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#566 of 2511 To buy or not to buy
Oct 15, 2000 (3:22 am)
This weekend my wife and I looked at some minivans. The local Honda dealer wants $24,340 for a 2001 Odyssey LX. Also, the wait may be a couple of months for it. We also looked at the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. It had the power package and middle bucket seats. The salesman tried to BS us with a quote of $24,300. The funny thing is, there are about a dozen of the same 2000 leftover vans still on the lot! He asked us what we were looking to pay and I told him $22,000. He checked with his sales manager and came back and said that he could sell it for that (including taxes & tags). Not feeling very comfortable with the whole deal we told him we would get back to him if we decided to go with the Dodge. After reading some posts on the Dodge and the transmission problems, it isn't an option for us.
The next stop was the Chevy dealer. They had 2 leftover 2000 Ventures on the lot. They offer a $3000 rebate off the $22,831 sticker. That brings the price down to $19,831. It's an LS model with a CD player. They let us borrow it for the weekend to see how we like it. My question is, do you guys think it's a good deal? We are going to drive it around tomorrow and see how it is. Thanks for your help.
Oct 15, 2000 (9:23 pm)
Has anyone heard of APR's of new 2001's for after January (purchased, not lease)? Right now, I see 5.9% for Ventures. Are there going to be lower ones in the future (like last year---Ford had some 0.9%). Has anyone heard? Thanks
Oct 16, 2000 (1:17 am)
Send me an email re: 2000 Venture if you want to hear about my 99.
#569 of 2511 Re garyh13
Oct 16, 2000 (6:46 pm)
One of the motoring mags, runs a test on minivans this month, featuring the LS, Nissan Quest, Mazda MPV, Sienna and latest 2001 Chrysler van.
They put the LS and Quest at tied fourth, and usual niggles by the writers about interior switches etc. However it is the fastest in its class.
We have the 2000 LT 8 seater, and after 15,000 miles it has been mechanically fautless and good MPG (upto 32) on long trips. The 3.4 V6 engine can be a little noisy at first, but a silent highway cruiser on long trips.
If you are into home maintenance, changing the oil is about it, even the airfilter is like wrestling with the devil.
#570 of 2511 New 2000 Venture LS owner
Oct 16, 2000 (7:53 pm)
We just purchased a 2000 Venture lease-return with 23,000 miles on it. Power everything. At first the power door was wouldn't stay closed, it kept reopening but it seems to have corrected itself over this past week. But other than that I just love it! We rented a Venture for a road trip this past June and I just fell in love with it. Although I had researched and re-researched and had decided to buy a Ford Windstar, top of the line, I drove one and just hated it. We went for the Venture instead and I'm still glad we did. I drove a Chevy Lumina sedan for 138,000 miles and only replaced the alternator once, the tires twice and the battery once. Other than that, no problems whatsoever. Hope this Venture is the same!
#571 of 2511 Re to buy or not to buy [ Garyh13]
Oct 18, 2000 (7:05 pm)
Gary, what part of the county are you in ??
If our dealers would have come up with that sort of price for us, we would have jumped at it [ central Fl ]the best offer they would do for a venture lx with cd was $26,100 & that was not including tax & title [ but did include the $3000 or 0% apr ]I told my husband if we could get one at that price it would be worth travelling to get it at that price.
We have been looking at the venture & like it very much, would love to hear from anyone who has one, good or bad comments !
We were loking at a dodge durango but read a lot of negatives about it so we are looking at vans again !!
Any help/comments much appreciated.
#572 of 2511 Re: To buy or not to buy
Oct 19, 2000 (12:20 am)
Take a look at response # 575. It is still available.
Oct 20, 2000 (4:47 pm)
Just bought a new 2000 LT with leather- $26,100. Also got 5 yr 0% financing. Combined with $3600 GM card rebate- I couldn't pass it up. I almost gave up on finding a yr 2000 close to what we wanted, but there are a few still out there. Never owned a GM before. This was the most pleasant car buying experience ever (dealer was great) lets hope ownership goes the same way....
#574 of 2511 Going to Purchase 2000 Venture
Oct 25, 2000 (12:49 am)
I am planning to purchase a used 2000 Chevy Venture Value Van. The van has 17K miles, power everything, and is in excellent condition. The owner is asking $14,500. Is this a good buy? I see brand new Ventures listing for $18,400 at a local dealership. Are there any Venture owners out there that are dissatisfied with their vans? This is my first domestic car purchase!
#575 of 2511 Venture ownership experience
Oct 25, 2000 (1:07 am)
I have a 2000 Venture LS with 15K , hasn't given us any problems yet. Which has suprised me as I've hated GM products for about 3 decades! I also have a 2000 Windstar SE with 6K which has been back to have a new accelerator pedal unit and a new gear shift lever (those are the "safety" items which needed fixing, I won't bore you with the trim ones!) When they hit 50-60K then I'll make my final opinion about how good they are or aren't!
14K for a car with 17K miles doesn't sound too bad. You lose several grand the minute you drive off the lot!