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Think twice about GM
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By GM...Phoey!
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1998 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Best Features

Ride.


Worst Features

New engine.


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Mixed Bag
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By theseahawk
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1998 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Best Features

Good gas mileage, lots of acceleration and power, convenient with dual sliding doors.


Worst Features

Repair prone, pretty much an average van in the field of choices.


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Frustrated
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By Frustrated
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1998 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

Cup holders are made cheap and break easily. Holders under the radio are not very functional.


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I love my Venture
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By pandama
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1998 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Minivan


Review

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!


Best Features

Automatic sliding door wows everyone. Peppy and powerful for a minivan.


Worst Features

Uggums grille could be more attractive but I got used to it, just like you would if you had an ugly kid!


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Venture review 04/04
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By arcadoc
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1998 Chevrolet Venture LS 3dr Ext Minivan


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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
road.
My next vehicle: Another Venture!


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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