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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,750 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.

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2001 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 252007

(reported on)

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Chevy Astro with maintenance work done on fuses. Customer states he received a recall and had the work repaired and then the brake lights stopped working. Customer has replaced fuse about four times.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #5

May 172007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Astro. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer in 2005 for NHTSA recall # 05V099000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). The vehicle had approximately 60,000 miles at the time of inspection. The dealer did not replace the switch and the brake lights on the vehicle stopped operating. The manufacturer will not replace the switch because the vehicle was previously inspected. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 102,000.

- Lynn Haven , FL, USA

problem #4

May 012005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer request for reimbursement for repairs performed on 2001 Chevrolet Astro van have been denied. Recall campaign# 05V099000. The consumers brake lights, turn signals and hazards went out. The consumer was told that the part replaced was not covered under recall.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 222005

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


05V099000/brake light. The owner received notification from the manufacturer regarding this recall. The owner later contacted the dealer and was told by the dealership that they had no knowledge of this recall and refused to assist the owner any further. Owner later contacted the manufacturer and was given all kinds of excuses as to why the dealership told him they knew nothing of this recall. Provide further details. The repairs have been made on the vehicle by another dealership who was aware of the recall.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 152004

Astro Van

  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle's brake lights went out on 2001 Chevrolet Astro van. The brake light switch failed. The faulty part was replaced and given tot he consumer. The consumer believes the switch was back when it was placed in the vehicle. The consumer works at a facility that produces switches for automobiles. He indicated that his faulty switch had 10 certification dots on it which indicated that the switch had been rejected form shipping and was reinspected at least 10 times.

- Dahlohega, GA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 302003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles
The vehicle would not pass inspection due to brake light failure. The consumer had to replace a defective switch in the steering column to correct the problem. The consumer found that GM had recalls on 2000-2001 Blazer, GMC jimmy and Oldsmobile Bravada for the same problem with the switch. The consumer bought the vehicle used - not aware when original problem already existed- noticed when following vehicle to van conversion shop to raise the roof and install wheelchair lift and tie-downs. Van is solely used to Transport handicapped daughter.

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

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