2002 Chevrolet Venture Value Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Are you looking for a sleek looking minivan with amazing features, powerful engine,and high resale value?well you need to look elsewhere. This old rust bucket looks like tetnis shot on wheel, headlights fog over so bad you really can't tell much difference between high and low beams. Engine mantinence is a pain in the ass, rear spark plugs require some disassembly, air filter and battery are locked under frame crossmembers. However if you are near broke and need a dirt cheap basic vehicle to get around with then this old turd is just right. It's not pretty but man I can't believe this thing is still running.its got 274k on original engine and transmission, third water pump though. My grandparents bought it used around 15 years ago, had it for about 5 years then sold it to my parents at 125k when the a/c went out. Could not fix a/c after several attempts. Leak would take 12 labor hours to fix. These are not great engine and transmission combo, but it is alright. You are guaranteed to replace lower intake manifold gaskets and head gasket if you buy this car with low miles. They all go around 60-140k due to poor quality original gaskets. Overall pretty bullet proof cam in block engine as long as you take care of them. They have horrible lower block leaks that are very common. Not puking oil leaks but I have never seen a 3.1L or 3.4 with a non oil covered oil pan. Same goes for the trans. If you drive with a lead foot the tranny will go out. As long as you drive like a grandma this car will last forever.
My major problem is I have a heating problem when driving in 50 degrees or lower - The interior does not heat up as expected, I freeze in winter time. I don't know if it is just my Venture Van or if others are experiencing this same problem.
Yes, this van has some "minor issues" like no interior light when the door opens, windshield wipers sticking in the upright position and some rear tail-turn signal-brake light problems, but this is a damned good reliable vehicle. It has almost 190,000 miles on it and she is still running smooth.
Comfortable, with 2 side doors and plenty of passenger and storage space. All the places to plug into.
The dome lights should come on when opening the door.
2002 Chevrolet Venture LS Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
My housekeeper owns a 2002 Chevy Venture LS V6 FWD that my father brought her in 2001 as a Christmas gift for being a fabulous housekeeper. She clearly loves it and does not want to give it up for even a new 2012 Nissan Quest? ODD but I hate that van, it does not have a quick take off like most vans in that class, the gas gage is broke so she can only use 75% of her tank, the headlights and highbeams are not bright at all. In fact at night you can even see the road well. The interior lights don't work when the doors are open only when you turn the lights on it the van from the switch. It's just a mess. Handling is even worst cause there is so much body roll.
Bought this van from a repo auction a year ago. replaced front brakes, and intake gaskets which are normal for this engine. I have put $500 in the van. I have never had any problems with this van! I love it and so do my kids. We love the auto sliding doors and I like the parking aide. I have 170,000 on her and she runs great! Wouldn't hesitate to drive this anywhere. Bought an entertainment center for a big screen home in it.
Parking Aide, auto sliding doors, huge room with the chairs out.