Actually this is my second one, I think they are attractive and the kids loved em. My first was under powered but ran with scheduled maintenance which I had to abandoned due to the expense. Both vehicles ran good until about 70, 000 miles when windows stopped working, slight idle roughness, sliding door had parts fall off and started to rattle, front ac vents stopped working, back door starting clicking and vacum problems with locks and ac vents, ac fan motor, trying to fix all this at the dealer is vehicle suicide.
The truck is attractive and when it was young it was fun for everybody. Good radio, weather temp, great little technical innovations.
I purchased it used with 50,000 km and have added 60,000 km in last two years. It replaced a 1988 with 325,000 km. Great highway vehicle; comfortable, quiet, great visibility, reasonably economical at highway speeds. Great capacity. Easily accommodates up to 8 passengers with full load or a very comfortable vehicle for 6, with all gear + 2 canoes on top. Great clearance in deep snow. With 4 winter tires, this van will navigate 8 inches or more of snow, and is my preferred vehicle for winter driving compared to my car. It's also great in summer for comfortable drives and trips. Downside - the intrusive wheel wells in the passenger compartment. Otherwise, conservative styling, simple clean lines. It looks great.
Comfort, quiet, versatility, driver visibility. The 'big box' look that gains respect on the road from other drivers. The power and load capacity. Has a good sound system. The full power group. Conservative styling. Ease of maintenance and repair, parts availability, and low cost
Redesign the front wheel wells to reduce intrusiveness into passenger compartment; provide more legroom for driver and front seat passenger
The LT option interior design is
great. This is a very dependable
vehicle, no repairs necessary in the
first 80,000 miles. Great for hauling
people and/or cargo. Vastly improved
ride from earlier models. Astro's are
truly "Like a Rock", my 1986 model
Astro that I bought new, has 335,000
miles on it with orginal engine and
transmission, no rebuilds on either one.
LT seating and interior, cargo capacity
and towing capacity. Drives great with
plenty of power from big V6 engine.
It takes two people to remove or
install rear seats. Fold-away seats
would be nice.
As indicated by the title I am sold on
the astro. I have found it to be the
most versatile and dependable vehicle I
have ever owned. I have had only minor
problems with any of the three I have
purchased. I still have my 1991 and
have purchased a 2000.
I really like the versatility of both
passenger and cargo capacity. I also
like the comfort for long trips.
I would suggest that GM put the door
side arm rest back on the two front
seats it would improve the comfort
level. I also liked having an interior
gas door release.