Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Print this page Notes: The 2001 Chevy Astro Van has a solid reputation with very low complaint rates. The only problem now is finding one with low miles.

Not only is the 2001 Astro Van reliable, but since they were built on a truck powertrain, they can tow 5,500/5,000 lbs (RWD/AWD) -- almost double what other minivans can.

The Chevy Astro is mechanically identical to the GMC Safari.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,500 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.

2001 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012014

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I am a licensed car dealer. I am very concerned at what I am seeing with my customers, with cars I see at the auctions, and with blog sites on the internet concerning Chevy's ebcm computer module. At the auctions I am seeing at least 25% of Chevrolet and about 10% of Ford coming through with brake and ABS lights on. My main concern is with the Chevy's ebcm. These very expensive units fail at the relay point on the printed circuit boards due to bad solder joints from the factory. When they fail, the driver gets a brake light and an ABS indicator light on the dash. The brakes still work on the car, but they don't work as designed. In fact the driver gets a false sense of security because his car is stopping, but in a slippery situation it will not stop as designed. When I went to the internet for ideas to fix the problem, I am finding a lot of postings saying just take the bulb out of the dash! I am also seeing ads on E bay where you can send your ebcm to a repair station, they take it apart, and re solder the joints for $49. I called the Chevy dealer and they want over $1000 to fix the problem! I have heard of people selling their vehicle as is and telling the buyer that it's ok. The brakes work. I can't get the light to shut off! this is a very dangerous situation and it will become more dangerous as more and more cars are driving with inoperative ebcm computers. It looks like the defect comes from having the computer directly attached to the frames near the transmission and they are taking all the shock and vibration in that area. I am asking the government to look into this problem and issue a recall notice for defective ebcm computers. I also feel this problem is far worse than the Dodge clock spring recall, and that effected all Dodge vehicles. This braking problem we are seeing is bad enough that it may cause a large loss of life.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 302009

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Brake and ABS lights come on intermittently, I had the code pulled at the auto parts store, it is the electronic ABS control module and upon googling "Chevrolet brake ABS lights" it came to my attention that their appears to be thousands of vehicles with faulty ABS electronic modules which prevents the ABS function from working.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 202011

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Going to stop at a slow speed engages ABS, causing van to not stop unless breakers were slammed on hard and hops of stopping!

- Middletown, IA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202012

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 198,000 miles
While pulling into a driveway at lowspeed I applied the brakes. The ABS light came on and all braking power was lost. My vehicle struck the one infront of me. I have been able to duplicate this low speed loss of braking.

- Chappaqua, NY, USA

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