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#673 of 2501 Venture Transmission Problems
Feb 11, 2001 (5:14 pm)
I had 2 Ventures (1997 & 1999). Both were good cars in general. The second one I got more bells and whistles on it (automatic rear door and trip computer).
I put a lot of miles on a car - about 1000 a week. I had 95K on the first one when the engine check light came on. I took it to the local dealer and it told them it was a transmission problem. The spent a lot of time on the car and finally said that the closest diagnosis they could come up with was a problem with one of the 5 sensors in the transmission. They said they would suggest replacing all of them as they could not tell which one it was. Estimated bill $1500.
I still felt that it was a good car and traded for another. To make a long story short, the second one got 72K before it also developed transmission problems.
Needless to say, I am done with Chevy vans
#674 of 2501 Ash Tray to Cup Holders Post #653
Feb 12, 2001 (11:22 am)
Further my post #653, I was disappointed by Chevrolet who came back and said go to the dealer..Don't they know ?
From the parts screen it would appear that the ash tray and cup holders are part of the frame (200/2001) which goes around the center switches etc. The price for this part is $75.00. We will live with the seat mounted ones !!!
#675 of 2501 State Farm discounts
Feb 12, 2001 (11:28 am)
Re agt cooper post. Took article to SF Agent, who quite interested but believe does not apply in NJ as has the highest of density of vehicles per mile in the US. With the ice/snow, body shops are booming.
#676 of 2501 Considering Venture
Feb 13, 2001 (5:49 pm)
Have had several Dodge/Ply and Windstar vans. Will I be happier in a Venture or should I stay with Dodge or Ford?
#677 of 2501 Check Engine Light
Feb 13, 2001 (7:29 pm)
Hi.. my wife has a '99 Montana with 42,000 mi on it. The "Check Engine Light" just came on. Was wondering if this light is programmed to come on at this time for periodic maintenance (oxygen sensor, etc) or if there's actually something wrong with the engine. Has anyone else had this light come on and, if so, what was the problem? Thanks.
#678 of 2501 Re #676 Check Engine Light
Feb 16, 2001 (9:56 am)
Really no point anybody guessing as believe can cover variety of issues including oxygen sensors. looks like a trip to the dealer to check it out on the computer.
#680 of 2501 Windstar vs Venture
Feb 17, 2001 (10:25 pm)
I had a 95 Windstar and the transmission and engine problems though it never left us stranded. Got the wife a 2000 Venture but we kept the Windstar as a spare car and soon after that Ford had the incentives for dissatisfied 95 Windstar owners (here's a bribe so you don't join a class action law suit against us for making a piece of junk) so I traded it in for a 2000 Windstar. Only reason I even considered it was the 4 grand Ford were giving out and the 0.9% financing.
Wife has put 18K on the Venture and the in law has put 6K on the Windstar. We have had to bring the Windstar in for one recall and another is still needing to get fixed, and they have had to replace an accelerator pedal housing (someone left bits of plastic in it) and a gear shift interlock (its sort of neat to drive around and be in a forward gear with the dash saying you are in reverse), plus various trim problems. The Venture has been flawless - unless you consider un kid proof upholstery a design problem.(If any manufacturer needs a 3 year old who will kick the heck out of the seat in front for testing purposes give me a call!)
My fathers experience with Pontiac put me off GM for the last 3 decades! But the Venture has actually been very nice. Only major complaint is the crummy headlights.
Maybe I'm just lucky but GM gets my vote for now. I suspect my opinion will change in about 30000 miles. The 8 seat option is fantastic. The main reason we got a GM van. Why don't the other mini van makers do that? Even Toyota in European Previas had 8 seats!
#681 of 2501 Venture "Dead Body Thump"
Feb 19, 2001 (11:09 am)
Hello, I'm new to your Town Hall and have a question regarding my '97 short Venture. bought it new and it has 25.5K miles on it. Since the first day I noticed after the gas tank has been filled and a few gallons have been used, when I come to a stop, there is a thump that can be felt in the back of my seat. Asking the Dealer has brought the "Dead Body Thump" response, he has heard from other customers with that problem, but offered no solution. One possibility he brought up, the lack of "baffles"in the tank. But no info. was available from the Mfg/GM.
Any idea? Thanks, BernieK