Print this page Notes: The 2001 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 2001 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 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.

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2001 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The brake lights failed. Contacted the dealer. Was told it was in the switch. Recall number 05V099000/ concerning hazard lamp circuit. Was issued.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 152005

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Brake lights and hazard lights stopped working. Consumer saw a recall on the television however, after calling the manufacturer, it became clear that this vehicle was not included in the recall.

- Quartz Hill, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 302004

Astro Van

  • miles
While traveling, and applying brakes consumer's vehicle came very close to have the vehicle behind hit it from the rear. There were no brake lights. Consumer called the dealer, and they were not very concerned. Took vehicle to another dealer who replaced the wiring harness in the steering column that controlled the brake lights and panel lights. Also, called the manufacturer and found that there was no recall.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 032004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Brake lights, hazard lights, and turn signal lights fail to function suddenly and with out warning. VIN# [xxx]. root cause appears to be failure of the multifunction switch ing on the steering column. Same issue wa observed on other GM models. Updated 08/03/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 182003

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Astro van. VIN [xxx] had to pay $420+ today to fix a GM known safety problem. I was told my car was not covered. They told me I had no other complaint option. Stop lamps/hazard lamps inoperative2000-2001 Chevrolet Blazer and trailblazer (classic); GMC jimmy and Envoy(classic); and Oldsmobile Bravada (classic) summary: Vehicle description: Sport utility vehicles. The multifunction switch could develop an open circuit condition that results in the stop lamps and the rear hazard lamps becoming inoperative. The center high mounted stop lamp and turn signal functions are not affected. Consequence: The loss of stop lamps and rear hazard lamps could fail to warn a following driver that the vehicle is braking and/or is stopped and could result in a crash. This is the same problem as NHTSA #01V364000 or NHTSA recall no. 01V364/GM GM/Chevy uses the same steering yoke for the Astro/safari vans. They did not include the vans in their the referenced safety recall. They only included the 2000-01 Chevrolet Blazer, GMC jimmy, and Oldsmobile Bravada. Why not the Astro/safari. They know this is the same part/failure? the GM campaign number I found was 01073 and 01073A. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

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