The Astro Van has known manufacturing
defects that GMC/Chev. have not
addressed which include, the side
window not locking in an open position,
transmission slippage, idler arm
defects which result in early wear of
tires. This is a poorly built, low
volume vehicle that either needs to be
pulled from assembly or fixed.
Replaced power window motor three
time,windshield wiper motor,intake
gasket,rear air conditioning hose,fuel
gauge sender,cruise control cable and
its had a steady miss in overdrive that
they never could fix.
After nearly 4 years I still own this van. Resale value has dropped so it's senseless to sell or trade. Replaced idler arms and factory recall repaired the windshield wipers. Blower motor on AC was replaced but I guess my resistor is bad since the blower does not always work (i.e. when it's very hot or very cold). Cleaning the throttle body intake took care of the sticking gas pedal. 'Just bought a boat so the towing capacity will come in handy. Ride is rough but improved with Michelin Harmony tires. Driver's side power window sticks but stopping it before it goes all the way down seems to reduce the problem. Current brakes have nearly 30K miles but they are due for replacement.
Creature comforts - 4 captain's seats. Towing capacity. More comfort that a truck but can still pull a load. Excellent in the snow with AWD.
Purchased new, performed all
recommended maintenance. No major
problems until it hit 100,000 miles
last year. In the past year, the
following problems developed: Head
gasket, transmission lines, coil, water
pump, tensioner, wiper motor, both
power window motors, door locks, rear
hatch lifters, vacuum leaks, oil leaks,
Dutch doors, sits high like a truck,
Better quality. Desigh all parts for
250k miles instead of 100k miles. Take
a lesson from the Japanese.
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