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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:
45,169 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 092014

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 100,145 miles


I was driving and all of a sudden, the dash lights went out and the car died. I lost power steering, and I coasted to the side of the road. Come to find out the fuse box was hot and there was a few fuses that were blown. I replace the blown fuses and drove home. When I got home and turned off the van, I couldn't get it start I looked at the same fuse and they were blown again. The van now sits in the driveway till I figure this out. Because it is too dangerous to drive.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 102009

Astro Van

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Astro van. The contact stated that while driving in reserve at approximately 5 mph, the brakes and the power steering malfunctioned. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic. The mechanic could not remedy the problem. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 012009

Astro Van

  • 56,000 miles
2002 Chevy Astro van idler arm pulled through the frame of the front right portion resulting in partial steering failure on February 1, 2009. Upon inspection by halleen Chevrolet service department it was determined that not only had the front right idler arm broken through the frame but the front left idler arm was also in danger of breaking through. This would result in complete steering failure. The service department at the dealership determined that the vehicle needed a complete frame replacement.

- Olmsted Township, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 122004

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,700 miles
While driving on a raining day at 30 mph, the consumer lost control which resulted facing opposite on the highway. The vehicle was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Previous to the accident, the consumer heard a noise coming through the front end of the vehicle. The dealerships inspected several times and could not duplicated or correct the problem.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

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

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