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Chevrolet Venture, Van
#1 of 2501 mumbly6
Mar 19, 1998 (6:27 am)
Thinking of buying a Venture. Aside from crash
test reports, any pro and con on this van would be
appreciated. Thank you.
Mar 31, 1998 (4:55 am)
Here is my $.02. This sleeper van has all the features the other vans should put in: power slider door (remote,too!), split, fold and tumble rear seats that also slide back and forth, steering wheel radio controls. This van must have been designed by a mom. Lots of cargo room. Both front seats can be powered. Outside temp indicator. One of the best drives around. Middle windows open. You can get one probably cheap because they have such a bad rep.
Cons: try tilting the second row captain's chair forward - you have to hold it up (as compared to T&C, it hydraulically lifts and stays). All the talk about cheap, loose interior plastic is true. The crash tests - but remember the new side impact bags for 1998. Reliability - Consumer reports just named the GM trio the most unreliable cars out there.
#3 of 2501 melis
Apr 01, 1998 (7:11 pm)
We are in the process of buying a '98 Venture EWB Malchite Metallic with the 1SH package, CD, 2nd Row Captains Chairs. We have test drove this van twice as well as the other vans, Dodge, Plymouth, Ford & liked the Venture the best. We didn't find anything cheap about the interior & it drove quieter than the other vans. So far we haven't had much luck with the Auto By Tel Rep - he keeps wanting to sell us a bunch of extras that we don't want and/or need. We've managed to get one dealer to agree to $300 over dealer invoice but I haven't gotten a dealer invoice print out from him. We figured that we could get this van for around $23,400 which is around $2200 savings + we get the low interest financing thru GMAC. Good luck mumbly6 on your van!!
#4 of 2501 padeken
Apr 25, 1998 (3:55 am)
looking to purchase a
98 venture soon ,could
use help with any info
on vehicle from owners
,drivers etc..why the
bad rap from consumer
report`s on that
model(what actually is
wrong with this model)
#5 of 2501 Writing other Owners
Apr 26, 1998 (1:12 am)
To Padekan or to anyone wanting more info than what is shown in these two different topics on Chevy Ventures:
Click on the blue name to find email address to write people who were looking for a Venture a few months ago. You can see what they have found out thru experience.
Jun 09, 1998 (5:28 pm)
I have a '98 Trans Sport Montana with about 2,500 miles on it and I love it. No problems, no adjustments, no nothing. Most parts are the same as the Chevy Venture. Car&Driver selected the Trans Sport over the Windstar, Caravan, and Sienna as best overall mini-van. In my opinion, the Venture is one of the best bang-for-the-buck buys going now.
CR just happens to love imports. I don't know of any complaints about '98 GM mini-vans, but go look at the Sienna board...loads of problems! I think we're dealing with mythology here.
Go to MSN.CARPOINT.COM and find the CarPointAutoPricer for the same info your dealer uses about options & prices. You can also buy through Carpoint at about Invoice + 3% if you like.
Feel free to email me at scottbuseyhotmail.com for further discussion if you like.
Jun 12, 1998 (1:45 pm)
We have a 97 Venture extended with about 8000 miles on it. We have had minor problems, broken seat, brakes squeeled (they replaced the pads, moisture in the headlight (they replaced it) and
Firestone couldn't align the wheels due to a problem. However, it is a very nice minivan that
drives well, handles nicely and is very roomy. I
would recommend it because the price was affordable. I purchased it at $100 over invoice
#8 of 2501 Imashmo2
Jun 13, 1998 (8:10 pm)
Anyone considering these vans should look at NHTSA or insurance institute for highway safety web site. They are dangerous according to crash tests.
Jun 15, 1998 (12:40 pm)
Errrr, dangerous might be a little overstatement. Might be better to say they did poorly on the offset test. Be sure to read GMs response to this
teseting, and the response to GMs response. These vans did OK in the government sanctioned full frontal test. For that matter are they the only minivan with side airbags? But I guess since there was no side impact test done on these vans, the side airbags don't make it any safer!
Jun 16, 1998 (5:20 pm)
Sounds like somebody is not happy when GM delivers a product that outshines the rest... Ralphie, is that you?
Buy one and don't crash it! You should only crash rental cars. Plan ahead.
Love my Trans Sport, and you guys goofing around with unofficial crash tests do not impress me.