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:
63,917 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 #6

Oct 162010

Astro Van

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Astro van. While traveling 5 mph, the contact noticed that the brakes would no longer engage and that the steering wheel had become difficult to turn. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 160,000.

- Sacremnto, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 082008

Astro Van

  • 50,000 miles
2001 Chevy Astro van ABS system. I have replaced every part and still have problems. I understand that this is a constant problem of this van. I think they should recall these vans before something bad happens.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 052006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
2001 Astro van Chevy panic stop brakes no response to floor 1st. Time had looked at pass. Side wear 1 side brake pad wear repair. 2nd time need to stop fast hit brakes to floor no response both 35 mph to 45 mph called GM acted like don't care. Turn signal switch replace $710 will not reimburse engine light on and off replace sensors $275 catalytic converter $1000 then motor failure dealer could not pin point problem new motor $6538 bought van from dealer said O.K. for 150000 to 200000 had 47000 now 130000 will not buy G.M.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


The ABS light and brake light on the dash illuminated intermittently while the vehicle was in motion. This occurred again with another General Motors vehicle that the consumer owns. No repair work had been made.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152004

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • 45,000 miles
While braking, intermittently the brake pedal became hard to depress, which caused extended stopping distance. The dealership was unable to resolve the problem.

- Ada, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 132003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
I have had a miss when vehicle is warm. Dealer says it is fuel, but I am using the recommended fuel according to dealer. The check engine light comes on and then goes off. Dealer cannot locate problem. This is an ongoing issue since I have purchased it. Also had to replace front brake pads and shocks at 26000 miles. After approximately one year use.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

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