First post, first Astro'Fari 2004 AWD

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SafariSoGood
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First post, first Astro'Fari 2004 AWD

Post by SafariSoGood » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:43 pm

I think I got a good deal on this. 153k 2004 AWD passenger. It's getting bad bad gas mileage but I think that is something to do with the noise I'm hearing in the passenger rear wheel. The engine seems fine, only blowing a general fault code for idle speed probably a vacuum leak.

I'm not sure if the AWD is working. From this video I'm thinking maybe not: https://youtu.be/jAhSouRjavk

I paid $1,400 plus tax and tags, so just under $1,700. Interior is great. Cloth, but clean. Of course the door handles and hinges are all wobbly and need of changing out. No big deal.

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Re: First post, first Astro'Fari 2004 AWD

Post by Astrophysics » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:19 am

Hi,

Very nice.

The 2003 to 2005 have 16" wheels and disc brakes front and rear.

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Post by SafariSoGood » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:08 pm

Thanks Astrophysics (great username!) . My wife hates it. thinks its huge. I showed her the specs its' only 1 inch longer than a toyota camry, 8 inches wider and 15 inches taller. she's not convinced. but if we ever get snow in Philly again (been a long time already) and IF the AWD is working she'll learn to love it ! We're a family of 6 and this seats 8 plus all the luggage we've ever owned. so what's not to love (except 8 MPG i'm getting right now. got some work to do there...)

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Re: First post, first Astro'Fari 2004 AWD

Post by Astrophysics » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:55 pm

SafariSoGood,

That is a very clever name.

For an easy quick fun job, you can buy LED dome light 194 bulbs to replace factory bulbs. You get modern nice white light and wife and kids can see and read better.

Yes, you can do lots of the trouble shooting your self.

When you have time,
1. Check, clean, or change air filter. Easy quick clips on air box.
2. Change fuel filter under neath. Get a shop manual and read about each operation. If you are handy mechanically, the Astro is sturdy and you will love it.
3. If engine is rough, and bad mileage, could be dirty MAF, mass air flow sensor. Get the special spray cleaner for MAF at auto parts.
4. Always a good idea to search You Tube... On each topic to see video if each auto repair.

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