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You are in the GMC Safari & Chevy Astro
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GMC Safari, Chevrolet Astro, Van
#733 of 1972 Re: [steve_] Astro/Safari production to stop with 2005 model
Nov 20, 2004 (8:39 am)
About time since GM has done nothing to improve them since introduction 20 years ago.
Who does GM think they are fooling? My 1999 "Chevy" Tracker was a re-badged piece of Suzuki junk. The "Chevy" Aveo is even cheaper Daewoo junk. My 1980 real Chevy van was a reliable vehicle but the 2 Geo Metro's were cheap in every sense of the word. My current 2001 Blazer LT is okay but not as roomy nor as comfortable as a comparable Ford Explorer.
Chevy pickups are no real competition with Ford. Toyota vehicles have been reliable but all current Toyota vehicles are too ugly for me to buy another Toyota.
I also don't plan to buy another GM vehicle.
#735 of 1972 I Joined the Club
Nov 23, 2004 (7:10 am)
I picked up a 2004 RWD Astro LS w/9600 miles on it last Saturday at Carmax for $15,600. Wow, a lot of vehicle for the money, considering what new cars cost these days. I do some bicycle touring trips and wanted something I could carry a few bikes in plus other general hauling chores and the Astro fit the bill for a very reasonable price. The Carfax report says this one was originally titled by a major car rental location in Florida then was sold at auction. So I guess it may have gotten some rough handling as a rental but you wouldn't know it, and I have a good bit of GM warranty left and maybe I will get the extended warranty after that. We'll see. I have enjoyed reading all the informative posts in this forum.
#736 of 1972 Install new oil pump on 95 Safari
Dec 15, 2004 (11:17 am)
I have 210850 miles on a 1995 Safari. Just had major work done, (intake manifold plus trimmings, tranny flush and filter, fuel system flush, etc). Near the end of 400 mile round trip, lost oil pressure, engine overheated. Got off highway after about two miles. Shop says oil pump is gone, and found metal shavings in oil pan. Recommended new engine. Figured I could at least install new pump, pickup tube/screen and shaft myself, but pickup tube/screen does not easily fit into pump. Does it need to be pressed on? Not ready to junk this vechile yet.
#737 of 1972 Used Astro pricing relative to TMV
Jan 03, 2005 (12:29 pm)
I'm looking for a 2002-2003 Astro, and can't find one near TrueMarketValue (TMV) as listed by Edmunds.com. As a point of reference, I just finished buying a 2002 Prism, and ended up getting a (and finding several other) Certified Used vehicle for thousands of dollars less than TMV.
Any opinions on whether the Astro TMV is too low (and I should bite the bullet and pay more than TMV), or whether 4 vans is too small of a sample (and I should hold out and wait for a much better deal). The van doesen't have to be purchased for another few months. Thanks in advance.
#738 of 1972 Re: Used Astro pricing relative to TMV [dave_d]
Jan 03, 2005 (12:45 pm)
I would definitely not over-pay for an Asstro.
Maybe sellers think they are more valuable now that GM has finally decided to stop producing these things
#739 of 1972 Re: Used Astro pricing
Jan 03, 2005 (1:10 pm)
Thanks, 97xpresso. As opposed to my normal rush buying to replace a vehicle that just died and isn't worth repairing, it's nice to have some time to seek out a better deal.
And I thought the reason the Prisms were so cheap was beause *they* were out of production. Go figure.
#740 of 1972 How can I disable the Daytime running lights on Astro
Jan 24, 2005 (2:43 pm)
I have been trying to find a way to disable the Daytime running lights (DRL) on my Chevy Astro, I have a good deal of extra electronics running ,ie. computer, phone and video equipment and while in city traffic it just drains the battery down, Is there a simple and safe way to disable them.
#741 of 1972 Re: Used Astro pricing relative to TMV [dave_d]
Jan 24, 2005 (3:05 pm)
Although Edmunds TMV is THE best, most reliable, accessible to the public source of pricing data, many argue here in the Town Hall that TMV is inaccurate.
Some claim it is too high for DC minivans while others claim it too low for the Odyssey and Sienna. Most newspaper ads have DC minivans selling for significantly above TMV. One reliable Honda salesman writes that the market itself is the accurate indicator of value.
Apparently the 2002-2003 Astro is really worth more than TMV.
#742 of 1972 Re: Used Astro pricing relative to TMV [hansienna]
Jan 27, 2005 (1:24 pm)
Thanks, hansienna. The jury is still out on how accurate TMV is on the Astro, as none of the ones I was considering has sold yet. I probably won't find out for sure until I go out and talk to a couple of salesman to find out how much it would really take to make a deal.