1992 Chevrolet Astro

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1992 Chevrolet Astro

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Overview

4 trims

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  • CS

  • LT

  • CL

  • Base

    $13,995

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1992 Chevrolet Astro review: Our expert's take

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Looking at Chevrolet’s two small vans – the Astro and the Lumina APV – side by side, you are tempted to think the names landed on the wrong vehicles.

The futuristic looking Lumina APV should have been called the Astro van. With that long, sloping nose and those high-mounted space-age taillights, it’s a vehicle George Jetson, Jane his wife and his boy, Elroy, could love.

The Astro van, on the other hand, should have been given the Lumina moniker. The Astro has shined brightly for Chevy since it debuted in 1984. Sometime next year the millionth Astro van will roll off the assembly line.

Enough, though, of this business of names. Because no matter what you call it, the Astro van is a solid, powerful and versatile workhorse.

Astro can get a bit pricey when you fill it with options, but it starts at a reasonable price, and you occasionally see them go for thousands under sticker price.

PERFORMANCE

There’s something new this year under the Astro van’s hood: A 4.3-liter V-6 that cranks out 200-horsepower – more ponies than any small or midsize van on the market.

That big engine delivers peppy acceleration, giving the Astro the ability to hustle around town and to zip onto busy interstates with ease.

Unfortunately, the delivery of that power is anything but smooth. The four- speed automatic transmission in the test van shifted abruptly and sometimes roughly -depending on the distance of the accelerator to the floor – giving the vehicle an unrefined demeanor.

On a cruise from Orlando to West Palm Beach, the Astro turned in a solid 19 mpg at a steady 65mph with the air conditioner running.

The test Astro van came equipped with rear-wheel drive, but it can be outfitted with all-wheel drive.

HANDLING

The extended-length Astro has a truck like ride. It’s bouncy and jerky over bumps, much like a small pickup.

Indeed, underneath the Astro there is a suspension system – coil springs up front and leaf springs in the rear – that is similar to the setup on Chevy trucks.

And since you must climb up into the Astro, you get the impression that this vehicle is designed more for work and utility then it is coddling passengers in comfort.

The test van can carry a payload of 1,857 pounds and tow another 6,000 pounds.

Over smooth roads the Astro is quiet and well-mannered. It also handles well on gentle, sweeping curves. There is little body roll, and the tires grip well.

The power-assisted steering is responsive and light to the touch. The turning radius is a respectable 39.5 feet.

Four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on all passenger versions of the Astro. With discs up front and drums in the rear, the Astro’s stopping power is no better than average at best.

FIT AND FINISH

When you open your wallet wide enough to extract $20,000 for a new van, you expect it to be put together exceptionally well. But the test vehicle left a little something to be desired here.

In the cargo area behind the rear bench seat, the carpet was peeling off the side panels. This is a minor imperfection to be sure, but it raised significant doubts and undermined my initial confidence in the way the Astro was assembled.

I looked over the rest of the Astro van carefully. The sloppy application of the carpet in the rear was the only flaw I could find. Everything functioned well and seemed bolted together tightly.

This year a new rear door option opens up some interesting possibilities. The Astro can be ordered with what Chevy calls the ”Dutch door” option.

The Dutch door is a three-piece affair. The top portion of the tailgate opens up, like the rear of a minivan. The lower halves of the door swing out in opposite directions.

The front seats turned out to be a major surprise. They are comfortable on long drives, even though they don’t look like they could be.

Rear passengers are also likely to findt at they can travel in comfort. There’s ample head, foot and leg room. The extended length Astro van can be ordered to seat eight passengers. The sliding side door ensures easy entry for the passengers in the middle row. But it takes a bit of maneuvering to get to the rear seats.

The dash in the test vehicle housed a set of easy-to-read analog gauges, though an electronic setup is also available as an option.

I never felt comfortable with the layout of the dash. One must lean forward to reach the controls for the radio, interior lamps and other minor switches. To its credit, the dash houses two cup holders designed for coffee mugs.

The van had a rear air conditioner, a full complement of power accessories, a roof console, aluminum wheels and many other extras.

The Astro van is a competent vehicle, but it is not as smooth and refined as Chevy’s own Lumina APV or any of the imported minivans.

Truett’s tip: With a 4.3-liter, 200-horsepower V-6, Chevy’s Astro can trailer up to 6,000 pounds. With seating for up to eight, it’s comfortable too. This year Astro is available with a three-piece rear door.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.3
  • Interior design 2.3
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value for the money 2.7
  • Exterior styling 2.7
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

It drives very good and has had no problems.

Astros are great vans. They are very comfortable and also drive great. They require little maintenance and handle great driving high speeds. They don't do the greatest in snow and mud but are great for clear roads.

3.0

Good for anything.

The Van is a basic no frills boring designs. And for those that want to take groups camping, or to the mall or to Newyork this Van is as reliable as it comes. The Astros one flaw was the 2nd gear was nether to torque or what was expected, the 2nd gear just kinda drops into gear like its waiting for some turbo charger to take advantage of this high gear. 2nd for years was just to high a gear. Mileage is great and storage is good. Unlike other reviews, the Astro was the best mini van, it didnt fall apart like Chevy's other mini vans and with the H/O it moved the van nicely. Its now 2009 and my Astro with nearly 200,000 runs fine. Has a few dents and the paint that was notorious is due to a primer flaw , We used this Van for scouts, you could haul gear and kids and always started. The last few years things stopped working like Air and the fan switch. The radio in these is not good, as was the interior. This van more resembled a small version of Chevy's large vans. Astro was used by Pepsi and many others for its reliablilty, size and millage. The others who knock this Van, are most likely socker moms or dads that do not use a van for what its for. Vans are not SUV's and Suvs are not vans so buy what works. The Astro does what it should. Well done checvy.

2.6

1992 Chevy Astro/Vortec 4.3 V6 EXT

The concept of this van was great by GM, but it sure fell short for me and our family in the reliability area. It was rated to tow up to 5,000 lbs of trailer, and we did put it to the test with a 3,000 lb. tent trailer each Summer. Sadly, the "new" GM 4.3 Vortec with 200 h.p. was very unreliable, and on two Summer Vacations left us stranded with very major engine/mechanical problems. The first major problem was when this very well maintained Vortec threw a rod out the bottom of the oil pan while we pulled our trailer. That set us back 5,000.00 for a new GM Goodwrench replacement engine. Also our Summer vacation was ruined. The next Summer the fuel injection spider harness shorted-out and left us without a running engine while pulling our trailer again. That Summer vacation ruined. The Van was passed onto my son after the spider harness was replaced. It gave him and his family just a few months of steady running, and then started doing an engine cut-out at unexpected times. Fuel filter changed, wiring checked out, our son spent much money having the problem trouble shooted. One of the best GM mechanics in our area couldn't solve the problem. Sadly, the body integrity was very sound, but the Van was donated away. Oh, I forgot; the 4 wheel ABS failed around 80k miles and would have required a brand new ABS pump that was prohibitively expensive. So we drove it around with just regular old 4 wheel power brakes, without ABS. We had numerous check engine lights and several bad oxygen sensor episodes too. Also the power door lock system shorted out. Can't enumerate on all the other bugaboos. When the Astro was running normal, it was a great, vehicle. removing the passenger bench seats allowed much cargo space for hauling a lot of things from H Depot type places. The bench seats were awfully heavy to remove and could easily cause one to get a hernia lifting them. Interior had nice little storage places but the plastics were cheap, and ill fitting.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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