1999 Chevrolet Venture

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$20,795

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1999 Chevrolet Venture

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

3 trims

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1999 Chevrolet Venture review: Our expert's take

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Versus the competiton:

Like most things in life, choosing between a regular-wheelbase and extended-wheelbase minivan is fraught with tradeoffs.

The shorter, regular-wheelbase model is a bit cheaper, more maneuverable, easier to park and usually more carlike in the corners.

The longer, extended-wheelbase version counters those assorted face cards with an ace in the hole: utility.

The extended-wheelbase Chevrolet Venture I drove recently is a case in point. The extended model’s extra 14 inches of length raises its interior volume (with the second and third rows of seats removed) to 155.9 cubic feet, which is a significant 29.3 cubic feet more than you get with the regular model.

Since most minivan owners keep those backseats in to haul folks instead of stuff, it’s probably more meaningful to put the difference this way: When you put a third row of seats into a regular minivan, the cargo area behind the last row virtually disappears. But with an extended van such as the Venture I tested, you still have a nice storage compartment back there.

That difference can be crucial to a couple who want to take several kids on vacation.

Certainly, the handsome extended-wheelbase Venture is a good choice for hauling folks and stuff. Redesigned in 1997 and blessed with some important upgrades since, the Venture is a comfortable, quiet and exceptionally safe minivan. Standard safety gear includes side air bags for the driver and front-seat passenger, daytime running lights with an automatic control that turns on the regular headlights at night, seat-belt pretensioners and four-wheel antilock brakes.

As that litany of standard safety stuff might suggest, the extended Venture is a good value. Its base price of $23,045 also includes a gutsy V-6, and a silky new-for-1999 electronic four-speed automatic gearbox.

Other equipment tossed in with the base price includes air conditioning, seven-passenger seating, dual sliding rear doors, tilt steering, a rear window washer/wiper/defroster, power door locks and a theft deterrent system.

The Venture is a comfortable and convenient way to go, particularly when it’s as loaded as the leathery tester, which included the many-splendored LT package. The latter adds goodies such as rear air conditioning and captain’s seats.

I got to test that comfort and convenience on a highway trip that involved four adults and their luggage. The rear storage area would have handled our six bags with ease, if I had stacked them on top of each other. But since the four bucket and captain’s seats in the front two rows were all we needed, I just folded down the split-fold rear bench and tossed a couple of the bags on top of it, thus preserving the rear view.

The optional power sliding rear door was pampering to the brink of decadence. But being an unredeemed hedonist, I rather liked it. There was also lots of shoulder space and legroom for everyone, and the interior was hushed enough at highway speeds to permit easy conversation.

The quietude on the highway had to do with good aerodynamics and sound insulation. The Venture’s lack of squeak and creak on bumpy surfaces was a function of strong unibody construction derived from the use of longitudinal rails and side-to-side cross-members.

Thanks to its 3.4-liter V-6, which develops 185 horsepower and a lot of low-RPM torque, or pulling power, the Venture was muscular when it needed to be.

Base vehicle: Front-drive, 3.4-liter engine, four-speed automatic transaxle, power steering, power disc/drum antilock brakes, 15-inch steel wheels, all-season radials, front and side air bags for front-seat passengers, air conditioning, rear window wiper/washer/defogger, theft deterrent system, heated power mirrors, stereo, clock, tilt steering.

Test model: Leather seats, power front bucket seats, second-row captain’s seats, split-fold rear bench, speed control, power windows, keyless entry, premium sou system, alloy wheels, touring suspension and tires, traction control, luggage rack, rear A/C, overhead console, power passenger-side sliding door, rear audio controls, alarm.

Base price: $23,045.

Test model: $28,670 (inc. shipping).

EPA city rating: 18 m.p.g.

Test mileage: 20.5 m.p.g.

Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper, roadside assistance and courtesy transportation.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 3.7
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 3.6
  • Reliability 3.5

Most recent consumer reviews

3.9

one of the better vehicles i"ve owned

bought used @ 160000 km in 2007 .now have 265000km 2020.Change oil every 3000km and change to 180deg thermostat and engine will outlive you.Used as a construction material delivery for first 6 yrs ..hwy/city everyday.stills runs like a stallion.has been No1 reliable.will miss versitality .frontwheel drive with good snows i rate at 7/10

2.7

Least dependable car I have ever owned.

I purchased this van. It had more repairs during and after warranty than any vehicle I have ever owned. Finally after owning the vehicle for seven years, major rust spots began to appear and forced me to unload. I will not purchase another Chevrolet as my last two experiences were unreliable and costly.

4.3

Dependable!

I've had my Venture since 2003, when I bought it with 66,000 miles on it. I've put almost 100K on it, and it's still going strong. Can pull a trailer, can pop the seats out easily. A few things have quit: gas gauge stopped working around 145,000..so? I just fill it once a week. Automatic sliding door quit around 125,000; that's ok, too...just use it manually. Both front window mechanisms quit recently(not at the same time)..replaced one, and the other is due, but hey, all in all a great vehicle. Replaced the battery twice over the years, but it can be -30 and the Chevy starts. I just can't justify getting rid of her!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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