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

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,636 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.

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 282004

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

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

Consumer struck a tree in the yard while placing foot on the brake pedal. Instead, consumer's foot struck the gas pedal. This happened because the pedals were too close together. They need to be placed further apart.

- Dewey, OK, USA

problem #10

Jan 292002

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
When brakes are applied gas pedal gets stuck, causing vehicle to idle high. Dealer has been notified.

- Hargill, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 151998

Astro Van

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing problem with stalling while applying accelerator pedal to go and/or while driving. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop more then several times, and problem still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Aburn, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 181999

Astro Van

  • miles

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

Gas pedal sticks at various speeds.at approximately 29,000 miles the gas pedal would stick when moving from a stopped position and when removing your foot from the gas pedal to slow down, when you press down to reaccelerate the gas pedal would stick. The vehicle was returned to capitol Chevrolet on November 18,1999 with 29,000 miles. The correction at that time was to repair the air valve throttle and reset to specs.again at approximately 50,000 miles the gas pedal started sticking again - it was returned to capitol Chevrolet - this time the correction was to remove the throttle body and clean carbon. The dealer alleged the air throttle valve is gumming up and should be cleaned out periodically to prevent the gas pedal from sticking.I reported the incident to General Motors customer service (claim #C010486637) they concurred with the diagnosis of capitol Chevrolet. However, neither general morors customer service or capitol Chevrolet could specify at what intervals this service should be performed.my owners manual has no reference to any maintenance such as remove throttle body and clean carbon at any specific interval.I consider this a major safety problem and sincerely believe that it is possible the valve is defective.I was further told by the dealers service manager that the valve would stick again causing the gas pedal to stick but once again was not told at what intervals the valve should be cleaned to prevent the problem. Simply stated I was told to wait and see when the gas pedal stuck again.I was further informed that at this one dealership alone they are cleaning 4-10 vehicles a day with similar problems.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 182000

Astro Van

  • miles
While driving throttle stuck wide open, causing van to crash into the rear of a 94 amigo. Amigo crashed into a Jeep Cherokee. Even though driver stood on the brake, van did not slow down. Driver's side air bag did not go off. Van will probably be totalled.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #6

May 152000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Intermittently accelerator will stick at "0". dealer has repaired vehicle. However, problem has reoccurred.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #5

May 042000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles

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

When at a stop or about to take off gas pedal will stick, causing vehicle to lurch forward. Dealer claims gas pedal is gummed up and needs to be cleaned.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Apr 252000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
While depressing the gas pedal it got stuck, causing consumer to apply force to pedal in order to gain speed.

- Hargill, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 011999

Astro Van

  • miles
The two rear lap belts malfunctioned, and are too loose. They wont tighten the css. Dealer will replace the rear lap belts. Also problems with the gas pedal.

- Lake City, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 121999

Astro Van

  • miles
When driving at any speed the gas pedal gets stuck. Also, when trying to move the vehicle forward, vehicle accelerates.

- Aurola, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 101998

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Due to a design flaw brake and accelerator pedals arevery close and at the same level, making it very easy to mistakenly depress both pedals at the same time. This happene dtwice, once resulting in an accident while backing up.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

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