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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Chevy Astro is mechanically identical to the GMC Safari.

3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Chevrolet Astro Van AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 092004

Astro Van

  • 115,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air conditioner controls overheated.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 032000

Astro Van

  • miles
We noticed a smell of burning wires. We were parked, so I pulled the rear A/C switch out of the dash. I found that this switch, which is all plastic, had been shorted and partially melted. I disconnected the switch. The scary part for me is that the fuse never blew. I am an aircraft mechanic and feel that I was able to avoid an electrical fire by having some mechanical ability. If my wife had been in the van alone with our children this would have been a very serious and possibly devastating problem. I contacted the manufacturer and lodged a complaint with Chevrolet customer assistance ( file # C01463026 ). Chevrolet told me that no recall had been issued on this switch and that all I could do is take it to the dealer. The dealer wants to put in a replacement switch, same type. This type of switch, in my opinion, is unsafe and a hazard, and I refuse to put this type of switch back into my vehicle.

- Sunset, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 032000

Astro Van

  • miles
We noticed a smell of burning wires. We were parked, so I pulled the rear A/C switch out of the dash. I found that this switch, which is all plastic, had been shorted and partially melted. I disconnected the switch. The scary part for me is that the fuse never blew. I am an aircraft mechanic and feel that I was able to avoid an electrical fire by having some mechanical ability. If my wife had been in the van alone with our children this would have been a very serious and possibly devastating problem. I contacted the manufacturer and lodged a complaint with Chevrolet customer assistance ( file # C01463026 ). Chevrolet told me that no recall had been issued on this switch and that all I could do is take it to the dealer. The dealer wants to put in a replacement switch, same type. This type of switch, in my opinion, is unsafe and a hazard, and I refuse to put this type of switch back into my vehicle.

- Sunset, TX, USA

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