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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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,700 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 152004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles


Recall 03V328000/lower ball joint boot interference. Consumer had recall repairs done. Whenever vehicle was backing up or making a turn a popping sound was heard while driving. Vehicle had been to the dealer on three separate occasions, and problem recurred.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #3

May 242004

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
While turning left or right consumer heard a loud noise coming from the front. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 112004

Astro Van

  • miles
Dealership was unable to perform the lower ball joint boot interference recall 03V328000 repairs because they didn't have the parts or the tools. Consumer called dealer twice to make an appointment since receiving the recall notice.

- Bixby, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 242003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Earlier today I had my wife take in our 2003 Chevrolet Astro. The service light would not reset. This was the second time it came on and this time it would not reset by itself. While there I asked her to inquire about the Sept. 2, 2003 recall of the Astro van for a front suspension defect. Recall number 03044. The dealership representative searched by using our VIN. The search came back with no recall. I researched the recall on the NHTSA and called the Chevrolet manufacturers 800 number for further assistance to find out if we would be included. I spoke with an operator by the name of angela. She did a quick search and told me that there was no recall also. I disclosed to her that I was looking at the recall at that moment on the NHTSA web sight. She then restated that there was no recall for my van but she could not guarantee that I would not be included in this recall. All I wanted to know was if my van was included in the recall. Chevrolet tracks their vehicles. They know what parts are on which vans. They even know who bought them and where they are. Now they will not disclose if my van is included in this recall. This is a great concern to my entire family because this is a van that my wife and children are in. Is there some sort of code, rule, or law that they are breaking about not disclosing this to there consumers? please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you, brett spindler 702-644-4671.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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