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#612 of 2512 Daytime Running lights...What a Pain....
Dec 27, 2000 (3:15 pm)
I have the 1998 Venture van that 'had' daytime running lights and I found them to be a real pain. I found it strange that the headlight switch shows "Off,Park Lights, and Full On , but I had no control, they are controlled from the dash mounted photo resistor. I'm not the kind of person that needs everything done for me, and I don't drive around without headlights when they are needed. I solved the 'automatic headlights" problem the day I got my van, it's a simple wiring fix, within easy reach, that anyone could do in about 5 minutes. The wiring change will not void any warrantee, is quickly reversible if desired and the light switch works the way I think it should. Chevy should stop treating consumers like idiots and calling their designs "improvements" more like what they really are...inconveniences.
#613 of 2512 Slow to heatup
Dec 28, 2000 (11:36 am)
My 98 venture is slow to heat up and provide passenger heating. Anyone else experiencing similar?
#614 of 2512 96 Venture Electrical Problems -help?
Dec 28, 2000 (7:06 pm)
Any owners experience electrical problem? My sister's Venture (4 yrs old) system is on the blink - ran through 2 batteries, traction control not working, then even the lights wouldn't come on, car wouldn't start - and has been in the shop for diagnostics with nothing known yet. Anyone else have this experience? Know what to look for? Appreciate any info!
#615 of 2512 RE: Slow to Heatup
Dec 28, 2000 (11:09 pm)
There is a TSB regarding the lack of heat in 98 Ventures, I know I have the same problem. The dealer replaced the thermostat and made a modification to the heater hose at the inlet of the heater core. Seems GM had a bright idea, put a flow restrictor in the inlet hose to the front heater core to build static pressure in the line so that more hot coolant went to the rear heater core (rear Ax heater). It must have looked good on the computer but leaves much to be desired in real life. By the way, I think they should have addressed the issue of insulation on the hot water lines to the rear heater core, the lines go all the way to the back and then all the way back to the engine, exposed to below freezing temps with wind chill effects, without any insulation at all, now tell me that doesn't have anything to do with heat loss.
#616 of 2512 '97 Venture Electrical Problems
Dec 29, 2000 (7:06 am)
My '97 Venture has been blowing/shorting electrical things for the last 3 months. I now have a bad break control module for my TCS, a bad fuel gauge sending unit, and a short in my radio causing it to lose memory and enable the lockout feature. My dealer/mechanic doesn't know why. Also, my car is completely dead - no dome lights or anything sometimes, and then other times it's fine. The dealer/mechanic can't repeat that problem and diagnostics show that there is no drain on the battery when the car is turned off. I told him to keep looking for WHY the shorts are occurring - anyone else with any ideas of why, after 4 years, my van is shorting out?
#617 of 2512 Re: 602-603 clicking noise
Dec 29, 2000 (7:12 am)
I also have a clicking noise. Dealer found that a cable was loose under the car and reattached it. It was quiet for a while and then, after going over RR tracks started clicking again. I found that it comes and goes, I've tried using nylon cable ties to tie it down too, with moderate success.
#618 of 2512 Novice Mini-van buyers
Dec 29, 2000 (9:19 pm)
We're looking to buy our first minivan and have really liked the '98 Chevy Venture. OK '98 owners, what do you think? Please give us your input. Consumer Reports doesn't rate it well, but Edmunds does. These messages here are mixed. What gives?
Dec 29, 2000 (11:18 pm)
You may want to have a look at Edmunds' 1998 minvan comparo, which includes the Pontiac Montana, the Venture's sister van (the Oldsmobile Silhouette is also the Venture's sister van).
If you're interested in crash test reports, check out the IIHS's 40mph crash tests (click on a vehicle name for a detailed report and pictures) and http://www.crashtest.com
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#620 of 2512 Checking out a 2000 Venture LS
Jan 02, 2001 (9:05 pm)
Looking to replace my Dodge Caravan with a 2000 Venture, LS model. Have heard the Venture is not dependable but I've drove the vehicle and like the way it handles.
Any in-sight on this vehicle would be appreciated...will these vans go the distance or are they "throw aways"?
Thanks for your advise.
#621 of 2512 Dependability
Jan 03, 2001 (6:33 am)
We have a 1997 Venture extended with most of the upgrades, 41k miles. Our biggest problem to date has been the battery. It went out at 37k miles fortunately it was at home but we had it towed and had the dealer put in a new battery at our expense since the battery is only garenteed for one year. This cleared up our intermittant power sliding door problem. It wouldn't close every once in a while. Not a real problem. The only other issue we have with the car is the windows squeak when going over bump roads. This can be fixed with silicon gel applied to the window seals, but I need to do it more often than I do. I would probably buy the car again. The main reason we bought it was because of the way it handled. Definitely superior to any mini van out at the time.