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Well, its not an Astro but its the better looking version, the Safari. My Parents got it in 1999 as a used vehicle (It was a 97 model at the time). They needed a car to bring things around (and whats better than a van?) Some thing more fuel efficent than an SUV, and something that can tow, the Safari was perfect. It have me very little trouble when I inherited it from my dad after he got his Seville (My mom has an Acura TL). The Safari was my third car which really made it hard to be found useful (I have a '83 Blazer K5 and had bought a '96 Tahoe LT). However when I needed to move things from Home Depot and back to my house durring rennovations or to help my friends movin stuff, or towing stuff to my friend's house upstate, the Safari was always there. It's interior isn't that bad (design-wise), there are obvious cost cuttings (Hard Plastic, wide gaps, etc.) however it's ergonomics were excellent. Power was fine (even at 190HP) and the trans was excellent except for an electronic modulator which blew. My Safari was a RWD model and I remember the amount of fish-tails it did (Yes even for being that tall, it fishtailed...a lot). Really skilled people must drive this van at normal speeds during inclement weather, its easily the worst weather handeler I have ever owned. However I could never complain, it had a lot of quirks, one for example was when you would leave it in park for a few minutes, turn of the engine, then come back to drive away, the gas petal would get stuck and you would have to tap/pump it a bit to get it loose...not really dangerous nor annoying, just quirky. Here are some pictures that the new owner sent me (I guess to assure me everything was okay?):


I just wish GM doesn't ditch this niche, if they had kept this design clean (under the skin, because I think the current design is Excellent), then they would have had a much better seller. RIP SAFARI/ASTRO!
 
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