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By Jim on
Vehicle2000 Chevrolet Astro LT 3dr Minivan AWD
ReviewA great all purpose vehicle when it runs right. Unchanged in 20 yrs. like the old VW beatle. Mine "burns" more coolant than oil! Head gasket leaking. Need a new engine after just 74K. Lukas oil treatment no help. Engine hard to service; spark plugs not accessible. Hard to find mechanics who know and understand this vehicle. The front end rebuilt for $1800. Tape deck stolen in Manhattan inspite of security/alarm system. This cargo van was converted to passenger minus the seats--large clear glass (!) windows were cut into the sides. 5- leaf rear springs were added for heavy duty which I recommend! I was thrilled with 18.6 MPG highway recently. But I'm trading it in for a used 2005.
Best FeaturesRoomy. I've hauled 2 600 lb balled trees, 200 lb slabs of oak, 12 sheets of 4x8 plywood, 5 people on different occasions. The more weight inside the better this vehicle handles. Superb handling
Worst FeaturesDouble the overall quality to compete with Toyota. Forget "come-on" features like outside temperature readings, rear "Dutch Doors", remote door locks, power mirrors. Add driver-side rear doors--don't have to be sliding. The Honda Element is a spin off from this great design. GM should re-think.
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