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#428 of 2501 1999 venture rear heat/ac
Jun 11, 2000 (3:13 am)
We looked at a 1999 Chevy Venture Ext 8 passenger seating model today with about 25000 miles. Although I didn't dwell on it at the time - it did not seem to have a separate rear airconditioning. Does anyone, who has an extended version Venture without separate rear ac/hear,have any comments re the temperature comfort when riding in the back? Also - any thoughts re $19,900 for a 1999 LS extended model with 25,000 miles? I like the 8 passenger seating but I am having difficulty, in the Cleveland, Ohio area in finding 1999 models(the 2000's are probably out of my price range)with the 8 passenger seating. Thanks.
#429 of 2501 #453, Transmission Problems
Jun 13, 2000 (6:05 pm)
Hi, I wrote in before (see #447) regarding the transmission going at 90,000kms....and I had just bought out the lease! Well, after much phone calling back and forth and demanding that GM stand up and take some responsibility, they have decided to "participate" in fixing the van. This means that GM pays 1/3, my dealer pays 1/3 and I pay 1/3. Just for the record, I do not agree with this, but need the van fixed. I plan on paying my 1/3 (about $1,000 CAD) and then making a claim in small claims court to try and recover the costs. I got some very good advice on this, so I will try it and see how it goes. I told GM that they need to stand by their product, they won't sell many $35,000 vans if they can't promise a transmission beyond the last lease payment! FIGHT for what you believe when it comes to dealing with the big car companies, it is by nature, an adversarial system and we need to understand this.
Jun 13, 2000 (6:56 pm)
Sounds to me like GM is being more then fair with you. In the states, the warrentee is 36K miles, so you would have been 14K miles out. Nobody would argue that a transmission should not need replacing at that mileage but how do you figure you should get full coverage for a replacement? At what mileage do you think repairs should become your responsibility?
#431 of 2501 99 Venture Transmission Problem
Jun 14, 2000 (6:29 am)
Hi - New at this computer stuff!
Read your comments on trans prob.
Our van started shifting very rough at 16K
with a high pitch whine. Took it to the
dealer and it took a full day for them to
fix it. Solution - they did a field change
i.e. new shifting valve and solinoid. It's
been fine ever since.
#432 of 2501 97 Chevy Venture quirks
Jun 16, 2000 (3:27 am)
Bought a used 97 chevy LS extended van and have a few quirks with door locks and power windows. The passenger door does not lock when using the drivers door power door lock switch when exiting the parked vehicle. When we 1st purchased the vehicle it was the drivers side sliding door that would not lock. My wife has also noticed that on occasion when the van is sitting the interior lights go on and she hears the clicking noise as if the unlock function was pressed on the clicker that accompanies the ignition keys. Also the passenger window will go down via the switch on the door but rarely will go up. If you use the drivers door switch and get it started then the passenger door switch will raise the window. Has anyone had any similar quirks with their van.
#433 of 2501 Problem after problem....
Jun 16, 2000 (5:57 am)
I was glad to hear that so many others had problems with their Ventures. (Not glad that you had problems, but glad we're not alone!) Ours is a company vehicle. Over the years we've had Caravans, Luminas, and now the Venture. It's a '99, with 65,000 miles. We had the same problem with the stiching on the back of the driver's seat coming apart. Plastic molding coming out of the seat and everything! The driver's side electric window won't go all the way down - makes it very tricky to get your turnpike ticket! A piece of plastic molding on the side sliding door has broken and is falling off. It won't come completely off, just kind of hangs there to poke you in the eye should you try to enter the van. That handle on the inside of the rear hatch broke, so now we have to pull down on the outside of the door to close it. All very annoying examples of poor workmanship/design. Just recently the coolant thingy has begun to leak. I have to carry a spare jug of water to put in if I'm going to be on the road for a while. Luckily, we only have to keep it for another month or so, but the problem is that we aren't getting minivans anymore. The fleet company has decided to go with Malibus (What are they thinking? The minivan was barely big enough to handle his job related equipment!) so now I'm in the market for a minivan for me to drive. We know we don't want to buy a Venture, that's for sure! I'm looking at the Villager. Haven't heard too much bad stuff about those!
#434 of 2501 lorelei1
Jun 16, 2000 (9:43 pm)
if your considering the mercury villager/nissan quest twin, you might also consider the mazda mpv also. they would fall within the same size.
Jun 16, 2000 (10:38 pm)
Not sure why a hidden message, but certainly would advise anybody considering the Mazda MPV to check out the site and look at the problems.
#436 of 2501 TRANS PROBLEM/ALIGN PROBLEM
Jun 26, 2000 (12:10 am)
As a venture owner for 6mths, I am very dissatisfied. AT 300 miles the transmisson developed a whining noise. Dealer replaced a flaking sprocket? Alignment has not been correct since. Found lift damage behind front wheels at unit boxes. 2 times back to dealer, which has claimed alignment was within limits after last adjustment. Newer dealer found engine cradle not inline, take back to original dealer for fix. Called GM for service mgr input. To date van pulls to right steers to left for straight and rear tires are worn abnornal.7000 miles of lemon juice.
#437 of 2501 Venture Transmission
Jun 26, 2000 (4:06 am)
We bought a 97 Chevy Venture brand new, fully loaded. We waited a long time searching for the right van for room and for equipment for the price. We got the options we wanted, but we were not expecting the problems that awaited us in the last 3 years. Our van has been in the shop 5 times for a knocking noise, just to be told it was normal and to find out 2 years later it was the transmission going out and had to be replaced. Since being replaced 2 weeks ago the service engine light keeps coming on for slippage on the new transmission. We had a leak for 1 year or longer that they could not find. They resealed the windshield 5+-times, when finally found. The headliner had to be replaced nothing fits right now, or is tight anymore. We are told this is normal for ventures to have leaks, and we should not expect it to be like new. When the liner was replaced they screwed up the tint or antenna wiring to glass, leaving it to look busted. We were told not to expect it to look new. But by GM's Policy they cannot fix their screw up. Also we had to argue for the headlights to be replaced that were filling up with water in the rain. Luggage rack peeled several times and had to be replaced. Windshield wiper mister will not stay attached, finally gave up and tie wrapped them our selves. We have lost our faith in CHEVROLET PRODUCTS all together, after swearing that Chevrolet was the best-built vehicles on the road, because of 2 years of constant service calls without satisfactory results.
Good Luck on anyone that wants one. Even though we love the room, options, and driving it we cannot go on taking it in every other week.