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Print this page Notes: The 2002 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 2002 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:
21,000 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.

2002 Chevrolet Astro Van body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 172004

Astro Van

  • 26,000 miles


While driving at 5 mph consumer attempted to park in the driveway and without warning lost steering ability. Also, brakes were inoperable, and would not stop the vehicle. The vehicle collided with the outside wall of the garage. There was considerable damage to the garage and the vehicle. Consumer sustained no bodily injuries. Sliding door doesn't unlock to open. Dealer replaced ps pump because pump drive shaft was broken, and reinstalled side door.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #2

May 032003

Astro Van 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
My 2002 Astro van has been in the service dept. At ron carter in alvin Texas 11 times, 7 times for the same problem, the steering. Electrical problems 5 times, the light flashing and the locks clicking constantly. The back door broke twice for no apparent reason, the fuel pump failing and numerous other problems, well the electrical problem was supposedly fixed, but now is acting up again, I have 4 children and need a safe vehicle to drive in with my kids.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 192003

Astro Van

  • miles
The door failed to close properly, and sometimes the door opened on its own while driving.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

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