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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 4
Average Mileage:
55,356 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 132010

Astro Van

  • 172,777 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Astro van. While driving 30 to 35 mph, the vehicle began accelerating on its own. The vehicle would not slow down by applying the brakes which forced the contact to shift gears into neutral and then into third gear. Within a few minutes, the contact was able to slow down the vehicle engaging the brake pedal and shut the engine off. The contact was informed to engage the accelerator pedal to loosen the throttle; however, when he restarted the vehicle the RPM's increased rapidly. The police helped the contact push the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the rapid acceleration was due to a frayed accelerator cable. The dealer replaced the accelerator cable and adjusted the idle and throttle plate. The vehicle is driving normally. The contact requested the parts from the dealer who stated that they were not longer available. The contact is concerned about the safety risk since a crash could have occurred. The failure mileage was 172,777.

- Riverview, MI, USA

problem #3

May 022004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Consumer complained about a sudden acceleration problem. This problem occurred intermittently and with or without the air conditioning being on. Dealership tried to resolve the problem. However the problem recurred.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 142003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,647 miles
2002 Chevrolet Astro van, approximatley 27,000 miles on odometer. Vehicle will not start for fourth time over a period of about 6 months.

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 192002

Astro Van

  • miles
While traveling about 30mph on the highway without prior warning. The gas pedal was stuck and excessive speeding and she was able to stop by turning off the vehicle. Please provide additional information. Dealer is aware of the problem.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

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