by johnboy on Feb 15, 2009 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.
by kb on Jan 10, 2007 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.
by Frankt on Dec 22, 2006 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!
by jackie-pooh on Jul 22, 2005 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.
by Chevowner on Nov 27, 2004 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.
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