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