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#579 of 2511 1997 Chevy Venture
Nov 06, 2000 (10:38 pm)
My 1997 Venture is 3 1/2 years old with 55k miles and it is in the shop with a cracked head and major damage to the engine. As a result a new engine is being installed. Up until now we have been very happy with the car. We are not sure how or why this happened. We have always brought it in for its regular maintenance, which is usually just an oil change or a tire rotation. Has anyone out there had the same problem?
#580 of 2511 Windshield Wiper Problem
Nov 08, 2000 (9:40 pm)
I have a 1998 Pontiac Transport, but since it was a Venture clone and there seem to be more folks here...
My driver's side wiper blade comes all the way past the windshield and wraps around slightly to the top of the drivers door. It tends to wear out the blades more quickly, and it makes an annoying "thump" when the blade slides off the glass and over the edge
I have mentioned this multiple times to the dealer when I am in for an oil change, but they haven't done anything. It doesn't seem to me that the blade arm can be easily calibrated; I tried by loosening the nut and moving the arm down. Didn't work.
Anybody else had this problem, or am I just lucky?
#581 of 2511 Windshield Wiper Problem
Nov 09, 2000 (10:20 pm)
I had this problem with my 2000 Silhouette. The dealer fixed it right away by replacing the arm assembly; it was bent, but not very noticeable.
#582 of 2511 Day Time Running Lights
Nov 10, 2000 (1:26 pm)
Can one of the Venture owners in North America answer this? I'm living in Europe and took delivery of my 99 Venture here. I was thinking the daytime running lights were wired into the headlights (fine in Europe). In my vehicle, my running lights are always the parking lights. Running around with the parking lights on is frowned upon (not legal) in many parts of Europe, especially where I live. The van is awesome for highway and trips. Parking is not easy in big cities.
#583 of 2511 Re: Day Time Running Lights
Nov 10, 2000 (6:48 pm)
Yes. My '97 Venture uses the parking lights for the day time running lights. It's odd the Europeans have a problem with that.
Nov 10, 2000 (9:38 pm)
I had exactly the the same wiper blade problem 2 years ago and the dealer fixed it. It made a terrible noise each time I started the wipers, but only when driving fast. I live in Europe and my minivan is an Opel Sintra, which is a short wheelbase Venture with a 200 hp Cadillac Catera engine. It was built in the same plant as the Venture, in Doraville, Georgia.
#585 of 2511 RE: My jack bag had water, too
Nov 11, 2000 (4:28 am)
The problem is with the rubber boots at the top of the rear hatch. I had this problem in mid-April within the 1st week of ownership and it took 3 attempts to fix!
The rubber boots for the 2000 models are a clip style that relies on the geometric gap to create the seal. The 1999 models have a design like the side door hoses where there the rubber boot ends are threaded and make a better seal.
The fix was to apply a silicone sealant to all four ends of both hoses... I hope this helps...
#586 of 2511 Daytime running lights
Nov 15, 2000 (7:33 pm)
Thanks for the responses.
Nothing is odd in Europe, just European. They use parking lights when they stop in the road, or double park (I live in Paris). They do not show parking lights when the vehicle is moving.
To the Sintra driver, I see lots of Sintras here. Lots of the panels look the same. The Opel dealer does my routine maintenance.
#587 of 2511 2001 Windshield
Nov 16, 2000 (4:15 am)
Hi. My husband and I are shopping for our 1st minivan and drove the Venture today. When I drove, I noticed that the glass was a little funny...like it was warped. The only way I can describe it is that it's like looking through a window with really old glass. The dealer, of course, didn't see it, and neither did my husband. Has anyone else noticed this? It was about half way up on the driver's side. I saw it on 2 different Ventures.
#588 of 2511 Re: Daytime running lights (awagon1)
Nov 16, 2000 (1:18 pm)
Sorry for getting a little off topic but I have to ask this question. Don't they have emergency flashers in Europe? That's what is used in US when someone pulls off the road or double parks.