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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
Jan 16, 2004 (6:55 am)
"Once again, the Chrysler Group made America's favorite minivans in 2003. According to year-end sales figures, Chrysler sold a total of 374,494 minivans in the last calendar year, including 233,394 Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravans, 120,767 Chrysler Town & Countrys and 20,333 Voyagers. Honda came in second in the family-mobile derby, selling 154,063 Odyssey vans, while General Motors took third in total minivan sales, selling some 148,881 Chevrolet Venture/Olds Silhouette/Pontiac Montana vans. Rounding out the top five were Ford's Windstar/Freestar with 129,236 customers and the Toyota Sienna, which sold 105,499 copies."
Jan 16, 2004 (7:32 am)
GM actually didn't do bad considering that they are selling a 7 year old style van and Oldsmobile is on it's way out.
Jan 16, 2004 (7:56 pm)
Its sad to see Olds going, but seeing what their doing to Buick is making me feel worse.
Buick is synonym of smooth quiet and reliable ride. They start to screw up with the rendez vous, they are coming with a van...they are ruining the Buick name...
They are no better with Caddy, a pick up now, imagine a pickup......Oh well
#749 of 1617 Oil in Coolant
Jan 19, 2004 (8:23 am)
This has been a tough fix for my mechanic. He has been on the mechanic's internet site. The usual places of leakage show no sign. My Olds Silouette has a transmission cooler and an oil cooler -- but they seem fine. I think the mechanic settled on the intake gasket, after inspecting the rear gasket. Of course, all the hoses needed to be replaced. He suggests GM may issue checks if there is a common occurence among owners. Any others having this problem?
#750 of 1617 Oil in Coolant by leftyga1
Jan 21, 2004 (3:46 am)
Search this discussion group for "manifold leak". Appears it's a common problem.
#751 of 1617 Airflow location stuck
Jan 24, 2004 (12:23 pm)
I have my first out of warranty problem on my 2000 Silo. I can't complain too much with 53k I guess. The heater airlfow is "stuck" coming from the vents and the floor. If you move the switch to change the airflow location it makes no difference. The blower works fine however. I figure one of three things: heat/cool control unit, vacuum line, or god forbid a stuck damper door. Can anyone suggest how to troubleshoot this?
#752 of 1617 Oil In Coolant-Manifold Leak
Jan 24, 2004 (4:05 pm)
Thanks "n7don" for the search tip. I have printed them out to document the intake manifold problem. Still, none of these many comments relate to oil getting into the coolant - just a coolant leak to the garage floor. Happily, the problem was fixed. Apparently my particular problem is rare (anyone)?
#753 of 1617 re. manifold leak
Jan 24, 2004 (8:32 pm)
I don't have a leak in my silo...knock on wood, but from my reading here and elsewhere, I understand the notorious leak can range anywhere from barely noticible, just external and sometimes hardly even enough to drip onto the ground, all the way up to extremely bad, where it gets coolant into the oil and/or leaks bad enough to cause overheating.
leftyga1, is your van under warranty? If not, and gm helps out with the leak fix (labor, parts, discount, whatever) please let us know. It would sure be a relief to know that gm would pick up even a little of this rather large, costly job since its obviously quite common, and obviously due to THEIR flawed design/part.
#754 of 1617 Van Sales comment
Jan 25, 2004 (8:48 am)
Hmmmmmm: Caravan/GC was #1 by a LARGE margin. Odyssey was firmly in #2, GM's combo # 3. Venture/Montana/Silhouette, # 4 was Chrysler Voyager/T&C, Ford Windstar #5, and Toyota Sienna a distant 6th place.
How few in sales were the Mazda MPV, Kia Sedona, Volkswagen Eurovan?
Considering GM sells THE most vehicles of any company, the low sales of the GM triplets is another indicator of the decline of GM.