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Chevrolet Venture, Van
#488 of 2501 Rollaway Rear Seat - dbed #517
Aug 02, 2000 (12:26 am)
This was an article in the biz section of the NY Times either a Sat/Sun in July. The main subject was about the new Chrysler mini van due out in the fall.
The article noted that Chrysler had not gone for this Honda/Mazda feature and still have the full length bench which is a hassle to get out on your own. They will offer the Chevy split rear seats but no flip down.
Chryslers answer was to do with the noise created inside the cabin by the seat space well...
In the article it mentioned that the new 2001 Venture will have it which leaves Chrysler out of it.
The papers are in a stack still here, so will make sure got my info right. It surprised me as the only comments I had seen on the new Venture was related to the NY Auto Show in April.
Main features..new front grill (single colored bar), wireless headphones and two channels. Larger video screen on the Warner Bros and revised dash layout. Appears GM intend to stay up with the pack.
Edmunds 2001 Chevrolet does not have this posted yet.
#489 of 2501 Rear Seat - further on #520
Aug 02, 2000 (12:49 am)
It was July 16 issue..NYTimes want $2.50 for the download. However I found the paper in the garage
Essentially what I said in previous post is correct. FYI I will re type the relevant text.
G.M.'s Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Pontiac Montana will offer fold-away seats beginning this fall. Unquote. Went on to say that Ford was working to develop a fold-away seat for the Windstar....
This is the place where it gave 6 month production figures and I was well off the mark in a previous post.
Dodge Caravan 163000
GM 89600 (No Olds figures)
Mazda Who cares
#490 of 2501 offham & Oil change light
Aug 02, 2000 (1:16 am)
Yeah, it worked!
Thanks for the tip. Finally, I got rid of that annoying light...
#491 of 2501 Re: Texas size deal and Re: offham sales figures
Aug 02, 2000 (4:17 pm)
Wow, you got a great deal at $18,500. We bought the exact same model Venture in April for almost $4,000 more. This was the "GM supplier rate" which is GM employee price plus 3%. I would've definitely gone out on the 'net to get quotes if I'd known we could've saved that much, though. Did get 0.9% financing though, so payments are low.
Minivan sales figures posted in #521 appear to be similar here in Minnesota. Caravan/Voyager/T&C are everywhere here. If I had one of those, I'd have a heck of a time trying to find mine in a mall parking lot. Interesting, though, was on vacation in Arizona recently, and saw lots of Ventures/Silohuettes/Montanas, and, no I don't think many of 'em were rentals, unless they rent in colors other than white.
Glad GM is going to put that foldaway rear seat in the '01's. That's what I really envied about the Odyssey.
Also, I notice that Venture seems to ride higher off the ground than most other minivans, which I like, even without raising the drivers seat. Anyone else notice this?
#492 of 2501 Chevrolet Overstocked
Aug 02, 2000 (6:55 pm)
For those looking for end oy year bargains. NY Times noted that both GM/Chrysler sales are down and still high with 2000 models. GM has 68 days worth of unsold vehicles, and with model change over should be around 55-58 days. However it is noted that 2000 inventory looks higher versus 1999 when they were short of many models.
Chrysler July fell by 12.2% but minivans down 29% despite rebates people seem to be holding off for the new 2001.
#493 of 2501 High Ride #523
Aug 02, 2000 (7:06 pm)
I have never measured the ground clearance between vans, but the Venture et al are narrower than most, as it is/was exported to Europe for Opel and Vauxhall. This may give an impression of being higher off the ground than say the Ford and Honda, which looks really fat & squat from the rear.
I very much like the high position and although I am 6ft1" usually have the seat up.
During a recent trip to Toronto the GM vans were everywhere,(it's those daytime orange lights!) but major percentage being the short wheelbase version.
#494 of 2501 More on the 2001
Aug 02, 2000 (7:33 pm)
For more details go to the Montana site and select 2001 models post #16. Pulls up press release from GM. Interesting that the folding rear seats do not appear to go into a well at the back.
#495 of 2501 2001 Model
Aug 03, 2000 (12:26 pm)
Giggo.com has all the information posted for the 2001 GM vans. I looked it up yesterday.
Aug 04, 2000 (1:42 am)
We had the first oil change done on our 2000 Venture after 4700 or so km. Somewhere past 5000 km the change oil warning message pops up. I say to myself strange the oil was just changed. So I check to make sure the level was ok etc and everything is fine. So we take it back to the dealer and it turns out the mechanic that changed the oil forgot to reset the computer. So is this warning really mileage activated or temperature/viscosity activated?
#497 of 2501 Oil Light #528
Aug 04, 2000 (2:43 am)
As posted just a few back, hand book states it is temperature etc not mileage. When I have changed the oil myself, I do not reset the computer as I conclude that it only operates when it reads something is wrong. Take the view that that new oil should not incur these problems.
Only once did it come on after 750 miles from an oil change, but we had been pushing it back from Toronto to NJ. It came on after a pit stop and I just reset not to be seen again. I find it interesting technology rather than mileage based.