5 of us ( 3 men, 2 women ) rented a 04 Chevy Venture this past weekend.
Went from Lubbock TX to Albuquerque New Mexico. We barely got over the
the speedlimit as the person driving didn't want to get a ticket. 3 days
driving, No Police in sight. I didn't drive the van, nor did anyone
else. Limit was 70 in TX , 75 in New Mex.
There was plenty of room for legs in the second & third row rear seat.
It seemed to ride alright, Had a slight wind noise around the RF door
seal. Power everything, rear seat air & heat controls.
One bad thing was every time the hatch gate was lifted some piece of
luggage would fall out. The rear window doesn't open on its own.
Dual Power Sliding doors were amazingly slow and very difficult to try
to slide open & close manually. I wasn't allowed to open the hood to
look at the engine. I said to the driver we may need oil. He said, Its
not mine I don't care if it blows up, they ( meaning National Car Rental
) will have to come out & get us.
Lot of tension on this trip.
I couldn't play the radio because the others wanted to " talk " the
Driver did turn it on to change the clock setting when we hit the
mountain time zone. I started pressing the seek button to see if it got
any stations in the middle of the desert & it actually got quite a few.
I made a comment to that and the driver replied with a smart ass answer.
Then from the back, Shut That Off !
Sitting up in front in the passenger seat, head pressed against the
windshield, you can't see any hood. Standard cloth seats was pretty
comfortable. Owners manual was still in the glove box, so I read up on
the AC / Heater controls to find out what all the picture symbols mean.
I can read an english word dash cluster , but have trouble with picture
symbol controls that are for the no speaka de english crowd.
We used one tank of gas, the Driver wouldn't tell me how many actual
miles we went so I couldn't figure out what we got on the gas mileage.
Driver said, who cares what the mileage is. I said, Well I'd like to
know ! An odd look from the driver came about when the other guy said ,
Harryface always keeps track of the mileage & the gas on the trips we
take with the Bonneville..
One woman ( the no talker ) said nothing to me the entire trip.
Driving through Alb Q we passed an exit for Martin Luther King Dr I read
the sign outloud in a slight accent. I whispered to the other guy that
was with us, We in the "heart" of the city now. The no talker heard me
and angrily said, What's that supposed to mean ?!!!
I said, Honey if you don't know, I ain't a gonna tell ya. Driver looked
over at me.
Well, 3 of the four will never be traveling with me again !
At least we did stop to see the famed Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
3800 V6 ( C ), Black/Slate Grey
~~~The Former Fleet ~~~
89 Cavalier Z 24 convertible
78 Holiday 88 coupe
68 LeSabre convertible
73 Impala sedan