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...and we're back!

Postby witzend [OP] » October 2nd 2011, 1:00am

Back in the Astro world, that is. We had a '98 AWD that we absolutely loved. Drove from here (Tacoma, WA) to Mexico twice, and to the in-laws in Idaho countless times. Best vehicle I've ever driven in the snow, and served us faithfully for 9 years. Sadly, my teenager rear-ended a big Dodge Ram, and we had to say goodbye to her. (the Astro. The teenager is still here) Even in the crash, she served us well, as both my kids walked away without a scratch. After 6 months or so without a van, we brought home an '04 last night. She's also an AWD model, though not quite as plush as the '98. We no longer have a power driver's seat, rear seat audio controls, a roof rack, a tow hitch, or an overhead console, but with only 96K miles as opposed to the ~175K on the '98, she's hopefully got a lot more years in her. Some differences I've noticed between the two: disc brakes all around, 16" wheels, auto door locks when you put it in gear, auto headlights and the radio stays on until I open the door. I like all those things. What surprises me is that both bench seats on my '98 were adjustable (slid fore and aft) and in the '04, only the very rear bench adjusts. Any idea why that is? Any other changes I should be aware of? Oh, we no longer have a cassette player, either, but who uses those anymore? All in all, we're just really happy to have another Astro. I didn't know about this website with my last van, but now that I've found it, there's so much great info here! Thanks to all of you for your contributions. I will try to post photos soon.
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby chevymaher » October 2nd 2011, 1:34am

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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby 88astroLT » October 2nd 2011, 1:36am

First off, Welcome! the other things you listed like the sliding benches, those are options. You have to pay more for them. Instead of the overhead console, i would get a Gentex Mirror. Use the search button up top to get more info about it.

The differences from the Gen 2 vans is as follows (standard equip.).
1996-1997
hatch release for dutch doors on dash
15 inch 5 lug rims
rear drum brakes
front disc brakes
keyless entry will lock and unlock doors, lights and horn dont flash or beep

1998-2002
hatch release for dutch doors on door
15 inch 5 lug rims
rear drum brakes
front disc brakes
keyless entry will lock and unlock doors, lights and horn dont flash or beep

2003-2005
hatch release for dutch doors on door
16 inch 6 lug rims
front/rear disc brakes
larger disc brakes
Auto headlights
radio stays on until door is opened
keyless entry will flash lights when pressing unlock, beep horn when lock
Tow/Haul Mode

This is all i can think of at thet top of my head. Others might chime in and add more.
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby Big_kid » October 2nd 2011, 4:02am

Welcome aboard!
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby ProStreet_LS1 » October 2nd 2011, 4:57am

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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby Leeann_93 » October 2nd 2011, 5:00pm

Welcome!

88astroLT, my lights and horn do not flash when I unlock or lock the doors on my '99 Safari. Just an fyi.
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby 88astroLT » October 2nd 2011, 6:38pm

Leeann_93 wrote:Welcome!

88astroLT, my lights and horn do not flash when I unlock or lock the doors on my '99 Safari. Just an fyi.

Oh my apologies I just thought so because I was test driving a 99 once and noticed it flashed. Maybe a mod??
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby alexalexanders » October 3rd 2011, 12:09am

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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby miketoybox » December 14th 2011, 5:44am

2003-2005
hatch release for dutch doors on door
16 inch 6 lug rims
front/rear disc brakes
larger disc brakes
Auto headlights
radio stays on until door is opened
keyless entry will flash lights when pressing unlock, beep horn when lock
Tow/Haul Mode


My 02 has all those features to
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby Mr_Bowtie » December 14th 2011, 2:46pm

Welcome back! :rockon:
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby Phantom » December 14th 2011, 3:29pm

Welcome

Any of those options you had in the 98 are easily installed in your 04


Power locks can be wired to cause lights and horn to beep ,, just adding a wire in the circuit

both the 96 and 99 have wiring going to dome light .......the 99 has radio & sub woofer amp tied into the power feed of door locks , likely the feature as OP spoke of on the 04
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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby 94 Van Guy » December 14th 2011, 7:53pm

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Re: ...and we're back!

Postby The Drummer » December 14th 2011, 11:02pm

Welcome, my 99 does flash the lights when locking with remote , its a canadian model tho .
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