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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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
22,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. service dept replaced distributor cap and rotor (1 reports)
2003 Chevrolet Astro Van engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 192007

(reported on)

Astro Van LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


The van is a 2003, but I purchased it in 2004 brand new. Only 22,000 miles on it and during a horrible snow and ice storm our power in our home went out for 4 days. Then on top of that the van won't turn over. Purchased a new battery, and still nothing. Had to have it towed in on a Friday afternoon. The service dept closed early Saturday, I guess because of the weather and didn't get to work on it until Monday. Finally got it back, the warranty covered everything but I missed a lot of work. It turned out to be moisture around the distributor cap. I asked for a courtesy car none available. What a terrible experience.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

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