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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Chevy Astro is mechanically identical to the GMC Safari.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,571 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Mar 062003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Chevrolet Astro van mark III conversion - accident, ABS failed to correct fish tailing, front airbags did not open on frontal impact.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #20

Aug 242002

Astro Van

  • miles
ABS light illuminated. When braking sometimes brake pedal gets really hard. Consumer has to pump on brake to stop. This happens maybe once a day.

- Ohmaha, NE, USA

problem #19

Mar 292001

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS light is on, and when brakes are applied stopping distance is not normal. Dealer has been contacted. Consumer has had numerous repairs on vehicle, differential was overhauled, windshield wipers work intermittenly, fule injection system was repaired, ignition switch cylinder was replaced, as well as alternator, the entire ABS system has been rebuilt, consumer states rattle sound from front of engine drivebelt was replaced as well as tensioner, also fule/air filter was replaced. Automatic transmission was replaced. Front and rear shocks were replaced.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 172001

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Loss of braking due to defective rotors deteriorating from within. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not covered under a recall or warranty. Consumer stated that the dealer admitted that this was a common problem with metallic brake linings, the steel peels away from the rotors.

- Clawson, MI, USA

problem #17

Dec 192000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
While driving steering and brakes go out at same time. Dealer has been contacted.

- Hanover, MI, USA

problem #16

Aug 242000

Astro Van

  • miles
While driving could feel vibration on the right side. Then, every 1000 miles pads had to be replaced. Also, rotors were rusted. Technician could not state what was the problem.

- Oldtown, MD, USA

problem #15

Jul 242000

Astro Van 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving could step on the brakes and the pedal will go to the floor, and vehicle will not stop on time. While rolling the ABS light will come on.

- Whiterker, PA, USA

problem #14

Jul 072000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Intermittently when brakes are applied pedal goes to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has been notified.

- Plains, KS, USA

problem #13

Apr 242000

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
For a car that is only four years old, this one has far too many equipment failures. I would imagine that this car would be considered a lemon by most people. When we first got it the brakes would slow you down and at 10 mph as you were approaching the stop or the rear end of another car, they would fail to stop you completely. The dealer who sold us the car agreed to fix that. Next the front end started shaking so violently it would throw the cups out of the holders in the front of the van. We took the car to our local Chevy dealership and they said they fixed them. Only 10,000 miles later we had to take it back in to have the rotors turned again as they were warped again. They unjustly accused me of riding the brakes, which I do not do. This time they replaced the brake pads on the front disc brakes. I requested that they do that the first time and the refused to do so. They have not been able, nor have they made much effort to find the electrical problems other than the windshield wiper relay. I am worried about my childrens safety in this vehicle given the number of numerous failures of various equipment on this one vehicle.

- Moscow, ID, USA

problem #12

Apr 102000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
When applying brakes on dry pavement pedal went to the floor, causing extended stopping distance, and resulting in a collision. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy, and the driver's seat belt did not lock up.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #11

Apr 052000

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver rearend vehicle in front with a 35mph - 40 mph impact due to brake failure. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy, and driver's seatbelt did not lock up, causing loss of protection and injuries.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #10

Feb 071999

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
The failure of anti-lock brakes to work properly (wheels lock up), has caused me to slide into an intersection and almost get broadsided, and it has caused me to nearly slide into a truck in a parking lot. The front rotors have had to be turned 7 times - 6 in the last 13 months. The brakes will pulsate because the rotors warp about every 2 months.

- Mesick, MI, USA

problem #9

May 151999

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
Random failure of power booster on braking system. Complete loss of brakes.

- Prospect Heights, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 301998

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
ABS brakes; when applying brakes in normal conditions, the pedal goes to the floor and brakes fail to stop vehicle..

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 151998

(reported on)

Astro Van 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed intermittantly causing vehicle to pull to the left or right resulting in loss of control while braking, replaced all parts of braking system with little or no improvement.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #6

Feb 251997

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving the truck and having to make a panic stop, applying foot to the brake pedal, the pedal goes to the floor. Has to pump the brake pedal several times before the truck will stop.

- Sears, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 201997

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brakes failed to stop vehicle properly when going over rough surface (gravel) causing loss of control.

- Burlington, KS, USA

problem #4

Mar 011997

Astro Van

  • miles
Brakes intermittently pull to the right.

- Argillite, KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 191996

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
ABS brake failure. Claims that engineers in detroit indicated tha tfailure was due to a design flaw.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 281997

(reported on)

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
When applying brakes at low speeds steering wheel locks up.

- Saint Pete, MO, USA

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