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Print this page Notes: The 2003 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 2003 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:
88,700 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.

2003 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #5

May 232014

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 96,500 miles


I was driving pulling a trailer on the freeway when suddenly the traffic stop. I applied the brakes at a safe distance when suddenly my brakes when all the way to the floor I applied the emergency brakes and stop. I had to go thru the emergency lane. I told my son to push the brake pedal while I was underneath and the brake lines broke. They where all rusted out. I had to get a wrecker to take it home.if you need to see my van call me so you can see the brake lines.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 052014

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
My spouse was driving and we were stopped at a yard sale. We returned to the vehicle and started to back out when she noticed the steering wheel was extremely hard to turn. Then when she wanted to stop the vehicle the brakes were extreme hard to operate. After some research we learned of hundreds of brake malfunctions on similar vehicles and other cars that use similar brake booster technology.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 092013

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I am complaining of the safety issues regarding the ABS computer system. I have put my vehicle in the shop to be checked out by a few car repair facilities and all have said the same thing my ABS cpu. My van is hesitating terribly and causing the van to not accelerate properly. I have nearly been in three accidents since the problem has been occurring. I have also done some research on this issue via internet and found that many people are having the same problem across the usa. And GM is blaming it on the weather conditions in the North but the problems are happening to Astro vans(2003) across the entire us. This is a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible.. the contact stated while applying brake pressure at 20mph or less, the ABS activated with an increased stopping distance. The vehicle was seen by an independent repair shop. A diagnostic test was performed which indicated a failure in the right front wheel speed sensor. The mechanic determined the wheel speed sensor of the antilock brakes needed to be replaced. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. This vehicle currently has this issue, and was checked by a repair shop. They described the problem undetectable; the recall was on models up to 2002. It seems that it carried over to this model, can the dealer assist in replacing the parts. I would pay the labor but the parts involved are about $1500 from the dealer alone. Can I get help from the NHTSA to get this critical issue resolved.

- Valleystream, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 142004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van. The contact stated that the brake pedal went all the way to the floor while making a left turn. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to start when the vehicle was parked and the wheels were turned to the left. A mechanic looked under the vehicle and found that the wiring harness that was located near the front passenger side tire had burned out. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the contact was unsure of what would be repaired. The failure mileage was unknown but the current mileage was 67,000.

- Broad Run, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132012

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Complete brake failure due to rusting brake lines. The previous day this vehicle was pulling a small trailer on a Michigan interstate highway. The following day it was parked in my driveway and a wet area was visible on the concrete. It was brake fluid on the ground that had dripped from the rusted brake line and drained the master cylinder reservoir. I discovered this when moving the vehicle to try and determine the cause of the fluid leak. The brake line had completely rusted through! fortunately this did not happen the previous day as it could easily have been fatal. The vehicle was towed to the GM dealership. There are no replacement parts for the brake lines and none are available in the aftermarket. The dealer wanted over $1700 to replace the lines and said there may be more items to replace - possibly another $700 or more. Plus, fuel lines were also rusting and they should be replaced too. This could easily have been a fatal incident or extreme damage as the brakes were completely useless in my driveway and I had to put the vehicle into reverse to stop it, even at a very slow speed. I have had other vehicles for a much longer time - including GM - and never had anything like this before.

- Oakland, MI, USA

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