story?
  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    The Chevrolet site says the $1000 on 1999 Ventures expires 31MAR1999. Generally, rebates are not available in CA,OR,WA, & ID, only low financing.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    WalterM and something,

    Click here to see Edmund's list of incentives and rebates available.

    Hope this helps!


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  • Just took delivery of a 99 Venture. Had to custom order to get one with Teal interior. The interior color looks great except for one thing....the roof (headliner) is grey!! GM is putting grey roofs with Teal interiors and it looks absolutely rediculous.

    I called the GM Customer Assistance and was told a Teal roof comes with the Teal interior but the dealer says no it doesn't.

    I need data.....has anyone out there purchased/seen a 99 Venture with Teal interior and Teal roof?

    All responses welcome as I'm trying to find out if GM has even bothered to make a Teal interior roof.
  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    I own a 1999 Olds Silhouette, dark teal exterior, teal leather interior (built in November 1998.) The headliner is grey as in your Venture. I like the look (to each his own) and think that a teal headliner might make the van very dark inside. If you have someone at GM telling you that your van should have a teal headliner, then it should, and you are entitled to a replacement headliner of the proper color. A new headliner is a lot of work and takes skilled workers to get it right, so if you have it done make sure the people that will do the job are experienced. Best of luck, let us know how it goes.

    P.S. See if you can get GM to put the color info in writing to show
  • Thx for the response. You are confirming my feeling that GM doesn't even make a teal headliner. The dealer is still researching headliner part numbers but all 30+ Ventures on their lot have grey headliners. I suspect the GM Assistance rep I spoke to gave her "opinion" and not a fact.

    I'll post an update when it is resolved (one way or the other).

  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    FYI - I have all of the build sheets (computer print-outs) for my Silhouette and the headliner is called out in 2 places (trim & IP line) as 8712. The only pictures in the 1999 brochure are of the tan interior (w/tan headliner). Your build sheets should be the same (there are places for Chevy emblems & Pontiac mouldings on mine.) It is also possible that a teal headliner was planned but never built, or that some were produced but did not meet specs for some reason at the time that our vans were built. My van was built on Thursday, 05 November, 1998.
  • dnawezdnawez Posts: 1
    Hi, this is our first post. I have read all the posts in this area and a few of the other areas. We saw a '98 Venture (extended), with 16,500 miles. It was not fully loaded, but had enough features. The price on the tag was $18,900. Its history was that it was used as rental vehicle. We've done some price checking here and at Kelley Blue Book, and this seems to be a reasonable price. What do you think? We haven't driven it yet, but are scheduled to this weekend.

    Any input will be greatly appreciated

  • Thx for the info.

    How did you get the build sheets for your van?

    The dealer told me today that GM says there are no teal headliners and all headliners are grey.

    I'll call the 1-800 line and ask them for the teal part number and see what I get.

    More later.
  • hardestyhardesty Posts: 166
    The build sheets are shipped with the van. The dealer would normally toss them as part of the prep work before delivery. I asked my dealer to save them for me as I like to keep detailed records on my cars (like exactly when they were built.) My dealer called me when my van was delivered (before prep) and I was able to inspect it straight off the truck (interior still wrapped in plastic, tape head lock still in the radio, etc.) After all, when you pay ~$25000 it is nice to know that everything is right. We had ordered our van in July 1998 (before 1999 prices had even been set, while the strike was still on), and had told the salesman at that time that we wanted to do the pre-prep inspection and to save the build sheets. Our dealer (Jim Keil in Grass Valley,CA) is first rate, both sales and service, so my being this picky was not a problem (they seemed to enjoy dealing
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    #0 of 1: Chevy venture (davec5) Sat 20 Feb '99 (04:02 PM)

    I am looking at mini-vans for the first time. One
    that has intrigued me is the Chevy venture. It
    seems to offer a good package for the cost and I
    have to confess I even think it is cosmetically
    appealing (hard to believe for a mini-van!)....I'd
    like to hear from some venture owners. Give me
    your opinions - good or bad ! You can Email me at or post them here. Thanks.

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  • chipschips Posts: 1
    I got a new 98 Venture in Sep 98. Am looking for anyone with a Service Engine Soon light problem. Mine was on and off on a trip to Florida over the holidays. Was more prevalent as the trip went on. Doesn't happen with trips around town though or even a 2 hr drive a week ago. I'm sure it'll happen on my next long vacation drive though. Dealer won't replace anything without the light on to read the code. The history code is not specific enough. I already contacted one guy with a similar problem in one of these Venture topic areas and got good info but I'd love to have more.
  • My 99 Venture has only ~1500 miles and ever since the beginning it had this cyclic noise that varies with the rpm. I hear it while idling because there's no road noise. I don't know what a valve noise sounds like so I can't say it's that. But basically it's a cyclic noise that varies with the rpm that sounds like the noise that old cars' engines make. It accelerates and drives fine, though. I heard about fuel rails making cyclic noises, can this be it?
  • b986b986 Posts: 1
    I own a 97 4dr Venture. Had the service engine light start blinking on me during a really cold snap here in Vermont. Owners manual and service center advised was a fuel mixture warning. Added a can of dry gas and tank of high test with detergent and everything went back to normal. Was told by a GM tech during cold weather impurities in gas will cause some computers to activate this light. Don't have an explaination for southern climates like yours though.
  • sld1sld1 Posts: 12
    106 of 107: Need warranty w/ Venture? (sld1) Mon 15 Mar '99 (07:58 AM)

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether or not I should get an extended warranty if I buy a 99 Venture Extended? I know the warranty is a MUST
    HAVE for a Caravan/Voyager and probably a waste of
    good money with a Toyota/Honda/Nissan. But I don't know about Chevrolet. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.

    #107 of 107: Need advice on options (sld1) Thu 18 Mar '99 (02:20 PM)

    Am working with Auto-by-tel, looking at two 1999
    Venture Extended LS vans. Need some advice.

    Could live with 1st option he gave me. But 2nd
    option has self-sealing tires, touring suspension
    group and power sliding door added to it (and loses rear audio which I don't care about). It's and extra $705 (plus tax).

    My question is, are those three extra options
    worth it? I'm up for the tires and suspension
    group. Have concern about power door because when I test drove one, the door acted up, wouldn't open
    and then wouldn't close, alarm went off for no
    apparent reason. I'm wondering if it would be more
    of a headache than it's worth, one more thing to go wrong.

    Need advice/opinions ASAP please. Thanks a bunch
    for your help!
  • SAhladasSAhladas Posts: 35
    Well, from a statistical point of view, warrentees are are never a good deal since whoever sells you the warrentee plans on average to spend less on repairs then the amount they made selling you the warrantee. I think this boils down to your personal comfort level. I don't necessarily agree
    with your statement about honda/toyota/nissan, but toyota does give alonger warrentee (72K miles?) on the power train if memory serves me correct.

    As for the options on your venture, if you are negotiating sight unseen, I would ask the dealer to fax the window sticker (or invoice) to make sure he has everything right. I though rear audio implied the 2nd AC compressor also, but maybe this is applicable to pontiac/olds only. As for the power doors, do a search here on edmunds and I think you will find frequent problems from almost all manufacturers.
  • petitpetit Posts: 4
    Thirteen arrested in drug
    sting at GM assembly
    plant in Georgia

    March 21, 1999

    Associated Press

    DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Thirteen employees of
    a General Motors assembly plant have been
    arrested for allegedly selling drugs to an
    undercover police officer who spent 18
    months posing as a co-worker.

    The workers were arrested Thursday and
    Friday at the plant 12 miles northeast of

    "We pretty much caught them by surprise,"
    said Doraville police Col. Clifford Edwards.
    "They had no idea what was coming."

    Edwards said the officer gained the trust of
    employees while working among them on the
    plant's assembly line before purchasing
    cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and
    bootleg whiskey.

    More drugs were found after police dogs
    searched the cars and lockers of GM

    GM cooperated with police, giving the officer
    a job and providing money for him to make
    drug purchases, Edwards said.

    The plant has about 4,000 workers and
    assembles four models of minivans.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    #0 of 1: (minivanfool) Sun 02 May '99 (07:33 PM)

    I've been reading the Town Hall for weeks, and
    haven't seen much (good or bad) relating to the
    Chevy Venture. I have seen topics on the Montana, and while same van, just want opinions from Venture owners. I've been looking at purchasing for 6 weeks, and have moved from the Sienna (too small) to the Venture. Let me know your experiences with your van! Thanks.

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  • mbrowersmbrowers Posts: 3
    We're also considering the Venture and would appreciate some input (good/bad) from others.
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