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

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 222003

Astro Van

  • miles

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

Consumer stated that while driving and without warning the transmission would cause the vehicle to jerk. Dealer notified.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #13

Apr 012002

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Consumer states transmission is slipping and there is harsh shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Dealer found torque converter and valve body need to be replaced.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #12

Feb 162002

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Very hard bang when transmissions shifts, it was very costly to have it fixed.

- Manorville, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 032000

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The sun shell, a part in the transmission broke loose and caused the transmission to malfunction.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 102001

Astro Van

  • miles
Tranmission valve body bad. Trans. Shifts hard and when not expected.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #9

Apr 012001

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The Chevrolet Astro shifts gears violently. The problem was first noticed as I left an intersection and the van violently shifted gears throwing my family's and my head back with extreme force. Thinking that I had been rear-ended and knowing that other cars were in front and alongside my vehicle, I quickly stepped on the brake, almost causing a true rear-end collision. The vehicle was not in warranty so I took it in for inspection by my local mechanic, who had previously worked as a service tech for a Chevy dealership. He was unable to find the problem. He contacted one of his friends who still worked at the Chevy dealership where he was formerly employed. My mechanic told me that his friend stated that the defect was known by Chevrolet but there wasn't any recall and there was nothing they would do about it. I paid a hefty price for what was supposed to be a great van only to find out that Chevrolet has manufactured a vehicle knowing that it has severe defects in the transmission that could cause costly repairs, injury, or possible crash-related deaths and refuse to remedy the situation. How many more people must continue to drive an unsafe vehicle beforecorrective action is taken?

- Halls, TN, USA

problem #8

Oct 012000

Astro Van 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission has to be rebuilt due to bad shifting. Also, engine rod bearing was making a kocking sound that forced replacement. Crack in cooling system had to replace seal.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 152000

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Repeated attempts to fix transmission beginning with a complete rebuild at a certified facility; transmission may function properly for as long as 2 months. Repeated visits to the transmission shop are met with apologies, and stories of the same design transmission with the same problems from other individuals. I at first suspected the mechanics, but research has shown there are many other Astro van owners experiencing the same problem; believe it to be a manufacturing defect.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #6

Aug 282000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Have a friend who experiences exact same symptoms on 97 GMC safari and 97 Astro van. Transmission failure at about 60,000 miles, when accelerating in 1st gear after driving in overdrive.

- Alachua, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 152000

Astro Van

  • miles
Tensioner arm housing broke off of engine block rendering vehicle undriveable. Transmission slipped between 2 & 3 & 4 gears. Replaced transmission with new GM trans. No monetary relief from GM was received.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Car stalls when in reverse gear, dealer could not solve the problems.

- Lake Elsin, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 011998

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission gears shift hard.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 101998

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed. Nlm

- Simi Valle, CA, USA

problem #1

May 241999

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Pawl within the transmission malfunctioned after 300 mile trips in hot weather causing the gears to change very hardly. Fuel would leak and the transmission would lock, which could have resulted in a fire.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

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