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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan

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Clear free of this lemon!
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By Heidi
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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan LS 3dr Minivan


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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!


Favorite Features

Feels like a big truck!


Suggested Improvements

Everything. Chevy needs to stop making vehicles with substandard parts.


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Good for a larger family
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By Familyof6
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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan LS 3dr Minivan


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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 affordable.


Favorite Features

8 passenger seating is a huge bonus -- not many minivans can seat more than 7. Also, the towing capacity is great since it allows us to tow our boat or borrow our friend's camper.


Suggested Improvements

Rear (3rd) seat legroom is a little tight. This wasn't a problem when our kids were smaller, but as they are hitting the teen years, it's a little cramped (but extremely spacious compared to any SUV with a 3rd seat!)


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Steaming grey pile of garbage
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By gohm
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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan LS 3dr Minivan


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From day one, the van has ben nickle and diming us to death. We could not claim lemon because they were all different problems. We have only 54K on it, and we have replaced alternator, wiper motor and need a new A/C compressor, driver's door window motor, transmission and everything on the motor that has oil in it has a leak. I would not tell my worst enemy to buy one of these peices of junk.


Favorite Features

Power enough to haul a tent trailer


Suggested Improvements

I cannot keep it to only 300 words


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terrible van
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By deathgrip72
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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan LS 3dr Minivan


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This is an awful vehicle. Everything breaks and need replacing within the first few years. Every conceivable notor and drive mechanism wears out prematurely. It drives like a tank, does not haus particularly well, and gets lousy mileage. I would steer anyone I talk to to away from this vehicle. In fact, I have never heard of anyone who actually likes this van or would replace an old one with a new one.


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I WOULDN'T HAVE ANY OTHER MINI VAN!
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By MIMI66
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1996 Chevrolet Astro Minivan LS 3dr Minivan


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FOR THE MONEY I WOULDN'T HAVE ANY OTHER MINI VAN! I HAVE ALL THAT SPACE THAT OTHERS DONT AND ITS NOT TO BIG OR TO SMALL! I DRIVE MY VAN EVERYDAY TO TAKE THE KIDS TO SCHOOL AND BALLGAMES AND ERRANDS IT DOES FINE!!!


Favorite Features

INTERIOR SPACE! ALL OF THE COMPARTMENTS TO ORAGANIZE OUR JUNK!


Suggested Improvements

BETTER GAS MILEAGE IN THE MOUNTAINS! LOL!AND I DO WISH I HAD THE DUTCH DOORS INSTEAD OF THE DOUBLE BACK DOORS! MY HUSBAND HATES THE BAR DOWN THE MIDDLE WHEN HE IS TRYING TO DRIVE!


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