I have drove ths van for 10 years and
have never had any maintance but normal
oil change, tires. Was extremely
impressed when I recently was in an
accident with the front end and also
rear-ended. Strenght of van saved my
life in the 50 mph crash. Front end
tore off but barely into radiator.
Highly recommand this vehicle in every way!
Gladiator package makes this van a plus.
Safety features and strong build make
me want to drive this van forever! Love
the comfort, the gas milage, the looks.
Wouldn't change a thing! I have loved
this van from day 1.
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too outdated and you still see a lot of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.
As you can tell from the milage this
van did not set in the repair shop
often. This has been a car I could
always count on and gives me 21 miles
to the gallon on the hiway. I know
that's hard to believe but I custom
ordered it with a towing package and a
lower ratio rear end with positraction.
living in western new york (Buffalo) I
have never gotten stuck in the snow.
We have had Bertha for eight years. She
has hauled, kids, dogs, lumber, trash
and everything in between without
complaint. She has over 170000 miles on
her. We plan to keep her till the
wheels fall off.
to change spark plugs pull tires off
for 2 ,then two through hood, 2 through
inside engine hood. mechanics hate them
because you cant get to any thing on
the engine,150 dollars for labor to put
manifold gasket in.doesnt have half the
passing power of my 6 cylinder dodge
caravan.would never purchase another one