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 Coop2 on Apr 28, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan
I bought this used with 85000 and i dont
drive it alot but it has flawless. The
vehicle that has never let me down
unlike the voyager SE. Still has the
original gm battery. Milage could be
better but not in a big van. Avg about
22 on trips only about 3 less that the
voyager. LOts O Room
I use it to haul music equipment. Dont
play on every doing any repairs myself
as the engene is very unaccessble as the
dog house would have to me removed
by Indian on Jan 12, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan
139,000 mi on this van,stil runs
excellent all maintenance performed by
hauler/traveler,17/22 MPG replaced
engine seals,timing chain,oil cooler
lines and all brake componets exc.brake
lines at approx.120,000 mi.,water pump
tensioner pulley at 90,000 mi.,major
tune-up at 100,000 mi.including o2
sensors,two previous minor brake jobs
at 45,000 and 70,000 mi. window motors
replaced 100,000 mi.,fuel pump
replaced, 75,000 mi.,other than too
many brake jobs this has been a very
reliable van,no rust yet and is
operated in northwest Ohio.
by Hemst on Aug 20, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan
Bought new in 1996, first major
problems began after 40K (after weak
warranty) and put well over $2k in it
by 54k miles. Over the years, it
faired OK but broke down at the worst
times, and cost plenty each time.
Thank God for AAA. From 100k -111K
miles, I just put over $6,300 bucks
into it, you name it, engine work
galore, trans, etc. Too bad for the
poor quality in the mechanical aspect,
it has great functionality.
by sendaibob on Aug 14, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan
The engine and transmission have been
great. After 100,000 miles, the engine
runs smoothly, and doesn't burn any
oil. The motors for the power windows
go out regularly, The sensors for the
ABS system are also not reliable. The
body has been solid. After 100,000
miles, still very few rattles.
by kshea on Jun 5, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan
Every year new irritating problems with
this vehicle. I got sick of fixing
them and now they've really piled up.
Broken power windows, broken wiper
motor, growling transmission, broken A/C
(for three years), high speed on heater
fan, tailgate handle/latch,...it goes
on. Too bad for all of the problems'
cause it has great potential. It's
bigger than the mini's and smaller than
the full sized vans. can fit a full
sized piece of plywood and close all
ofthe doors. I wish it was more
reliable,....I would've bought
another. BUT NO!
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