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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,833 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van accessories - interior problems

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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 292005

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • 30,000 miles


The consumer's 1987 and 1997 Chevrolet Astro vans had faulty engine's.** answer required***. the power windows failed, the driver's seat came loose, the rear door hatch broke and the transmission failed due to the torque converter slipping and valve body wear (90000 miles).

- Olympia , WA, USA

problem #5

Oct 042002

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
I have a 1997 Astro, in the past 8 months the driver side window motor, windshield wiper motor and transmission have all been replaced. The transmission was replaced with 54,202 miles on it, which started giving us problems at about 53,000 miles. The dealership replaced both idler arms at 25,680 miles. Had seat belt chime fixed (recall), driver seat feels loose when stopping dealership claims to have tightened it, still feels loose. The van has always idled rough took it in 3 times for that and can't seem to fix that. Sliding door rattle they tried to fix that also still rattles. The gas pedal sticks when I take off or when I go in reverse which makes it impossible to take off smoothly. I had an Astro and a safari in the past and never had as many problems as I had with this one.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 251997

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side rear window will not stay open, clips that should hold it up are blocked by material, window slams shut when going over a bump. Transmission went out at 45000 miles. Oil leak, dealer ordered axle output shaft seal and crankshaft sensor. Electric fuel pump replaced due to vehicle cutting and would crank, but would not star. Oil pressure gauge erratic, dealer replaced oil pressure sender. Front brakes and pads were replaced, rotors were resurfaced. Consumer states there is play in the steering, dealer replaced both idler arms and reset toe in. Power door locks inoperable, dealer replaced power door lock switch. Power window inoperable, dealer replaced power window switch. Shifter was hard to move, dealer replaced shift cable. Gas pedal binds at times, dealer ordered throttle cable and replaced accelerator cable. Driver seta seems loose when braking, dealer ordered driver seat track assembly and replaced driver seat adjuster. PCM fuse kept blowing out, dealer removed engine cover and traced wire harness, repaired shorted harness at the rear of the transmission.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 182000

Astro Van

  • miles


Seat on the driver's side broke away from frame. This caused the seat to rock back and forth. Dealer was notified about the problem. Problem has not been corrected.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 041999

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Trim on two rear bench seats fell off which was replaced.

- Leavenwort, KS, USA

problem #1

Sep 011996

Astro Van

  • miles
The rear middle seatback spring is out of the seat cover which may injure the occupant. Dealer placed a cover over spring, but the spring cuts through the patch. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

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