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2002 Chevrolet Astro

$686 — $7,462 USED
Passenger Van
2-8 Seats
16-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Vehicle Overview
Introduced in 1985 as a rival to the first front-wheel-drive Chrysler minivans, the midsize, truck-based Astro was Chevrolet’s original entrant into that market. The Astro is still available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and it is positioned between Chevy’s front-drive Venture and full-size Express.

GMC’s Safari is nearly identical to the Astro, but Chevy’s van outsells its GMC counterpart by a wide margin. Sales fell sharply in 2001 for both models. Chevrolet moved just 59,395 Astro vans — down 36 percent from 2000 — while the Safari dropped 43 percent to a mere 18,533 units, according to Automotive News.

Changes are few for 2002, as the Astro’s engine gets a new multipoint fuel injection system. Remote keyless entry and a rear heater are new options for the cargo version. The Astro comes in LS and LT trim levels, which can be used either for passenger use or as a two-seat Cargo Van for commercial applications.

Exterior
Produced in a single body length, the Astro rides a 111.2-inch wheelbase and measures 189.8 inches long overall. Compared with the popular DaimlerChrysler minivans, a regular-length Dodge Caravan is nearly as long as the Astro, while the Dodge Grand Caravan stretches 11 inches longer. At just under 75 inches tall, the Astro stands 6 inches higher than either Caravan model. Optional running boards may be installed to help ease entry and exit.

A sliding door is installed only on the passenger sid...
Vehicle Overview
Introduced in 1985 as a rival to the first front-wheel-drive Chrysler minivans, the midsize, truck-based Astro was Chevrolet’s original entrant into that market. The Astro is still available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and it is positioned between Chevy’s front-drive Venture and full-size Express.

GMC’s Safari is nearly identical to the Astro, but Chevy’s van outsells its GMC counterpart by a wide margin. Sales fell sharply in 2001 for both models. Chevrolet moved just 59,395 Astro vans — down 36 percent from 2000 — while the Safari dropped 43 percent to a mere 18,533 units, according to Automotive News.

Changes are few for 2002, as the Astro’s engine gets a new multipoint fuel injection system. Remote keyless entry and a rear heater are new options for the cargo version. The Astro comes in LS and LT trim levels, which can be used either for passenger use or as a two-seat Cargo Van for commercial applications.

Exterior
Produced in a single body length, the Astro rides a 111.2-inch wheelbase and measures 189.8 inches long overall. Compared with the popular DaimlerChrysler minivans, a regular-length Dodge Caravan is nearly as long as the Astro, while the Dodge Grand Caravan stretches 11 inches longer. At just under 75 inches tall, the Astro stands 6 inches higher than either Caravan model. Optional running boards may be installed to help ease entry and exit.

A sliding door is installed only on the passenger side, and swing-open rear cargo doors are standard. “Dutch” doors with a swing-up rear window on top and twin swing-out doors below are standard on the LT and optional on the LS. A rear defogger is included with the Dutch-door setup.

Interior
All Astros are equipped with power windows, door locks and mirrors, as well as a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a trip computer. Most Astros are sold in the LS trim level, which comes with chrome-clad steel wheels and an overhead roof console. A CD player is standard in the LS, while the LT gets a combination cassette/CD unit. The LT may be equipped with optional leather seating, high-back reclining seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Eight-passenger seating in the LS consists of two front buckets and a pair of three-place rear bench seats. The upscale LT gets a pair of split bench seats instead. An optional seven-passenger configuration for the LT puts two second-row bucket seats in place of the bench. With the second- and third-row seats removed, the Astro offers 170.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Under the Hood
The Astro uses a 4.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 190 horsepower. The four-speed-automatic transmission incorporates a Tow/Haul mode that alters shift patterns when transporting heavy loads. A RWD passenger model can tow up to 5,400 pounds, while the Cargo Van is capable of pulling 5,800 pounds. AWD Astros offer towing capacities that are 200 pounds lower. RWD passenger Astros have a 1,648-pound payload rating, vs. 1,527 pounds for AWD models.

Optional AWD normally sends full power to the back wheels. In case of slippage, the system begins to deliver power to the front wheels until the Astro is able to regain traction. Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
In terms of both size and overall driving feel, the Astro and its Safari companion are more like scaled-down Express vans than enlarged Venture minivans. Despite refinements in current models and a load of comfort and convenience features, RWD inevitably produces more of a trucklike sensation than you’d experience in a front-wheel-drive Venture or any of its rivals. For ample hauling capacity and a spacious cargo hold, the Astro can be a useful compromise. But for everyday driving, most people would be more comfortable in a conventional, front-drive minivan.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(3.5)
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(4.0)
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(4.2)
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(4.0)
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(4.2)
Value For The Money
(3.8)
(3.0)

Will need more maintenance, yet runs great.

by Astro 2002 cargo van from Farmington Hills, MI on October 12, 2017

For under $1200.00 the Astro 2002 will work as a cargo van. Needs body work for some rust. I use the Astro Van for a second vehicle to move large items. Read full review

(4.0)

so far so good?

by big surf from Concord NC on December 12, 2012

Had to replace AWD conrtol unit within one week of purchase, hood latch hangs up some times. For a 2002 not too bad. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Astro received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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