Got my van in Dec. 2009.
I travel 12 miles on mostly a hilly expressway and get between 25 -26.5 per trip.
Problems I've had are the horn stops working because of a fuse. I replace it and then 2 months later it blows again.
Also I wanted to get bucket seats for the middle row but Chevy changed the seat design on the 2005.
As a result you can only interchange these seats with another 2005 and they are IMPOSSIBLE to find.
I've been trying for over a year.
I have a side and middle seat and they are not comfortable on long trip.
But I am happy with the van, rights nice, rattles a little but no major problems after 143,000 miles.
I would buy another Venture only with bucket seats.
I recently owned a 96 Ford Explorer 4 WD and wanted to upgrade my vehicle. I wanted a van and checked out our local car dealer for the first time. He gave me a good deal on my Ford and introduced me to a Venture Van! I loved it the minute I seen it, took it for a drive. I am a person who prays for guidance, pray for safe trip in the 4 directions while I drive and pray for my vehicle, that it runs good and takes me where I need to go! Today, I just purchased a used one! I still cannot believe I am driving a vehicle in the 2000's catagory! I am a person who buys what I can afford. I don't want car payments, as long as it runs good for me. I am blessed and thankful.
Average van, bland styling, brakes are weak,no storage pockets on the back of the front cap't seats,only one power sliding door,noisy cabin,no cassette player, not enough cup holders for middle row,DVD hard to reach/see when cup holders are being used,rear wiper streaks/doesn't work in cold weather. I thought I would get better gas milliage with such a small V6 engine. All in all this van is O.K, not bad, not impressive, just average.If you don't want to spend a lot of money on an import, this van would be a good deal.
I had to downsize from Suburbans and after adjusting I really like this van. You can't get more vehicle for the money. Its a shame GM does not have a mini-van in their line up now. I have been a loyal GM buyer for 25 + years but need to look at other options for new vans.