By Pilant on
2003 Chevrolet Astro AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this van to use on boat ramps to put my boat into and out of water. I have used it in Knoxville and around Douglas Lake. The van has been no farther than 50 miles from Knoxville. It was a program vehicle with 4000 miles when I bought it. I traded a 1994 Astro van I bought at West when I bought this one. It still runs like new as one would expect with such low mileage. West has serviced the vehicle twice per year since I've owned it.
My favorite feature is the four wheel drive. I put my heavy boat in and out of the water on some difficult ramps, and I don't have to worry about this vehicle spinning and leaving me on the ramp. The van will also carry 4 x 8 ft. sheets of plywood lying flat with the rear 2 rows of seats removed.
Chevrolet has stopped making this van. I have another van, but it is only two wheel drive. The Astro has always been my favorite.