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:
21,865 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.

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 142006

Astro Van 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,865 miles


I have reported this before due to several other close calls that I had, but the same thing has happened to two others in the same vehicle. When depressing the brake pedal (because it is so small - 2"X2.6") your foot can be on the edge of the pedal and it will slip off as you apply more pressure. This happens when you are nearing a stop or having to make a quick stop. We have had several near miss accidents, the last would have been a right angle collision with a dump truck right in the driver's door. The vehicle is a 2003 Astro van with automatic transmission. Foot space is limited only if it would be a stick shift requiring a clutch. The brake pedal is the smallest in our fleet and not much larger than the emergency brake pedal. The vehicle is now parked pending a safety review.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

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