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2001 Chevrolet Venture Van

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2001 Chevrolet Venture

Source: The Car Connection

Getting the Bugs out.

by Marty Padgett

I'm a child of the TV age, raised on reruns of everything from The Jeffersons to Love, American Style. So when Chevy said they were bringing by their Venture minivan with the Warner Bros. Package, I was half-expecting it to show up in my driveway with a talking rooster, a giant hammer complete with retracting fist, and a ton of Acme dynamite. Thufferin? thuccotasth!

Alas, nothing so wily or speech-impaired appeared. No bright colors or rowdy theme music either, just a sedately handsome minivan with small WB logos on its flanks and some entertaining features inside. And that's a victory. The pronounced lack of "look at me" decoration is a testament to how far GM's come in the race for tastefulness - and for minivan excellence.

Renovation successful
Hark back with us if you will to 1990, when GM introduced its first true minivans - the Pontiac TranSport, Chevrolet Lumina, and Oldsmobile Silhouette - to a resounding "Huh'" Not only had GM missed the mark set by Chrysler's class leaders, they brought forth plastic-bodied creations that could have used another round at Tom's Rhinoplasty. Strange styling and a lackluster powertrain hamstrung them in showrooms while the Chryslers kept their hawklike grip on more than 60 percent of minivan sales.

Mercifully, the minivans were redone in 1997. GM had learned a lesson well: they switched to sheetmetal at the Doraville, Ga., assembly plant, uprated the powerplant, and toned down the spacey look. Handsome and well equipped, the new vans have made a bigger impact with buyers.

Though the Chryslers, the Ford Windstar and now the Honda Odyssey are getting all the buzz now, the Venture's a solid choice, mainly because it offers all sorts of choices in seats, doors and safety. As far as seating arrangements go, you can order everything from eight-passenger benches to captain's chairs for four; Chevy offers a third-row stowable seat (which we weren't able to sample), and make the seats flip, fold, and hold more cups than your kids? bladders can. The seven-passenger model we tried was comfortable for adults in the front five positions; the back two seats aren't shaped too badly, but long legs will suffer. The seats tend to feel flat after an hour or so, and in the Warner Bros. Edition, they're leather covered, which means sliding around those commuting curves.

As for doors, the Venture has four of 'em. The rear doors can be ordered with power sliders, and the tailgate opens up for six-footers to fit beneath. And as for safety, the Venture's got a ream of equipment from dual front and side airbags, to four-wheel anti-lock brakes, to a rear parking aid (it beeps before you crunch the car behind) and a built-in child seat in some versions. OnStar is standard, along with free emergency services for one year.

Feeling groovy
GM's family vehicles rarely top the list for handling, but the Venture is easily the most pleasant, nimble van of the domestic choices. The independent-front, twist-axle rear suspension works equally well on the highway and on two-laners; the Windstar's too big for truly athletic moves, and Chrysler's vans just aren't communicative enough. In the Venture, the steering responds accurately, the body doesn't roll too much, and the ride damping strikes a great deal between firm and flouncy. Braking feel, never a GM strong point, is very good here too - no more hard dead pedals, just smooth, responsive feel. Anti-lock control is standard, too.

Under the hood, the sole powerplant for the GM minivans is a 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6. There's nothing wrong with the power or torque here; by minivan standards, it's amply quick. What's unbefitting a family vehicle is the engine's resonance and loudness when you're gunning it. On the freeway, dip into a lower gear - there's only a four-speed automatic transmission, typically GM with fluid, sweet shifting - and the engine kicks up a raucous racket just short of a bellow. Compared to Honda's ripply motor and Chrysler's smoother six-cylinders, the Venture's powerplant is clearly in need of stronger firewall protection.

Tricks and treats
So if it doesn't have any boffo tricks up its dual sliding doors, what makes this a Warner Brothers Venture? It's all inside the cockpit, where the Venture's perfectly well designed interior incorporates a built-in VCR and flip-down LCD screen. With the available wireless headsets, the Venture can become an ideal anaesthetic for small kids on the annual cross-country flog. Imagine the scene: a 600-mile trip to the beach, Toy Story on endless repeat, and a six-disc in-dash changer for the adults in the front. Guaranteed, the pit stops will be fewer and farther between.

The Warner Brothers geegaws don't add a considerable amount to the Venture's pricetag. And despite the cartoon association, the Venture's long wheelbase, sliding doors, safety equipment and - thank heavens - conservative styling mean that the last thing you'd call it is daffy.

2001 Chevrolet Venture Warner Bros. Edition

Base price range: $26,250; as tested, $31,815
Engine: 3.4-liter V-6, 185 hp
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 120.0 in
Length: 200.9 in
Width: 72.0 in
Height: 68.1 in
Curb weight: 3838 lb
EPA city/hwy: 19/26 mpg
Safety equipment: Front-seat inflatable restraint system with side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes
Major standard features: Remote keyless entry, OnStar with hands-free phone
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

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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

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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 for model years up to 2014.

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.
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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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