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1997 Chevrolet Venture Minivan

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Chevrolet Venture Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.4 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 180 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Chevrolet Venture

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fun to drive, optional power sliding door, optional traction control, standard ABS, powerful standard engine

  • Cons

    Toothy chrome grille, uncomfortable modular seating

  • What's New for 1997

    Complete redesign of Chevy's minivan results in a new name, a left-side sliding door, optional traction control, a powerful standard engine and a fun-to-drive demeanor.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Love it!

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan

I bought this van used in 2001 and I must say it's the most reliable car I ever owned. I just hit 100000 miles and the only issue I've had was having to replace the ac which cost $900. The gas mileage is great for a van.




Waste of money, constant problems,

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan

Nice to drive. Very unreliable, intake gasket, transmission, waterpump, door handles, drink holder, windshield washer system, power sliding door, power window switches, oxygen sensors X3, trim falling off doors and floor, headlight lens blew off at like 25 mph, heater quite. This is what I remember happened to mine by 79,000 miles with scheduled maintenances haveing been performed. I will never by another GM product because of owning this vehicle unless they greatly improve product. Bought vehicle with 59,000 miles and sold at 80,000 miles and had owner 4.5 years. I paid $11,725 for vehicle and sold for $500 because of its mechanical shortcomings. Real waste of money.




Van from hell

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan

Bought used at 42k miles. I am stickler for servicing. At 80k, trainy went and had to rebuild front of engine. Electrical short causes brake lights to blow fuse and knock out lights- spent over $800 and still not fixed. Water pump has went twice now and replacing is a major ordeal and very expensive as its impossible to get to. These are the big problems. Never buy this van at any cost. In the long run the repairs will cost you more!




Love this van!

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan

This is the first mini-van and the first Chevrolet of any kind that I've owned, and it is the most reliable used vehicle I've owned. It's very comfortable to drive, flexible to configure (remove seats, etc.) and handles great in snow and any bad weather. The traction control and ABS braking are a super combo. It's also very fun to drive.




Solid family choice--excellent economy

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan

Very reliable. Only minor maintenance. Excellent mileage for the size. 19 City, 26 Hwy. Tows 2000# well.




7 yrs of good exper.

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan

We bought our 97 Chev Venture Ext LS minivan (2 sliding doors) new and have had an overall very good experience. The 2 problems so far are a check engine light at 75K miles that the dealer reset for $80 (has not come back on yet), and the drivers window switch went out recently & cost $65 to replace. We have 88K miles. It was the quietest and best driving vehicle I have owned so far.



Full 1997 Chevrolet Venture Review

What's New for 1997

Complete redesign of Chevy's minivan results in a new name, a left-side sliding door, optional traction control, a powerful standard engine and a fun-to-drive demeanor.

Talk About The 1997 Venture

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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