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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,250 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 #2

May 182006

Astro Van

  • 50,500 miles


Antilock braking system warning lights and brake light came on when I was entering the freeway. The lights continue to come on whenever I am driving. I had it checked at corning Chevrolet and was told the part alone was $900 plus labor to replace it. The brakes work, but not the antilock system installed by the manufacturer.

- Corning, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 162014

Astro Van

  • miles
We live in the country with gravel roads. All of our Chevrolet vehicles have had brake lines rot out. Our Ford and Dodge vehicles have not. The Chevrolet Astro vans we have exhibit a propensity for the brake line rotting out over the gas tank as well as the brake lines over the front frame members. The brake lines on 20 year old Ford vehicles look as good as new under the same conditions. My 1994 Chevrolet K-3500 pickup has blown brakes lines due to rot along with the back part of the frame that rusted out. I just read where you have advised washing the underside of Chevrolet vehicles several times a year. Well the lines rotting out on top of the gas tank and the front frame rails will not get washed. Whoever made the "wash it" decision evidently does not drive older Chevrolet. If there was no problem then why did Chevrolet evidently change their lines? or maybe they did not and the newer ones just have not started rotting out yet. Why do Ford brake lines, exhaust systems, frames, and bodies not rust like GM. Someone is hiding something. The Chevrolet brake line are definitely a safety hazard due to rusting thru.

- St. Francisville, IL, USA

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