2000 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L from North America
The best tow vehicle ever built. VERY UNDERRATED!
Rear end at 170,000 miles.
Alternator at 110,000 miles.
Unbelievable towing capacity. I have towed my 34' Airstream trailer that weighs 8,750 lbs. throughout the US and Canada.
We towed through the Rocky's, Grand Tetons and to the Arctic Circle in Alaska flawlessly.
On one 16,000 mile journey we averaged an amazing 13.6 MPG!
It has great storage in the rear. We removed the rear seat, and use the storage area as a shed on wheels, carrying bikes, tables, chairs, BBQ etc. Even without the rear seat, we have room for 4 passengers plus a driver.
The front seats are a little cramped because of the motor box.
Wonderful nooks and crannies to store stuff, and excellent interior lighting.
Very easy to operate radio with enough features.
Uniquely qualified to tow Airstream trailers.
Very tight turning radius.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2012
30th May 2012, 11:19
Are you sure about that tow weight? They weren't rated to tow nearly as many pounds. Is yours AWD or RWD?
31st May 2012, 09:54
Maximum trailer towing weight capacity was 5500 lbs. for the 2000 Astro; a whopping 1000 lbs. more than the front-wheel drive Venture minivan.
No wonder he had to replace his rear end.