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  1. #9051
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
    I'm not sure what a 90v heater is but a 100watt heater won't keep you warm as it is the equivalent of a light bulb or electric blanket which I think draw 100watts or more.
    90watt my bad

    ive used the 90 w for a year. all it is to do is keep it from being less than about 50 in cabin

    two -30 bags for warmth

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlecross View Post
    FWIW… I took my all-in-one diesel heater apart on my workbench and double checked all the connections and nut/bolt/screw tightness before I filled and ran it. It definitely needed some minor adjustments… I imagine they slap them together pretty quick on the assembly line and checking it over myself provided some piece of mind.
    will check it out, not had time to remove from cardboard box yet. i do plan to mount on roof rack or in pickup bed
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    any of the dentists have one of these
    https://www.lokibasecamp.com/icarus-series
    web site is a little short on dimensions thought I might get some ideas
    looks sweet but got to be north of $30,000 imo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micol View Post
    looks sweet but got to be north of $30,000 imo
    Start at $69,000, so you'd assume most of them are over $80k with options. For that kind of coin I'd think a camper that replaces the truck bed would make a lot more sense. It could be bigger without overloading the truck, which they all seem to do, often dramatically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    any of the dentists have one of these
    https://www.lokibasecamp.com/icarus-series
    web site is a little short on dimensions thought I might get some ideas
    /\//\ *cringe* yuck...


    I always forget about the Aerostars that offered AWD from 90-97 in the XLT and EB trims. Not a terrible package with 23-25mpg hwy, 5000lb towing

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    There was a poster here that loved those awd Aerostars. I can’t remember his username. Was it creaky fossil?


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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    /\//\ *cringe* yuck...


    I always forget about the Aerostars that offered AWD from 90-97 in the XLT and EB trims. Not a terrible package with 23-25mpg hwy, 5000lb towing
    Over priced Tufport


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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    /\//\ *cringe* yuck...


    I always forget about the Aerostars that offered AWD from 90-97 in the XLT and EB trims. Not a terrible package with 23-25mpg hwy, 5000lb towing
    Astrovans before 94 or 95 got one star in crash ratings. And I don't think they were rated over 20 mpg. And they got horrible reviews at the time for reliability - I get what SVS is saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentUnicorn View Post
    Over priced Tufport


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    I am supposed to pick up my Tufport in two weeks. I think that Loki design is probably pretty well thought out. I was thinking I could pick up some ideas on the use of space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muted reborn View Post
    Astrovans before 94 or 95 got one star in crash ratings. And I don't think they were rated over 20 mpg. And they got horrible reviews at the time for reliability - I get what SVS is saying.
    I had two Safaris- one an ‘85 that took me to AK and back twice and all over the west when I was in my twenties. They weren’t perfect but the basic formula was very utilitarian and useful. Once the engine was broken in, the 85 got about 25 mpg. My second one was an 02 AWD and it got about 19 mpg. Both went well past 200k miles. They were mostly reliable and when they did need repairs, parts were cheap at least. If GM updated the design and started building them again I would buy one.

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    My 2000 awd Astro has 205k miles, and counting

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted reborn View Post
    Astrovans before 94 or 95.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Brownski View Post
    I had two Safaris- one an ‘85 that took me to AK and back twice and all over the west when I was in my twenties. They weren’t perfect but the basic formula was very utilitarian and useful. Once the engine was broken in, the 85 got about 25 mpg. My second one was an 02 AWD and it got about 19 mpg. Both went well past 200k miles. They were mostly reliable and when they did need repairs, parts were cheap at least. If GM updated the design and started building them again I would buy one.
    So the '85 got 25mpg because it was RWD, right? Not AWD as those were under 20mpg. Glad to hear it lasted so long, no way in hell I'd drive one to Ak though, ha. And the '02 - I wasn't talking about later models.

    Quote Originally Posted by sklar View Post
    My 2000 awd Astro has 205k miles, and counting
    I wasn't talking about later models.

    How much time and money did you guys spend repairing your vans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted reborn View Post
    How much time and money did you guys spend repairing your vans?
    I put 70k hard (e.g. all to-from mountains, and lots of FS roads) on my last astro. Bought at 120k, sold at 190k. In that time I spent about 3k on repairs according to my records. ~800 for lower intake manifold gasket, ~1.1k on a differential rebuild, and ~1k in various suspension and brake parts (2 sets of idler arms, structs/shocks, new pads/rotors.)

    I bought it for 5.5k, sold it for 5k (cash in hand within 4hrs of posting -- so probably too cheap.) 3.5k loss including repairs for 70k miles seems completely reasonable. People acting like Astros are unreliable POS are misinformed. Any van of 20 years of age is going to require work.

    All that said, I'm not in a Sienna. It's much more comfortable for long trips and mountain commuting. More reliable. But it cost 3x+ what my Astros did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    I put 70k hard (e.g. all to-from mountains, and lots of FS roads) on my last astro. Bought at 120k, sold at 190k. In that time I spent about 3k on repairs according to my records. ~800 for lower intake manifold gasket, ~1.1k on a differential rebuild, and ~1k in various suspension and brake parts (2 sets of idler arms, structs/shocks, new pads/rotors.)

    I bought it for 5.5k, sold it for 5k (cash in hand within 4hrs of posting -- so probably too cheap.) 3.5k loss including repairs for 70k miles seems completely reasonable. People acting like Astros are unreliable POS are misinformed. Any van of 20 years of age is going to require work.

    All that said, I'm not in a Sienna. It's much more comfortable for long trips and mountain commuting. More reliable. But it cost 3x+ what my Astros did.
    https://providence.craigslist.org/ct...397151013.html

    What do you all say to this astro? Awd. He sent pics of interior. It looks ok although I would remove some of it. 60k miles
    edit: original owner! he doesn't use it anymore and it needs a deep cleaning but overall in amazing shape for a 21 year old. It's been for sale for 2 weeks. It's really hard to say what it's worth. asking 6500. I feel like I could pull the back seats and throw a bed in there for starters.
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    Those rims are bitchin AF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    People acting like Astros are unreliable POS are misinformed. Any van of 20 years of age is going to require work.
    The 1st gen required lots of work 20 years ago though. Maybe I'm misinformed, I'll give you that - but do people really claim they are reliable vehicles? it's one or the other. I have a 22 year old ford van, yes they require replacing old worn out parts but that's not because they are unreliable, as you said.

    Anyways, if you guys like those Astros - great. I'll shut up now.

    Jhyatt , that looks to be worth $1k, ha.

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    That’s a sweet Astro! What sort of “minor work” does it need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted reborn View Post
    The 1st gen required lots of work 20 years ago though. Maybe I'm misinformed, I'll give you that - but do people really claim they are reliable vehicles? it's one or the other. I have a 22 year old ford van, yes they require replacing old worn out parts but that's not because they are unreliable, as you said.

    Anyways, if you guys like those Astros - great. I'll shut up now.

    Jhyatt , that looks to be worth $1k, ha.
    Reliability is not a yes/no, it's a spectrum. VW bus/eurovan (rare AWD) < Astro (common AWD) < E150 (no AWD) < Sienna (common AWD

    The weak points in the Astro a bad lower intake manifold gasket, a front suspension design that needs rebuilding every 50k if you're driving a lot off road, and a slightly underbuilt transmission (shipped with the 4L60E while the 4L80E would've been better if towing frequently or hauling an overbuilt van to/from mountains) (though I had two that went to near 200k fine -- which is 2000 vehicles was consider a damn long time.)

    6500 seems a touch high -- but there aren't many low mileage ones out there. But what else can you get in the 5k price range? Maybe a ranger with a topper (less comfy, more reliable). Anything of that age is going to have worn parts even if low mileage -- need to factor that into price.
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    I think the problem with Astro vans is most people treated them like trucks not vans, but they weren't built as heavy duty as even the 1/2 trucks of the era. So you will get "lemons" that were used by contractors as trucks or families towing the 6000lb ski boat to Lake Powell and beat on like they were 3/4 trucks.

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    If anyone in the SLC area is interested in an AWD Astro, I’m going to be selling mine when I get out there after Thanksgiving. ‘99 with 116k miles. I’ll post a proper add in few weeks…

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    Reliability is not a yes/no, it's a spectrum. VW bus/eurovan (rare AWD) < Astro (common AWD) < E150 (no AWD) < Sienna (common AWD

    The weak points in the Astro a bad lower intake manifold gasket, a front suspension design that needs rebuilding every 50k if you're driving a lot off road, and a slightly underbuilt transmission (shipped with the 4L60E while the 4L80E would've been better if towing frequently or hauling an overbuilt van to/from mountains) (though I had two that went to near 200k fine -- which is 2000 vehicles was consider a damn long time.)

    6500 seems a touch high -- but there aren't many low mileage ones out there. But what else can you get in the 5k price range? Maybe a ranger with a topper (less comfy, more reliable). Anything of that age is going to have worn parts even if low mileage -- need to factor that into price.
    Thanks. I'm going to look at it tomorrow. Anything specific you suggest looking at? The dude just says it's very sorry inside and needs a deep clean. Outside is dirty and has cosmetic issues.
    Basically I spend a few months a year living out of my outback. This spring is sabbatical so will be even more. I can and probably never will be able to afford/justify a sprinter. So I see this as my cheap way to try this out. If it sucks, well I tried.
    If it's all ok mechanically, I would pull back seats, build a platform and storage and make the passenger seat swivel. Get a jackery type battery setup. My biggest gripe with the outback is not being able to sit up inside unless I am in the front seats which sucks. Not a big deal in the summer, but sucks in the winter.
    But I also don't worry about the outback mechanically because it's not that old and I use it as a car to get to work etc when I am not out playing over the summer.
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    Look at the coolant -- ensure it's a reasonable quantity (e.g. no big leaks at the LIM gasket). Listen for any off whines from differentials (shouldn't be an issue with that mileage). Expect to replace front idler arms in the near future if steering feels loose. Look on the door jam for G80 in the VIN indicating a LSD in the rear (you're still fine without one, just a bonus.) Get under and see how bad the rust is... most common spot for body rust is in front of the passenger side rear tire by the sliding door.

    Expect the window regulators / power locks to not work or fail.

    Nice thing about interior builds of astro is they are dead easy since they are square and roomy. Rear seats fold flat which make for building a bed platform easy and keeping capacity for 4-5 adults. I'd personally plan to pull off a lot of that trim if i bought it as it'll get pulled off by a FS road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    I think the problem with Astro vans is most people treated them like trucks not vans, but they weren't built as heavy duty as even the 1/2 trucks of the era.
    Truth. Of course the great thing about them was that with the seats out, they did a damn good imitation of a 1/2 ton, including being long enough to fit plywood in the xl and the second generation. They were just capable enough that overloading them was almost irresistible.

    The RI van below looks pretty good to me. It all depends on how much work it needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhyatt View Post
    Thanks. I'm going to look at it tomorrow. Anything specific you suggest looking at? The dude just says it's very sorry inside and needs a deep clean. Outside is dirty and has cosmetic issues.
    Bring a black light and look for stains.

    Or at least look for mold. That shit can fuck you up.

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    The conversion van tops can start leaking at the seams. The extra few inches of head room are so nice I think it’s worth the risk. Like the big windows too. Probably not great for heat retention but less claustrophobic.


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