by rjerryc on Jun 1, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Astro LT 3dr Minivan
Of course, there are those who think every vehicle should be custom built to do everything they personally want. They want 50 mpg and capacity to haul the biggest load imaginable. Very good van - built on a truck chassis and the engine has plenty of power to tow a good sized trailer (5,500 lbs). Lots of driver and passenger comforts-armrests, etc. Easy to drive even when towing a big load. It's not a Ford F-350 so don't expect that! Great van, bigger than a mini-van and a lot better.
by gjk5601 on Aug 31, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Astro LT 3dr Minivan
This van is a truck, not a car, and has the good and bad points of a truck. As a box on wheels, it is great. It hauls lots of people or stuff and tows a heavy trailer. It is nimble in parking lots and comfortable on the highway. It gets 20 mpg at interstate speeds. It is roomy when compared to other minivans and "big" vehicles like Suburbans. I have put 141,000 miles on my 1986 Astro and 147,000 on my 1997. Both have needed transmission and air conditioner rebuild around 90,000 miles. Otherwise, trouble-free. My '97 looks like new and everything works. This van is unique in size and capability. GM should have updated the Astro instead of discontinuing it.
by Carolyn on Mar 18, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Astro LT 3dr Minivan
I put the miles on per year and this
van keeps up with them have had no
major problems .....power window on
drivers side.yes but have found that
to be a weakness with chevy's.....mine
has 142,000 miles and runs like a
clock..if I didn't need more room for
my business , would definately get
another..will be sad to retire this one.
Daytime running lights debut, and LT models can be equipped with leather upholstery. Also optional this year is a HomeLink three-channel transmitter. Delayed entry-exit lighting is now standard on all Astro passenger vans. Transmission refinements mean smoother shifts, and electronic variable orifice steering eases steering effort at low speeds.