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

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
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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.

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 012002

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles

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

Consumer states having structural problems with rear-door weather stripping, leaks and parts that break or fall off.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 142001

Astro Van 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electric door locks failed, and would not allow consumer out of vehicle until someone arrived with a remote unlocking device. Door locks failure was due to a blown up fuse.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #4

Sep 122000

Astro Van

  • miles
Side sliding door mechanism can not support weight of door, resulting in an unexpected release of sliding door when in the open position and parked facing down hill the door has unexpectedly slam shut, several times and on two occasions causing minor bruises plus swollen fingers

- Hormigueros, PR, USA

problem #3

Jul 081999

Astro Van

  • miles

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

Vehicle in for service. Mechanic left vehicle running & shut doors. Vehicle caught on fire in door area & locked it. Broke window to enter & put flames out. No work being done on door at time of flames. Mechanic will check for cause of fire.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 011998

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sliding door failed. Nlm

- Temecula, CA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 291998

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Sliding door on side of vehicle in 1997 and 1998 models does not have a mechanism to ensure the door stays open until needed to be shut. If the vehicle is parked on a slope or if someone uses the door as leverage to climb into the vehicle, the door shuts on them, causing loss of balance and/or being crushed by the door. The 1996 model had a latch that engaged when the door was fully opened, and was disengaged by the door handle. Dealer stated the 1997 and 1998 were designed without the latch. I had a 1996 which I traded in because of numerous problems. I Transport 4 and 6 year old children in the van daily. When they are boarding, I am at the side door to ensure it does not slam on them. When I took possession of the vehicle from the dealer, the service person thought the latch was defective, and indicated he could fix it at the 3000 mile check. When I brought it in for service, he realized the model modifications. These cause a safety problem which can potentially cause boarding passenger to loose their balance when the door starts closing, or be slammed into the body of the vehicle when the door shuts on them.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

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