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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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 112003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75 miles


Our 2003 Chevy Astro van had a intermittent very bad shimmy come from the front wheels. It was so bad the van could not be driven over 30 mph without losing control. The next 20 times it was driven it would work fine. We finally had it in to a dealer who had it happen to one of their mechanic while he was driving. The mechanic said it is a bad ball joint that had to be that way when it left the factory. We have not been able to drive the van for 3 weeks as they say the part is back ordered. It appears that this must be a problem with other vans and that is why we have not been able to get it replaced. I want to know if GM is going to recall all their vehicles with this problem? one of my employees nearly lost control of the van when it did it to her and it could easily happen to othere.

- Ft. Wainwright, AK, USA

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