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#516 of 2511 Venture Engine Problems
Aug 20, 2000 (1:36 am)
I almost bought a 1997 Venture on 8/19/00. However, talking to the only two people at work I know that own a Venture, they both(yes, I said both) had to have their 1998 3.4L engines rebuilt shortly after 30,000 miles. Can't believe there are no posts here about 1998 Venture engine problems. They said the start of their problems was a noisy engine at startup, which the one I was going to buy has. They said there was a technical bulletin, repair by complaint only, out on the engine,however can't find it with Edmunds search. And they did get new pistons in their engine, one lady received a new engine. Chevy wouldn't do this if there wasn't a problem. Anybody else out there had engine problems? Does your engine have a little tapping sound on start up? Better check it out!!! The dealer I was going to buy from didn't want to deal with it. They will just sell it to some other unknowing soul, warranty being up in 2 months, and this baby has 30,000 miles. Good luck to someone!
#517 of 2511 Come to think of it...
Aug 22, 2000 (2:12 am)
I do hear a ticking sound after start up but this goes away after 15 seconds or so. I don't know if this is normal or not for a 2000 Venture? I've found a service bulletin at alldata.com ;
57-61-24A JUN 98 Cold Engine Tick or Rattle After Start-up
I'm not taking any chances and will have this checked out tomorrow.
#518 of 2511 2001 Ventures appearing on lots
Aug 22, 2000 (2:00 pm)
I drove over to our local dealer's lot on Sunday evening to see what was new and found to my surprise a 2001 venture in sandrift metallic. It must have just been delivered on friday or saturday because it still had all the factory stickers etc. on it, this dealer also has 4 2000 ventures on the lot yet.
Aug 22, 2000 (2:46 pm)
I forgot to mention in the previous post that I LOVE the new grill on the front end of the 2001's!
It is much more attractive than the present grill. I really couldn't tell if it had a power sliding door, but it did have rear air and on-star. Unfortunately, the seating arrangement is not what I am looking for, want the captain's chairs in the center.
#520 of 2511 STAY AWAY FROM GM
Aug 22, 2000 (3:06 pm)
Even if ypu can ignore the safety test photos, is it worth the hassle of spending hours/days in GM shop while they fix one problem after the another?
GM's quality may be comparable to that of Ford and Chrysler but it is no way near Toyota and Honda.
By the way, their roadside assistance was a no show even after 3+ hours during a recent breakdown on an interstate (one of so many so far)
Yes, i was stupid enough to buy an American car after so many years of dependable Honda/Toyota ownership.
All of us even thinking about looking at anything other than Honda/Toyota should get our head examined.
This should be a no brainer. STAY AWAY FROM GM (or Ford or Chrysler)
#521 of 2511 Deals On Venture - Oxymoron
Aug 22, 2000 (3:10 pm)
How can there be a "deal" on Venture?
After buying Venture, you get nothing but hassles and hours at the dealership?
Buying junk is not a DEAL at any price.
Buy Honda or Toyota.
#522 of 2511 Venture vs. Odyssey
Aug 23, 2000 (12:57 am)
I've put 180,000 miles on a '91 S10 truck with very few repairs and never once got stranded. I've also chocked up $3500 in GM card points and with the $2000 rebate, I was sure to buy the Venture.
However, on the way to the Chevy dealer, I stopped at the Honda dealer. Wow, what a difference. The Od LX is larger, has bigger engine,standard rear heat and air, independent susp, bigger wheels/tires, etc, etc, etc AND stickers for about $3000 less than Venture LS extended. We sat in 3 Ventures and they all had trim falling off, loose doorskins, sliding doors with lots of interference, terrible fit and finish, vague steering, inferior ride and handling, on and on.
There was a Venture demo with only 4500 miles on it that had a rusty exhaust and the bottom of the engine was oily! I can't understand how GM sells a single van in today's market - even with heavy incentives. I'm ordering an Od LX this week.
#523 of 2511 tmall...
Aug 23, 2000 (1:11 am)
We had the same experience. $3500 on the GM card and a $2500 rebate, we had no doubt we would be buying another GM minivan after owning a '94 Lumina APV which we had been quite pleased with. After test driving everything (Venture, Silo, Montana, Caravan, Windstar, Ody) here we sit with a new Honda Odyssey. Could have gone with the Caravan, as well. But after driving the GM trio - we knew immediately we would not be purchasing a GM van. It was very sad and very difficult to pass up the $7000 savings on top of a GM option 1 discount, but we are still thrilled with our Honda and have no regrets (other than the heavy car loan). Good luck in your decision!
#524 of 2511 RE: Interior Trim
Aug 26, 2000 (6:11 am)
A solution for the sagging plastic over the sliding doors. Forget the double sided tape or foam. Go to your nearest big name hardware store and buy some heavy duty velcro. Make sure it is the type with the extra strength adheasive backing. Plase both sides together and cut it to about 1" x 2". Fold the fuzzy side over the plastic tab on the trim leaving some left over at the top to create a surface large enought to stick to the opposite side (rough) which you will place inside the trim track. Just eye-ball the location. As long as most of the sides overlap it will work just fine. I did this a week ago and they haven't budged since. The extra stregth adheasive is more heat tollerant so it won't fall out and the velcro makes it removeable should you need to grease or repair the door track.
I know it's a $20,000+ van, but what's worse, a droopy trim on a $20,000+ van or a "high tech" velcro fix?
Aug 26, 2000 (6:19 am)
Must you allow posts from those who are only intent on trashing certain auto makers? This is your web site not a newsgroup. If you want to provide a "valuable" service to your customers you must curtail such misuse. I will not be able to recommend your site to others if this is activity is permitted.
(I would not have posted this here if I could have found a direct link to the host for this group.)
Please respond with your intentions.