Hello all, I'm considering an 04 Astro Van, AWD for an mild expedition vehicle....no rock crawling, just where you all might go. Trails, fire roads, river banks, and highways. It has 107500 on it but looks preety good inside and out. Just wanting to get your opinions and would an Astro keep up with you guys?
I plan on pulling a utility trailer with a Transalp (dual sport bike) and gear as well. Sleeping in the van. What doyou guys think?
I don't see a problem at all, with that vehicle. Speaking for myself and a few other guys, we're not into the rock crawling. We mainly travel on highways, forest roads, logging roads, etc.to get to our location. I think the all wheel van will work just fine.
The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.
Thanks for the opinion. I was at the Expedition Portal site and that got me in trouble! I found an old Dodge Raider, no bangs and clean inside with 110K on the clock, so I got it along with a donor for parts. I really like driving it, I'm old school anyway. But after driving it, reminds me of my old Wrangler except it's cooler (A/C), warmer, quieter and uses less gas. Then I decided it was too small for all of us (4) to go camping in.
The boy is 18 and wanted an old SUV, picked up a Rodeo, valve covers leak too much....I'll sell it, not a hard fix, but I'm not a wrencher. So guess he can drive the Raider after a paint job.
My F-150 uses too much gas for me.....doesn't get what it use to.
So, now I got the bug and nothing to go in.
I saw the Astros on that site and a few really have them well equiped. When I wear the tires off the Astro (if I get it) I thought I'd try a 2" lift and larger tires, put some sliders on, improve the shocks and set up a dual battery system. An oil and tranny cooler. Put some armor on the bottom, just in case. Then work on the inside, a platform with storage below, a refer with a small sink on top. That's probably it.
I'm sure most of my adventures will be getting there on the road and then get off road enough to go hide out.
Just wondered if you guys got off the beaten path into serious off roading, 3' rivers or scalling cliffs, so glad to hear you're on the mild side....hope I can keep up in that thing.
Just trying to get myself situated with the gear and vehicle and will need to try it all out. Any suggestions? Mods or gear?
Well,the Astro was at Youngbloods and I pointed out it needed a rotor on the RR. They said they would put it in the shop and call me when it was ready. But, nope, I called and long story short, they never put it in the shop and sold it.
Astros are hard to find with AWD and low miles. So, I past a lot and found an 04 Forester 2.5 S. That will be my camping vehicle. It should make it where ever the stock Astro would go, so I guess all is good.
Thanks for the advice....it just didn't work out. Anyone else use a Subaru?
Thanks, and I hope so. After really looking at the Forester at home (after buying it, lol) it's smaller than what I had in mind, I don't think I can sleep in the back as I was thinking....but very happy with it.
I'm not going to say anything to the GF, I think I'll still look for a good AWD Astro that I can convert later on.....but for now it's the Forester. It will carry all the gear I need to camp and carry the canoe.