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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Thank you for the link, "agt_cooper". ;-) The crash test results and the evidence of a weak structure and safety cage still stands though, and it's worrysome for people like myself. I can provide actual crash pictures if you like, and you'll see that in some cases (not all, obviously), the offset crash test pictures are reflected. Obviously, I wouldn't presume that all/any of those real world crashes are identical (hence the reason why crash tests are useful), of course, so they're taken with a pinch of salt.

    Honestly, I do wish that they did better since the GM vans do ride and drive quite well (a friend of mine used to own a '98 Transport Montana, until he saw the IIHS crash tests coverage on Dateline NBC; he kept it for another year and then sold it), not to mention being available with the VersaTrak AWD system soon.

    Mr impartial host

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  • One would assume that the IIS, NHTSA, etc., perform crash testing in the hopes of predicting real-world performance. However, based on a comparison of test data to real world statistics, there seems to be a significant lack of correlation. So, if the crash test results don't appear to reflect actual results, why should anyone use them to determine which vehicle to buy?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Why is it I go to the Chrysler van boards and give my opinion and catch hell for it. At least I own a van. Or host is giving his opinions and he don't even own a van. Also tells how great the Montana is and the Venture isn't. To me that is no more then I was doing, and was asked to stop.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    As my Venture is insured through State Farm, I checked with them to determine if there was a better rate for the Montana. They say not, however SF is reviewing all crash tests reports and may offer discounts to vehicles with high ratings. Believe SF web site has some info.
  • I thought it was the hosts job to keep the discussion on topic, not on the topic the way he/she likes!!!

    Edmunds, are you listening???


    Here is a link to an article about the reduction, including the Pontiac Montana. The reduction is only on the Medical portion of the auto policy, and it was to apply to 44 states....maybe your state is not one of them?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    agt_cooper, any posts with regards to the Venture (including its crash tests results) are perfectly on-topic. You'll find crash test results discussed in just about all vehicle topics in Townhall (ex. Odyssey, Sienna, etc.) My posts were not directed to you specifically, but to the person who requested more info on the Venture. Besides, you were the one who mentioned the offset crash tests, not me. I simply shed more light on it. If a Venture got into a 40% offset front collision with another vehicle (both travelling at about 40mph), you can bet that the real world results would be similar to the crash tests.

    dmatthews3, the reasons why your posts were removed were described in Steve's, my co-host, e-mail to you. I never said the Venture was better/worse than the Montana. In fact, I said that they were structurally identical. Lastly, I do frequently drive a minivan. It's running perfectly fine, thanks.

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  • My 1999 venture LS had the same problem. After the third try(the lemon law trigger) they found the problem quote"left seat belt pretensioner deployment loop has high resistance trace harness-pinched under seat frame replace belt". The fail code was B1040 Cond Code WK Operation C902. belt kit part# 000 012457480 was replaced. Hope this helps. It did stop the problem. Of course they
    may have just taken out the bulb!
  • The offset impact test results are only relevant to collisions with vehicles of exactly the same mass as the test subject....
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    agt_cooper, yes, of course! For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. I do realise that's why minivans have an advantage in accidents with cars. However, with the proliferation of SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans on the roads today, there is a fairly high chance (though not as much as with a car; I suppose it depends where you live) of being involved in an accident, god forbid, with one of those aforementioned vehicle classes.

    Best of luck...

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  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Of course they may have just taken out the bulb!

    I am only guessing but on most vehicles when you first turn on the ignition before cranking the starter most bulbs can be checked. It should light up.
  • I had 2 Ventures (1997 & 1999). Both were good cars in general. The second one I got more bells and whistles on it (automatic rear door and trip computer).

    I put a lot of miles on a car - about 1000 a week. I had 95K on the first one when the engine check light came on. I took it to the local dealer and it told them it was a transmission problem. The spent a lot of time on the car and finally said that the closest diagnosis they could come up with was a problem with one of the 5 sensors in the transmission. They said they would suggest replacing all of them as they could not tell which one it was. Estimated bill $1500.

    I still felt that it was a good car and traded for another. To make a long story short, the second one got 72K before it also developed transmission problems.

    Needless to say, I am done with Chevy vans
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Further my post #653, I was disappointed by Chevrolet who came back and said go to the dealer..Don't they know ?

    From the parts screen it would appear that the ash tray and cup holders are part of the frame (200/2001) which goes around the center switches etc. The price for this part is $75.00. We will live with the seat mounted ones !!!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re agt cooper post. Took article to SF Agent, who quite interested but believe does not apply in NJ as has the highest of density of vehicles per mile in the US. With the ice/snow, body shops are booming.
  • Have had several Dodge/Ply and Windstar vans. Will I be happier in a Venture or should I stay with Dodge or Ford?
  • Hi.. my wife has a '99 Montana with 42,000 mi on it. The "Check Engine Light" just came on. Was wondering if this light is programmed to come on at this time for periodic maintenance (oxygen sensor, etc) or if there's actually something wrong with the engine. Has anyone else had this light come on and, if so, what was the problem? Thanks.
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Really no point anybody guessing as believe can cover variety of issues including oxygen sensors. looks like a trip to the dealer to check it out on the computer.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I had a 95 Windstar and the transmission and engine problems though it never left us stranded. Got the wife a 2000 Venture but we kept the Windstar as a spare car and soon after that Ford had the incentives for dissatisfied 95 Windstar owners (here's a bribe so you don't join a class action law suit against us for making a piece of junk) so I traded it in for a 2000 Windstar. Only reason I even considered it was the 4 grand Ford were giving out and the 0.9% financing.
    Wife has put 18K on the Venture and the in law has put 6K on the Windstar. We have had to bring the Windstar in for one recall and another is still needing to get fixed, and they have had to replace an accelerator pedal housing (someone left bits of plastic in it) and a gear shift interlock (its sort of neat to drive around and be in a forward gear with the dash saying you are in reverse), plus various trim problems. The Venture has been flawless - unless you consider un kid proof upholstery a design problem.(If any manufacturer needs a 3 year old who will kick the heck out of the seat in front for testing purposes give me a call!)
    My fathers experience with Pontiac put me off GM for the last 3 decades! But the Venture has actually been very nice. Only major complaint is the crummy headlights.
    Maybe I'm just lucky but GM gets my vote for now. I suspect my opinion will change in about 30000 miles. The 8 seat option is fantastic. The main reason we got a GM van. Why don't the other mini van makers do that? Even Toyota in European Previas had 8 seats!
  • Hello, I'm new to your Town Hall and have a question regarding my '97 short Venture. bought it new and it has 25.5K miles on it. Since the first day I noticed after the gas tank has been filled and a few gallons have been used, when I come to a stop, there is a thump that can be felt in the back of my seat. Asking the Dealer has brought the "Dead Body Thump" response, he has heard from other customers with that problem, but offered no solution. One possibility he brought up, the lack of "baffles"in the tank. But no info. was available from the Mfg/GM.
    Any idea? Thanks, BernieK
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    Re problem posed under above. Do believe it is related to the gas tank theory and that if you come to sudden stop then the gas in the tank, especially over 75/80% full does cause this noise.

    Experienced it on the old Chevy Lumina van and to a mild degree on my Venture 2000. My be worth checking the securing bolts of the tank to see if the need tightening. In checking there was not a recall on this issue.
  • The tank bolts checked out o.k. As you noticed, there was no re-call, it's just annoying. Maybe more pronounced in my short Venture? Are there supposed to be baffles to preclude this?.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    My guess is it's the gas in the tank. The Honda Odyssey does the same thing.
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Has anyone had a problem (seems to be intermittent) with starting their van? Seems that at times it will start right away, other times it cranks for @20-30 seconds. Doesn't seem to matter if engine is warm or cold. Any ideas, dealer couldn't find anything.
  • galergaler Posts: 3
    Our 98 Pontiac Transport had similar problems with auto door buttons of both front doors (several times)and the dealer found corroded wiring within the doors causing a short. Fixed several times under warranty and also after warranty ran out for nothing. Electrical problems seem common in these vans. We now have a seat belt light coming on when everyone is hooked and a temperature gauge that sometimes goes all over the place. Radio display is also sometimes not readable but comes back after a few minutes
  • bessejbessej Posts: 13
    I had the same problem in my '91 Chevy pickup. Thought someone ran into me the first time it happened but came to figue it was the gas tank and after awhile kind of got a kick out it. At least I knew I had plenty of gas.
  • I notice on my 2000 Venture that when I turn the key there is always a split second when nothing happens- it's like the car is thinking about whether it's going to crank or not. This just lasts a half second or so. I have also noticed the starting in general doesn't seem too solid- it sort of catches and then I release the key and it dies. Maybe I'm not keeping the key in the start position long enough- but for a new car it seems to be a little hesitant catching- but nothing in the 20-30 second range yet.
  • FYI, we purchased a 98 Venture LS with all the bells and whistles. The van was a dream for the first 10,000 miles. Since then its been in the shop a half dozen times for warranty work. The first problem was the trans hesitated shifting in cold weather---no problem could be found. The next was the headlights had water in them from condensation--replaced both. Then the overhead lights went out and the hose to the rear window washer leaked into the rear interior light--both fixed. Then the best of all, the engine had a knocking noise at idle, similar to a valve chatter or fuel injection noise. Had it looked, the dealer wanted service records..... something was up? Here GM has a service bulletin (not a recall) on the engine that the installed pistons are too small and they slap the cylinder sidewalls. So the van was in the shop for 6 weeks, while the entire engine was rebuilt and the pistons were replaced. THEN the final straw was when a rear heater hose broke and left me sit an hour from home (I work an hour away). I called the dealer and he asked me if I could get it to the shop.....I told him only if would like to buy a new engine and come and get me somewhere between work and the dealer. Can you imagine a service manager asking such a silly question!! Well now we come to tend of our warranty and we spoke with the GM regional director about these issues and he told us we may be elligble for a GM buyback. After a week of review, we were rejected, because our we did not any "major" problems....I guess and engine rebuild is minor?
    But, they would offer us a Owner loyalty discount of $500-3000 on the next NEW vehicle we would purchase from GM.....great! Thanks for the gesture, but $500 off a $30,000 doesn't even cover the state sales tax.....GM is showing how they like their customers.....We always have had a GM product with little problems, but I would be very cautious about buying another minivan with this engine or buying this model used!!!! Good luck to all.
  • sintrasintra Posts: 15
    I managed to fix the condensation problem myself in 2 minutes, I just turned each small rubber hose on them to another direction !I suppose they are there to let the water evaporate. Has anyone tried this ?
  • dodi50dodi50 Posts: 1
    Does anyone have experience towing a boat or trailer weighing up to 2000 lbs with or without trailer brakes? The manual for our 1997 Venture says that we need trailer brakes for anything more than 1000 lbs, even though it is rated at a 3500 lbs towing capacity.
  • We purchased a new 2000 Venture Plus in June 2000. Upon startup, the interior lights and headlights pulse or flicker. It even does this several miles down the road. It is more noticeable in the dark of course. I took it into the dealer and they said that they could not reproduce the problem. Anyone else experience this irritating light show?
  • kellya1kellya1 Posts: 1
    We are thinking of buying a 98 Venture with 87,000 miles. After reading all the comments in Consumer Reports and on this site,we are confused at what to do? Does anyone have this model with this many miles on it? Help
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