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2002 Chevrolet Venture Van

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2002 Chevrolet Venture

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Introduction

Chevrolet's Venture has two new features for 2002 that deserve consideration. One is GM's Versatrak four-wheel drive. The other is a new DVD-based entertainment system in the special Warner Bros. Edition.

Venture already earned its place on minivan buyer shopping lists because it offered a willing engine and a car-like ride. While neither the most economical minivan you can buy, nor the most powerful, it remains competitively priced for a van with V6 power.

The best feature, however, may be the wide range of seating and cargo configurations.

Model Lineup

All Ventures are powered by a 185-horsepower 3.4-liter overhead-valve V6 engine. It drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Chevy Ventures are available in standard 112-inch wheelbase and the extended 120-inch wheelbase lengths and a variety of trim levels.

The basic Value Van ($21,450) comes with a surprisingly high level of standard equipment, including air conditioning, side-impact air bags, anti-lock brakes, dual sliding doors, and a tilt steering column. The Value Van rides on the shorter wheelbase, but still provides seating for seven.

Plus and LS each add another layer of interior amenities. Venture Plus can be ordered with a power sliding door on the passenger side. Venture LS can be ordered with one or both doors powered. Plus and LS are available in either the standard wheelbase or the long wheelbase.

LT ($29,880) rides on the long wheelbase and comes with second-row captain's chairs and separate front and rear air conditioners. Traction control and a touring suspension with automatic load leveling come standard.

The Warner Bros. Edition ($30,660) adds a DVD-based entertainment center that should take the "are we there yet?" out of even the longest trip. Some owners say it has eliminated the phrase, "Don't make me stop the car and come back there," from their vocabulary. That could easily be worth a thousand bucks. The Warner Bros. Edition comes only on the longer wheelbase. It comes with a power-operated curb-side sliding door. Power for the driver's-side sliding door is available as an option.

New for 2002 is AWD (all-wheel drive), which is available in LS, LT, and Warner Bros. versions, all on the extended-wheelbase chassis. An independent rear touring suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and 16-inch wheels are part of the AWD package.

Also new for 2002 are LATCH (Lower Anchorages and Top tethers for Children) child safety seat anchors, a mast antenna and new exterior colors.

GM's OnStar communications system comes as standard equipment on LS, LT, and Warner Bros. models. Also available is an ultrasonic rear parking aid to alert drivers to objects behind the van that are hard for the driver to see.

Walkaround

The first thing you might notice about the Chevrolet Venture is the new front-end styling it received in 2001, when the old cross-hatch grille was replaced by a cheery, bright-metal grin.

Otherwise, Venture's appearance is either undistinguished or restrained, depending on your point of view. We do like its decisively horizontal lines and relatively short front overhang. Hey, it's a minivan. It's designed to be functional, not beautiful.

Interior Features

There's plenty of head room and elbow room no matter which seat you're in. A height-adjustment lever on the driver's seat lets you change driving positions without getting too close or too far from the steering wheel. The fore and aft range of the driver's seat is long enough for drivers over six-and-a-half feet tall. The front seats hold you securely with large side bolsters, yet the seating surface itself is relatively flat, which makes getting in and out easy, while encouraging you to move around on long trips.

There isn't a lot of legroom to spare in the second row of the Venture, however, even in the long-wheelbase versions. The longer wheelbase models add most of their extra space in the cargo area.

The Venture stays abreast of more recently designed minivans with lots of cupholders and bins for passengers to store stuff.

Value Van, Plus, and LS come with bench seats in the second and third rows. The seatbacks are split and fold separately; that's handy for carrying two-by-fours and a couple of rear-seat passengers at the same time. But the bench seats are relatively heavy to remove and replace should you need more space for grandfather clocks or dog cages.

More convenient are the modular bucket seats found in the more up-market models. They weigh just 38 pounds, light enough that plucking them out and leaving them in the garage is not a painful act. Five of them are standard in the Warner Bros. edition, and you can order six in LS and LT models. The backs of these seats fold flat and compact, and have indentations so cups won't slide off while underway. Folded flat, the bucket seats are easier to stash in the garage than the heavy bench seats.

A combination of captain's chairs for the second row and a split bench for the third row is standard in LT and optional in LS. The LT seems to be the more adult-oriented Venture. Its captain's chairs are more comfortable for adults. The captain's chairs will not recline fully unless they are moved all the way forward, however.

The Warner Brothers Edition comes with leather seating surfaces and cloth inserts. The leather part is easy to wipe up after the youngsters have an in-van picnic. Only LT offers full leather.

The Warner Bros. entertainment system has a 7-inch, flip-down screen, four wireless headphones and a wireless remote control. The system plays DVD video, DVD audio and CDs. The screen has a 1.5- second video memory feature that prevents potholes, railroad tracks or other road irregularities from interfering with the sound and picture. Three auxiliary jacks for such things as video games or camcorders offer additional versatility. Talk about versatile: Passengers can use the DVD player, the radio and the CD player all at the same time.

Driving Impressions

The Chevrolet Venture operates seamlessly. The drivetrain is smooth, nearly invisible. The engine delivers good response in traffic, even though the Chevy is less powerful than the Ford or Honda minivans. It's quiet, isolated. You can hear a distant growl from the engine, a pleasant muted sound that appeals to the closet hot-rodder in some of us.

The traction control system, which came standard on our LT, engaged under hard acceleration. You are reminded constantly that this is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, especially when there is a lot of weight in the back, like a motorcycle, for example. The front wheels spin easily, and in corners this feels like small tugs on the steering wheel.

All of this is addressed by the available all-wheel-drive system, which GM calls Versatrak. This system keeps the vehicle moving as long as at least one wheel maintains traction with the road. In normal conditions, power is delivered to the front wheels, but when the system detects those wheels losing traction, it automatically transfers power to the rear wheels.

The touring suspension makes the Venture a good highway cruiser. It does hop around a bit on bumpy metro surfaces, but you won't notice this if you do most of your driving on well-paved suburban roads. We also drove Ventures with the standard smooth ride suspension, and did not see a big difference between the touring and smooth ride suspensions.

The brake pedal of the Venture feels more spongy than in Chevy's sedans. The anti-lock brake system engages smoothly and without drama on loose surfaces.

The rear parking assist system is a terrific aid. It can warn the driver of that little red wagon in the driveway, which is especially important when the little red wagon is occupied. But it comes in really handy when parallel parking or when backing up to a wall. Besides helping to avoid bumping a bumper, it can speed up the parking process and make it easier. That's nice when there's an audience.

We put the load-leveling suspension to work on our long-wheelbase LT by hauling a 450-pound motorcycle in the rear for a ride across several states. The full-size bike fit with room to spare, though we had to compress the front fork to get it through the rear hatchback. The seat mounting latch bars in the floor made perfect tie-down points. The load leveling system compensated for the extra weight of the motorcycle, so our headlights weren't pointed to the stars. Nor did our loaded down Venture wallow or lean excessively during quick maneuvering through downtown Chicago. We don't recommend you try this at home, but shows that the Venture is a capable cargo hauler.

Summary

The 2002 Chevy Venture is ready to haul a bunch of folks or a load of hardware from the home-improvement center.

The Venture seats seven or eight comfortably. The long-wheelbase models add more cargo space. There are plenty of storage bins and cubby holes on all models. On the road, the Venture is smooth and quiet with good throttle response and car-like handling.

The LT combines luxury and load-hauling features, and is the only model to offer full leather. The Warner Bros. Edition entertains those restless rugrats, which is luxury in another form. With the optional Versatrak four-wheel-drive system, bad weather shouldn't keep you home.

The minivan market is tightly competitive, and other minivans offer similar features. It helps to know your own needs very well before you select the van that's right for your family. Only you can judge whether the Venture is the best minivan for your particular needs-but we think any minivan shopper ought to give it some consideration.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Value Van regular ($21,450); Base regular ($23,080); Plus regular ($24,760); Plus Extended ($25,760); LS regular ($25,610); LS extended ($26,610); LT ($29,880); Warner Bros. ($30,660); AWD LS ($29,245); AWD LT ($32,375); AWD Warner Bros. ($33,345)
Engines: 3.4-liter ohv V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags, front side airbags, ABS
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Doraville, Georgia

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): LT extended ($29,880)
Standard equipment: air conditioning, rear air conditioning, traction control, tilt steering wheel, automatic transmission, touring suspension, automatic leveling suspension, power front disc brakes, anti-lock brakes, rear parking assist, keyless remote power programmable door locks with theft deterrent system, power mirrors and front windows, power rear vent windows, power drivers seat, tilt steering wheel, dual heated side mirrors, rear wiper and washer, OnStar communications system, leather seating surfaces, windshield antenna, in-dash cassette and CD player with rear seat controls, cruise control, intermittent wipers, aluminum wheels, luggage rack, cargo net, tinted rear windows
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: ($655)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $29,880
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.4-liter ohv V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 185 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 210 @ 4000
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/26 mpg
Wheelbase: 120.0 in.
Length/width/height: 200.9/72.0/68.1 in.
Track, f/r: 61.5/63.3 in.
Turning circle: 39.7 ft.
Seating capacity: 7 (8 optional)
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.9/55.5/39.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: 39.3/64.3/39.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.9/48.3/36.7 in.
Trunk volume: 155.9 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: twist beam
Ground clearance: 8.5 in.
Curb weight: 3838 lbs.
Tires: P215/70R-15
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum, with ABS
Fuel capacity: 25.0 gal.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 01, 2002.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-222-1020 - www.chevrolet.com

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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