Any 2004 Chevrolet Venture drivers? Advice please

I’m getting ready to invest in one and would like any good, bad and ugly experiences before I make this investment.

I don’t know about the 2004 (do a search using words like 2004 venture problems etc… add in chevy or chevrolet also and see what comes up.

We do have a problem with our 2000 with the check engine light and it ‘chugs’ sometimes, but hasn’t actually broke down. I read online (searching to see if others had the same problem and they did) it has some sort of seal problem in the coolant area I think? My hubby has checked and said his computer thingy (yes, he has a computer reader thingy but doesn’t actually fix it) said it was a gasket maybe? Is that the same as a seal? LOL I’m SOOOOOOO auto literate.

It’s annoying sometimes so far but hasn’t ‘done’ anything to it. It’s done this for months. Also horrible for cups. too shallow and not enough where you need them with 6 of us! lol We bought a between the seat cup holder/catch all type thing though.

Not sure if that helps, but hopefully somewhat. Well I am unloading a 2002 “F”ix “O”r “R”epair “D”aily Windstar that I paid $9000+ for used and had to put in a $4000+ engine, $200+ alternator, $250+ brakes, $300 AC, and a looming “transmission” problem. I just wanted some input so I don’t walk into another lemon.

get a TOYOTA !!!

I had several. hubby’s was a tercel. bought with about 50.000 miles on it. he/ we drove it until it had 350.000 miles on it. it would have lasted longer had hubby given it a tuneup [ i think ] AND if he did not have the new car inkling. i had a toyyota corolla. it croaked when it had about 320 000miles on it. just did not have the $$$ to fix what was wrong with it, it still ran like a charm [ enginewiese ] just something broke.

anyhow. got hubby another toyota. we are expecting to get at least 300.000 miles out of it. we bought it new. thing is … change oil every 3000 miles !!! with the same brand of oil.

IF I HAD money or qualified for a decent loan, i would go and buy a toyota hybrid. thjey get something like 60 miles to the gallon.

I have a 2005 Toyota Highlander SUV that I bought new, and so far so good. Even if you get a used Toyota, the reliability will likely beat most any other type of vehicle manufacturer with the possible exception of Honda. Resale value of most Toyota made vehicles is good. Toyota didn’t have a hybrid Highlander available in 2005, but I believe that they do in 2006 and above.

Only thing I’m afraid of with hybrid vehicles is that the battery life for the electric versions is unproven, and since I sometimes drive to places where Toyota dealerships are not readily available, I didn’t want to take a chance yet on a hybrid. However, with the price of gas moving back up to $3 per gallon and higher I may want revisit the hybrid design. I know that some hybrids are hydrogen as opposed to electric battery, so some research on your part concerning not only purchase cost/maintenance but reparability may be worth your time. Sorry that I rambled on and forgot your primary question.