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.
Owned it 9 years and 102k mi. I didn't expect it to be perfect and it wasn't. It was $18,400 out the door and stickered for $24,800 so I could easily afford the $250 trans repair in year 6 and the $350 rear a/c line repair in year 7. One water pump, one battery, one serp belt. Very reliable. Takes $9 brake pads and $35 tires. Roof rack adds only interior noise.
Middle row reclining buckets. Walk around in while driving. Rear A/C and deep tint. 4.3 L engine gets 23 mpg on a trip.
I got lucky compared to some on here. I haven't yet spent $600 on repairs in 9 yrs. Bought new and has been less reliable than my previous Astro in some ways. Transmission needed a $170 repair and rear A/C line is not properly supported, wore a leak and needed $350 repair. Water pump going at 80k not impressive. Battery was defective and died from terminal rot out disease that was designed into it to save a few cents. The trans trouble was from an alum part in place of cast iron that was tried and failed. Interior and paint have held up great. No rattles, fade, or things getting loose. Engine like new. Van was well built and gets 23 mpg on trips. Road handling is a weak spot.
Quietness through the years. Rock solid engine gets 23 mpg on trips without premium gas or expensive tires. No little things constantly going bad like on older model. CD and cassette. Reclining captains chairs. Roominess on a vacation. Dutch doors. Sliding rear bench. Lack of deterioration thru yrs.
They don't make them anymore. Don't cut corners on the transmission metal, the battery terminals, and design the rear a/c line supports properly. Don't stock the lots with roof rack (wind noise) equipped vans. I've only used it once in 9 years. Easier to remove middle seats. More Passenger leg room.
We have owned an Astro since 1999, bought at 2K miles. We have paid for repair after repair since then. Some of the repairs have been for the same thing over and over. If I were to put together all of the repair reciepts, I think the total might even shock us. Watch out for idler arm problems! Again and again- it's just poorly designed. Also, we've had multiple problems with the electrical system, little motors and switches, etc. In contrast, we also own Toyota products, which haven't needed nearly the amount of expensive and redundant repair. Beware!
Reliable. AWD better than 4WD. Never a problem on ice, snow, or in rain. Regularly maintained by dealer. On second set of tires. Only major work was windshield wiper motor at 95k. Sorry to see them go.
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