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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:
101,487 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van fuel system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 282003

Astro Van

  • 101,487 miles


I own a 2003, Chevrolet Astro. On Sunday, June, 28, 2009, I was driving on I-94, between alexandria, mn and fergus falls, mn. I had my cruise control set at 70 mph, the posted speed limit, when I approached a vehicle that was traveling at a slower speed. I pulled over to the left lane and proceeded to pass. As I was passing, I looked in my rear view mirror and noticed a vehicle was coming up to me at a fast pace, so I stepped on the accelerator, to get by the vehicle, that I was passing, a little quicker. When I passed the vehicle, I let up on the accelerator, to get back to the speed I was previously traveling. Instead of my vehicle slowing back down, it continued to go faster, I touched my brake pedal, to release the cruise control, but my vehicle continued to pick up speed, 80mph and climbing. I then stepped on my brake, on and off, to get back to about 60mph, moved my switch, for the cruise control, to the off position. I continued to pick up speed. There just happened to be an exit, to a town, so I went up the exit, stepping on and off the brake pedal to slow down. When I got to the top of the exit, I turned off the ignition and with the help of braking, I coasted to a stop. At this point, both my wife and I were very scared. I thought my cruise control had stuck, so I turned on the ignition and the engine roared, so I shut it off. I tried it once more and the same thing happened. Then I knew it was more than the cruise control, so I called my roadside service. After about a two hour wait, they brought my van to a Chevrolet dealer in alexandria, mn. It wa determined, by a mechanic, the next day, that my accelerator cable was frayed and that caused it to stick. The accelerator cable was replaced. I have the frayed cable.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

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