1998 Chevy Venture w/very special wheelchair access conversion
Miles: 75,000
Current Price: $16,900

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Highlights of This Van:

  apx. $3,500 of new and recent mechanical care: see details below

Incredibly RARE AND HELPFUL FEATURE: power ramp is capable of loading/unloading on either side of the van ! This is the only van I've seen with this super versatility in the past 4 years.

Another RARE AND HELPFUL FEATURE: has two individual middle row seats, which only a few percent of such wheelchair vans have


Options and Equipment

THE VAN: This began as a long-body (all wheelchair access minivans are this length) with fancy LS package including many options.  It has a 3.4 liter 6 cylinder, which gets about 10%-20% better MPG (this achieved nearly 25 mpg on my 1200 mile trip!) than the  common wheelchair vans, which are Caravans and related cousin-brands.  This van prior to conversion had a long list of features and options, such as: Alloy wheels; front and rear heat and A/C; fancy stereo with CD and cassette;  power drivers seat; overhead console with trip computer and other indicators; front and rear seats which fold flat and also recline; common power and convenience featur5es such as windows, locks, cruise, etc; 

GOODIES: Dark tinted windows; custom pin-striping

MOBILITY:  First, it is very notable that this Chevy Venture is larger in useful/functional dimensions as a wheelchair van than the very common Chrysler-company vans.  It is bigger in several key dimensions. For ex: a man I know had recently tested a similarly equipped Caravan and he had to tilt his head to get in, plus his chair barely fit through the door, but with this van he went in with no tilting his head...and he had a hat on, plus he had 1-2 inches  door-width to spare!  As for the conversion: this was converted when brand new by a company in Arizona which was converting many hundreds of vans per year, including for their own network of wheelchair van rental facilities in urban areas.  This van is superior in several ways to the very common Chrysler vans, to the degree that it is not practical to explain it all here in print.  I would be happy to talk at length about this very unique van, if you would like to call me.  For the purpose of this page of information, please read here where I will mention the primary features, with some info comparing to the Chrysler-brands of wheelchair minivans, which are what about 70-80 of all minivan wheelchair vans are. 

* Deeply lowered floor: similar to other lowered floor minivans, the floor is level and lowered from rear seat up to the dash area.  But in this van, due to its special design, this creates an exceptional clearance of 55 inches at the entry and 59 inches once inside. (this is at least a couple of inches more than other low-floor  minivans)

* Removable seats, including rare and useful middle row: also similar to other lowered floor minivans, front seats are easily removable, allowing for parking wheelchair in either front location.  However, what is super rare and useful is that this van has two separate and removable middle-row seats.  This feature allows this van to accommodate up to 7 passengers, or 6 with a wheelchair parked in the in middle, passenger side location.  These middle seats take less than 5 minutes to install or remove. 

* Kneeling suspension:  air shocks with extreme travel allow for decent ground clearance when driving, and allows for lowering the body to a point where the ramp angle is very gentle and easy for loading/unloading.  And there is an auto-leveling feature which keeps the van at a certain height no matter how much or how little of load.

* Power sliding passenger side door: In this van unlike Chrysler brand vans, the power door is a factory feature from Chevy. Plus, the door opening has been modified to create a couple inches of extra door opening width, and thus a wider ramp.

* Wireless remote controls:  This has optional features which provide remotes for operation of the power sliding door and power ramp.  Therefore, there is no requirement for an assistant or to hassle with the process of getting into the van.  Just push a button or two and you are in.

* EZ-Lock wheelchair anchor system: This nifty system is an accessory which is found on about 1/3-1/2 of all wheelchair vans.  This allows for 'docking' of wheelchair into a simple device which securely holds the wheelchair, with no need for straps or other devices.  There is much I would be happy to explain about this if you have questions.

* Extra-long and heavy-duty power ramp, CAPABLE OF ENTRY/EXIT ON EITHER SIDE OF VAN:  This is a most awesome feature, as it allows for loading/unloading the van from either side, at the push of a button.  This is the only van I have ever seen that has this feature.  It seems as though this would be how folks would want all wheelchair vans to function, but they don't. Therefore, the user is normally (always, with other vans) required to have a free-space on the passenger side, or they are blocked from loading/unloading.  However, with this van, if you are blocked on one side you can simply use the other!  I can imagine the value of the convenience and peace-of-mind this feature brings to a wheelchair van.  And yes, you read correctly, this is a feature I have never seen on any other van on the used market.

Dimensions, capacity and specifications:

Please feel free to email or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.


  History of Ownership

Has had only two owners since new.  It was bought new in the same approximate area of Arizona where it was converted.  The original owners sold it to their neighborhood friends when their son, who they bought the van in order to transport, passed away after five years. 

History of Care

It is obvious when seeing the gleaming original paint on this van, that it was garaged during its life.  And having been an Arizona van, it is always obvious when vehicles have not been garaged, as the paint usually fails once more than a few years old.  In addition to the paint being sharp, the interior shows no fading or deterioration, also due to having been garaged since new.  As for records, I do have a written history for some of its care. Certain aspects of that are included in the information below. 


This vehicle is 'CERTIFIED': There are a combined 76 mechanical and cosmetic aspects  included in the Wheelchair Van Oasis "Certification" process.   A foundational step of the rejuvenation process is when each vehicle receives an extensive inspection by an objective, independent  third- party service and repair facility.  Suggested service, repairs and improvements are then performed by various professional specialists.   The  result is your assurance  that each of the 76 aspects  meets  or exceeds the condition level of good, or satisfactory

For details regarding list of 76 cosmetic and mechanical aspects, please click here.

Each van does of course have various elements which exceed the promised level of good, or
satisfactory, which the "Certified" program assures.  Some are brand new improvements performed during rejuvenation.  And others are obvious service or repairs performed recently, prior to my ownership.  As for those, I only list here those positives which are certain, based on my either having a receipt, and/or due to being obvious to the inspecting-mechanic.  I refer to these as  "NEW OR RECENTLY SERVICED ASPECTS".  As for this vehicle:

New:  oil and lube; windshield washer system; A/C service; HD Allstate battery; Accessory belt/s: coolant hoses; water pump; service cooling system; transmission service; Steering tie-rod ends; Alignment; service/repair of special mobility systems; misc diagnostics and repair of accessories;

Recent: Front and rear brakes (currently 95% remain); air suspension leveling valve; rear air shocks

Approximate retail value/cost of above-listed items: $3,500



Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.) 

Nothing derogatory, no accidents, only two owners


You Might Like To Know...

* Each of my vans has a superb paint sealant as the final step of the extreme detail. If you were to have a professional apply a treatment the cost would be several hundred dollars.

* Chevy Venture is a cousin (virtually the same vehicle) to these other GM models: Pontiac Transport and Oldsmobile Silhouette.

* For folks who prefer General Motors products, this van is a desirable discovery, because about 75% of all lowered floor wheelchair minivans are Chrysler products.  And of the remaining 25% very few are from GM. Therefore, in addition to having certain very special feature's, this is rare because it is a GM van. 

* load and unload from either side due to power ramp which extends out either side. This is the only van I have ever known of on the used market with this feature.

Summary of this Gem

This is an extra-special van....here's why:  in addition to having low miles and now being rejuvenated cosmetically and mechanically, leading to being "Certified", it has two special features, one of which I have never seen before. (1) it has a pair of individual seats in the middle of the van which can easily be removed or installed, as desired (2) The power ramp in this van has the ability to be positioned on either the driver or passenger side of the van for loading and unloading. I have never seen this feature on any van before. 

This shows ramp extended out of common passenger side location. Extra-long ramp and the most deeply lowered floor of all brands helps make ramp angle shallower than most lowered floor vans...its a VERY gentle angle.
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This shows the power ramp going out the DRIVERS SIDE! 

This is only the second minivan I have had with ramp-access on both side, and the other one I had were manual ramps, not power operated as this van has.  This is such a huge benefit for when someone blocks access to your passenger side, or when you want to back into a handicap space rather than heading in.
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See the easily removable middle row of seats....as you may have never seen in a lowered floor minivan before.  This is a VERY rare feature which exists in only 1 or 2 percent of all such vans.  This makes the van much more versatile and flexible that the typical wheelchair vans that have no middle row seats available.  One or both of these two seats can go in or out in less than 5 minutes.
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Notice this photos shows interior with no mid-van seats.  Also shows another feature which most lowered floor minivans do not have, which is an adjustable foot rest for the rear seat.  This can easily be removed if you want maximum interior space, and it can also be folded up, in which case it only impeded about 3 inches into the area.
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Comfortable and versatile for driver, with power seat which has lumbar adjustment also.  
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Dark windows help keep cool in summer (plus dual A/C) and provide extra privacy.

Note:  This Chevy Venture is a bit larger in virtually every valuable dimension than the very common Chrysler-based minivans wheelchair vans.  It has more interior height, more interior length and width, and the doorways are a bit wider too.  However, overall length is only a couple more inches than the Chrysler vans.
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From every angle, this van is immaculate and sharp.
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Useful amount of cargo area remains behind rear seat.   Spare tire is mounted flat, which is a more efficient use of space than how other brands place them, in a vertical position and eliminating more available space
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As you may have noticed, all lowered floor minivans are tall in the rear when driving down the road, which is one element allowing such vans to be able to have such deeply lowered floors and not scrape the ground.
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Factory alloy wheels are just one of the many options and deluxe features.
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Very attractive gorgeous paint and interior condition
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Easy to read gauges, simple, clean.
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See the CD player down below and also see here the controls for front and rear heat and A/C.
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This 3.4 liter motor (a derivative of the famously great and fuel efficient 3.8 motors) is strong and reliable, yet get about 15-20% more MPG than the comparable Chrysler product motors.
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A Feature every wheelchair van would benefit from.  This is a trickle-charger for the battery.  A very little known fact about all wheelchair vans prior to a couple of years

ago is that they all have a tiny yet constant drain on the battery, when van is not being used.  Yes, even when they were knew, such vans drained the battery when sitting idle. As a result folks who don't use their van very much tend to have a heck of a time with low or dead batteries, if letting the van sit for very many days.  But not with this van:  Just poke this little cord through the grill and plug in the van (just like a block heater) and always have a strong, fresh battery.
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Nearly new, all 4 tires.
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This is the device which releases the electronic docking system for the wheelchair, should you want to use it.  Please ask for details. 
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Another view of the removable mid-van seats.
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Yet another feature the Chrysler vans don't have until much newer years, controls for the rear ventilation AND stereo system. 
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Comfortable and convenient for the front passenger, or remove the seat system and park a wheelchair there.
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These switches are in the overhead console and operate several features: rear power window vents; power sliding door; etc.

Look close and see that at the very bottom of this photo there is a rocker-switch which is one of several switches and options for operating the power ramp.
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Here is the electronic docking system for a wheelchair.  It is currently sitting loose and is ready to be mounted in your desired position, should you opt to not use traditional anchors/straps. 
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Both front seats are easily removable to allow for parking wheelchair.
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What's this?  This is one of the functions of the computer in the overhead console. This says that in the time since being reset/zeroed-out, it has used 54.9 gallons of gas. and as you see see below, during such gallons, it AVERAGED a very respectable 23.5 mpg! 
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These are the overhead vents toward the rear of the van. They blow toward the front and toward the rear, for super ventilation and air flow.
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This van averaged 23/5 mpg, over a distance of nearly 1300 miles driven by me.  And this included three weeks of driving it locally as it was moved from shop to shop being rejuvenated.  When I arrived from the trip of retrieving it, the average was about 24.5!  fantastic for a generously sized and highly equipped wheelchair van. 
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These switches are for the power door and ramp and are on the pillar on the passenger side.
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These switches are on the pillar on the drivers side and turn on/off the kneeling suspension and operate the power ramp
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All SEATS in this van have ability to fold flat.  This can be handy, for example: if you had the middle row seats in and wanted to carry some large or bulky item, you could fold eat seatback flat and have a nice space to lay items upon.
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This photo shows suspension in its "kneeled" position, which makes the ramp angle easier to navigate.
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These are original manual, brochure, literature and details regarding the van and mobility-access conversion
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This photo shows van as its usual raised level, as it is when being driven.
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This is what it looks like with front seat removed.   Quite a spacious area can accommodate most wheelchairs. 

Note:  there are 4 bolt-heads which are visible in the front floor area.  Those are easily removed in a couple of minutes when not using the seat.
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This is the orignal remote for the van and also the remote for the power ramp.  With these two remote you can wirelessly operate the kneeling suspension, power door and both directions of the ramp...very convenient and actually  important if a person in wheelchair is wanting to load and unload themselves. 
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* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.