2000 Chevy Astro Ultra-Rare wheelchair van with 4x4: complete independence for person in wheelchair (see details)
92,000 Miles (with recent VERY extensive care, service and customizing)
Current Price: $20,900

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Note: 7,000 miles ago I sold this van to a family in Idaho. The parent, who was being transported in it, has now passed away. I received a call asking if I was interested in re-acquiring it? Yes, indeed I was. It has now once-again been through our extensive process, in order to ensure that it is in our usual very high level of cosmetic and functional condition.

Highlights of This Van:

*apx. $4,500 of new and very recent mechanical service: details below (extensive investment in cosmetic rejuvenation is in addition to this $4,500)

* 4x4 enhancement package has $3,000 value (installed only 7,000 miles ago)

* Extensive features allow some folks in wheelchairs to operate this van fully independent of any assistance

Options and Equipment

THE VAN: Note that Astro vans have a true frame (similar to a full size truck or van) which is unlike nearly any other minivans ever built. This one began as a highly equipped model with nearly every option possible. Has the famously strong, reliable and reasonably fuel-efficient 4.3 Vortec 6 cylinder, with overdrive auto. Includes (before original mobility conversion or recent customizing by me) very long list of features/options such as: rear heat and A/C; power features such as windows, locks, mirrors; tilt & cruise; upgraded CD stereo system; overhead console with MPG, distance to empty, special lights, etc; pearl silver paint; lower body & bumper cosmetic package; 3-way rear door system (optional & super handy) ; upgraded interior and exterior features; and more

While in my realm 7,000 miles ago, in addition to the usual, extensive, cosmetic and functional transformation each van here receives, this had the following custom package added, in order to make best use of the rare All Wheel Drive (some folks refer to as 4x4) nature of this wheelchair van: up-sized tires that are a great balance between off-road capability and good on-road nature; upsize custom wheels are attractive and a bit beefier; 2 inch lift kit makes this van look sharper, beefier and has benefits of extra clearance; custom "4x4 Mobility" graphics package. These items have a retail value of $3,000 and required a specialty shop to properly accomplish.

These videos were created approximately 7,000 miles ago, related to our first offering of this van. After re-acquiring it, we have now inspected, cared for and prepared it once again. If we were to create a new video, this van would appear as being essentially identical to what you are about to see. Thank you.


When this van was a few years old it was converted for mobility use. Its list of features were installed in order to provide the ability for certain people in wheelchairs to have full independence, such as the original person who had the mobility conversion done::

* Moderately tall roof creates enough interior headroom for most people in most wheelchairs

* Addition to the top of slider door and the corresponding roof notch creates extra entry clearance, which is needed and/or desired by many people

* Ricon (one of the two industry giants) power lift is capable of carrying most wheelchairs and their occupants. Its not big enough for very large people or very large wheelchairs, but it will accommodate the great majority of folks. Feel free to ask, if you need measurements

* Power sliding door is an uncommon feature and is a big key to a person in a wheelchair not needing assistance from anyone. The door and lift can be operated via switches by the rear taillight, as well as on the lift itself, and from switches on the dash.

* This power door and lift system is operable with a wireless remote control, which is quite uncommon in this type of van. (lowered floor minivans often have remote, but not a van like this) The convenience of this system allows some folks in wheelchairs to be fully independent, with the ability to load, unload and drive with no assistance from another person.

* Fresh Floor (7k miles ago) IN MIDDLE AREA IS A SUPER ENHANCEMENT: My greatest wonderment in the 9 years I’ve specialized in rejuvenating and improving wheelchair vans, is that I wonder why more wheelchair van creators and owners don't have such a feature as has now been added to this van. Although most folks tend to think of a floor in a van as being flat and solid from the factory, it is actually far from it, and that results in an undesirable surface to move a wheelchair van on. You see, under the factory carpet in a stock van, there is a thick carpet pad and under that is, to one degree or another, a lumpy, bumpy, uneven metal floor surface. And in the case of most vans that are turned into a wheelchair van, there are also remnants from seats being removed, such as holes, tracks, mounting plates, etc. All of what I describe here results in a surface that is not nice to maneuver a wheelchair on. And there are misc unpleasant elements to live with. The diameter of wheels on most wheelchairs help to overcome these facts, but the usual floors are far from ideal. And so we solve that here. In the area that the chair will be moving, a specialist removes whatever materials that are above the metal floor surface. And then they install marine grade plywood over the metal, to create a smooth, solid, level surface. (plus the floor becomes quieter) And then an aesthetically pleasing commercial vinyl material is put over the wood for cosmetic benefit. And then there are metal transaction strips at the borders to make movement in the van easy for able-bodied folks. Once you have maneuvered your wheelchair on a floor like this, you would never want anything less

Dimensions, capacity and specifications:

Please feel free toemail or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.

History of Ownership

Approximately 7,000 miles ago I acquired this van from a private seller. Between my shop and several others, this van received our usual very high level of cosmetic and functional rejuvenation. Plus, it received the extensive customization as detailed above. It has now undergone another, lesser round (its only been driven 7k since we last sold it) of rejuvenation, in order to ensure that it once-again meets our high standards.


This vehicle is 'CERTIFIED': There are a combined 76 mechanical and cosmetic aspects  included in the Wheelchair Van Oasis "Certification" process.   A foundational step of the rejuvenation process is when each vehicle receives an extensive inspection by an objective, independent  third- party service and repair facility.  Suggested service, repairs and improvements are then performed by various professional specialists.   The  result is your assurance  that each of the 76 aspects  meets  or exceeds the condition level of good, or satisfactory.

For details regarding list of 76 cosmetic and mechanical aspects, please click here.

Each van does of course have various elements which exceed the promised level of good or satisfactory, which the "Certified" program assures.  Some are brand new improvements performed during rejuvenation.  And others are obvious service or repairs performed recently, prior to my ownership.  As for those, I only list here those positives which are certain, based on my either having a receipt, and/or due to being obvious to the inspecting-mechanic.  I refer to these as  "NEW OR RECENTLY SERVICED ASPECTS".  

Here are the new and recent items:

New: List coming soon

7,000 miles ago: (in addition to the list mentioned above regarding the 4x4 upgrade package): power door lock parts; wiper motor; lube and filter; trans service; steering idler arm; front AND rear shocks; service rear differential; service front differential; major service transfer case; major rear brake job; new steering gear box; power steering pump; belts; alignment

Recent: Transfer case; oxygen sensor

Approximate retail value/cost of above-listed items: $4,500 PLUS $3,000 of recent 4x4 enhancement package
(extensive investment in cosmetic rejuvenation is in addition to this $7,500!)

Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.)

Nothing notably negative or unusual: no frame damage...no airbags deployed...no structural damage...no "red marks"...no major accident.

You Might Like To Know...

* Chevy Astro and GMC Safari are essentially the same vehicle.
* There are VERY FEW circumstances that result in a 4x4 wheelchair van being created. There are many reasons for this, which I would be happy to explain if you would like to talk about it. Just know that if it seems to you that 4x4 wheelchair vans are virtually non-existent, you are correct. I just happen to assertively seek them out as transformation candidates. That is the reason I occasionally have one.

Summary of this Gem

This is one amazing, very special van in incredibly exceptional condition, from any angle and in any measure. Any other wheelchair van specialist may say that I was crazy to pay a fair price to get this van, and then invest two months and thousands into its functional care, and thousands more into customizing it, and thousands more into getting it to this level of cosmetic condition (it looks amazing, inside and out). I suppose I may be crazy, but that's O.K. It’s a pet project of mine to do what I can to make very nice 4x4 wheelchair vans available to people who seek one for a price that doesn't break the bank. If you have wished, hoped and prayed that you could find a 4X4 wheelchair van, you not only found one here, but this is a very special one, for all of the reasons detailed above.


Note about these images: As you have read on the information page, we highly rejuvenated and moderately customized this van prior to selling it only approximately 7,000 miles ago. Having re-acquired it due to the person whom it was carrying having passed away, we now have inspected, cared for and prepared it for offering once again. These photos are from our prior ownership of it. There is no discernible difference between then and now. If we were to take all new photos (and videos) it would appear essentially identical to these photos.
Functional, heavy-duty step bumper
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Factory CD player. also see the rear ventilation controls, etc
Overhead console with multi-functions computer, lights, etc
Another view of overhead console
Switches on dash area for power lift and door
4.3 Vortec motor is strong, reliable, and decent MPG
Comfortable front passenger seating
Minimally oversized custom tires and wheels with only 7k miles
Custom graphics are unique, available only on 4x4 wheelchair vans I offer here
Tall door and corresponding roof notch create enough entry clearance for all but the tallest users
Switches on taillight for power door and lift
Apx 3 feet of storage area behind the rear seat
3-way gate system is super versatile
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New apx 7k miles ago: awesome custom floor project is smooth, solid, easy to turn on (and so easy to clean)
Lots of interior space, comfortable for most activities
Generous interior space is big, for a minivan. Not much less space than a full size van, but much easier to handle and better MPG (plus, full size 4x4 wheelchair vans are like unicorns...good luck finding one)
Tall ceiling creates super headroom inside.
600 pound capacity handles most users needs
Quite attractive, classic styling, with custom upgrades
Sporty, fun, cool…and highly functional as a mobility van

* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.