We purchased our Astro in 2000 because we needed the extra room for our family. This vehicle has been abused in every sense of the word. We have 8 children, so there is little time to worry about vehicle maintainence. The van has responded beautifully to every chore we have thrown at it. I have moved our entire home furnishings three times as well as towed more weight than should ever be attempted. We have had to replace the fuel pump,water pump,and a starter. We now have over 220,000 miles on the original drivetrain and it still is going strong.
8 seatbelts and the removeable seats with the dutch doors in the rear.
Bigger cupholders! Seats that fold into the floor instead of straining your back when you remove them. Also, an additional sliding door on the driver's side would be nice.