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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,000 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 112005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


1996 Chevrolet Astro. The vehicle began to smoke on August 11, 2005. The smoke was coming from the dashboard. The vehicle was being driven when this occurred. The consumer stated the switch or the plug for the rear air conditioner blower melted. Also, melted the first six inches of the wiring harness. The vehicle is still drivable. The consumer was able to pull the vehicle over and turn it off. He checked to make sure there were no flames. This problem has not yet been repaired.

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 011998

Astro Van

  • miles
Without any warning the instrument gauges on the dashboard stopped working for a couple of seconds. Currently, they don't work for 5 days straight. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

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