This is my first GM model and I'm disappointed in its value. After 71k miles, it needed a a new manifold head gasket for $950. Dealer said that they ALL failed around that mileage and the fix only will last 3-5 years until you need a new gasket. Friend's '98 Pontiac Grand Prix (same engine) died at 68K with the same problem. Brakes squeal all the time and can't keep it aligned at all. Only put on 5-6K miles a year so no "severe" driving involved. It was a good price when we got it in 2000 used, but not so sure now.
Good gas mileage, lots of acceleration and power, reliable drive, repair prone, convenient with dual sliding doors but pretty much an average van in the field of choices. I would not buy another one -- I would buy a different make.
Good gas mileage, lots of acceleration and power, convenient with dual sliding doors.
Repair prone, pretty much an average van in the field of choices.
This van is nice to look at from the outside and has loads of room on the inside; however, it has been nothing but a headache with problem after problem. Unfortunately, not enough to qualify as a 'lemon'. We needed a new transmission at 30,000 miles and have been dealing with computer issues and the check engine light for way too long. It is almost like a money trap. I am just waiting for the money to trade it in and buy something else.
Van has nice appearance on outside. Love the sliding doors on both sides, the temperature control for front and back, the radio in back and all the room inside.
Cup holders are made cheap and break easily. Holders under the radio are not very functional.
Original owner who will cry when it
drives away with new owner. Touring
suspension added and well worth the
extra $. Good gas mileage for a
minivan. Very reliable engine, power
train. Minor complaints for electrical
components, but I would definitely buy
again if in the market for minivan
(like when I have grandkids maybe?).
Selling only because of long commute
and high gas prices in Calif. Bought a
Toyota Corolla and hope I love it as
much as I love my Venture!
Automatic sliding door wows everyone.
Peppy and powerful for a minivan.
Uggums grille could be more attractive
but I got used to it, just like you
would if you had an ugly kid!
The biggest problem is with the front-
wheel drive transaxle. My first one
failed at 123,000 miles. After a NOS
replacement, the transaxle slips
randomly when accelerating from a
standstill. I really have no
complaints about this vehicle. In
general, it has served me well.
Great gas mileage! With a 25 gallon
tank, it is not unusual for me to go
500 miles between refuelings. This
Venture now has 200,000 miles on it
and you can hear the looseness in the
engine and transmission. I'm about
ready to retire this one before it
leaves me sitting on the side of the
My next vehicle: Another Venture!
All dashboard controls are easily
accessible. It is very comfortable to
ride in [and sleep in] and drives
easily. I have no problem driving for
hours and hours in this vehicle.
Change the hand crank seat recliners.
Strengthen the front-wheel drive
transaxle so that it is not so
difficult for it to pull a load.