Hello Scotty. I currently drive a 1998 Chevy Astro with 270 K. It had 100K when I obtained it. It has been VERY reliable except typical tie rods and arms going out and ball joints, tires every 35 K…

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Hello Scotty. I currently drive a 1998 Chevy Astro with 270 K. It had 100K when I obtained it. It has been VERY reliable except typical tie rods and arms going out and ball joints, tires every 35 K even though 80 K rated :( . I do a lot of maintenance myself such as brakes, window motors, shocks ect. I have used Walmart Synthetic oil changes around very 4K. Do mostly commuting to work. The Astro is in need of tires and probably another trans flush. I had the radiator flushed a while back they said they could not do it because it had a leak. A.C. stopped working many years back and heat is intermittent and low and often nonexistent. Mostly it just keeps it warm enough to survive the commute to work because of a lot of "crud" in the radiator plugs the heater core. I can hear it gurgling often. I was quoted a ridiculous price of 2 or 3 K for a new radiator. It must be near the water level because I check and it is hardly ever low and never see leaks. I top it off with a small cup of de-ionized water ever 2 or 3 months. No slipping on tyranny. not sure If I should dump this and get another used vehicle or chance it with the Astro. under body is getting a bit questionable with rust over the years also.

Any recommendations on a good Reliable vehicle. I really hate all the new tiny cars they call "Suv's" and would probably go towards a USED pickup style or perhaps another Astro? but It would be nice to have a change. I will never buy new because it is not cost effective and is unnecessary.

I really like the Chevy Avalanches. Midgate is great idea works well for hauling items and the dog. and no need for a topper or other coverings. It is removable in minutes when needed. My dad has one I drive sometimes (2002). Other than being HUGE and a bit worse gas mileage but it fits me pretty well. Drives much better than a van and feels very solid. The engine light is on in his Avalanche. It has rough idle around 7-800 RPM but runs great at any other speed. It probably needs a sensor or something. It seems the newer you get the more computers take over. I don't like or need computers in cars. My first car was a 1974 Cutlass Supreme (no computer) and it worked fine. The other day I have a cheap Walmart T.V. (ONN) and I turned it on and the volume was wide open. You could not turn it down after several attempts. I unplugged it and presto everything was fine!! Another point against too many computer controlled devices. Anyway I enjoy all your U tubes and any opinions you could give me would be appreciated. Thanks