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Love it!
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By johnboy
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage and reliability


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Great cheap minivan
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By bigdog
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Minivan


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We bought this minivan used in '05 for $5000 with 77,000 miles on it. Excellent paint job- little to no rust for a 11 yr old New England van! We've put on 35,000 miles in 2.5 yrs of owning it and spent $5000 in repairs including an engine rebuild and power steering work. That was largely the result of purchasing from an unscrupulous dealer. After the initial expenses, the minivan has done amazingly even in VT winters and I have used it extensively. It came with a roof rack, keyless entry, power windows and cruise control. Assuming if I can keep its annual repair costs under $ 1000, I will keep this car until the rust takes it down!


Favorite Features

Paint job, keyless entry, cruise, roof rack, powerful engine, gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Make the removable seats easier to handle.


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Ok despite a few flaws
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By the captain
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1997 Chevrolet Venture 3dr Minivan


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The 97 Venture is OK except for a few flaws. The major one is the transmission. I've had to replace mine shortly after the purchase. Now it seems to be functioning great. I dislike the location of the cupholders next to the seat...easy to spill stuff. I also dislike the fact that the wiper system breaks. I do wish the driver side door was standard but that doesn't come until 2000. However, I do love the look of the minivan interior and exterior. I just wish it didn't rust and chip easy. It has great acceleration and has great gas mileage (better than my friends Caravan Sport). It handles pretty great. Need to haul stuff...take out the seats and you have yourself a cargo van.


Favorite Features

Its power, gas mileage, versatility, features available considering its a base model(power windows, tinted windows, roof rack, cargo nets, power mirrors, AC)


Suggested Improvements

Transmission primarily. Although the 98+ gets a redesign, the 97 does have its pitfalls. Also the driver side door would be nice as a standard feature(available in 2000). The wiper system needs work since they park upright when system malfunctions and/or the rear system motor burning out.


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Overrated
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By micheal laraio
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1997 Chevrolet Venture 3dr Minivan


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This has been the worst van I have ever owned. From day one the sliding door has not worked right. The engine light goes on for no reason. The dealership can't fix it. I can't wait to sell it.


Favorite Features

Body style


Suggested Improvements

None


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Waste of money, constant problems,
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By kb
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability and quality


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Van from hell
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By Frankt
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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!


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Love this van!
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By jackie-pooh
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Favorite Features

Stability control and interior design.


Suggested Improvements

Power driver's side sliding door.


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Solid Family Choice--Excellent Economy
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By Bob
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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


Favorite Features

Good acceleration and fuel economy.


Suggested Improvements

Interior hardware needed to be more secure/solid. It's the little things, but they come loose.


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7 yrs of good exper. w/ 97 Chev Vent Ext
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By Chevowner
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Favorite Features

2 sliding doors, autoleveling with built in air pump (have used it much more than I would have predicted), room, tinted windows (aftermarket), cruise control,


Suggested Improvements

Rear air conditioning is highly recommended. The 2nd row seats are not the most comfortable, but the kids don't complain.


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scary
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By jholt
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1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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Do not get this car! At 95,000 miles it needed a new engine. About 10,000 miles later, it needed a $300-$400 repair every month or so. I have now decided to just buy another car. Take my advice, DO NOT GET THIS CAR!


Favorite Features

Front seats are comfortable, cargo space


Suggested Improvements

Reliability, rear seat comfort, easier seat removal


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