• (4.1) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $201–$8,869
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 17-19
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 1-8
  • Cargo Space: 170.4 cu.ft.
2000 Chevrolet Astro

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Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet’s Astro and the GMC Safari twin are the oldest minivans on the market. Available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, both arrived in 1985 as General Motors’ answer to Chrysler’s front-wheel-drive minivans.

Several equipment and styling changes have been made to the Astro and Safari in the past 15 years, but they are built from the same truck-derived chassis that debuted in 1985. Both are available as passenger and cargo vans.

Exterior
Astro rides a 111-inch wheelbase and is 190 inches long — 4 inches longer than a Dodge Caravan and 10 inches shorter than a Grand Caravan. At 75 inches high, the Astro is nearly 7 inches taller than the Caravan or Grand Caravan.

All models come with a single sliding door on the passenger side — a driver-side sliding door is not offered. At the rear, dual doors that swing open to the sides are standard. A “Dutch door” arrangement is optional with a swing-up rear window on top and two swing-out doors below. A rear defogger is included with the Dutch doors but is not available with the standard swing-out doors.

Interior
Seats for seven or eight are offered on passenger models. The base eight-passenger setup has two front buckets and two three-place bench seats. With the optional seven-seat arrangement, another pair of buckets replaces the bench seat in the middle row. Cargo vans come with two front buckets.

All seats except the front buckets are removable, which creates 170 cubic feet of cargo space.

New features for 2000 models include optional remote keyless entry with a panic alarm and standard battery run-down protection that automatically turns off interior lights after 20 minutes. On models with optional power locks, the driver’s door can’t be locked when the key is in the ignition.

Under the Hood
All models use GM’s 4.3-liter V-6 (also found in other GM trucks), rated for 190 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard.

The optional all-wheel drive sends all power to the rear wheels until the system senses wheel slip. It then sends enough power to the front wheels to stabilize traction.

As a truck-based vehicle with a full frame, the Astro can tow up to 6,000 pounds and carry a payload of 1,764 pounds.

Performance
Though officially a minivan, the truck-based Astro is more like a three-quarter-scale version of the Chevrolet Express full-size van than a front-drive people hauler. It is better suited to heavy-duty work — lugging tools and lumber or towing boats — than for carrying passengers. If you’re looking for a substitute for a car, then a Chevrolet Venture, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey or other front-drive minivan would be a better choice.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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An amazing traveling vehilce

by buysser from Red Wing, MN on August 29, 2017

I loved our Astro Van. We took it on long trips with the kids multiple times and the back seat had the movie going in the high top section and mom and dad enjoyed the view from up front. We loved our... Read Full Review

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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