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Chevrolet Venture, Van
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
#15 of 29 Re: Hello & Welcome! [KarenS]
Dec 02, 2004 (6:11 pm)
I have a 99 venture. I have had a new transmission put in. I have had a new motor put. I think the only thing that hasn't been changed is the muffler - go figure!!
I have recently come across an article on the web, backed up my a few links to government sites that claim that the courts in the US found GM at fault regarding excessive paint peeling. Apparently, the decision stated that it will hold GM responsible for no longer than the end of each respective van's 6th year. I am a victim of this problem, and made my claim, in writing with my GM dealer at about the 5 1/2 year point. GM has refused my claim, and now I have been left with not alternative but to take this to small claims court.
Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, their experience would be greatly appreciated to know.
#16 of 29 Re: Hello & Welcome! [jlgilman]
Jan 04, 2005 (12:49 pm)
In need of a few body fixes anyway so I figured I'd have the whole van repainted anyway. On my van it's the clearcoat that is peeling off.
#17 of 29 Hi from CT - 2004 Venture
Feb 20, 2005 (5:31 am)
We bought the 2004 LS extended with 19k miles on it and love it. We bought a 100k 6 year after market extended warranty. Did the transmission flush and put in synthetic oil / synthetic transmission fluid.
We have put about 1500 miles on it so far. It is winter atm and we get about 17-19 mpg "around town" though we live 5 miles out of town so "around town" always involves getting there. We haven't taken any long trips yet but on the two 240 mile trips so far we got 24 mpg unloaded and 22 mpg loaded at 80mph. Not bad in my opinion.
Anyway, so far so good. Nice van, BIG inside. We owned a 97 Taurus (traded in for the Venture) which on trips was stuffed to the gills with 2 kids in carseats. With the Venture everything fits easily in the back with the 3rd row seats folded down.
#18 of 29 2005 Astro RWD Steering
Mar 31, 2005 (12:26 pm)
My new 2005 Astro Passenger RWD has a steering problem -- the turning diameter is wide, like 44 feet instead of 40.5 feet. The steering wheel only turns 1 and 1/4 turns from center. The front wheels do not go to the stops on the centering arms (they have almost an inch clearance hard over either direction). I have had it to 3 dealers 5 times, and they say either it is in specs or they have no specs or it goes to the stops or it is not supposed to go to the stops, etc. In other words "We wont fix it." My 2001 turned great, as did my Safari from 99.
Does ANYONE ELSE have this problem?
#19 of 29 Re: Hello & Welcome! [KarenS]
May 05, 2005 (2:34 pm)
Hi, I'm smedleys and am thinking of buying a 1999 Astro van and have some questions. Any help is appreciated. I do have specific questions about the AWD. Where do I go from here.