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#732 of 2501 Further on Cup Holders/Ash Tray
Mar 28, 2001 (8:41 am)
Prior to my Venture I had a Lumina APV van which had the cupholders similar to the 2001. Why did they change...???
With smoking on the decrease, Chevy engineers did not catch on to the trend that people generaly do not want ash trays/lighters any more. Soccer Moms and all that.
My other theory is that as this van was designed in cooperation with GM Europe, and I bet those guys were all smokers as seems to be the most of the population. I am sure the US Chevy guys said, "Hey what about the front cup holders" and slapped them on the side of the passenger seat as a compromise.
Personally, the rear holders are not much use either, with the juice box cut out on the backs of the seats they are too shallow.
#733 of 2501 Considering Buying
Mar 28, 2001 (9:41 am)
I have just started researching the pros/cons of this vehicle through the posting. For the most part, they seem minor. Looking at possibly purchasing new and wondered if anyone could suggest tips on getting the best price, best dealer, etc. I understand that special financing expires 4/2, so any feedback is appreciated. Has anyone purchased from any of the local dealerships from within the suburbs of Chicago, IL?
Mar 28, 2001 (10:55 am)
$75 for a piece of plastic? I don't think so. I'll probably pick up a console like my sister has in her Villager. Plenty of extra storage space and the cupholders are well placed.
#735 of 2501 chevy venture 98 horn and traction control
Mar 28, 2001 (11:11 pm)
I just bought 98 Chevy venture with 25k on it. it seems to be in a very good shape, however I have couple of questions:
1.The horn appears to be very tight to signal - needs almost a kick with palm of the hand - is it normal for this type of car?
2. The light for Traction control button stays on
at all times (the one below the HVAC controls.) If I turn it off it comes back on after restarting of the van. When The button light is on,Does it mean that TracControl on or off? Manual is confusing.
Mar 29, 2001 (8:31 pm)
I found the horn a little tough to push too so this must be normal. As for traction control sorry I can't help because I don't have it.
Mar 30, 2001 (5:02 am)
Agree horn does need a hit on the pad to make it work.
Re TC. In the 2000 there are two indicators. The TC is always active unless you switch it off and on this model there is a light up sign under the temp gage showing "TRAC OFF". I have not tested to see if it stays on after I re start the van.
When the TC is active, the 2000 have a message center that states "TRACTION ACTIVE" and you hear it whirring away.
My conclusion would be is that your light in fact shows it is active, until you switch it off and it auto resets next time you start.
#738 of 2501 Chevy Venture Air Bag Warning
Mar 30, 2001 (9:30 am)
My 2000 Chevy Venture is exhibiting quirky behavior. Initially when I purchased the van the air bag warning light would flash once or twice when starting the vehicle and then stay off. Last week it flashed about 6 times and stayed on until I rode over a dip in the road and then it went off. This week it went on after going over a bump in the road but didn't come on solid the next time I started the vehicle(still initially flashed more than six times). I'm pretty certain that if I take it in to the dealer, I'll get the "No Fault Found" run around. I suspect a connector somewhere has become partially disconnected. Any ideas on where to do a quick check before spending days going back and forth to the dealer?
Mar 30, 2001 (7:10 pm)
My 99 Venture had the air bag light come off and on every now and then. When I took it in, the dealer said it had something to do with the seat belt latch and replaced the two front seat belts and the light hasn't come on since. But, we have had lots of quirky, (non-major) faults with the van.
#740 of 2501 Traction Control
Mar 31, 2001 (7:50 am)
Switched off Trac Control, when re started automatically reset. So it appears that if you want it off, it has to be done manually each time you start the car.Conclude that the earlier models have a "on" warning light as described by another reader.
#741 of 2501 Service engine soon quick fix
Apr 02, 2001 (11:02 am)
With 45,000 miles on my '98 Venture, I was surprised last week when my Service Engine Soon light came on. I knew from reading this board and prior knowledge that it had something to do with the emission controls. I did something smart for a change and checked-out what the owners manual had to say about the light. It suggested checking the fuel cap to make sure it was on. Apparently an open fuel cap changes the pressure in the fuel system, which affects the emmisions. I thought that sounded ridiculous, but I checked it anyway. Guess what? The cap was off. I tightened the cap and within five minutes of driving the light went off and hasn't come back on. Thanks Chevrolet for being honest enough to include quick fixes in the owners manual.