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#628 of 2512 Two Problems w/my 1999 Venture
Jan 15, 2001 (11:39 am)
We bought our Chevy Venture LS Van in August of 1999 and now have ~26K miles on it. THE GOOD: We love the 8 passenger seating, the ride is good, the stereo and climate systems are very good.
THE BAD: My wife discovered at 24K miles that she was unable to turn to the left without a serious effort. Luckily this occured close to home. We took it to the dealer who discovered that we needed a new "steering rack" and the work was done under warranty. THE UGLY: Only 2K miles after the steering rack problem my wife reported a high pitched whine at speed on the highway. I drove the Van this weekend and thought that it might be the transmission. While diving at about 65 MPH I downshifted the autotrans from "D"rive to 3rd gear. Th whine stopped immediately. Surprisingly, I was not able to detect the engine revving any higher once I wnet to third. I suspect that the Van is never getting to 4th Gear and the whine we hear is the result of the engine transmission trying to shift into 4th but never making it. I'll be taking it back to the dealer again later this week. I drive a 2000 Acura TL and I am thinking about trading the Venture for an Acura MDX. I know I will get killed on the trade, but I am concerned that the Chevy is going to continue to cause me problems (just as my Chevy Lumina sedan did before I bought the TL). Any thoughts, common experiences or advice appreciated.
#629 of 2512 Power door lock won't lock doors
Jan 19, 2001 (7:14 am)
Hi, I just bought a Chevy Venture 1998 and I realized the power door lock won't lock the doors unless I do it with the keys. The only ways it locks the doors is if I turn on the car and start driving, but if I turn the engine off, remove the keys, and hit the lock switch, does not work. The unlock switch works fine. I was told that I have to change the power lock relay, is that true? If is true, where is it located? I checked all the fuses and they look fine, besides the system seems to be working fine since the unlock has no problems. Any advice will be appreciated.
#630 of 2512 My Venture is still perfect,
Jan 19, 2001 (8:01 am)
and the experiences described in recent posts are completely unlike mine. We picked up our new Venture a year ago today, and we have had 18,000 miles of flawless driving pleasure. Everything is still tight, quiet, and in working order. How odd it is to read about all these problems others are having.
#631 of 2512 Re #621 Low Coolant Warning 2000LT
Jan 19, 2001 (11:50 am)
Dealer fixed this problem, but did not get to talk him as to the cause. Assume had to replace a part/sensor as the coolant expansion tank need a top of 50/50 DexCool/water. Brakes tightened up as well.
Closing in on 20K and apart from this item we are delighted with this van.
Jan 20, 2001 (9:43 am)
Apart from coolant warning problem, the dealer also replaced the plastic trim along the front of the windshield, which he felt had somehow warped.
#633 of 2512 97 Venture with high miles ok?
Jan 22, 2001 (2:34 pm)
Hi. My wife and I want to replace our 96 Transport because we want the driver's side sliding door. We found a 97 Venture that we can afford, but it has 95,000 miles, mostly highway miles. Any comments on the reliability of these vans after 100K? Owner says it has an extended warranty to 125,000, but I haven't seen the paperwork yet. My other concern with this van is the lack of rear a/c. We live in an area with hot summers, so we need good cooling. Any thoughts on that?
By the way, our Transport has 86,000 and is doing great.
Jan 22, 2001 (9:35 pm)
'97 Ventures with the driver's side sliding door are hard to find in fact I'm not so sure they were available that year/model. And why would you trade-in a van that's doing great and has less mileage than the one you're looking at just to have the driver's side sliding door? Oh and we've had 7 passengers ride in our Venture on a hot day with no complaints and we don't have the rear A/C so I wouldn't worry about it. If you absolutely MUST have the driver's side sliding door then shop around a little more you can probably find a 97 or 98 with less mileage. If not then my advice would be to keep the Transport.
Jan 22, 2001 (10:52 pm)
Well, here's our thinking. We love our Transport, but with two small children in car seats, the lack of the 2nd slider is a major pain. Getting in and out of the car is really hard sometimes, especially when one decides she doesn't want to go. Also, the 96 pontiac has only one airbag, and lots of blind spots because of the huge posts between windows. The 97 Venture has the 2nd slider, two airbags, MUCH better visibility, daytime lamps, AND 2 integral child safety seats! It seems like a much safer van to us than the Transport. I'm not too concerned with the mileage difference, because this particular Venture has an extended warranty and our Transport doesn't. Also, the seller is selling it for $2000 below bluebook, because it is a company car, and this is more than they would get on a trade-in. So, we could get a newer, safer van for just slightly more than we can sell our Pontiac for. We're building a house now too, so cash is tight and we can't really afford to trade in on a car with 30,000 miles.
Make more sense?
#637 of 2512 Drew.....you never quit trying to scare people out
Jan 24, 2001 (8:22 am)
of the GM minivans! Even though you now get a safety discount from State Farm on the Pontiac Montana based on real-world crash data....
And let's not forget that the Insurance Loss Data Institute's figures show the GM vans as having some of the lowest accident claim costs of any vehicles on the road today....
Why not point people to all the information, not just that which you feel is important? Isn't that the job of host on Edmunds? It would seem that your bias is getting in the way of your job performance....