Bought from a frequent traveler with 98K on it. We now have 271K on it. Nothing unexpected - usual replacements of water pump fuel pump, trans rebuild, and so forth. Still no oil consumption. We use on trips for family of 4, plus it served as the "Mom wagon" for several years, racking up 300 miles a week. We are ready to let it go after a long service life. Everything still works. Needs a radiator, uses too much gas at today's prices. We got our money's worth.
Roomy, capacity for trailering if needed, fuel tank capacity.
Original owner for 9.9 years. Have spent a few hundred to fix rear a/c and a few hundred to fix transmission. A rear bearing seal is leaking, the water pump was replaced, and the original battery spit out a terminal. It is easy on tires and brakes and the replacement battery so far. Took on 900 mile trip this month and got over 21 mpg and had room for everything without it being in your way. Interior has held up excellent, except recliner levers. Still solid, quiet, roomy and economical. You don't want to know the resale value unless you are buying a used one.
Rear a/c, high seating position, 4 captains chairs, storage space, walk back capability inside. Up to 23 mpg on highway. Engine like new at 109k miles.
Reliability. Has been in the shop 2 times since out of warranty in 2001, but I have to fix at least one thing every year like tape the sliding door panel down in one corner last year.
Bought new and its been very good. Count on the fuel pump going out. Mine did and so did every one in my employers fleet. It's big, comfortable and great on long drives. Power window, water pump and alternator replaced. Never overheated in 115 degree desert heat. Great A/C kept things cool inside. Wife likes this more than the Q45. Would buy again if reliability is as good as imports. Domestics just aren't there yet. Extend the warranty and significantly lower parts prices and I will buy another one. Parts for imports used to be expensive, now domestics are no different.
Great engine cooling, great A/C, lots of hatch space.
Sliding door will not stay open when facing downhill, no positive locking mechinism, just a "speed bump" holds door open. Needs A/C controls in the rear. Current rear A/C control and rear wiper control are hard to operate, needs to be "turn dial" type.
Our '98 Astro seems to always need something fixed. Many of the up-keep has been expensive due to the area of parts on the van. At 115,000 miles, we were told its transmision is on its way out. Great. Would I buy this vehicle again? No way.
I have owned this same vehicle for the past 6.5 years. I have taken it on many long distance trips and found it quite exceptional. It is very comfortable and roomy for kids moving about, and for extra storing.
Rear AC is wonderful!
Only one improvement I would make is to make the rear seating easier to remove. It is very heavy and bulky for a small woman like myself to remove alone. But is still managable.