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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,000 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 262005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


I was driving down the interstate at 65 miles per hr. And all of a sudden I saw white smoke coming from the back of my van, it looked like the van was on fire, I lost all power to the van, and had no pick-up or speed. I had to divert the van to the shoulder of the highway. When I looked under the hood I found that the transmission cable had come unattached, and I had transmission fluid all over the ground. There were no warning signs whatsoever. Transmission fluid sprayed all the way to my back windshield of the van.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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