Print this page Notes: The 2000 Chevy Astro Van has a solid reputation with very low complaint rates. The only problem now is finding one with low miles.

Not only is the 2000 Astro Van reliable, but since they were built on a truck powertrain, they can tow 5,500/5,000 lbs (RWD/AWD) -- almost double what other minivans can.

The Chevy Astro is mechanically identical to the GMC Safari.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,838 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2000 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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2000 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 252002

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,353 miles


Upon approach to an intersection, I began to slow down early because the road was covered with ice and snow. The vehicle began to slide a little, so I pressed firmly on the brake to engage the ABS brakes. I heard a very loud snap! and the brake pedal was gone from beneath my foot. The vehicle proceeded into the intersection, narrowly missing becoming broadsided from the left. I swung the steering wheel to the right, engaged the parking brake (which did little to slow forward momentum) and waited while the vehicle rolled to a stop, inches from a telephone pole. *** upon being towed to a dealership for repair, it was discovered that the problem was catastrophic failure of the master cylinder component in the braking system. The metal casting has a crack which is almost 6 inches long which runs along the underside of the part for almost its full length. The metal wall of the cylinder has been extruded by the force of the explosion which occurred during braking. *** I have the part and I am willing to share photographs of the problem. *** it is interesting to note that a Chevrolet representative, contacted after the fact, told me that this failure was most likely due to "bad braking habits".

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 202001

Astro Van

  • miles
When attempting to back out of driveway and applying brakes they failed to activate, causing unwanted and unexpected acceleration, causing vehicle to crash into an electrical transformer box. Consumer has contacted dealer on several occasions regarding brake master cylinder leaking fluid.

- St. Joseph, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 182000

Astro Van

  • miles
The problem has progressively gotten worse, up to the point when my wife and three children coasted through a busy intersection with no breaks. Midway Chevrolet's service department was contacted and did not seem to be too concerned with the problem and advised me to drive it across town to their service deprtment.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 312000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
When driving in wet weather conditions and upon depressing brake pedal to make a graudal stop while traveling 25-30 mph pedal traveled to the floorboard, causing extended stopping distance. Consumer has contacted dealer, dealer unable to determine the cause. But, has replaced master cylinder. However, problem still occurs.

- Riverside, NJ, USA

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