by billy97477 on Feb 4, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro LT 3dr Minivan AWD
217,000 miles and still runs great. a lot less problems than I would expect for a vehicle with so many miles. Good for camping. Can fit a cot and ice chest in the van comfortably. Rear cigarette lighter jack is good for my dvd player while camping. So is the rear heat that heats up pretty fast on the coldest of nights. With no seats in my quad even fits in it. Awd works still and does great in the snow and mud.
by Heidi on Jan 13, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro LS 3dr Minivan
This van has been nothing but a money pit from the day we bought it used. We have had to replace the water pump, full transmission, repair AC, CV joints on front end, muffler fell off, battery, alternator and starter (all in the last three years). The driver side door hinge is falling off and the windows does not work. Horribly noisy on the inside. Save your money for a Toyota!
by Kalei Baker on Jul 19, 2007 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan
My friend gave this van to me 12 months ago, it had to be towed 3 times and it took about $900+ of repairs to keep it running. Ignition coil burned out = $280 repair. Spark plug wire shorted out = $190 repair. Fuel pump failed = $420 repair. Any repairs under the hood will be high labor due to the design that makes it difficult to access (via panel between passenger and driver leg area. The passenger exterior door handle broke off. When it runs, the 4.0L engine is moderately powerful. At 11 years old and 135k miles, repairs should be expected. I am selling the van, ASAP. I am much more satisfied with my Ford Excursion with 7.3L turbo diesel, which can also seat 8.
by Elby62 on Feb 17, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro LS 3dr Minivan AWD
We paid $10,000 for this in 2002 and it had 50,000 miles on it. For the price and mileage you would expect a decent vehicle. However this van broke down constantly. It has cost us thousands extra in repairs, including a new transmission. Broke down out of state leaving us stranded hundreds of miles from home. Twice. Don't buy this van! A bad, bad, bad vehicle. Horrible experience to own. The torsion bar broke on it, twice. Same thing happened to my friend. The torsion bar broke while I was driving on a crowded interstate at 70mph, on a bridge, with no place to pull over. All my children were in the van. We are lucky that I did not panic and that we didn't wreck. Horrible!
by thedriver on Aug 5, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro LT 3dr Minivan AWD
We purchased an Astro AWD because we
needed a 4WD and a van. The van
drives well in slippery conditions.
We have had it in the garage several
times for fuel, tranny and brake
problems. Our Astro has several
engine oil leaks.
by Familyof6 on Feb 29, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro LS 3dr Minivan
Although we had read pretty bad reviews
about the Astro in Consumer Reports, we
have had great luck with ours. We
didn't have many options in choosing a
minivan since we needed something that
could tow our boat, and the Astro is
the only one other than GMC Safari that
can handle it. We have a number of
repairs, two of them pricey, but the
extended warranty we bought at Carmax
covered everything. Overall, this has
been a great van for our family of 4
kids with room to spare for friends to
come along. We found ours to be worth
the price. If anything, the low CR
rating makes a used Astro very