This is my second Astro and it is so capable of doing everything. It has a truck frame which allows towing large campers, gets 19 mpg on highway when which is awesome for a AWD van/truck this size. Walks through snow and ice with ease. Strong winds push it around a little on interstate. Finally had to replace something at 119,000 miles, a starter which was very easy to replace myself. Plugs aren't too bad if you pull the front wheel off. Overall we love this (boxy) design, because you sit up so high you can see what's going on in front of you. This van is better than any other minivan we have owned, Mazda, Plymouth, better than our Toyota 4x4 pickup. Great Van, bring it back.
Driving visibility, AWD, towing capacity and brake booster with the towing package. Seats are very comfortable on long trips. Handles great on curves. Rear A/C and heat. Vortec V6 engine runs for at least 300,000 miles. Remove seats and haul 4x8 sheets. Van feels very safe and solid when driving.
Start manufacturing again with lower gear ratio in overdrive and increase mileage to at least 25 mpg. A little longer front end to access engine compartment better.