Excellent vehicle - very reliable
Bought new in 2002 and hated to get rid of mine, but needed a truck. Had 70k+ miles and needed very little work - rear wheel cylinders leaked and brake light sockets corroded (bulletin on this) - all things I could fix myself. Other stuff was normal maintenance. Minivans are not exciting but their good value for the money - especially used - given that they can haul people and/or cargo. It's too bad people look down on them. My Venture was a workhorse and a confortable and reliable one at that.
This is the first Chevy van we have owned and it has been nothing but trouble. THe gas gauge stopped working, the interior door panel on the drivers side is falling off and the speaker on that door does not work, and the AC stopped working. This all on a van with less than 100,000 miles. We bought it for the ability to seat 8 people but would not repeat this mistake.
This has been a good vehicle for us. Plenty of cargo room. Mileage is between 18 and 25 generally. In Yellowstone last summer we did get 30 mpg, but that's due to the slower speeds. Has been very reliable, decent power. Exterior not real exciting. Overall very solid, but probably the least sexy minivan in a category of vehicles known for not being sexy. Will tow a small camper. Soft ride. Traction control kicks in slow and then doesn't disengage fast enough for my taste. ABS is good. Transmission is really smooth. The 6 disc CD player is nice. The best part has to be the price-these are probably the cheapest vehicles around on a price to passenger/cargo hauling ratio.
this van is great for the whole family. the 3400 v6 performs like a sports car. the only prolem ive had is the dex-cool coolant gets sticky and gums up and you have to flush the radiator. I recomend you use regular coolant because it wont gum up on you. dont use dex-cool even though it might say to use dex-cool only it really doesnt matter. that dex-cool stuff is nothing but garbage
good value for the money
mine is a base version. Handles excellant, performance is very good as is the fuel economy. Ride is comparable to other mini vans i've driven in.