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from A Bar None Dealershi
Year / Model Reviewed:
2002 Astro LT
Great power for a mini van. Huge amounts of space. The ONLY one you can get in America with rear wheel drive. Comes i AWD. Based on a long time proven platform. Visibility is great. Maintenance is easier than a FWD Minivan. Great rear door system.
Body roll in the corners (feels worse than it really is though). Seats are a bit too squishy and too high for a tall person. Repairs can be pricey, especially at the dealerships. The mileage is poor for a minivan but better than a full size van.
A wonderful van, built with many of the same parts used in the S-10 / S-15 Chevy and GMC trucks and SUVs. Gobs of room and well built. The paint has held up perfectly but we have parked it in a garage (when home)for the past two years. It was my wifes car until we traded in my 97 Ford F150 for her 99 Buick Lesabre.
We have used this van to pull a 3500Lb Trailer and it does pretty good. A little slow up the hills but it gets the job done. Ours is the AWD and it handles the snow awesomely. The ride (unloaded) is Cadillac smooth and if you want to give your rear seat passengers that "limo feeling" just take the middle seat out and they have four feet of leg room.
I am 6'5" tall and the seat sits too high for me. I have to scrunch down to see the stop lights if I am first at the intersection. I will be taking the seat mount to a weldingbody shop soon to have it lowered a couple of inches. The funky lift-gate with the lower dutch doors were a little wierd at first, but I have learned to appreciate them after a couple years of using them in tight spaces. I don't really like calling it a mini van because there is very little that is mini about it. It's more of a mid-sized van.
Similar Products Used:
91 Suburban, 68 Chrysler Town and Country wagon, 91 Pontiac Transport, 2005 15 Passenger Maxi van (talk about your crappy mileage)