Used Car of the Day: 2000 Chevrolet Astro

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today it's van time with this rear-wheel drive 2000 Chevrolet Astro.

This is a unique one. There are almost 300K miles on it -- 293,643, to be exact -- and a lot of work has been done. That includes a new engine, new rear end, rebuilt transmission, new brakes, new radiator, new water pump, new catalytic converter, and a lot more.

It runs, but it also throws codes. There is a vibration at certain speeds and the back doors don't open. Oh, and the A/C doesn't work.

Yet, the asking price is $10,000 because the seller has sunk, by his or her estimate, $13K in to the van. And because he/she can't figure out the going rate for Astros.

If a project minivan with rear-wheel drive appeals to you, click here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Bullnuke Bullnuke on May 29, 2024

    I owned an '86 short body Astro purchased new. Mine was an odd one; base model with mid-level interior trim and a 5 MT with the 4.3 V6. The placement of the shift lever was pretty far back and was at times a shoulder killer. It was a special order that someone didn't want with cruise but no tilt wheel, oil cooler, and heavy tint on the windows. It was fine and a favorite of mine (except for the position of the shift lever). Years later I found out what a death trap these were.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on May 29, 2024

    From the looks of the interior and the parking area, I'd say that $10,000 is about $11,000 too high.

  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.