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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,412 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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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 132011

Astro Van

  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Astro. The contact stated that the front brake lines were rusted. The ABS unit was not working properly and the rear brakes had already failed. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer but was repaired by the contact. The current mileage was 79,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Carleton, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 012010

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Astro van. When driving at low speeds the anti-lock braking system would activate without warning, increasing the vehicle's stopping distance. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 76,000. Updated 5/12/10 updated 06/18/10.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 292006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,200 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at various low speeds, there was an increased stopping distance, and the antilock brakes activated without warning. There was a NHTSA recall, # 05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The dealer and manufacturer were alerted. Updated 12/15/2006 - the dealer told the consumer that the Astro was build on the same frame as the Silverado which was being recalled.

- Castile, NY, USA

problem #5

May 052005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,600 miles


Shift indicator was indicating the wrong gear. While driving the road the indicator was moving, but the shifter itself. Every time I drove the vehicle this happened. It was taken to dealer to fix and stated there were a lot of complaint. This occurred about a month ago antilock brakes are applying when dry. When going about 3-4 mph the antilock brakes will engaged. This problem was random. Have not taken for repairs.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 152004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The consumer's anti-lock brakes don't work properly when pulling into a parking space or under 10 mph. The consumer had to pump the brakes in order to get vehicle to stop or for warning before slowing down. The vehicle has all wheel drive. The consumer pulled fuse for anti-lock brake many times, and it worked fine without the fuse. Pulling the anti-lock brake fuse deactivated the anti-lock brakes capability. With the anti-lock brake fuse in, the consumer nearly runs into the back of vehicles when stopping. The consumer stated that the incidents happens only when the fuse is in and occured three times at low speed for no reason.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 172004

Astro Van

  • 26,000 miles
While driving at 5 mph consumer attempted to park in the driveway and without warning lost steering ability. Also, brakes were inoperable, and would not stop the vehicle. The vehicle collided with the outside wall of the garage. There was considerable damage to the garage and the vehicle. Consumer sustained no bodily injuries. Sliding door doesn't unlock to open. Dealer replaced ps pump because pump drive shaft was broken, and reinstalled side door.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 072004

Astro Van

  • 13,500 miles
While braking ABS brakes failed, causing extended stopping distance.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 072003

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
The ABS system failed and caused the brake pedal to go to the floor.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

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