"I bought this car in 2000. It has been used to pull an 18ft Wildwood trailer and a lite 26ft trailer. It has a tow package and electric brakes; always ready for your tow bar.(two bar not included.
If you live in hot country the duel air cools the interior in about 3 min. Even in heavy rain the front and back wipers are excellent.
Both back seats come out for moving large furniture, or cargo of any kind. The seats fold down to hold a full sheet of plywood or anything else you wish to bring home.
I have taken good care of this van because I love to drive it. Me and this van have gone from California to Arizona and from Arizona to Northern California.
Even after 15yrs it is in top shape with only a few minor scrapes and very few problems. I still have all records of repairs and maintance."
Pros: "Reliable, comfortable, solid rear axel for towing,"
Cons: "changing spark plugs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've had 4 of these vans over the years. Excellent drive train. Solid engine, although a little weak in the mileage dept. None have ever left me on the side of the road. Good hauler and it has good tow capacity. The ABS isn't the greatest design. They work good when all is right but they have been known to be finicky. Also the front ball joint/steering system has an incredible number of ball joints to get around the AWD. Not an issue on the RWD but the AWD is a great system. Interior is roomy and very useful. My family of 6 has traveled 1000 miles and everything and everyone was inside."
"I have owned 3 of these now and out over 200,000 miles on 2 of them. Due to different options I cant rate them all the same but I love these vans. 4.3L V-6 "great engine" with AWD.. I wish they did not stop making them. I have almost 270,000 miles on this one and it still runs great! You still see quite a few of these on the road.
How many of the other minis do you still see around? Almost none!"
"Owned this 1999 Astro for 10 years, and owned a 1990 for several before that. The driveline is bulletproof - great engines, reasonable mileage out of the 4.3 V6. Always dependable, great in bad weather (including snow)...well balanced handling for a van. If you need to haul people and stuff and get there safely, it'll do it.
Quality and design is typical GM - handles break, AC loses charge, vinyl cracks...mostly nickel and dime stuff. Back seat comes out for more room (but it's heavy). It doesn't like crosswinds on the highway, but most vans don't. Very comfortable (LT version), easy to drive 10 hours a day on vacation if needed.
We had the transmission overhauled to beef it up to the tow package rating (LTs do not come with the HD transmission), and added a transmission oil cooler. Had no trouble at all hauling a trailer several times between Kansas and Colorado, even in horrible winter weather on I70 after everyone else gave up.
Family size is dwindling so after two Astros it's time to downsize...but if I still needed a van, an Astro would be at the top of my list."