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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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 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 #1

Oct 192005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


The contact stated that the brakes design caused rust to build up on the outside of the rotors. He felt that the front brake pads were not wide enough to cover the rotors. While applying the brakes they were spongy, and there was a slight vibration in the brake pedal and the steering wheel. Heard a grinding noise coming from underneath the vehicle. When the brakes were applied they did not work properly. He contact had to panic brake before the brakes actually stopped the vehicle. This did not happen every time the brakes were applied, but it happened too many times to have a record. The dealer stated that the contact was not driving the vehicle enough, and that he was using the brakes too often. The dealer maintained that the brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced.

- South Glens Falls, NY, USA

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