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#1303 of 2512 New Venture Owner
Aug 23, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Got my wife the 2002 Venture and we love it. Like all Chevy products, you get a lot of car for not much money. Although it doesn't have the HP of say a Honda Odyssey, it's lighter and more agile, so it can more than hold it's own. Plus, it came with a ton of features (drivers' and pass. sliding doors), auto pass sliding door, On-Star, CD player, etc.
We will see how it holds up. She got rid of her junky Chevy Astro. Never understood that vehicle. The Chevy Lumina APV was Chevy's 'new' minivan, yet they continued to make the Astro, even when the Lumina APV was replaced by the Venture.
When does the next Venture come out anyway? Platform?
#1304 of 2512 Venture Van report from an owner, 15 months later
Aug 27, 2002 (4:57 pm)
I relied on this messageboard as a source of input into my decision as to which minivan to purchase, so I thought I should make a contribution as to my impressions after the purchase.
We bought a 2001 Venture plus, with roof rack, rear heat/air, and deluxe sound system in May 2001. We are going on 15,000 miles and the performance has been completely trouble free. We love this vehicle. The design and features are very well thought out. The ride is great and the seats are comfortable.
In my opinion it is much more solidly built and better designed than it's competition (at least the few we looked at). The Chrysler is OK and the Toyota Siena (consumer reports top rated van) is an unimpressive tin can as far as I'm concerned.
Everyone has their own experiences, but we are very happy with our purchase. So far, this van has just been great!
Aug 27, 2002 (5:43 pm)
Thanks for the post - it's always nice to hear from owners with some months and miles on their vans.
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Aug 29, 2002 (5:35 pm)
Y'all sound like my family with its 99 Venture, 52K miles trouble free.
#1307 of 2512 leaking intake manifold
Aug 30, 2002 (3:38 am)
00 Venture with 39K, noticed coolant on garage floor. Fortunately I have the extended warranty so it cost me nothing, woudl have been over $600 to fix according to dealer! Anyone else have this problem so "early" on? Had similar problem with 95 Windstar but at 75K - the famous head gasket woes of Windstar owners. Otherwise car has been 100% mechanically reliable, trim is incredibly cheap inside though! Not kid proof at all!
As for comparison of minivans, the 00 Venture we have has had no problems till now except for several silly recalls but the 00 Windstar we also have (traded the 95 in when Ford bribed us with $4000 due to the 95 Windstar problems) has had lots of things like bad accelerator pedal, bad transmission gear shift - nothing like thinking you are in N and its actually in D!) plus even more recalls. Plus it burns gas like an Excursion!
#1308 of 2512 Spark Plugs?
Aug 30, 2002 (5:48 pm)
I got my 6 plugs replaced recently in my 98 Venture with 95,000 miles. Cost me $150--half for the plugs and half for labor. Is this typical?
#1309 of 2512 leaking intake manifold
Aug 30, 2002 (7:48 pm)
I too have a '00 & it was running warmer than I would have liked. Brought it to dealer & they replaced intake manifold gaskets. My van had 30K on it, now currently 32K. I'll agree with the cheap plastic interior, just had passenger slider panel replaced, plugs got stripped out somehow. I thought the door was just sticking, when I tried to open it the panel would hit preventing so. My daughter was freaking out that I broke the door, at least that is what she told my wife. I don't need any help getting into the dog house. Undecided on getting an extended warranty, I know if I don't I'll be sorry. The Chevy dealer quoted $1800 for a 36/36 $0 ded.
#1310 of 2512 extended warranty
Aug 31, 2002 (5:40 pm)
Tom - you should be able to pick up a warranty at almost a 1/3 off the "list " price if not more. They make a killing on these. Shop around dealers, you don't have to buy it from the one you got your car from. Don't know about Chevy but most other makes have a dealer somewhere with a special website selling manufacturers warranties at cut prices on the internet. My GM 5 yr/75K zero deductible warranty was $865. IIRC the dealer initially asked for 12-1300.
#1311 of 2512 extended warranty
Aug 31, 2002 (7:35 pm)
cptplt - did you get your warranty from a gm dealer? I've read the posts on extended warranties & the best that I have seen (at least the most satisfied from non gm dealers) were from people who got Warranty Gold. I just do not want a hassle when/if I have to bring in my van for warranty work. Thanks for the info.
#1312 of 2512 GM warranty
Sep 01, 2002 (3:50 am)
yes I got it from the dealer I purchased the car from. The only experience I have with non manufacturers warranty, over 10 yrs ago with a subaru - was not good, too much hassle on the phone getting approval for work. Also its not uncommon for some aftermaket warranty companies to have disappeared by the time you need them. Besides this recent repair on the Venture my only other recent experience with a manufacturers warranty is with my 98 Subaru. They did a lot of things which were not really covered as "good will" including the timing belt!! ( I had a cam seal oil leak and I had offered to pay the additional costs of changing the timing belt early as most of the labor would have been done to fix the leak under the warranty, the dealer told Subaru the belt was covered with oil and "damaged"!!!) I'm sure its very dealer dependent though. With repairs for almost anything costing several hundred $ nowadays I think extended warranties are well worth it if you keep the vehicle for any period. Also lots of things you may not pay to fix yourself will get covered if you have the bumper to bumper type coverage, eg I had radio problems with my Subaru which were covered and minor a/c leaks. Niggly things which given the expense if you had to pay for it yourself you could live a long time without fixing.