Bought because kids were fighting in car and needed more cargo space. Will tow anything, have taken seats out and put a cord of firewood, 30 sheets of plywood, dirtbikes, snowblower, appliances, you name it for the cottage. Will get 25 mpg at 60mph, one set of tires, brakes, shocks, and a muffler in 70,000 miles. Started outright dying on me 3 years ago, (got very excited) but only turned out to be a $11 pulse generator in the distributor. Sounds like a stagecoach on rough roads. I am trying to kill it by not changing the oil, 20,000 miles have gone by, why won't it die? I really wan't to buy a newer AWD model, but this one is worth nothing to trade in.I would buy again in a heartbeat!
Reliabilty, simplicity, great fuel economy for a big towing vehicle, seats 8, cheap to buy.
More sound insulation, better attachment and cushioning of interior parts
This is my 2nd Astro both have been great! This one now has 200,000 miles and going strong. Typical minor repairs have been done over the years. Nothing out of the ordinary. Hubby's NEW car has had more repairs in 1yr than mine has had in 5! I get great mileage too on this van. about 24 on the highway 19 in town.
Love the way it handles/drives. Size is perfect for what I use it for. Love the rear AC. Also love the dependability of this van!
My Astro has been a great vehicle.
Other than the idler arms needing
replacement at 50k miles (typical for
that vehicle), the only major repair
was an alternator at 80k. With 105k on
it now and no rust, it still looks and
drives wonderfully. I've had the carpet
covered since it was new so you'd never
know this van was 10 years old.
Drives smoothly down the road and
handles very well for a somewhat larger
minivan. The body style has not become
too outdated and you still see a lot of
this style on the road. Very dependable!
Cup holders by the dash are poorly
designed. The dash overhangs the area
and only small drink cups/cans will
fit. They're also not deep enough.
During a quick turn, they can tip out.
Door panel may come loose from being
parked in the sun and vinyl shrinks.