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 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,378 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 052005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Driving on 3 lane interstate at 70 mph when transmission failed(sun gear shell in 4L60E transmission). Early am with little traffic so was able to coast to shoulder safely. Towed to exit. Had to replace transmission very lucky that traffic was light as all drive power was lost.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122008

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,101 miles
4L60E transmission sun gear on 2002 Chevy Astro failed without warning, shred everything in transmission. Transmission shop says GM knew part was faulty but did not issue any recalls. There were no noticeable symptoms prior to failing. Fluid was flushed and changed less that a year before.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 302003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,032 miles
When the vehicle was started in the morning, the brakes made a grinding noise when depressed. The vehicle was serviced by the dealership twice and they replaced the brake disc, rotors and shoes. While driving down a hill with the brake pedal depressed, the brake system overheated, and a burning odor filled the cabin of the vehicle. The brakes started to pulsate again while going down a mountain, a noise was heard coming from the driveline between shifts and was unable to be duplicated, the transmission slipped and shifted erratically, the engine would break up on a slight acceleration due to the distributor cap and the rotor being corroded.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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