by Eightball from San Jose, California on Tue Apr 07 2009
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.
Purchased a New car
Uses car for Transporting family
Does not recommend this car!!
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