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1997 Chevrolet Venture

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Van from hell
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By Frankt
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Vehicle

1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

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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Vehicle

1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

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


Review

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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Vehicle

1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

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
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By jholt
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Vehicle

1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


Review

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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