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#284 of 2512 Chevy Venture Car Audio Systems
Feb 22, 2000 (8:01 pm)
I have a 1999 Chevy Venture minivan. So far I have driven it 7000 miles and have only one complaint - the sound system!! On an intermittent basis the audio becomes "tinny" or "scratchy" - almost like a weak signal and on occasions I have heard other background audio. When I took the vehicle back to a dealer it was checked and "found to be to factory specs" and no problem detected, hence nothing was done and I still have a poor system. I questioned the fact that the minivan is the only Chev. (I believe) with a built-in windshield antenna - all of the other models now have the outside antenna.
Has anyone experienced the problem with the Venture or know if the windshield antenna may have a bearing on the problem?
Dennis W. Hetherington
#285 of 2512 Reliability
Feb 23, 2000 (12:30 am)
I am looking to purchase a 2000 Venture LS. Can anyone let me know if they have encountered any major problems with their vans. Should I purchase an extended warranty as I am expecting to keep this van for 7-8 yrs. Any feedback would be appreciated.
#286 of 2512 SAhladas
Feb 23, 2000 (12:52 am)
Yes I am aware that these keys really do have
a chip in them that actually opperate off of a radio frequency but I do believe the dealership
is overcharging him.
#287 of 2512 Looking at used 1999 Venture
Feb 23, 2000 (3:03 am)
I'm looking at used 199 Venture LS with 4 doors, one being power, power seats, AM/FM/Tape/CD, dual
heat/air, 7 seats, 2 child seats, plus a few other standard items. Has 25,000 miles and is dark red. Looking for input on value for the price. Dealer is asking $19,995. Is this fair?
Are there any problems to be aware of on these vans? Have had a Dodge Grand Caravan bought new in 1989 and have loved it, except for tranny problems and now the nickle and dime repairs! Only put 86,000 miles on it, so the replacement van will be driven about same. Need something reliable the won't have repair expense. Venture would come with remaing warranty of 3yr/30,000, but would it be necessary for extended warranty?
Please advise on all aspects of the Venture at email mbd4315aol.com. Thanks!! M.DiCello
#288 of 2512 ALSO LOOKING AT 99 VENTURES
Feb 23, 2000 (4:32 am)
OR 2000. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR 3 WEEKS AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY HOT DEALS. I FOUND A 1999 VENTURE WITH 14,500 MILES FOR $20,995. HAS CHILD RESTRAINT SEATS AND THE REMOTE POWER SLIDING DOORS AND OVERHEAD LED DISPLAY AND REMAINING WARRANTY. THEY OFFERED ME $8000.00 FOR MY '96 FORD TAURUS WAGON GL WITH 42K MILES AND A SMALL DENT IN THE SIDE AND BUMPER PAINT DAMAGED. I HAVE BEEN READING POSTINGS ABOUT A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT MINIVANS AND ALL THE HORROR STORIES. SEEMS ALL HAVE TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS AT THE VERY LEAST. I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH MY WAGON. IT JUST DOES'NT HAVE GREAT PICK UP SPEED AND I CAN'T FIT A NEW DRYER OR LARGE ITEMS IN THE BACK. MAYBE I SHOULD JUST PAY THE EXTRA $20.00 TO HAVE THEM DELIVERED.
#289 of 2512 audio system/general
Feb 24, 2000 (2:33 am)
leased a 1998 Venture, new. Now has 60K mi. The sound system w/windshield antenna has reception better than my wife's caddy. Have had no absolutely no troubles. Really like it. My only complaint, being that I spend lots of time in car, is that I wish the seat was a little softer.Originally compared w/chrysler products, and found the handling more like car, the stereo quality about the same, but the speaker placement really sounded much better, quieter ride.
#290 of 2512 Prices for LT or LS with options
Mar 01, 2000 (3:16 pm)
I am about to start negotiations for the purchase of a 2000 Chevy Venture LT or LS with options. If you've been through this process recently I would appreciate knowing what sort of deals you where able to negotiate.
Also any advise on whether the LT is a better buy than a loaded LS would be great.
#291 of 2512 Reliability & Deciding b/w LS & LT
Mar 01, 2000 (7:58 pm)
For you, louvg1 & andersch:
It's a little difficult to pre-determine the reliability of a new model. Let me suggest that you visit http://carpoint.msn.com. In the Prices & Reviews section (aka Looking for Prices?), there is a subsite called Reliability Ratings, maybe that may help you.
The Venture LT is considered an upgrade from the LS trim. However, it really depends on what you consider priority in a van. The LT does come with several extras as standard, but then again, you may not want ALL the extras, just some. So you're stuck paying for things you really don't NEED. Also at http://carpoint.msn.com, in the Prices & Reviews section, there is a subsite called "Price It With Options." That may be very helpful for you as you can price an LS with extras added ala carte. Compare that with the LT. Ask yourself, do you really need rear audio controls? Traction control? Power sliding door? Hope this is of help to you two.
#292 of 2512 LT v/v LS with Options
Mar 02, 2000 (7:06 pm)
Re #305. You can price out an LS with all the options that come standard on an LT, and from memory it worked virtually the same. I looked at this because we had a test run in an LS, loaded up but without the rear audio. This was a rare one off on the dealers lot.
We went for the LT in the color and 8 passenger seating, so if you going to spend that sort of money go for the LT up front rather than compromise yourself on a LS.
We bought via carOrder.com and you can go and do a check. LS seem to be more popular with the dealers, just depends what they has in stock.
#293 of 2512 Built in Child Deat - Venture
Mar 02, 2000 (7:10 pm)
We ordered an LT with 8 passenger seating so we get three modular seats in second row. LT is listed as getting a child seat, but not with the standard Captains Chairs.
Has anyone got the above configuration and does it come with the child seat behind passenger ? Is it uncomfortable with the safety harness underneath compared with the other two seats.
Guess we will know in a week....