Fun Facts about the Chevrolet Astro Van
- Over its 20-year production run, the Chevrolet Astro van has been used and modified to suit a variety of needs. It's been built to serve just about every personal and commercial use that you could imagine. From taxis, customs, rolling canvases, 4x4s, low riders, and hot-rods. No wonder this minivan can be seen just about anywhere in the United States.
- Because of the Chevrolet Astro's popularity as a conversion van, a cult following of sorts have led to a rise in "backyard" modifiers. These customized vans can be fitted with a small-block V8 engine (such as the Chevrolet 350 engine) since the original 4.3L Vortec V6 was actually based on the V8. Even the van's stock drive train components can be reused with little to no modifications required. With this nifty upgrade, the Chevrolet Astro can be turned into a formidable off-road van that's perfect for any weekend getaway.
- Old Chevrolet Astro posters feature a whole lot of different uses for this minivan. Accompanied by slogans such as "the van that can" and "nothing works like a Chevrolet Astro", you know that this van has certainly lived up to expectations.
- When fitted with the right components and accessories, the Astro can easily pull 5,500 lb (2,500 kg). This is due to the Astro having a truck based powertrain and an all-wheel drive. The average front-wheel drive minivan is commonly limited to a 3,500 pound towing capacity.
- Since it uses a power train that was originally made for a truck, the Astro is perfect for camping enthusiasts. With features like all-wheel drive, a powerful drivetrain, huge space, and more, the Astro can be easily modified to become the perfect camper.
- This tough minivan isn't only popular in North America. The Astro enjoys a huge cult following in Japan as well. Chevrolet of Japan offered a limited edition run of the final production models back in 2005 and was quickly sold out. A quick search on the net would bring up some crazy modifications from these Japanese enthusiasts. You might be surprised at what you find and may even spark an idea on how to modify your own Astro.