Print this page Notes: The 2003 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 2003 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:
25,000 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.

2003 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


: the contact stated while brake pressure was applied at 15mph, a grinding noise was heard coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop for inspection. The mechanic determined the rotors had rusted due to the vehicle being in salt belt state. The rotors were replaced and the vehicle now operates normally. The mechanic stated the rotors were made with inferior metal. Updated 05/02/06.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Uneven wear of brake rotors due to frozen calipers. Rotor becomes unevenly worn causing a pulse in brakes and reducing the effectiveness of the brakes. When examined further it is apparent that the caliper is not sliding properly and only the piston side of the brake system is being applied aggravating the problem further. Problem was a primary cause for loss of control in a low traction incident in which the van spun during panic braking when one rear wheel locked and the other didn't. the vehicle has been back to the dealership several times for brake problems and each time the vehicle was returned only to redevelop problems within a month or two. Dealer serviced vehicle one time as warranty but required payment for pads even though the premature wear was caused by this problem. This van is advertised with a towing capacity of 5000 lbs I would be scared to see what would happen if the problem manifested itself while towing a 5000lb trailer down a hill or moutain side.

- Locust Valley, NY, USA

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