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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan

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Chevrolet Astro Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    A new interior with dual airbags, new radio systems, an improved V6 and three new paint colors are the changes for this year.

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11 year old astro van

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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.




Dependable van

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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




'96 astro extened 8 pass.

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Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet Astro 3dr Minivan

139,000 mi on this van,stil runs excellent all maintenance performed by owner,great family 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.




Way too many problems

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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.




Always driveable, seldom reliable

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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.




Nickel and dimed

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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!



Full 1996 Chevrolet Astro Review

What's New for 1996

A new interior with dual airbags, new radio systems, an improved V6 and three new paint colors are the changes for this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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