The motor and transmission are rock solid, everything else has broken and had to be fixed, I mean everything- 4 alternators, radiator, rear end, starter, ac blower motor, electric window motors (both), thermostat, waterpump, ac compressor, and about 12 more things that I have forgotten, I have never had a car that was this crappy- but does have a good motor and trans. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, the worst front end on any vehicle ever made it eats idler arms and tie rod ends. Other than that it is ok.
Does pull my boat just fine and I like the space for my tools that I haul securely.
Get the gas mileage up and you got a winner. I do from 15-19 and its a 2 wheel drive.
I have loved this van. However, at
about 100,000 miles I began to have
electrical problems i.e. turn signal
may or may not work, stalled for no
reason and would not restart and the
fan goes on and off - not fun in hot
weather. It only has 125,000 on it
and I am going to sell it. I thought
I would get about 150,000 to 175,000
out of it.
Love the height of the van-you can see
everything. Driver seat area good.
When the fan worked, AC was good for
front and the back (dual air)
Definitely leg room front passenger -
none at all. Bad for long trips.
Bought the Astro new in 1995 and
planned to drive it 30K on company
business. Things changed and I have it
seven years later. I have not done
anything to it other than maintenance
in 126000 miles. I love sitting up
above most other
vehicles including the rest of the mini
vans. The Astro is responsive and
solid and gets great milage on the
highway 20mpg. We have camped in it
with the back seats out, my son and I
have driven it several time to Colorado
to ski (just through everything
includings downhill skis in the back
and go) and I drive it everyday to work
Not many vehicles can do all that.