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Chevy Astro Gen 2(1995) part compatibility with newer years

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Hey there folks,

My son was gifted a 1995 AWD Astro LT, that. Needs. A. Lot. Of. Work. It runs strong and drives OK but the exterior has some damaged parts that need replacing.

As a parent, I wanted to just say no, but this rig is his dream and I figured there would be a lot of lessons learned from the experience, so, in the driveway it sits.

Both side view mirrors are missing glass (and I'm not sure if the electric adjust works, it needs front and rear bumper covers, a new grill, passenger and sliding door handles, and likely some of the sliding door rollers. It also needs a new passenger window.

We live pretty far from an major metro area but a 1999 Astro popped up at a pick a part yard last week and I'm thinking of driving the hour each way to pull what I can. I'm a little confused because some parts are 1995-05 and some are 1999-05. I'm wondering what I can take to replace.

I have no idea what yards charge for this stuff but I was thinking of getting whatever I can and hauling it home.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide. I'll be xposting in interior for some specific advice on the interior that needs a lot of work too.
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Welcome to the red-headed step-child club!
A lot of the metal body is the same, but the front looks different. Others may contribute more specifics.
From what I understand, it can be the older version ( Gen I) or the newer version (Gen II) inside.
I would suggest taking pictures of your grill, dash board, and any interior panels you might be interested. It seems door panels have several options, depending upon if they are power locks and/or power windows, etc. The rear interior trim panels are much more rectangular in shape on the early ones. They went to smoother (rounder) shapes in the later (Gen II) version.
P'n'P parts are usually quite reasonable.

Have fun and take all that you can use, because driving that distance again ( although an hour is not that far, by my standards) for a simple part you missed may make it not worth your effort. If the son has any interest, it would be a good chance for some time together with tools and hands on experience, to see how things are put together and how they come apart.
Take a set of Torx bits! Torx screws hold a lot of trim in place.
I am near Seattle, and there are four P'n'P yards, in the greater area, but all 1-2 hours away, two north and two south. Some days it is hard to know which way to head.o_O
Rod J
Issaquah, WA
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