We purchased this Astro as a conversion in 1990 with 18K. It just died last week when the tranny died at 246K. The Astro was a good van, though after 150K miles it started to suck up money. We had prblems with a fuel pump, one window motor, the paint coming off after 200K miles, and the A/C system and hood latch. It also ran through a lot of tires in its time, but it went over a lot of rough roads too. We got our money out of the thing, the Starcraft conversion was excellent, and the gas mileage was decent for most of its career at 20 mpg. The biggest pain was the well documented vacuum hose problem. The bad rap the Astro got for crash tests and bad production values was not true in out case!
4.3 engine had lots of power, and low maintenance costs. Very comfortable to drive and ride in.
At this point, not a real significant question, but I would sure like to see another manufacturer develop a van like the Astro insterad of basing its vans on cars.
Our Astro van has served us wonderfully for the last 10 years. Other than a new transmission while still under warrenty it has not had any major problems. It is very powerful(for a minivan), fun to drive and comfortable on long trips.
The largest of the minivans. It is sad that Chevy has dropped this workhorse from its line up. Double visors that block the sun from both the front and side at the same time.
My 1997 van is approaching the 200k mark and she still rides fine. I've had problems with the following: catalytic converter(twice),fuel gauge stuck on "E" even though I just filled up, driver's window broken, air condt knob broke, rear hutch window doesn't stay up, sliding door stuck, tranny, oh yeah..the "service engine" light stays on even though I've spent over 1k to figure out why, just to name a few. But all in all, it's a pretty good van.
Roomy interior, tough, easy handling, nice view and it's pretty good on gas.
NOT A GOOD VEHICLE TO OWN. TRANSMISSION
WE OUT WITH IN 2 WEEKS. DOORS DO NOT
STAY ALIGNED. OVERHEATING PROBLEMS. WAS
IN THE SHOP 10 TIMES FOR ALARM SYSTEM.
LOST THE ALTERNATOR WITHIN 2 MONTHS.
NOT BUILT LIKE A ROCK. WOULD NEVER BUY
ANOTHER ASTRO VAN.
EVERYTHING. ESPECIALLY THE ALIGNMENT ON
THE SLIDING DOOR.
I purchased this van with 50,000 miles
and now have 184,000 miles and it
still runs like new. No slipage in
the transmission and no loss of
power. I have replaced a few items
like water pump and radiator along
with 4 brake jobs but at 184,000
miles, not bad at all. This is my
Size, style, power, rear air, dutch
type rear door.
Get rid of the wheel well hump in the
front seating area.