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.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,673 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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2000 Chevrolet Astro Van transmission problems

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2000 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 142010

Astro Van

  • 108,000 miles


While traveling at highway speeds the accelerator pedal became stuck. Vehicle continued to accelerate in a run-away mode. Vehicle was eventually stopped through combination of brakes and traveling into mud. Upon stopping it was noticed that the front brakes were flaming - most likely due to excessive heat.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 142006

Astro Van 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles
My ac failed to blow cold after I noted some oil (not motor oil) under the front passenger side of the vehicle. The dealership recharged the system which was apparently empty including dye for which I bore the cost ($200+). less than 12 hrs later the system no longer blew cold and no fluid was noted under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership for inspection of the dye. The mechanic removed then interior engine hood and found that the ac line had rubbed against the transmission filler tube (now metal on metal). A hole the size of a dime to nickel was in the filler tube and the ac line also had a hole in it. I also have another 2K Chevy Astro that was diag'd several years ago for the same hole in the ac line but it had not worn a hole in the transmission filler tube. The mechanic had indicated that the ac line was "run that way from the factory". at this point foreign matter has fallen into the transmission including the metal from the filler tube, the black foam cover on the ac line and apparently the freon from the dye recharge. I have to presume other foreign matter has made its way in to filler tube as well. I am now attempting the have GM cover the $1K repair to the ac line and transmission filler tube.

- Orlando, FM, USA

problem #9

Oct 182004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Began slipping out of gear and eventually would not shift into gear. Worked when cool, didn't when warm. Mechanic stated transmission melted and vacuum hose also melted. Coulld have caused fire..

- Winamac, IN, USA

problem #8

Apr 202004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,733 miles


Driver seat belt will come undone while driving. The dealer was notified. Dealer informed the consumer that the part was not covered under a manufacturer extended warranty. The alternator did not charge, rear differential seal leaked, transmission pan leaked and the front pinion leaked.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 302003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,891 miles
On Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, while attempting to engage the drive on the automatic transmission of my year 2000 Chevy Astro van, 2wd, the entire shift assembly crumbled in my hands as is it was a piece of candy. I took delivery of this vehicle on 7/20/2000 from bk Chevy here in brooklyn, New York. The van doesn't even have 10,000 miles on it!!! it looks brand new on the outside. This is a manufacturer's defect that could have been fatal had the vehicle been in motion. Fortunately I was in park... and the shift assembly broke apart while the vehicle was in park. The vehicle was towed to bk Chevy service center for repair. This is going to be an out-of-warranty repair and cost me a lot of money. I have asked for all the broken parts to be placed in the box the new parts came in and I am willing to ship the broken parts for testing to Washington, DC. I await instructions.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 042003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,778 miles
Hard transmission shift on 2nd gear as if being rear ended. Symptoms appears only when vehicle is hot or on long trips.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 182003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


2000 Astro van with 50,000 miles. Reverse and second gears went out. Now costing $1500 to have the transmission rebuilt. We bought this van new in 2000.

- Glen Flora, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 042003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Code 1870 is well documented on multiple web sites. The aluminum valve housing is too small and wears out quickly. The sympton is a very hard shift from 1-2 and 2-3 as if being rear-ended only after the vehicle is hot. Chevy has reengineered to a bigger valve but still wants it's customers to pay half of $2000 for a $350-$950 problem that should be covered by it's warrenty. Sonnex makes a steel replacement and can verify how frequent the problem is. Chevy's aluminum replacement is questionable, let alone the deal they offer.

- N Canton, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 272003

Astro Van

  • miles
The consumer stated that while driving the vehicles automatic transmission did not shift properly in second gear. The dealer inspected it several times when the vehicle was under warranty but could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 092003

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
When taking off consumer would notice vehicle jerking. While vehicle wa son an incline vehicle would roll backwards. Vehicle was serviced, transfer case needed to be replaced.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 142000

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am requesting that the vehicle is bought back. No safety defec tmentioned.

- Denmark, TN, USA

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