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#1089 of 2512 Chevrolet Venture 98- FYI: here's what has happened to me
Jan 07, 2002 (8:55 am)
I bought my Venture in October of 1998. I had owned a Chev Lumina van for four years prior. The Lumina Van had engine problems shortly after 30,000 miles. It had been in the dealership just two months before for an oil change and service. Then it supposedly blew a seal and required the engine to be rebuilt. The dealership wanted approx. 2500.00 to repair. I was leasing the car at the time and I was livid that it was out of warrantee! I phoned GM and ended up pocketing only about $800.00 of the repair after much bickering with the dealership and GM. Now, I have the 1998 Venture. In the three years I have had it, mostly I have had minor problems. I had electrical problems (all shorted) which the dealership blamed on a defective cellular charging cord. However, this time I bought an extended warrantee. The warrantee fixed all the wiring after I disputed the fact that a brand new cord (just two days old) was extremely doubtful. I too have had intermittant use of the power window switch -- which seemed to go away after I banged on the door. My rear window wiper is making a scratching sound -- it is not the wiper -- and only work some of the time. Last Friday my low coolant light went on. I turned the heat up and it went off. I stopped at a gas station and had the coolant checked. He said the level was to the top in the radiator but the overflow was low which might have tripped the warning light. He didn't carry the 5-year coolant that it required so he suggested I go to K-Mart. I never got that far. That night I broke down. The heat was totally cold, the car was overheating. It was 30 degrees outside and I had my children with me. This service station also did not carry the 5-year coolant. I was desperate to get home. In trying to help, the gas station attendent put the regular type of coolant in -- just to get me home. It didn't work. I ended up having the car towed. The dealership says it's a "lower leak" and will be about a $700.00 repair. Again, and very fortunately, my extended warrantee should cover the repair. However, now I am getting worried. I have seen complaints about the transmissions on this car on other sites. My extended warrantee is up at 72,000 miles and I have 65,000 miles on the car now. Oh yeah, I also had that ticking noise on my Lumina and have the same ticking noise on this Venture. The dealership told me it is normal. But, I don't believe them given what happened to Lumina!
Good luck in your van shopping! Just thought I'd let you know my experiences with the Venture. Too bad, because I've liked the great ride of the car and the generous space as well as the flexibility of the seating. It's been a comfortable family car. But, I'm not sold on it's longevity.
#1090 of 2512 Traction Control
Jan 07, 2002 (11:11 am)
I had a salesman tell me that the traction control only works up to 22 mph on the Ventures(assume it's the same for all GM minis).
Does anyone know if this is true? Is it true for all/most minivans as well(Chrysler, Ford, Honda, etc)?
Jan 07, 2002 (11:55 am)
GM calls the system on the Vans an All Speed Traction Control Sytem. I would assume in means that. Difference is that the Van style can apply the brakes.
Jan 07, 2002 (7:42 pm)
Thanks for your comment, the 2000 Van was bought new in the spring of 91 but had sat on the dealer's lot for one year, one of the last two of a large inventory. I tend to agree that it's probably a factory defect in the installation of the tailgate door. Watching the water pour through today in the heavy rain I could easily fit my finger between the tailgate door from the inside and the rubber seal to the outside. I just hope there is a way to fix the problem.
#1093 of 2512 Reply to: Water Leaks
Jan 08, 2002 (2:46 am)
Sounds like they need to replace the rubber seal around the tailgate door or replace the whole tailgate door itself.
#1094 of 2512 Vibration over 60 MPH
Jan 08, 2002 (10:31 am)
I am starting to get vibration over 60 MPH. Its a 97 Venture with 53k miles on it, original tires. Is it time for new tires? I have the General Tires with self sealing leak. I also just had the tires balanced which improved the vibration for about 1000 miles but then its getting back to the original vibration. Any recommendations for new tire brands? I've seen that people have gotten the Michleon Symmetry.
The car has been pretty reliable. The worst problem was a battery going out at 38k miles.
#1095 of 2512 Vibration over 60 MPH
Jan 08, 2002 (10:41 am)
I have heard tell that the self sealing tires can cause this kind of problem. Also how about front end alignment? If I had that many miles on it I would get new tires,balanced of course and a front end alignment. There are places that will do front and rear alignments basically straightening up the whole vehicle.
#1096 of 2512 Thanks for the response
Jan 08, 2002 (11:06 am)
Believe it or not we've never had the wheels aligned. I've been impressed with how well this car has performed given all the bad press.
#1097 of 2512 Tire Vibration
Jan 08, 2002 (11:20 am)
One of the other reasons for vibration is that the tires start to "cup", especially if they have not been systematically rotated. Looks as if you have got good mileage out of them.
Have just fitted new Michelin Symmetrys all round and ride well on highway.Wal-Mart $85 plus lifetime/tax
In the snow we have just got on Sunday, very good combined with the traction control and antilock brakes.
#1098 of 2512 I just realised something recently.
Jan 09, 2002 (2:36 pm)
My 2000 Venture's hood is made of fiberglass. Were earlier models the same I wonder?