Chevrolet Venture – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Chevrolet Venture

History [ edit ]

2001–2005 Chevrolet Venture LWB

The Venture was introduced to the market in 1996 for the 1997 model year as a replacement for the radically styled Lumina APV. In the United States. it was also sold as the Oldsmobile Silhouette and the Pontiac Trans Sport. which was later renamed as the Pontiac Montana for 1999 (2000 in Canada ). The Venture came in three trim levels, the base . LS . and LT . The base models of the Venture were short wheelbase models which came equipped with cloth upholstery, front bucket seats with fixed head restraints, a 2nd-row 2-passenger bench seat, and steel wheels.

The LS came in both short and long wheelbases, and offered aluminum wheels, a varied seating configuration, adjustable head restraints, side airbags, power windows (optional on the base models), and a remote keyless entry system. The LT model was an upscale of the LS and was exclusively a long wheelbase model and offered a power driver seat (optional on the base and LS models), optional leather seats, a roof rack (optional on the base and LS models), and a driver side sliding door (optional on the base and LS models from 1997–1999).

The anti-lock brakes were standard on all Ventures from 1997–2002, but became optional on the base models later on. The Venture and its siblings were powered by GM’s 3.4 L LA1 V6. rated at 180#160;hp (134#160;kW). After 1999, the engine was slightly redesigned to produce an extra 5#160;hp (4#160;kW), for a total of 185#160;hp (138#160;kW), and the alarm system for seatbelts, door ajar, low fuel, etc. have been changed.

All Ventures used a four-speed automatic transmission. The Venture was one of the few minivans to have an 8-passenger seating configuration as an option when most minivans seated up to 7 passengers. In 2000, the driver side sliding door became standard on all trim levels, when the passenger side only sliding door models of minivans have rapidly fallen out of favor since the 1996 models of Chrysler minivans.

The exterior was refreshed in 2001, a back-up alarm was added to indicate possible obstacles behind the vehicle, and all-wheel drive was introduced in 2002. Also for 2002 was a new steering wheel equivalent to the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala. replacing the steering wheel equivalent to the 1995-2001 Chevrolet Lumina. The optional 2-3-2 seating configuration was dropped in favor of the more conventional 2-2-3 and 2-3-3 seating configurations.

Reviews and sales were generally lukewarm, especially about the relatively narrow cabin due to being designed for European roads. The vans came in both short and long wheelbases, and all-wheel drive versions like the Chrysler minivans. The third row bench seat was designed to fold flat (introduced for 2001 and available on LS and Warner Bros. models), but forming a higher floor unlike the Honda.

Mazda and Nissan minivans that folded into a well behind the third row.

The Venture was replaced after 2005 by the Chevrolet Uplander. which was essentially a facelift with one long wheelbase configuration, and a longer nose which served chiefly to improve crush distance and styling more like an SUV. Only the long-wheelbase Venture was sold for 2005 in the US but the short-wheelbase was still offered in Canada. Production of the Chevy Venture ended on June 24, 2005.

LS . base . LT . and Warner Bros Edition trims used the Double-Siding grille (also called the Cube grille) until 2000. In 2001, the Static Foot grille was introduced (until 2005).

Model year changes [ edit ]

1997 MY- Introduction of the base model in early 1997. The 1997-1999 Ventures were their new version. Introduction of the LS trim on June 20, 1997.

1998 MY- Available Versatrak all-wheel-drive system, power sliding doors and available OnStar were options on all models. Discontinuation of the base model on July 10.

1999 MY- New wheels are introduced as an option. Introduction of the LT trim on September 3, 1999. General Motors announced that it would produce a Warner Bros Edition on September 20, 1999.

A subdued 5-screen DVR style VHS player including an open-and-shut liquid-crystal display screen was introduced in 1999 on all models.

2000 MY- The trim announced for 2000 (see 1999 MY) and was optional for the model of using the Versatrak all-wheel drive system.

2001 MY- OnStar became a Standard feature on all Trans Sports/Montanas/Silouettes/ and Ventures. Which says: GM Is giving a good reputation on safety although the Venture/Trans Sport/Montana/Silhouette tested at the IIHS received a Poor rating In both tests.

2002 MY (mid-cycle refresh)- In all for designers Doug Anderson and Joe Foster, a new grille (aka Static Foot) was introduced, thus growing the grille and moving the Chevrolet logo from the top to across a chrome bar in the grille, inspired by the Chevrolet Impala. A new steering wheel and DVD player from all the 5-screen entertainment system was introduced in 2002. Versatrak AWD system were used in the equipment packages.

2003 MY- More equipment packages were introduced for 2003. The Venture got XM radio capability, Monsoon sound capability and standard RDS previously available on LS.

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2004 MY- The Versatrak system was dropped. Discontinuation of LT in January 2004. The Venture was unchanged this year. New navigation touch panel is accessory.

2005 MY- The Venture is unchanged. The Venture was replaced with Uplander.

Limited editions [ edit ]

Base . The base model introduced in early 1997. Standard features include bumpers and hood in black trim.

LS . The LS model- introduced September 1997- was a rather simple model.

LT . The LT model is coming in September 1999.

Entertainment [ edit ]

A Warner Bros. edition, introduced on September 20, 1999, included leather and cloth seats, Warner Bros. badging with Bugs Bunny leaning against the Warner Bros. logo, and a DVD entertainment system, a novelty at the time (however, some editions included a VHS player instead). The Warner Bros. edition was a very rare model that was only produced for the 2000-2003 model years and the only model to come with a monochromatic exterior (like its Silhouette twin) as opposed to black accents that the other Ventures offered and this model only came in four colors: Blue, red, silver, and black. These models included VHS and DVD compilations of Looney Tunes. boys pajamas, a cooler with can holders, a special keychain, and a beach blanket, as an amenity kit.

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