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#651 of 2501 My Second Venture
Feb 04, 2001 (11:28 am)
My wife and I took delivery of our 2001 Chevy Venture in November 2000. We were leasing a '98 that was do to expire in February '01 but we wanted the 7 passenger seating instead of the 8 passenger version. Unlike nikjrnsa - Post #644 - we did not want the folding bench. We like the versatility of being able to remove or fold down one seat while leaving the other rear seat in place. We ordered a 2001 but we were no longer able to get the 7 passenger version so our dealer did a search and found exactly what we were looking for. We took it.
We love our new Venture WB edition. The pros outweigh any cons. The ride is great, the kids love it, the dog loves it! As for the leather/cloth seats...the reason they put the cloth in the center is so your bum does not get cold. I think they could have made the seats all leather and put heaters in them however this could be costly with 7 bucket seats, 5 that are removable!
Many of our friends that were turned off by the safety reviews have been won over after driving or riding in our Venture. It is a great Van! If you are on the fence just stop someone in a parking lot and ask them how they like it. I did that when I before I bought my last car. You will be surprised how willing people are to talk honestly about there vehicle! Good Luck!
#652 of 2501 Headlamp Upgrade
Feb 05, 2001 (8:29 am)
The standard bulbs #9004 in the Venture can now be upgraded to a new street legal Sylvania Bulb CB9004 which are much brighter ( a white light) and give a wider spread on low beam and greater distance on high. They cost about $15.00 each and are packaged as Cool Blue.
They also make a bulb for about $10.00 with 20% more power than the old ones, but I have found the extra $5.00 worth it.
#653 of 2501 '00 Venture water leak-pass.door
Feb 06, 2001 (2:19 pm)
Has anyone experienced a water leak on either the driver's or passenger front doors? Our company van's passenger side door has a water leak when driven through a automatic car wash, seems fine in the rain and no evidence of wind noise. If so, what was done to cure it? All of the weatherstrip looks in good shape, only 20k on van.
#654 of 2501 Ash Tray to Cup Holders ?
Feb 07, 2001 (11:31 am)
The new 2001 Venture has cupholders in place of the ashtray and lighter on earlier models. The cupholders on the side of the passenger seat are not that practical, especially if you have to take your eyes off the road to put a hot drink down.
I have asked Chevrolet whether it can be a retro fit on 2000 and back, by removing the ashtray and lighter and inserting the 2001 cupholder.
Will post comments when rcd.
#655 of 2501 Thinking of purchasing a Venture
Feb 07, 2001 (11:45 am)
My sister and her husband are thinking about purchasing a new 2000 or 2001 Chevrolet Venture. I am needing for some one to tell me if there are any problems with this type of van. I know very little about mini-vans. Any help would be greatly appreciated:)
Feb 07, 2001 (4:30 pm)
Send me an email, I'll give you my Venture experience.
Feb 07, 2001 (4:36 pm)
Share your experience with all of us.
#658 of 2501 Re #654 Thinking of buying.....
Feb 08, 2001 (6:22 am)
Despite the negative comments that are posted on this site from time to time about the Venture, it seems to me that every minivan made has its own set of issues good and bad.
We have had a Venture LT 2000 8 seater in dark sapphire for 11 months with just over 20K miles. We got in through carorder.com at an unbelievable price of $24500 incl taxes.(Carorder packed it in and are now back in CA.)
This van has been absolutley first class with minimal repairs, the major one being an errant low coolant warning light which was fixed by the dealer. A couple of minor issues I fixed myself. I always change the oil/filter myself at 3K and have tires rotated as per schedule.
I took it out in the snow this week and it felt very competent and reassuring with the Traction Control coming on and off as well the anti lock brakes.
For college runs and ice hockey tourneys it is a very comfortable highway cruiser with plenty of pep in the engine and good mpg.
Consumers Reports seem to knock it at every opportunity and appear to be in love with anybody other than GM.
#659 of 2501 I think CR knocks
Feb 08, 2001 (7:38 am)
the GM triplets mainly because of their poor offset crash test scores. They have admitted in the past that the vans are well designed and comfortable cruisers, however.
Since I have no immediate plans to run into a fixed barrier, those scores don't worry much!! LOL...
And, since State Farm now gives discounts based on their claims experience with the Pontiac Montana, I guess those tests aren't the best predictors of actual injury/death rates....
Feb 08, 2001 (1:35 pm)
pretty much says it all about our Venture: it's been a perfect car for my family, and even though my daily driver is a Firebird Formula 5-speed, I still like to drive the Chevy. I would like better brakes, but that's about it for criticisms.