Chevrolet Venture or Hyundai Starex Crdi
Given both family vans at about the same price range (P 1.199m for venture and P 1.176m for starex crdi a/t), which one would you rather buy and why?
if you choose the starex.. one thing i could say to you is your riding a van that is not rust proof. i have a friend who undercoats cars and he say that starex's are madaling kapitan ng kalawang.. kahit kakaundercoat mo palang cgurado daw meron... and is korean made.. well the venture is china made but monitored by GM.. if the difference is only small i go for the venture..0
The rust problem was already solved with the advent of the Millenium series (the ones with the toothy chrome grill). Hyundai no longer used water-retaining foam insulation behind the body panels (which was the primary cause of the rusting) from this model up to the present GRX series.
The Millenium Starex Club 4x4 brought in by my friend from the gray market in 2001 is still in mint (and rust free) condition up to now save for a few dings. The local unit of my girlfriend is also in a similar rust free condition. And the rest of the vehicle is holding up very well, too.
Maintenance cost is nil. Compare that to how much mbt (the Tsikot.com administrator who owns the blue Venture I towed) spends for the maintenance of his Venture. And that's for maintenance alone. How much he spends for repairs is a different subject altogether. Add to that the great service GM Autoworld provides (ever wonder why we had to tow the unit in OURSELVES?).
And what do you mean by "...and is Korean made..."? We have Kia, Hyundai and Ssangyong vehicles. All of them are holding up well and are very easy on the pocket. I spend more kilometers driving the Koreans than I do my Japanese rig and I'm not the least bit complaining.0
shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!^ I would agree.
In terms of mechanicals alone, the Kia Pregio we owned was quite a solid motor. Do the requisite maintenance (change/check fluids, usually) and it won't let you down.
It's not fun to drive, but then again who buys a van for driving pleasure anyway?0
Thanks guys for your valued opinions :-) For me, it all boils down to a question of comfort versus safety. Starex is obviously the more comfortable between the two. Very comfortable and flexible seats with very generous headroom. While Venture has more safety features with all disk brakes, ABS, and dual air bags.0
babajigalu Memberthere's something different in driving an american car from the others.but with the high cost of gas right now, i would rather get the starex.the initial cost difference may be small but you'll save a lot more in the long run.and the quality of korean made vehicles now have improved much...almost being at par with japanese vehicles.0
shun_sakurai when in doubt, FLAT OUT!get a kia carnival
I've heard this is a good alternative to the Starex, too...if you're willing to forego a few seats. Surprising punch for a diesel---enough to humiliate a few compact sedans.0
babajigalu Memberdo they still offer the carnival with the diesel engine?last time i looked they offer is the sedona cariant with the v6 engine.0
venture and starex are quite different. the venture is definitely more carlike, easier to drive, smoother, faster, quicker, more spacious, more comfortable, and softer-riding.
weak points (already been covered in other threads) are terrible build and materials quality, questionable durability, and expensive parts and service costs.
starex is truck-based, has more gorund clearance, has a higher driving position, is more frugal with fuel (we are comparing a diesel against a gas engine after all), and feels more airy (thanks to the higher roof and minimal wheelhouse intrusion) inside.0
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