Bought this van with 30000 miles on it. Had a few minor issues that first year or so -- power lock failure, etc. No problems since then. With 4 kids, a dog, and a camper, we make full use of the incredible amount of space inside this van. It's one of the few vehicles that can comfortably seat our family, plus two others AND tow. Holds way more stuff than a regular minivan. We've used it to tow our camper (22-ft, 4000 lbs) half way across the country with absolutely no issues - at 100k miles. People are always surprised to see us tow with it. Added a transmission cooler and complete tow pkg. There's nothing fancy about this van, but it's great for a larger, active family.
Dependability, seating capacity, cargo space, surprisingly large towing capacity, cost to purchase and own
Doesn't really matter. The van has been discontinued.
Just bought my van, it is a cargo van used for hauling just about anything. GM just quit making these in 2005, for another SUV-like vehicle[ like there aren't enought of them]..a mistake in my view. My 1st Astro was an '86, ran forever, and I needed a van that could take more cargo capacity than a front drive mini. I plan on driving the wheels off, and it should hold up I think
Comfortable seats w/ lumbar, lock out feature so you can't accidently lock your keys in the ignition, overhead light defeat button, reasonable gas mileage, truck like build quality, cheap parts available anywhere.
Pot metal exterior door handles, but easy to replace, engine access to real good[ I do my own repairs]..all-in-all good van.
Too many little things have fallen apart. I've got 50K miles on the car and have had to repair the following: - New brakes (I've had three new rotors and pads on the front) - Gas Gauge doesn't work - vacum problems cause the A/C fan not to work - Sliding door doesn't work right - Tons of little pieces have fallen off
Although the initial quality was
acceptible this vehicle does not hold
it's miles well. All maintenence was
done on schedule however after 60000
miles the vehicle seemed to be in self
destruct mode. Starter, Battery, Water
Pump, AC Compressor, Blower Motor,
Rear Wheel Bearing, Transmission...
This vehicle was the last straw for
the big three (GM, Ford, Chrysler) in
my book. I never had any issues with
my Hyundai and I love my Honda even
more. I hate to say it but our Union
workers are overated. Abolish the
Unions and let's start building decent
vehicles here in the USA. Until then
Honda has my business. They are over
75% USA or Canadian anyway.
The Astro van is the last of the Rear
wheel drive minivans. The roominess
and confort levels are outstanding. It
drives with more confidence than it's
front wheel drive competitors. Stereo
has decent sound quality and
reception. Replacement parts are cheep
GM needs to improve the reliability of
the Astro. Sliding Door becomes mis
aligned easily causing shipped paint
on the door edges. Cheep 80's style
handles break often. Removeable seats
are bulky and clumsy to operate. Old
styling needs an "Extreme Makeover".