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Chevrolet Venture, Van
Jan 29, 2002 (3:21 pm)
I just bought a 2002 AWD Astro. This is my second Astro, and I feel that "Bang for the Buck" they're hard to beat. I'm real happy with the 02, especially the ride. I do have one complaint though. I am having trouble with a carpet defect as you'll find in my postings in "Chevrolet Van Owners: Problems and Solutions", and also in the "Dealer and Service Experiences" discussions.
THANKS for the re-organization Karen.
#6 of 29 Hello I'm Tom
Jan 29, 2002 (11:34 pm)
I own a '00 Venture in burgandy grey interior. Bought used day before Thanksgiving with 26K on it. So far so good put 1k miles on it so far, can't believe how it handles and the smoothness of the ride. Kids want a tv for it, we'll see.
I live in Watervliet, NY
#7 of 29 I'm from the frozen tundra...
Feb 04, 2002 (5:54 pm)
of Minnesota. Bought our Venture new in April 2000. Just the "Plus" model, with CD player and roof rack the only options, I believe. Coming up on 30,000 trouble free miles so far. Only problem was the power windows failed at about 18,000. Dealer repaired under warranty and gave me a free loaner while they waited (a Saturday to the following Monday) for the parts. Otherwise, just regular maintenance as per the owners manual. Have taken several 1000+ mile road trips in the Venture with our two small kids, and have enjoyed
driving the van, winter and summer. VERY smooth ride and good gas mileage on the hwy. Only complaint is the heater is slow to warm the interior on very cold (under 20 degrees) days and the fan seems noisy. Otherwise a good value for what we paid for it. It's a minivan, nothin' special.
#8 of 29 Cajun Boy
Feb 24, 2002 (3:38 pm)
Hi from Louisiana.
Looks like I'm the only big van person. I have a 2000 Express with the now defunct Mark III conversion package. This is my second Express. Had a 1997 Mark III and traveled over 120K miles on it before getting my present 2000. I like the van overall. It's great to travel and haul kids. I will probably buy another (if they're still making them). I would like see some of the amemnities put in these vans that they have added to the minivan field--more safety, auto sliding doors, etc.
#9 of 29 Chevy Express 8.1Liter
Mar 04, 2002 (8:50 pm)
Another big van person here.... I have a loaded 2001, 3500, 8.1liter cargo van. So far I have 12k trouble free miles on her, bought it in Sept. 2001. I have heard a person or two say they have had problems with the 8.1 engine and just wondered if anyone had a report on that. I use this one for appliance repair and the power and acceleration, even loaded down as I have it, is unbelievable, rides great and is a dream for a service vehicle.
Mar 06, 2002 (10:05 am)
Last week, Edmunds rolled out new pricing pages. Along with this is a new "consumer ratings & reviews". This functionality lives in the "consumer opinions" area of the new vehicle detail page, and allows users to rate a vehicle on a number of different criteria (1 to 10 scale), as well as add his/her own free-form comments.
If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
#11 of 29 Hi, I'm Dave from Indiana
Aug 12, 2002 (1:16 pm)
I have a '98 Astro and a '87 Astro. Both are 2WD. I bought the '87 with 37k mi on it and now have 155k. I have replaced the radiator, alternator, starter motor, EGR valve, fuel pump, throttle body gasket, fan control switch (3), water pump, shocks, rear brake pads (once), front disk pads (3 sets) and rotors, idler arms, exhaust pipes and muffler, serpentine belt (2), and 3 different door handles. Have done tune-ups every 50,000 miles and changed oil every 4000 miles. Changed plug wires at 100,000. Due for cap, rotor, and spark plugs before this winter. Van used to get 23 mpg on trips but now only gets 20 mpg with 55000 miles on spark plugs. Have never added trans fluid. Power door locks and windows have problems but basically work. Speedometer cable makes noise in winter. A/C has very slow leak and only hold charge for 6 mos.
My '98 was bought new and has been great until this month. I have a problem that makes the PCM put the trans into 'limp mode', which results in hard shifts from 1st to 2nd gear after 40 mins. of hwy. driving. I am trying to find what the real problem is and not be so quick to drop $1900 for a rebuilt trans. Other than that, the '98 has cost me $30 for a mirror we broke, an air filter, and oil changes. Very good for the year and a half since the warranty expired. There were only 5 warranty repairs in the first 3 years. The most serious was the defective headliner that came with the van. Van gets 20 mpg everyday and 23-24 mpg on trips over 100 miles. My brother spent $9000 more for a Sienna that is much smaller inside, sits lower to road, but has power leather seats and pop out cupholders in rear seats. Other than that we both have rear a/c, alloy wheels, CD and Cassette, rear lift, and power everything.
#12 of 29 Just Checking In
Mar 22, 2003 (10:09 am)
We've been a Venture van owner for 3 years now, and thought it about time I checked in. Not much activity on this particular board - I wonder if some Chevy Venture owners are too shy or a little too embarrassed to admit they own one? Of course, look how long it took me to add my 2 cents.
Well, we have over 42,000 miles on the van and not a whole lot to really "complain" about. We like it and will keep it around for a little longer. The last two Chevys we owned that we no longer do (we currently own 2 Cavaliers in addition to the van - a 2002 for our daughter at college and a 2003 for my commuting), we kept for 10 years/157,000 miles and 12 years/121,000 miles, respectively, so the van is still a pretty young pup;-).
#13 of 29 99 Venture Owner in PA
May 06, 2003 (10:28 am)
We absolutely love our 99 LS Extended. Leased it new on 4/15/99, currently has 81,000 miles on it. Besides the few things we have broken, cup holder on seats my kids step on these all the time and the pull down strap on the hatch. We have done nothing to repair this car. I do add the coolant every 3,000 miles when I change the oil (every 2 months). I will miss the van when we turn it in in a year. I only hope that our Tahoe that we will be getting will perform as well.
#14 of 29 New to The Astro/Safari Line
Aug 08, 2004 (11:31 am)
Found a 2004 Express 3500, I had wanted for a long time. It was in Ruidoso, NM. A 2004 with 6750 miles and a good price of $19,200.
I researched the model and found that they were only getting 11-13 MPG. This kinda turned me off cause I had a 90 dodge 3500 van and it got 18mpg.
Ended up looking at astro/safari and found an almost new Safari and am now just getting my feet wet with it. So far, so good, getting 20-22 mpg. I realize this a chevy van club but you know...they are the same