Excellent overall Van - I have owned 4 of them, and probably 5 full sized fords before that. Bought one new, put 200,000 miles on it without a problem. Bought 3 used with 100,000 miles at about $5,000.00 each and ran them to just over 200,000 miles each, and sold or traded them for about $2,500.00 each In all four combined, I replaced 2 window motors ($26.00) a couple blower fan relays ($6.00), a couple fuel pumps ($200.00), one drive chain ($300.00), and one CV joint ($60.00). Do the math - $12,500.00 vehicle cost: got 500,000 miles, about $600.00 in repairs. No brainer - this is a great little truck (and it IS a truck), hauls a trailer well, fits lotsa people, extremely comfortable,
Dependable, peppy engine. Handles great (for a van). 2wd astro has Better traction than a long wheel base 4wd pick up. Front seats very comfortable. Hauls many people and much weight. Looks like a van, not a station wagon. Only "minivan" left with a truck frame. Dependable, high mileage truck
I bought my '99 with 145k mi and added another 50k.Great for long trips and in-town kid hauling.Only mech prob has been a/c. Engine/Tran are strong at 195k mi. Interior is very resiliant. Looks new. Paint/Body is still good. Nice having big V6 w/ rwd for towing. Also, it can handle a heavy load. built on truck chasis not car so it sits high and good for unimproved roads. dutch doors are great. I think stiffer shocks would help. Front leg room is a bit constrained.
Lots of room! 4x8 bed for hauling when seats are out. RWD w/ tow package. Built on Truck Chasis. Big V6.
Seats are a real pain to remove (Very heavy). Front Leg Room limited. Stiffer shocks would be good. It is a truck after all.