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#87 of 2501 sld1
Mar 18, 1999 (11:57 pm)
106 of 107: Need warranty w/ Venture? (sld1) Mon 15 Mar '99 (07:58 AM)
I was wondering if anyone could tell me whether or not I should get an extended warranty if I buy a 99 Venture Extended? I know the warranty is a MUST
HAVE for a Caravan/Voyager and probably a waste of
good money with a Toyota/Honda/Nissan. But I don't know about Chevrolet. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
#107 of 107: Need advice on options (sld1) Thu 18 Mar '99 (02:20 PM)
Am working with Auto-by-tel, looking at two 1999
Venture Extended LS vans. Need some advice.
Could live with 1st option he gave me. But 2nd
option has self-sealing tires, touring suspension
group and power sliding door added to it (and loses rear audio which I don't care about). It's and extra $705 (plus tax).
My question is, are those three extra options
worth it? I'm up for the tires and suspension
group. Have concern about power door because when I test drove one, the door acted up, wouldn't open
and then wouldn't close, alarm went off for no
apparent reason. I'm wondering if it would be more
of a headache than it's worth, one more thing to go wrong.
Need advice/opinions ASAP please. Thanks a bunch
for your help!
Mar 19, 1999 (1:28 pm)
Well, from a statistical point of view, warrentees are are never a good deal since whoever sells you the warrentee plans on average to spend less on repairs then the amount they made selling you the warrantee. I think this boils down to your personal comfort level. I don't necessarily agree
with your statement about honda/toyota/nissan, but toyota does give alonger warrentee (72K miles?) on the power train if memory serves me correct.
As for the options on your venture, if you are negotiating sight unseen, I would ask the dealer to fax the window sticker (or invoice) to make sure he has everything right. I though rear audio implied the 2nd AC compressor also, but maybe this is applicable to pontiac/olds only. As for the power doors, do a search here on edmunds and I think you will find frequent problems from almost all manufacturers.
#89 of 2501 petit
Mar 21, 1999 (8:38 pm)
Thirteen arrested in drug
sting at GM assembly
plant in Georgia
March 21, 1999
DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Thirteen employees of
a General Motors assembly plant have been
arrested for allegedly selling drugs to an
undercover police officer who spent 18
months posing as a co-worker.
The workers were arrested Thursday and
Friday at the plant 12 miles northeast of
"We pretty much caught them by surprise,"
said Doraville police Col. Clifford Edwards.
"They had no idea what was coming."
Edwards said the officer gained the trust of
employees while working among them on the
plant's assembly line before purchasing
cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and
More drugs were found after police dogs
searched the cars and lockers of GM
GM cooperated with police, giving the officer
a job and providing money for him to make
drug purchases, Edwards said.
The plant has about 4,000 workers and
assembles four models of minivans.
#90 of 2501 Reposted by KarenS
by KarenS HOST
May 03, 1999 (8:57 pm)
#0 of 1: (minivanfool) Sun 02 May '99 (07:33 PM)
I've been reading the Town Hall for weeks, and
haven't seen much (good or bad) relating to the
Chevy Venture. I have seen topics on the Montana, and while same van, just want opinions from Venture owners. I've been looking at purchasing for 6 weeks, and have moved from the Sienna (too small) to the Venture. Let me know your experiences with your van! Thanks.
May 05, 1999 (6:22 am)
We're also considering the Venture and would appreciate some input (good/bad) from others.
May 05, 1999 (6:48 am)
I'll throw my hat in the ring here for input on the Venture as well---we are considering one to replace our 1993 Aerostar (134K miles with dead a/c). Thanks ahead of time for the info!!
May 05, 1999 (12:42 pm)
Well, except for suspension tuning, finishing details and feature group, they are they same van, so there is no reason to think the Pontiac or Olds
info will not apply.
#94 of 2501 davy1
May 07, 1999 (1:38 pm)
For those looking for Venture feedback. We have had our 99 extended Venture since late October. We love it. The two biggest problems have been:
1) on trip over Christmas holidays we awoke at the hotel to a snowy rain mixture. The windshield wipers would not clean up the mess. We stopped at a Chevy dealer in a small PA town who replaced the wiper blades and assembly (20 minutes). It appears that my blades were left overs and were already old rubber. PS- this dealer was great helping us.
2) our power door was acting up (not closing) in Nov-Jan timeframe. To close we needed to hold the door as it moved into the frame. This little added pressure was enough to make it work. Every time I tried to get it to the dealer it would work perfectly so they did not want to adjust it at that time. The problem has not come back since Jan. (We live in eastern PA). Perhaps the humidity/temperature combo affected it.
My kids still think the the power door is the greatest. They also get a big kick out of the rear audio.
The only other problem is that the plastic cover around the base of the seatbelt strap on the last row passenger side catches on the seat frame as you move the seat forward and back. This has put a tear in the plastic cover that catches and hinders your moving the seat. A minor inconvenience and not a safety hazard. I will have it replaced when I take the van to the dealer in the future.
Both Chevy dealers that I have dealt with for the Van have been fantastic. Much better than my prior few years dealings with Olds and Acura dealers.
If we needed to purchase another minivan today, no question it would be the same exact vehicle.
May 08, 1999 (4:42 am)
davy1~~Thanks for the input, we brought our new Venture home yesterday and we are confident that we made the right choice to replace our 1993 Ford Aerostar with this van. After many dealers and many different test-drives, the Venture just fit our needs perfectly. Thus far, the dealer has been great, too. Hope that lasts!! LOL
#96 of 2501 To: MinivanFool and mbrowers
Jun 17, 1999 (9:25 pm)
I agree with you - when I was in the market for a van, and even since I bought my Venture the end of March ($100 over invoice, 0% for 36 mos) there just hasn't been much info here about this van. At 1st I wondered why. Then I figured that "no news is good news". If there were problems with this van, you can bet there'd be plenty of people here talking about it (see Chrysler and Ford vans!).
I decided that the Venture is just sort of boring for some reason, but a decent quality van. I got the extended version with 8-seat option and have been very happy with it. Kids like it too and other adults who've ridden with me in front seat or in middle seat say it is comfortable with lots of room.
Re: comment above about sliding door - I just within the past week got a notice in the mail to take my new van back to the dealer so they could make a change to the door. I personally haven't had any problems with it, but apparently a problem has been identified and they're going to fix it.
I went with Venture because: Honda too expensive and didn't really like it (too big on outside with not so much room inside); Sienna and Quest too small; Windstar and the Caravan/Voyager have too much history of quality problems. The Venture is not quite as roomy as the Grand Caravan/Voyager, but seems to be built better.
Another major plus for me with the Venture was that you can get the 8-seat option which isn't available in any other minivan that I know of. Being involved with sports and scouts, the ability to fit one more kid in (esp since they can't sit in the front seat) is very important.
I think I made the right decision for me (time will tell re: quality). Good luck with your decisions!