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Not so go by Scruffy on 03/09/2007. Trim: 2004 Chevrolet Venture LS Ext., Owned 3 years.
Pros: It size
Cons: Mileage is bad and lots of problems
Overall review: Not a very good van
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Good where it matters: value, economy and reliability by Wes M. from Vancouver, BC on 09/12/2005. Trim: 2004 Chevrolet Venture Plus, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Having owned the van for 18 months we can report that Venture exhibits these characteristics: excellent value; reasonable fuel economy for the vehicle type; seats are easy to remove; quiet and pleasant (if not exciting) to drive; good reliability forecasts for the vehicle; comfortably seats eight people; some signs of innovation noticable (aluminum hood to assist in cooling the motor, air filters in the HVAC system); good service from dealership; styling, while not exciting, is attractive (and better than the 2005 models!)
Cons: The rear suspension on these vans is decidely low-tech: load up the vehicle to capacity and the vehicle rides pretty low in the back end. Many minivans suffer from this -- particularly American models. We had a minor water leak that disappeared by itself just after it was purchased (nothing like summer heat to seal up a vehicle!), and a pipe to the PCV had a very slight crack and was covered by warranty. Overall, little to complain about.
Overall review: The Venture model has been around for awhile, and after exhaustively researching all makes and models we settled on the Venture. Some pre-2003(?) models suffered from failing intake gaskets but that has been rectified, and now Venture users can expect good service from the 3.4L engine. GM transmissions have better longevity than Chrysler or Ford, so among the domestics vans the GM is probably tops. The van at about $25,000 CDN is much cheaper than import models, with comparable or better fuel economy. For long-term owners it is a great choice since import parts can be expensive! The van is lower-tech than the imports, but in the long term that may well translate into greater reliability.
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Graet Value for Money!! by Grace on 07/23/2006. Trim: 2004 Chevrolet Venture Plus Ext., Owned 2 years.
Pros: My van has 8 passenger seats. I love having the 3 bucket seats in the middle. The middle one folds down and makes a little table with cupholders. The middle seats fold and flip completely forward so it is easy to get into the 3rd row. Also you can fit large things in the van without removing the middle seats. We can flip the seats forward and fit a double air mattress in the back for camping. With all the seats out there is tons of room. There is a "kill switch" for the interior lights that is great. We use it quite a bit when we have the doors open for an extended period. The engine is very quiet. It drives great. The traction control is an excellent feature, works great in snow/ice.
Cons: The windshield wipers are poorly designed, they tend to ice up in the winter. The doors automatically lock when the vehicle is in gear. It is a pain. One feature that I wish I could turn off. We removed the optional roof rack as soon as we got the van because it whistled terribly.
Overall review: We tested all the mini vans before we decided on the Venture. I felt the Venture was better value for money overall. The imports all run about $10,000 more for comparable features. The reviews rate reliability better in the imports but so far our van has been great. We have only done regular maintenance, haven't been any other repair issues (we've had it over 2 years).
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Great Value - very capable. by kidhauler in seattle on 11/28/2004. Trim: 2004 Chevrolet Venture LS Ext., Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Overall, an excellent value. Very comfortable ride, nice seats, good visability. Passengers have no trouble accessing the rear seats, cargo area in the extended van is sufficient for most daily activities. We have even taken longer camping trips without having to fold down the seats for room.
Cons: If you are used to a sedan, you will loose some feel for the road. The van ride is almost too plush at times, but not so much you don't feel in control.
Overall review: Overall - a great value and a very capable van.
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Bought Two by Dave from Pittsburgh on 10/18/2005. Trim: 2004 Chevrolet Venture LS Ext., Owned 1 year.
Pros: This is my second Venture. I still own my 1998 Venture with 135,000 miles and drive it to work every day. The 2004 has been problem free and a real joy to own and drive.
Cons: The front row seats sit too high for a tall person.
Overall review: The 2004 Venture looks and drives nice with no headaches.
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