10 pretty good years
By dad_the_fixer on
1995 Chevrolet Astro CL 3dr Minivan
This has been the 'family truckster' for the past 10 years and 90K miles, and has pulled a camper 1/2 across the country, and has hauled the family on many long (13 hour drive) trips. Only let us down twice - once for a fuel pump (managed to get it going, no tow needed) and once with a cooling system blowout. Now, at 200K miles, it's got headgasket problems (maybe it's had those for a while now) ready to retire it.
Lots of room for long trips, reasonable power for the highway, even when pulling a camper with 8 people, topper full of stuff, etc. Rear AC was great while it worked. rear heater. Pretty reliable, needed little major maintenance.
Legroom for front passenger; handling bad - especially on slippery roads - feels like you're riding in a sailboat if a truck passes. Engine repairs / maintenance access is horrible! Need better power window motors. Needs better door hinges /mechanism.