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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,159 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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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 272010

Astro Van

  • 346,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Astro minivan. The contact was driving at very low speeds when the anti brake system failed, causing increased stopping distances during low-speed brake applications. The contact stated that the failure was similar to NHTSA campaign number id: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock) but the contact was advised by the dealer that his vehicle as not included in the recall. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileage was approximately 346,000.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #4

May 012008

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Highway traffic suddenly slowed due to an accident ahead. The steel brake line to the rear brakes failed due to excessive rust during an emergency stop on highway. The front brakes were able to safely stop the vehicle with no contact with any other vehicles. Steering was also very difficult during the stop possibly due to ABS action, but no wheel lock ever occurred.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 022003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 18,796 miles
Brake problems on 1997 Chevrolet Astro van. The consumer stated that more brake work was needed. The brakes had rusted and needed to be turned, the A/C was not blowing cold and there was a heating concern. The rear axle seals and differential gaskets were leaking..

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 181998

(reported on)

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
Brakes are soft and non-responsive, pull to the right or left and sometimes grabs.

- Traverse C, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 291997

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
Brakes failed as the driver applied them and felt no slowing or pulsating causing him to hit the vehicle in front of him.

- Bally, PA, USA

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