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CarComplaints.com 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.

2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,580 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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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 092013

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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 #9

Jan 062009

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Astro with brake problems. Consumer states that GM will not reimburse her for the repairs made on her vehicle. The consumer stated while braking at low speeds, the vehicle lunged forward. Also, the ABS light illuminated. The consumer had to pay to have the sensors replaced.

- Wellsburg, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 252007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
ABS light on with multiple codes and ABS brakes are activating at slow speeds on dry pavement when the shouldn't be, causing an increasing stopping time and near miss accident.

- Hartland, VT, USA

problem #7

May 022007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Shudder and/or ABS activation during low speed turns, mainly to the left. Vehicle is an 03 Astro van AWD with 67K miles. Vehicle pulls pretty sharply left when this occurs.

- Dewey, AZ, USA

problem #6

Mar 292007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 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..

- Lansing , MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 052006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
: the contact stated while braking, the ABS light illuminated and there was a pulsating effect with the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined the left hub and sensor had to be replaced. The problem recurred 5000 miles later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the right sensor and hub needed to be replaced along with the control module of the whole ABS system. The manufacturer was contacted and agreed to pay for half of the repairs. Updated 11/09/06.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 232006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact stated the ABS sensor became defective at 45,000 miles. While depressing the brakes at low speeds, the vehicle coasted. On one occasion the vehicle collided with the curb which could have caused a collision. During these incidents the ABS light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle has been taken to two independent repair shops who confirmed that the ABS sensor is defective. They also recommended replacement of the ABS sensor. The contact expressed that the ABS sensor failed long before what was reasonable.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 192006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While braking at low speed ABS activates increasing stopping distance almost causing accident weather not a factor road condition not a factor also happens during parking lot maneuvers turning into parking spots ABS activates and seems not to stop note: This is an 2003 all wheel drive Astro van.

- Sound Beach, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 212006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
: 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.

- Hartland, VT, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
:the contact stated while stopping in a parking lot the ABS light illuminated and the brake pedal became hard to depress. Once the vehicle began to accelerate a noise came from the ABS. The noise ceased at approximately 20 mph. Additionally, the ABS light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, they only ran the VIN to check for recalls. It was also seen by a independent repair shop who determined there was no problem with the anti lock braking system.

- Harvey, IL, USA

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