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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,500 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 032006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Vehicle has repeatedly starting running poorly and has a lack of power along with a misfire. Vehicle is then hard to accelerate and slows down flow of traffic. Each time the distributor cap and rotor have been found with excessive amount of corrosion on them and when the cap & rotor are replaced the problem goes away for a while. The cap & rotor were changed 3 times each before 50,000 miles.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 202004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Van willnot start at times. Moisture is getting into distributor and shorting out the ignition. In the 63000 miles I have driven this van the distributor and rotor has been replaced 2 times due to failure. Rotor has big black burn on plastic near electrode.

- Laurel, MD, USA

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