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2000 Chevrolet Express Explorer Limited SE

“The kid hauler”

1999 Chevrolet Venture LT


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About “The kid hauler”

2000 Explorer Limited SE Conversion Van.
This is the family hauler. I aways said that I will NEVER own a minivan. My dad had a Chevy van the whole time I was growing up, this just seemed the locigal way to go. I looked at over 200+ vans before I found the "right one". The Explorer Limited SE is the top of the line when it comes to conversion vans. The thing is a plush, leather covered, rolling hotel room!

About “Joy”

(I don't own this van anymore. We traded it in back in late 2004 on my 2005 Malibu MAXX. The pictures of the van are all ones Jim found on the internet, since I don't know where I have any I may have taken of it.)

We were having all sorts of problems with my first minivan (a 1987 Plymouth Voyager), so we decided the time had come to replace it. After looking at and nearly buying a Dodge Caravan Sport, we decided to check out a Chevy Venture on the advice of my Uncle Jimmy. He had a friend who worked at a chevy agency and seemed confident his friend would be able to cut us a good deal. We went to check out the van and I immediately liked it better than the Dodge. Jim (my husband, CorvairJim) said he liked it's performance and handling better than the Caravan, too. I had this Venture for six years until my Carpal Tunnel got so bad that I couldn't scrape frost off the windshield on cold mornings anymore. Jim insisted that we look for a regular car to replace the minivan, pointing out that all our kids had left the nest so we really didn't need a van anymore anyhow. As much as I liked my van and being able to see over traffic, I had to acknowledge that he was right. I've come to love my current car, my Malibu MAXX (which has remote starting, so no more frost scraping!), so I guess I don't miss the Venture all that much.

("JOY" got her name from her vanity plate, "Jesu Joy", my favorite hymn.)


Specs for “The kid hauler”

350 V8
4 Speed Automatic
3.73 Gov-Loc 12 bolt rear end
Gray Leather

Specs for “Joy”

Joy was the short version of the Venture, which made it easy to parallel park - very important since we have to park in the street! I don't know what size the V-6 engine was, but it was sure a lot quicker than my old Voyager was! It rode better too, and got better mileage. A win-win-win situation!


Factory Options for “The kid hauler”

16" Flip Down LCD with DVD
Power Fold Down Couch

Factory Options for “Joy”

Roof rack, 3rd row seating, left side sliding door, AM/FM/CD Stereo, Trip Computer, Power pop-out quarter windows, Rear window wiper


Mods for “The kid hauler”

Tinted Windows
ARE Wheels
Nothing Else Needed!

Mods for “Joy”

No modifications listed.


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Points for The kid hauler Total Votes Points for Joy
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