1987 Chevrolet Astro CS V6 from North America
I love this van, and will buy any other as I can
Front end recently replaced idlers and tie-rods at about 400000 miles.
It has been broken into, stolen (I got it back, no wheels or acc.) and recently the teenage daughter drove it several miles with no coolant.
I am replacing quite a few burnt wires, changing oil and antifreeze, and have no doubt I will continue on to 500,000 miles.
Catalytic converter lost all the innards and clogged the muffler/tailpipe, but that was easily fixed and I get medium performance with about 22-25 mpg on highway.
I use it to carry tools and band equipment. With proper maintenance (oil, all filters, alignment, tires, etc)
I love this vehicle and only wish I had bought an AWD version, as these things are squirrely in ice/snow.
Handles okay in slow and moderate speeds, due to the short wheelbase.
I have a bench seat in back, and 4 captain chairs I can remove in about 20 minutes.
It has tinted windows, except for front, pass. side sliding door with window levers, 2 full size back doors, opening vertically, and is easy to load materials, people, chopped wood, dead animals, washers and dryers... you name it!!
With custom rims and some meats on in the summer, it looks cool as hell, and has plenty of room for my JVC CDMP3 player, 500 watt amp and 2 10" rockfords in the back, along with the original speaks (now all JBL's).
My only complaint is its skitteriness on slick roads, and the 15 gallon tank stock equipped.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2009
19th Jun 2009, 10:50
These are STILL great vans. I think they quit making them in '03 or '04... anyway the same basic design of the last year they made 'em hadn't changed a bit since the 80's when it first came out, (just the styling and new tech like airbags, etc) so you know they got something right. We had a '98 and '00 model both with the 4.3 Vortec. Traded it in on a Blazer, worst mistake of my life.