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#397 of 2511 Wanted: Chevy Venture Owners
May 08, 2000 (2:19 pm)
I am looking for some recent-model year Chevy
Venture owners who are interested in talking about
their ownership experience. I am working on the
2001 Venture catalog and would like to include
actual owners' words.
Specifically, I'm looking for:
1) A Venture LS family (mom, dad, two or more
kids) whose children are soccer players. Kids
should be fairly young (between 5 and 13).
2) Venture LT family living in the Rocky Mountain
area who take their Venture on skiing vacations.
Should have two or three children.
I certainly would appreciate any response I get on
this. I can be contacted via e-mail at
bpayntercecom.com. Thank you.
#398 of 2511 Seat Stiching - Venture
May 10, 2000 (10:02 pm)
Noticed over weekend that some of the stiching on left rear of drivers side seat had come away, exposing a plastic strip.Have had nothing large in back pocket, but will be fixed by dealer via an upholstery shop under warranty. Will also have front toe in checked as slightly steering to left. Just as info
#399 of 2511 Similar Problem as Topic #416
May 12, 2000 (12:28 pm)
Hi! I bought a new 2000 Chevy Venture on Monday May 8. It did not start the next day --- the van has only 40 miles on it! Had it towed to the dealer and they said it was a bad battery and that the negative bolt was loose and stripped. they replaced the bolt and I went to pick it up on Wednesday and it would not start again!! They looked all Wed and on Thursday they called up and said think it was the security system. Today is Friday (May 12) and they are still looking into it. Has anyone seen a similar problem? Also the person who posted #416--- is your problem fixed? I would appreciate any info. You may email me at ayllamsyahoo.com.
#400 of 2511 To Venture Again?
May 14, 2000 (5:23 pm)
Wow...glad I stopped by this site! Next wk our 99 Venture loaded LS model will be repurchased from the manufacturer after pursuing the Lemon Law--problem w/ ABS brakes that couldn't be fixed. Now we're doing the "van shopping" thing all over again and guess what? We're back to the VENTURE! We have searched every model high and low and have not found anything comparable for the money or ride. We definitely got the most "bang for our buck" w/ this product despite that one and ONLY AGGRAVATING problem.
Even when we test drove all the newer vehicles we were not impressed at all. Good luck if you can find an Odyssey-plus there's no "child infrastructure" in the back seat...my daughter could not even reach the cup holder! The dealers are using the old supply & demand principle to keep the price UP which is a crock-they just don't have the capacity-period. Toyota finally made enough Siennas this year, but can't put the price range in the "family first" range. Plus, what's up w/ that tacky looking gear shift? Ugh! The Ford Windstar still drives like a truck and has poor acceleration and the rest...don't even deserve a one-liner. So, should one lemon sour the entire lot?
p.s. for those of you wondering abt that "popping" noise coming from the front/rear end when putting the car in gear or backing up, I was told it's the ABS system engaging or some nonsense like that.
#401 of 2511 water leak and sliding door
May 19, 2000 (10:09 pm)
I purchased a 2000 Venture recently and noticed
that there is water leaking into the vehicle
through the middle windows on both sides. This
only happens while the car is sitting in the rain for a coupe of hours. I can see the water getting into the car through the bottom of the window. It did not happen while driving or going through car wash. The dealer replaced the weather strips on both sliding doors. It is still leaking.
Another problem is that It is VERY difficult to close the passenger side sliding door. It is not a power door. We are having trouble getting it latched.
Has anyone else experienced this?
#402 of 2511 RE #427 Leaks and Door
May 20, 2000 (11:36 am)
Re #427, Venture 2000 Have not found any problem with leaks around driver side sliding door. No problems with closing door, so yours may need alignement or some silicone spray. Ironically we found a work sheet in that door from the factory for door correction at the time of manufacture.
Others have had leaks in back door, and did find that once both sides, but suspect it was my fault when washing with a hose.During a very heavy rainstorm nothing got in.
Most irritant is a small piece of trim by the passenger side sliding door. It slips under the weather seal,with out any clips etc but just started to drop down. Have held it up with two side tape. Seen one other posting.
#403 of 2511 Super Glue to Rescue
May 21, 2000 (3:11 pm)
Refer to my post #428 and resolved last item of the plastic trim over sliding door with Krazy Glue GEL. This $1.99 a tube and does not run and ideal for this repair. I put some on the two supports even on the foam covering. Once placed and stuck I also put some on the door seal which supports this trim.
#404 of 2511 Venture leaks resolved
May 22, 2000 (2:06 am)
I had a leak in my Venture, which I posted about earlier. The leak was indeed in the jack compartment - it was a faulty body seam. It was sealed and has not leaked again. GM also reimbursed me for the library books that were ruined by the leak. We haven't had the problems with leaks in the rear hatch as mentioned recently.
We haven't had any other problems and are getting about 20 mpg, mostly driving around town. We are gearing up for a month-long vacation in July, so we'll see how it does then.
#405 of 2511 starting our search
May 26, 2000 (3:13 am)
we are just starting our search and could use a little advice. at this time we have 1 child, will be a year in 2 weeks and are planning on 1 or 2 more. we looked at a '98 venture tonight but don't really know much about the venture. my wife and i both like the appearance and i have read the comments from above. there seems to be some mixed feelings. would you recommend a first time van buyer (still coming to terms with buying a minivan)to purchase a venture and why or why not?
#406 of 2511 To Whom May Be Considering Venture
May 26, 2000 (8:16 am)
Just a few lines for any of you out there considering Chevy Venture. The Oldsmobile Silhouette is the only way to go, have not heard any bad news on the Oldsmobile. And in my opinon is the better of the 2 other GM lines (Chevy or Pontiac). If you are considering options, the Olds Silhouette Premiere only has a very few options, tow package, gold package. everything else is included. If money is of some concern looked for used, the new ones can be spendy, but then again aren't all vehicles!!!!