Print this page Notes: The 2002 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 2002 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:
21,000 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.

2002 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 262005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


I began having a situation where my anti-lock brake system would activate at slow speeds <10 mph such as when pulling into a parking space - this results in the vehicle going forward farther than it normally would - please note that I did not have any accidents. I took it to the dealer which indicated that it was a common problem and they may be able to clean the sensors of corrosion (they did note that the sensors are lightly built and could break requiring replacement during the cleaning process - which they did). I voiced my concern to GM via there customer service system that this failure occurred at 42000 miles on a safety related system (3 years from in service date - 6000 miles out of warrant). I clearly indicated that I felt this was a flaw on what I consider to be a critical component. As of this point - 1 week later - GM's only response was that my concern would be made known to the management of the company. No action to inform me of the recall that I have recently read about was made, nor was any action to cover the approximately $500 bill. Note that the recall that has been in the news did not mention Chevy Astros which my vehicle is - however the problem sounds identical and my vehicle is a truck based GM vehicle with all wheel drive and antilock brakes - similiar to all the models mentioned in the recall.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 132003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated when he attempted to apply the brakes, the pedal went half way down, it was discovered that there was a faulty main module which controlled the brake system. Dealer has been notified. The vehicle lost it's braking power on a steep icy hill and slid with the pedal fully depressed. Immediately after the vehicle was repaired, the brake modular had failed during a test drive.

- Juneau, AK, USA

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