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Chevrolet Venture

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A minivan produced by Chevrolet from model years 1997 to 2005, and was replaced mid-year 2005 with the Uplander.

The Venture's U Platform was the basis for the Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette minivans.

The Venture was available in standard and extended wheelbase models. The only engine available was a 3.4L V6.

The Chevy Venture has 24.2 feet of cargo space which really useful for anyone who has a lot of Omaha Outdoors gear to transport. Minivans are generally known as family vehicles, but they can also be good vehicles for Omaha Outdoors hunting enthusiasts since there is a great deal of cargo space.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chevrolet Venture page on 22 July 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Chevrolet Venture is a minivan produced by General Motors for the 1997 to 2005 model years. The Chevrolet Venture, along with most of its General Motors minivan siblings, was built at GM's Doraville, Georgia, assembly plant.

The Venture name was first used on a 1988 Chevrolet concept car, in this case a full-sized four-door sedan more aerodynamic than the 1991-1996 Chevrolet Caprice.

The Venture was introduced 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 1996–2002, but became optional on the base models later on.

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.


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2005 Book2005 Chevrolet Venture Owner's Manual; General Motors Corporation


Photographs

Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1997-2000 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1997-2000 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 83KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1997-2000 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 142KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1997-2000 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 104KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1997-2000 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 42KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1997-2000 Chevrolet Venture
Source:  IFCAR
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 124KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  Ardyiii/Arden
License:  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Caption:  Modern meets not so Modern
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 332KB
Chevrolet Ventures Subject:  1997-2000 (left) & 2001-2005 (right) Chevrolet Ventures
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Ventures - 80KB
Chevrolet Ventures Subject:  1997-2000 & 2001-2005 Chevrolet Ventures
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Ventures - 32KB
1999 Chevrolet Venture Subject:  1999 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Karrmann"
License:  GNU Free Documentation License
View photo of 1999 Chevrolet Venture - 1,296KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  Chevrolet Venture
Source:  IFCAR
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 131KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2001-2004 Chevrolet Venture
Source:  IFCAR
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 124KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2001-2005 Chevrolet Venture
Source:  IFCAR
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 115KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2001-2004 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 15KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2001-2005 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 78KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2001-2005 Chevrolet Venture (Short Wheelbase)
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 110KB
Chevrolet Venture Warner Bros. Edition Subject:  2001-2005 Chevrolet Venture Warner Bros. Edition
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture Warner Bros. Edition - 89KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  City of Montréal 2001-2005 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 430KB
Chevrolet Venture Taxi Subject:  2001-2004 Chevrolet Venture Taxi
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture Taxi - 8KB
Chevrolet Venture School Bus Subject:  2001-2004 Chevrolet Venture School Bus
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture School Bus - 12KB
Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2001-2005 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  "Bull-Doser"
Location/Event:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View photo of Chevrolet Venture - 229KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS - 1,224KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS - 1,370KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Interior Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Interior
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Interior - 94KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Interior Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Interior
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Interior - 125KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Speedometer Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Speedometer
Photographer:  Heidi Walczak
Date:  18 May 2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Speedometer - 4,115KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS - 4,376KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Intake Manifold 3400 SFI Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Intake Manifold - 3400 SFI
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Intake Manifold 3400 SFI - 4,372KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Oil Cap & Dipstick Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Oil Cap & Dipstick
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Oil Cap & Dipstick - 4,919KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Alternator Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Alternator
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Alternator - 3,488KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Engine Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Engine
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Engine - 4,332KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Underhood Fuse Box Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Underhood Fuse Box
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Underhood Fuse Box - 3,940KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Battery Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Battery
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Battery - 4,179KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Throttle Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Throttle
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Throttle - 4,375KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Dashboard Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Dashboard
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Dashboard - 3,898KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Door Controls Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Door Controls
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Door Controls - 3,427KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Rear Seat Audio Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Rear Seat Audio
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Rear Seat Audio - 2,909KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Underbody Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Underbody
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Underbody - 3,849KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Gauge Failure Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Gauge Failure
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  22 December 2010
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture Gauge Failure - 1,209KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2011
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture - 3,109KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2011
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture - 1,605KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2011
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture - 2,877KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture
Photographer:  Stephen Foskett
License:  GNU Free Documentation License
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture - 58KB
2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Headlight Assembly2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Headlight Assembly Subject:  2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Headlight Assembly
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Date:  2012
Caption:  Like an overproduced plastic model kit, by the end of the Chevrolet Venture's model life a lot of the interior plastic components had mold flashing around the edges. The headlights had it, too, as I found out the hard way. When replacing a headlight bulb you need to unscrew a plastic ring that holds the bulb in place by inserting your forefinger and thumb in between the ring and the housing and turning. Unfortunately, there's just enough room for a thumb and when you turn the plastic ring your thumb runs along the plastic flashing on the headlight assembly housing and...ouch!
View photo of 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Headlight Assembly - 2.4MB
View photo of injury from 2005 Chevrolet Venture LS Headlight Assembly - 2.1MB
Chevrolet Venture Hearse Subject:  Chevrolet Venture Hearse
License:  GNU Free Documentation License
View photo of Chevrolet Venture Hearse - 1,766KB
Chevrolet Venture Hearse Subject:  Chevrolet Venture Hearse
License:  GNU Free Documentation License
View photo of Chevrolet Venture Hearse - 1,740KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
February 2003Air Bag Related Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Venture
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 507KB - 20 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Venture LS, 4 x 2, 4-door APV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 49.6MB - 107 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Chevrolet Venture 4 x 2, 4-door APV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 89.5MB - 156 pages
October 2000Remote NASS/SCI Combination Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
2000 Chevrolet Venture
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 332KB - 15 pages
November 2002Advanced Air Bag Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
2003 Chevrolet Venture LS Minivan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,736KB - 25 pages
classified date 2003Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Venture, Sport van
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.8MB - 140 pages
February 2003On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Venture
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 714KB - 37 pages
February 2003On-Site Side Impact Air Bag Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Venture
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 755KB - 37 pages
4 September 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110(Indicant): Tire Selection and Rims
2003 Chevrolet Venture, MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,006KB - 26 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Venture, 4-door minivan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.0MB - 106 pages
February 2005On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
Vehicle - 2004 Chevrolet Venture
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,786KB - 42 pages
March 2005Calspan On-Site Adaptive Control Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Venture Minivan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,228KB - 25 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
13 December 2002NHTSA Safety Complaint: 2000 Chevrolet Ventureanonymous


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