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Chevy Venture



  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    Thanks Hardesty, I'll look into it. Would synthetic oil help?
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  • dlubindlubin Posts: 66
    Just a suggestion - if you're going to look at the Venture, you ought to pull the Montna and Silhouette boards in as well, as they're all basically the same vehicle.

    -Dan L.
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    lets call it GM minivan club !
  • Is GM taking $2002 off of the MSRP or off of the final offer? (If it is off of the MSRP, that is not a good deal really)(vs. the 0.0%) Just wondering if anyone has used this incentive on any GM. Thanks in advance.
  • $2,002 rebate off the final deal. Also can get 5.9% apr here in the Northeast.
  • topptopp Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Venture (still under warranty but only until Feb.22, 2002.) The engine has started to knock badly when its first started in the morning. It stops in about 3 to 5 minutes. The dealer says the 99,2000 and 2001 all have a coating on the pistons that is coming off. They have a service bulletin on the 2000's and 2001 and fix those but not the 1999. They did put STP or something in my car but they won't fix it. Any suggestions on what if anything I can do. I think I need help. Tanya
  • Topp, A recall is a known defect that will repair your vehicle for free. A TSB is just a notice to their own mechanics on how-to fix this problem if they do encounter this particular problem. Chevy is under no obligation to fix for free, unless the NTSB feels that there are high # of complaints, and at which time they can turn it into a recall. Since your warranty is almost out, I suggest you call Chevy directly and start a case #, so at least your problem is documented. Don't let the first customer agent shut you down, because that's their job. Last time I had go go up 2 levels before a manager gave me what I was looking for. I would also contact your service manager and see if they can cut you a break. Good luck!
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    You can also go to a different dealer,you may find a whole different attitude.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I was looking at the current GM Canada value van ads. C$22498 for a pretty well loaded regular wheelbase Venture. The only thing missing is cruise control. Anyone know if this can be added or would I have to go after market?

  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    The running light on my 98 venture died last week.This is the daytime running light with the amber bulb. About the same time I noticed that the turn signal started acting funny, going much to fast. Then the light started working again. Today it was out. Anybody know what might be wrong?
  • In South Carolina, installed aftermarket cruise using a GM-type turn-signal-stalk module is $300. You might try calling car stereo stores; they do this kind of work.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    I am not sure about the Venture specifically, but on other GM Vehicles I've owned, when the turn signal is blinking too quickly, it means there is a burnt out bulb. This is the vehicles way of alerting you to the problem. Replace the bad bulb and it should go away.
  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    Thanks Catam, I'll try it. Just as a general comment, I've gone over all the posts in this thread, and people are commenting on how great their vans are with 10 and twenty thousand miles on them. I should hope so! Let's see at a hundred and two hundred thousand!
  • masonmimasonmi Posts: 148
    I had the same problem on my Venture when my front left turn signal bulb went out, the blinker will blink very fast everytime you try and use it letting you know the daytime running light is out.
  • I traded in my new Value Van but just happened to cruise by my old posts (No pun intended).
    My dealer had an after market cruise installed as part of the purchase offer and it works fairly well, not as well as the pre-installed GM controls though on steeper roads, but certainly satisfies freeway and normal Highway driving.
    I think you may be paying too high for a Value Van though. I paid for one sitting on a lot, brand new still but one year old, $20,998 (CAN) including cruise, CD and a couple of other dealer or after market options I asked for.
    Give your dealer a counter offer.
  • Has anyone had a problem with the shoulder harness clip, coming undone, on the built-in child safety seats on 1998-2000 Ventures? Specifically, the clip snaps together, but it opens with very little force and without the need to squeeze the release.
  • Hi Folks, I know you've probable read alot of the venture leaking, well here is one more.

    We purchased a 2000 Chevy Venture Back in October 1999, What a wonderful van it was. you couln't beat the gas milleage on it.

    After the first week of owning our Chevy Venture, it down poured really heavy. Didn't think nothing of it, till I went to drive it. As we started out it seemed ok, till we made that left turn, then all the water started gushing out from under the dash board on the passenger side.

    To make a long story short, and many repairs, I filed the lemon law and won my case. They tore my venture into peice and had it 30 days, still could not figure out how it was leaking. Beleive me if they could guarntee me another venture that did not leak, I would have replace it with another one. I ended getting me a 2002 TrailBlazer.
  • safetyguy2, I have had similar problem with my 2001, although I don't believe it's Chevy problem, for once. My daughter thinks she can undo the shoulder strap herself, so she pulls without squeezing the release. Needless to say, now the release has little spring left, so it open very easily.

    leihua5264, It's unfortunate it had to come to you waving the lemon law flag, but I am glad to see you victorious. Luckily I have had no major problems yet with 11K miles. We'll see when it hits 36.1K miles. Chevy wonders why buyers are looking for quality and extended warranties, when they are only offering 36K miles?? When they start to build a quality product, people will buy.
  • jints2282: I was a little baffled that you don't believe the easy clip opening is Chevy's problem. Aren't we talking about the built-in child safety seats that are ordered as an option from Chev? It seems like Chevy should be responsible for all of their standard and optional equipment.

    As a side note, the clip is extremely important, in that it correctly positions the straps on the child's shoulders. Severe injuries can occur during a crash if the straps are not on the shoulders.

    Sorry if I sound a little preachy, but we see a lot of junk car seats (in our shop) that offer little, if any, protection for kids.
  • masonmimasonmi Posts: 148
    I have a 2000 Chevy Venture and recently noticed my steering wheel squeaks every once in a while when you're turning it either to the right or left, does anyone know if theres a remedy for this without going through the hassle of taking it back to the dealership?
  • The wife informed me that while driving our 2001 WB with power slider passenger door, the latch was clicking, attempting to lock, when the car was in motion. I asked for details, but didn't get too much info, so decided to take it out for a drive. Sure enough, after 5-10 minutes of driving, a clicking sound was heard every 2-3 seconds, as if though someone was pressing on the lock button of the remote control. It lasted for about 15-20 seconds, then stopped. Park the van in the garage, then I heard the clicking sound again. It seems like every door is trying to lock every 5-10 seconds. I check all 5 doors, and there was no obstruction. Closed the door, didn't lock it, and waited. About a minute later, all doors latched locked automatically, and the headlight flashed once (if locked by remote, light flashes twice). I purposely left the window open to see if I can unlock from inside, but no luck. I tried different combinations, but all with same result, the latching click would occur every 5-10 seconds again. Didn't want the battery to drain, or cause some other problems, so I disconnected the battery. Can't wait til Monday and see what the dealer have to say about this.
  • I had a Pontiac 6000 STE once that did something silmular. What I found was that one of the outside key lock cyclinders was partialy turned, causing the automatic locks to try to cycle. The vans use a simular key activated locks. Might try locking and unlocking the van by the keys and make sure the openning is straight up & down.
  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    I have a 98 Venture that when started has a ticking noise in the engine. The engine seems fine otherwise, it has about 50,000 miles on it. Is this something I should be concerned about?
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Does the ticking just occur on start up then go away, quickly or does it persist anytime the van is idling.
    My first guess would be that you have a possible valve adjustment problem. If it only occurs at start up, it may be the lack of oil above the rockers allowing some chattering to occur.
    The valves are generally easy to adjust once you get to them. However, if the offending valve is on the rear cylinder bank next to the firewall, you may have to pull the whole engine just to get at the problem.
    May not be worth it to even bother.
    Just my $0.02 worth.
  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    Hi Catam. My wife just pulled in and there was no ticking.
  • I own a 2001 venture with 6000 miles on it. Since I bought it I hear a noise any time the vehicle moves coming from the driver side sliding door. I have had it at the dealer 3 times for the problem, today being the third time. the service manger told me today they can't fix the problem b/c it is structural. The reason for the noise is b/c the body rolls over the road and it causes the door to rub against the frame. He says it is b/c of a lack of support around the door frame. he said even if they give me a different van I will still have the problem. My friend has a 2001 and has no noise like my van makes. Does anybody elses van make a noise similar to mine? Does anyone think there is any truth to the service managers explanation? Any ideas on a better way to contact gm then thru their web site?
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I think the dealer is giving you a real run around.

    The obvious thing to be done is to have the door reset. In fact in our 2000 after I picked it up there was a work sheet in the drivers side sliding door from the factory specifying that the door be re hung beofre final production.

    I would try another dealer or take it up with GM.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    Well since it is a problem only at start up, I personally would just try my best to ignore it. Without having heard the sound, I still believe it is a valve problem. Because the Venture has a pushrod engine, and hydraulic lifters, I don't believe this will really create any reliability issues down the road. The problem goes away after start up so one there is sufficient oil pressure in the system the valve is going to open essentially normally.
    There are 2 things you may want to try, next time you change your oil use a full synthetic with 0W-30 oil. See if this has any impact on the problem.
    Second, the next time you have near a good mechanic for any reason, ask them to give you a possible diagnosis.
    It could be something else, but if this is your problem, I don't think it is worth the effort or expense of fixing.

    As for the body roll problem for Welk, I agree with offham, Take it to another dealer, and then GM if it persists.
  • jpc47jpc47 Posts: 62
    Thanks Catam, I don;t think it is sufficent reason for a big expense in getting to the valves. To be on the safe side though, I'll run it by my mechanic.
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