Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Print this page Notes: The 2004 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 2004 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:
131,193 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.

2004 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 142010

Astro Van

  • 131,193 miles


1. I parked my wife's van at the neighbor's house because guests were about to arrive. Their driveway is on a slight incline so I engaged the emergency brake. 2. it occurred just once with the pedal going completely to the floor. 3. after contacting GM and being denied compensation due to no recall and the age of the vehicle I purchased and replaced the broken driver side emergency brake cable myself. I believe the cause was a design flaw. I have the old part if needed for examination. The cable was completely severed due to a crack in the outer sheath allowing moisture to enter and to deteriorate the cable. The crack occurred at a severe bend where a bracket secured the cable to the frame of the vehicle.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

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