This is my second Astro - put 175000 on the first. Whether it is towing my 5500lb boat, hauling varius team members of my 4 kid's sports, driving 3000 mile vacation, or buzzing around town, this van is the only thing around that can do it all. SUV's are too long outside for less room inside, mini vans are like recycled Pepsi cans when compared to the stoutness and versatility the Astro offers. Consumer magazines rank it poorly, but you have to wonder whether they live in the real world! One last thing - a set of KYB monomax shocks transforms the ride to modern standards.
Although the initial quality was
acceptible this vehicle does not hold
it's miles well. All maintenence was
done on schedule however after 60000
miles the vehicle seemed to be in self
destruct mode. Starter, Battery, Water
Pump, AC Compressor, Blower Motor,
Rear Wheel Bearing, Transmission...
This vehicle was the last straw for
the big three (GM, Ford, Chrysler) in
my book. I never had any issues with
my Hyundai and I love my Honda even
more. I hate to say it but our Union
workers are overated. Abolish the
Unions and let's start building decent
vehicles here in the USA. Until then
Honda has my business. They are over
75% USA or Canadian anyway.
The Astro van is the last of the Rear
wheel drive minivans. The roominess
and confort levels are outstanding. It
drives with more confidence than it's
front wheel drive competitors. Stereo
has decent sound quality and
reception. Replacement parts are cheep
GM needs to improve the reliability of
the Astro. Sliding Door becomes mis
aligned easily causing shipped paint
on the door edges. Cheep 80's style
handles break often. Removeable seats
are bulky and clumsy to operate. Old
styling needs an "Extreme Makeover".
We bought this van in 2002. It is
very roomy except for the foot areas
for the driver and passenger. It's
comfortable and easy to drive. The
2nd & 3rd seats are removable but are
heavy when taking them out. The only
significant complaint we have is the
gas and electrical. I only get 13-14
mpg and we have had some problems an
electric window and keyless remote
system. These are the only reasons I
would have for trading it in for
Roomy, easy to drive, comfortable,
reliable. Dual heat and a/c for front
If you keep them clean, get them
serviced on time, and like to haul
lots of people and cargo, Astro is a
great vehicle. Plenty of power, get-up-
n-go and gets great mileage over long
trips. Best MPG at 70 to 80 Mph.
Averaged 22 MPG from MPLS to ORLANDO
running 80% over 70MPH.
Large Cargo bay. Large fuel tank. I
get almost 28 GALS on-board. Goes 275
freeway miles before the gas guage
dips below the full mark.
More padding behind the edges of
interior panels... to aid in dampening
vibrations and road noise.
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.