1995 Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van 3 Dr STD Cargo Van Extended Review
From Ugly Duckling To "mystery Machine" 2.0 — It was cheap and available when my 96 Caravan went D.O.A. What a poor neglected thing! But... Bosch/Accel parts tune-up, Flow Master muffler, cone air filter, electric colling fans, Sensa-Matic shocks, ALL NEW rear brakes, polyureathane sway-bar bushings, synthetic Lucas/oil, oversize oil filter, 16 inch rims/tires etc etc etc. It's FUN, handy, and a big surprise power-wise to many people. It has STEALTH properties now. ;) P.S. As of Oct 2012 I finally had 1.6 to 1 roller tipped rocker arms installed. WOW More torque. More power. Haven't checked mileage yet. Consumption seems the same. They really made a difference in the way the engine breathes. A viable alternative to replacing the camshaft. 24 JAN 13: Installed an aluminum Power Pulley made by ASP Racing (Auto Specialties Performance) part number ASP841000. That really made a difference! Better acceleration. More crusing power on the Interstate. Better able to work against a headwind. Fuel gauge seems to go down a little slower now too. The whole thing cost less than $120.
Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)
Pros: 90% plus of a full-sized P/U truck load. 100% DRY-hauling in a monsoon!!!
Cons: It's a big NOISY tin box on wheels. But I'm working on that problem.
Reviews From Other Years
Might As Well Have Lived In It!
I drive this this thing 10-14hrs a day, it's not bad on gas for a heavy ladder van full of tools and equipment. I'ts a good van, the only problem would be the steering, it's not very precise, you have... Read More
Astro is the best bang for the buck when it comes to work vans. If you are in any industry and need a good hauler Astro is where it's at. Look for AWD with snow tires they are like a tank in the winte... Read More
Good Work Horse
This vehicle has been great. I would purchasing this vehicle again if it was still made. Great Very reliable. Can haul extreme amounts of weight, handled like a truck when pulling. Plenty of power but... Read More
Astro: The Gentle Giant
With the ability to lull you to a stoplight, purring to a stop; and the ferocity to dig through the toughest snow conditions, blasting three-foot drifts as though they don't exist, the Astro, in my hu... Read More
These vans are known to be reliable, and still are very popular for many different uses. I used this van as a delivery van for contract driving around Washington, DC and Maryland. It isn't very good o... Read More
97 Astro Cargo
got the van cheap. love it. only vehicle iv had for more than 5-6 months and its got the most mileage. just rolled 264k and hauled a little over 1000 punds of scrap metal and it didnt even phase the t... Read More