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

1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,388 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.

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012012

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles

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

Diagnostic system was defective and didn't provide warning that the engine was overheating. The book states the service engine soon light comes on to indicate that there is a problem and service is required. Malfunctions often will be indicated by the system before any problem is apparent. This system is also designed to assist your service technician in correctly diagnosing any malfunction. None of this worked on the van.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #6

Feb 012012

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,349 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Astro van. The contact was driving 40 mph when heat emitted inside the vehicle without warning. The contact stated that during the failure, there were no visible flames or smoke. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the engine was damaged and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 92,349. Updated 04/27/12 updated 04/27/12

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #5

Jan 012012

Astro Van

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Astro. The contact stated that the built- in diagnostic system was defective and did not provide warning that the engine was overheating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the head gasket failed and caused engine coolant to leak into the motor abnormally. The engine motor and the intake gaskets would both need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer advised the contact that the built-in diagnostic system was not operating due to the vehicle's age. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 92,000. Updated 08-07-12

- Little Rock , AR, USA

problem #4

Feb 112004

Astro Van

  • 70,365 miles

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

Request another vehicle (van/SUV) and reimbursement for rental cars due to their defective vehicle. The same day the consumer purchased the vehicle he drove two blocks and the van stopped, the engine light had illuminated. The consumer walked back to car lot and the was told everything was fine that the mechanic had checked over everything completely and to just fill the vehicle up with gas. When the consumer had the vehicle inspected, it was discovered that the water pump was leaking and there was a crack in the cylinder head, also the front shocks and idler arms were replaced.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 152003

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
Cannot get air throught vents in dash, all controls work properly vacuum actuator moves, there is vacuum at the swithc, no one knows the answer paint on gas door bubbling and looks like it is going to fall off transmission shifted hard into 2nd gear since we bought it ( 54000kms) finally started to slip, bought used trans and had it installed, quoted $3000 to rebuild, dealer was past even belief. ABS comes on when coming to a stop every time. Lf front sensor reads O mph when other sensors read movement causing it to assume a skid situation, replaced sensor at $205 no better, does not set code in computer according to mechanic. Pulled fuse. Has had vibration in driveline since purchased no one can find anything sugeestion range from replace all U joints, did some of them no better to replace rear end. It is not possible in nova scotia to obtain a blasting permit to blow up your car even if you take precautions and hire a professional. I have never in 40 years of driving some bad stuff from old english cars to Transport trucks with more miles than there are numbers, ever had this kind of problem, most things can be fixed. You have never lived until you have taken the whole dash apart on one of these, the vehicle was designed by madmen.

- Nova Scotia, UN, USA

problem #2

May 152001

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Van shifts from 1st to 2nd realy hard. When I tried to get it repaired nothing was done except for a fluid change. The van still had the same problems. I only attemped two times because I cant aford to pay that much money and the problem to not get fixed. The air and heat only blowes out on the passenger side.

- Sims, AR, USA

problem #1

May 152001

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Van shifts from 1st to 2nd realy hard. When I tried to get it repaired nothing was done except for a fluid change. The van still had the same problems. I only attemped two times because I cant aford to pay that much money and the problem to not get fixed. The air and heat only blowes out on the passenger side.

- Sims, AR, USA

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