I bought my Astro LT Wagon new, and
have accumulated over 133,000 miles to
date. No engine or transmission
troubles, no air conditioning
problems, only a power window motor
and wiper relay have failed in
service. This is a great work record,
for a reliable and strong van. Plenty
of 4.3 V-6 Power for any driving
Strong power, reliable, plenty of
family traveling room, great
airconditioning and heat.
Power window and door lock switches
are awkward to reach.
Absolutely no leg room for the front seat passanger. The wipers had several
problems mostly stemming from cold solder joints on the control board.(this
is a $45 fix from the dealer if you change it yourself) The AC fan switch is
under-rated for the blower and burns out often. There is also a check valve for
the AC system that plugs up about as often and causes the AC to blow out
the heater vent when accelerating or driving above 55 MPH. I have also found
out that the front seats do not provide enough back and shoulder support on
long trips and there is a sharp edge under the front seat foam that will
eventually cut a hole in the driver and front passanger seats.
large size and 8 passanger seating in the CS series. Fold down mid and rear
some adult leg room for the front passanger, a beefed up AC switch and a
redesign of the AC system so that it doesn't blow through the heater at
55MPH. Better soldering job on the wiper control module.
I've had mine for about 70,000 miles
now and only had a couple of
significant problems: idler arms, and
fuel injection needed repair. Neither
left us stranded.
It's got lots of room and from what
I've seen, they'll run forever.
Get a tranny cooler if you tow, or live
in a hot climate.
Room, seats 8
Tough engine and tranny
better fuel injection came in 2002
better rear springs in 1996
They've fixed most of the problems!
This Van has never left me stranded. I
played in a band and used this vehicle
to tow 4000lbs of equipment for 40,000
Ive had to replace the AC compressor
because of GM's poor quality. The
electrical system is now going a little
haywire and the plastic AC vents break
easy. The rearview mirror falls off
every winter. Some of the power locks
will not lock.
Drive train is awesome and powerfull
with the 4.3l Vortec engine. Very
Electrical system!! AC Compressors
suck. Anything plastic breaks or falls