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1997 Chevrolet Venture Minivan - Consumer Reviews

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


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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 Minivan 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.


Best Features

Body style


Worst Features

None


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watch the engine
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By daddy d
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1997 Chevrolet Venture Minivan 3dr Minivan


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After owning the car for five months and it being at 70000 miles the engine blew a head gasket. I was told it was caused by the dexcool system not being properly taking care of before I bought.


Best Features

beautiful exterior,and nice riding car


Worst Features

dexcool nedds to be replaced


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REVIEW2003
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By jbrewer
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1997 Chevrolet Venture Minivan 3dr Minivan


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I NOW HAVE OVER 102k MILES ON THIS CAR AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS. I DO REGULAR MAINTENANCE WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE KEY TO THE LONGEVITY OF ANY PIECE OF MACHINERY. WE HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A 3700 MILE TRIP WHERE OUR HIGHWAY GAS MILEAGE AVERAGED 28MPG. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.


Worst Features

INTERIOR AMENITIES COULD STAND IMPROVEMENT.


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By notgood
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1997 Chevrolet Venture Minivan 3dr Minivan


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This was first minivan for me. I was very excited and it had everything I was looking for. Except the day after I bought it it was in the shop for extensive repairs. Had it less than a year and am ready to get rid of it! I think the dealer did nothing before he allowed this van to be resold. Also, service sent me home with the water pump and belt bad, fortunately there is a reputable Chrysler service company who were happy to fix it for me. Will not buy from that dealer again. Did not offer at any time to give me the vehicle I paid for.


Best Features

Loaded items. sliding doors (when they work)


Worst Features

can't think of any


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