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

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,621 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van windows / windshield problems

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Aug 172009

Astro Van

  • 129,877 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Astro. The driver stated that the windshield wiper circuit board causes the wipers not to function properly. If visibility is reduced while driving the risk for vehicle crash and serious injury are increased. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the windshield wiper motor was repaired. He contacted the manufacture and was informed by a representative that there were no existing recalls for his year make and model.. the failure mileage was 129,877. The current mileage was unknown.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 142005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My wife was driving our 1998 Chevy Astro van in a heavy rain in heavy traffic near Washington D.C. last week. She turned the wipers on. The wipers randomly worked and didn't worked and it almost caused a very serious accident. This random "work/doesn't work" even has started happening more frequently since about 4 months ago. In doing research on the web, apparently GM knows about this problem but will not accept responsibility for the circuit board problem.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #19

Jul 012003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The consumer stated that her windshield wipers fail intermittently. They came on when the consumer didn't need them, but when she needed them they wouldn't come on. This has happened in two Astros that the consumer has owned. The first one was a 1995 Chevy Astro van and the second one is a 1998 Astro van. The windshield wipers and motor to the wipers had to be replaced. The owner was told by a service technician that GM replaced the motor on the wipers on the models before the owners van. There is no recall on the 1998 vans. This has been a problem since 2003. The owner has not had this looked at by a technician. The owner stated that she usually she pulls over to the side of the road, pops the hood and taps on the windshield wiper motor to get the wiper to work, and most times this works. The consumer has not talked to the dealer but has talked with GM. The person at GM said that since there was no recall there is nothing that they can do. The owner just keeps tapping on the windshield wiper motor to correct this problem. The owner is taking her van in for recall work on the side mirror tomorrow. She is going to ask about the windshield wipers and show them the complaints that have been filed on the windshield wipers from the NHTSA.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #18

Oct 142004

Astro Van

  • 8,000 miles

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

Windshield wipers failed intermittently while driving any speed. Dealership was aware of the problem, but did not resolve it.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 032004

Astro Van

  • 95,000 miles
Front windshield wipers failed to work intermittently. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.....wipers failed to work because of defective wiper motor pulse board. Visibility is impaired during a rain storm. This part was recalled on previous Astro van models, but did not include 1998 modelwith same part.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

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problem #16

Nov 012004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles
Windshield wipers failed in the rain, making it difficult to see the road. Vehicle was taken for check up, and found that there was a recall 03V159000 for the 1997 year, make, and model.. circuit board on windshield wiper failed-same part and probably w/recalled vehicles. New one cost $54. Why was recall not extended to all vehicles with this defective circuit board.

- Camden, OH, USA

problem #15

Sep 302004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving windshield wipers came on and off on their own. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that windshield wiper motor needed to be replaced.

- Estell Manor, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 302004

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
While driving in a rain storm windshield wipers failed intermittently.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #13

Jul 292004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1998 Chevrolet Astro and the windshield wipers are not working properly. I have checked on the internet to see if there is any recall on this issue and found out that there is not. I have contacted a local Chevrolet dealer and they told me that there is no recall for this issue. They also told me that it would cost about $140 to fix this issue. However, there is the recall for the same issue for the 1995 to 1997 models. Think the 1998 model should also be recalled by the manufacturer since the issue is obviously the same as the other model and I am sure that I am not the only one who has the same issue with the 1998 model.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012004

Astro Van

  • 99,000 miles
Windshield wipers failed intermittently. A recall was issued. However, this vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 142004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The windshield wipers fail to work intermittantly, and create an ovious dangerous risk of life, limb, and/or property!! from the "little" amount of research I've done, (20 min.), this is a known problem and it's a shame it might take a death or a lawsuit to make things right!!!!!!!!!! who knows?, maybe it already has!

- Mono. Falls, WI, USA

problem #10

May 202003

Astro Van

  • miles
When driving in the rain windshield wipers worked intermittently. This sometimes forced the driver to pull off the road.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #9

Oct 212003

(reported on)

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The vehicle's windshield wipers experienced the same defect as stated in recall 03 V 159 000. The vehicle was not included in the recall because the vehicle identification number and model year were outside the remedy scope.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 242003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
While driving in the rain, the windshield wipers worked intermittently. Dealer had been contacted.

- Warrensburg, MO, USA

problem #7

Jun 222003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,155 miles
Bad windshield wiper motor circuit board failure, same as ones recalled by GM, but why did recall stop at 1997? this 1998 van has same problem! does someone have to get killed first for them to fix it!

- Caseville, MN, USA

problem #6

May 312003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Windshield wiper motor works intermittently. Wipers work sometimes, sometimes not. Had to replace wiper motor and pulse module. 1997 model Astros have a recall for them. It looks like 1998 Astros need the same recall.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #5

May 022003

Astro Van

  • miles
The windshield wiper would come on and off intermittently.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #4

Jun 152002

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wipers work intermittently or stop during operation. Dealer and manufacturer were not notified at this time. It was probably bad solder joints. The circuit board was replaced.

- Horicon, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 152002

Astro Van

  • miles
There is apparently an ongoing problem with GM/Chevrolet windshield wiper motor circuit board failure. The wipers have an intermittent problem that has left us several times in pouring rain only to have the wipers fail. There is an alldata recall notice# 98V15001 regarding Chevy pickups and light trucks, but my local dealer refuses to deal with this for less than $200 of my money, and thats with an extended, so-called "gold coverage" warranty. What can I do?

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 011998

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windshield wiper motor failed.

- Upland, CA, USA

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