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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 092001

(reported on)

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The oil cooler lines leaked oil onto the engine which caused it to smoke. The oil cooler lines have been replaced three times within the last 30,000 miles. There was noise in the front end due to a worn right front outer tie rod and when damp or cold out, a hard shift would be present when making turns.

- Clawson, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 022002

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph the front passenger side of vehicle dropped, causing driver to loose control of vehicle. Vehicle bounced across 3 lanes of traffic, child hit his head on side of vehicle. Dealer determined the tie rod broke on passenger side.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

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