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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
168,058 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 272011

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • 168,058 miles


Throttle cable sticking due to outer layer of braided cable being frayed. Routing of cable caused a kink in the outer jacket that frayed the outer layer of a braided cable from the gas peddle to the throttle body. This caused the throttle to open and remain at what ever point it was by the pushing the accelerator pedal causing uncontrollable acceleration. The cable was routed below a hose at the firewall pushing the outer jacket downward and was that way from the factory as far as I am aware. No hoses have been changed. Replaced the throttle cable and routed it above the hose at the firewall to eliminate the downward pressure on the outer jacket and all is operating properly. Dealer had no interest in fixing or investigating the problem without cost being incurred by me. Made the repair myself with a new throttle cable obtained through a dealer parts department.

- Slidell, LA, USA

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