really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,455 miles

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problem #35

May 232009

Astro Van

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Astro. The contact stated when braking on any uneven road surface, the anti-lock brake system would activate independently with the illumination of the ABS warning light making it difficult to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was involved in three separate crashes as a result of the failure. On one occasion while traveling 45 mph, the brakes were applied abruptly but did not respond and the contact crashed into another vehicle. There was one reported injury and a police report was filed. The contact stated that the ABS was activated at the time of the crash. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage 151,000.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #34

Sep 182007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
My 2000 Chevrolet Astro van with all wheel drive intermittently fails to stop at low speeds due to inappropriate activation of the anti lock braking system. This condition has nearly resulted in several accidents that jeopardized the safety of people and property, such as when traveling in parking lots and crowded city streets. The ABS system failure does not register a service code, and the problem was not recognized by service department at the local GM dealership, who replaced transfer case fluid in the absence of having a clue. Through self diagnosis, the problem was confirmed to be the ABS sytem because the brakes operate normally when the fuse is removed from the wiring block slot labeled ABS. Due to the absence of any physical damage to the vehicle, and the failure of the vehicles diagnostic system to detect this proble, it is clearly a defect in the vehicle or components design or construction. Owners should not have to pull fuses on safety system in order for the brakes to work when necessary. NHTSA should evaluate the aggregate number of complaints already issued with this problem, and understand that the GM trained service technicians are not helping owners remedy or understand this defect exists. A recall notice should be issued.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #33

Aug 032007

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,175 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Astro. The contact stated that as the vehicle comes to a rolling stop, the antilock brakes activate and he loses control of the brakes. The failure only occurs when driving at low speeds such as 5 mph and approaching a stop. He stated that the failure began a few days ago and has gradually increased in severity. The current mileage was 108,225 and failure mileage was 108,175.

- Whitefield, NH, USA

problem #32

Mar 302006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS activates at speeds below 5 mph. This causes an excessive stopping distance. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 4/11/2006 -

- West Olive, MI, USA

problem #31

Jan 302006

Astro Van 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
: the contact stated the ABS activated at speeds of less than 5mph. While pulling into a parking lot the ABS activated and caused a total loss of the brakes. There was no warning before the activations occurred. There is a service bulletin, NHTSA item # 10000062 for the ABS activation. The vehicle had not been inspected.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #30

Oct 202005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles
1) several times (~10) in the past few weeks when we're almost to a stop (~ 5mph) the ABS kicks in and it feels like we're losing braking power 2) we have been able to stop, but it feels like a crash is bound to happen 3) independent mechanic indicates computer code telling loss of wheel speed GM has a recall of the front wheel hub/bearing assembly for exactly this reason - but it doesn't include the Astro - only "trucks" - why not the Astro"?" it's basically the same vehicle.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #29

Dec 082003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,803 miles
The contacts stated that the ABS activated at low speeds when applying brake pressure. Took the vehicle to a dealer, who discovered a failure within the wheel speed sensors, and those were replaced. About 25000 miles later the problem returned. The dealer performed a diagnostic test, but the dealer could not detect a code. The contact continued to experience an intermittent activation at low speeds. No further repairs have been made.

- Gasport, NY, USA

problem #28

Sep 192005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
On September 19, 2005, at slow speed the brakes failed and vehicle crashed into a pole. Took the vehicle to the dealer, and they said it was the same exact problems as stated in the the recall but at this time they awere not sure if this vehicle wa sincluded in the recall due to VIN. They said to contacted NHTSA too. This was the first time this had happened then the day I took it to the dealer it did it again. The dealer removed the wheel sensors and cleaned them. The brake pedal pulsated and there vibration in the pedal also. No brake lights came on.

- Amhurst , NY, USA

problem #27

Aug 012005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
While driving at real low speeds the anti-lock brakes kicked into gear and it was hard to getthe vehicle to stop. The consumer contacted GM but received no response. The consumer then took the vehicle to the local dealer and the mechanic disconnected the ABS system. This problem started on August 1, 2005. The consumer could hear the brakes pulsating.

- Erie , PA, USA

problem #26

Aug 012005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The check engine light comes on and off. The ABS system activates while driving on the highway. Also, the ABS light comes on. It does this off and on by itself. This started on August 1, 2005. There is a recall, Chevrolet is still recalling, but not sure at this time if consumer's vehicle is included.

- Broadview Heights , OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 262005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,650 miles
When I apply brakes while driving at slow speeds (about 10 mph), the anti-lock braking system engages. This greatly increases the stopping distance, and gives the feeling that the vehicle may not stop as intended. This failure can also cause the vehicle to "pull" to left or right during the application of the brakes.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #24

Jul 232005

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,310 miles
The consumer stated his wife put her foot on the brake and it did not stop; it accelerated when she hit the brake and she hit two parked cars on 7-23-05. She was going approx. 3-5 mph. This is not the first time this has happened. Previously, they had felt some pulsating in the pedal, but it became progressively worse. This is the first time they have felt it accelerate. No lights came on prior to this or previously. This occurred during normal braking, on a dry road.

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #23

Sep 172003

Astro Van 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
Intermittently and at any speed, when the brakes were applied, the vehicle would slide. The dealer examined the vehicle and found that the ABS sensor needed to be replaced. After several months, the sensor went out again.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #22

Aug 182003

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
While driving at low speeds hydraulic antilock braking system does not operate properly which causes extended stopping distance. Also, vehicle won't start at various times.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

problem #21

Mar 102002

Astro Van

  • miles
I attempted to stop behind a car making a turn. As I depressed the brakes there was no response, the pedal went to the floor. After I purchased the van I had taken the van to the dealer about the brakes were not right, but I was told that was the ABS brakes were like that. Later I took it again in the winter when I checked the brakes on snow. The brakes were making a grinding sound--again the dealer said that's normal. I am not driving it now because I feel it is unsafe. After several calls to GM allegation department I have not heard from them about air bags that did not deploy. This accident with the van involved two other cars and injuries to two people. I have seen several 2000 Astro vans have the same problems submitted to your web page. They too are afraid of driving the vans. We need help.;

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #20

Jul 012001

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles
I have tried to work with Chevrolet the corporation and the dealership on this braking problem I have been having, the brakes pump then go to the floor not always stopping my vehicle. They have had my van for over a week now and still say they cant find nothing. My husband and I have both experieced this problem, we had it in the shop last July and they said their was nothing. We feel this is dangerous and compromised my saftey and the safety of my children. Please help.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #19

Dec 202001

Astro Van

  • miles
When attempting to back out of driveway and applying brakes they failed to activate, causing unwanted and unexpected acceleration, causing vehicle to crash into an electrical transformer box. Consumer has contacted dealer on several occasions regarding brake master cylinder leaking fluid.

- St. Joseph, MI, USA

problem #18

Dec 302001

Astro Van

  • miles
While driving in reverse and backing out of a driveway, brake system failed unexpectedly (ODI reference: 8002090), and accelerator stuck, causing sudden acceleration. Vehicle crashed into an electrical box and knocked out a transformer. On 20-Dec-2001, dealership had cleaned throttle because of a hesitation with accelerator pedal. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- St. Joseph, MI, USA

problem #17

Mar 012000

Astro Van

  • miles
Tires wer wearing out on inside, and ABS braking system malfunctioned.. when applying brakes pedal was hard, and vehicle went into another vehicle without prior warning. Also transfer case needed to be replaced.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 282001

Astro Van

  • miles
Consumer was traveling 35mph on a side street and was approaching a stop sign applied brakes, pedal was hard, and antilock brake system kicked in, and didn't react. Hit vehicle from behind. Upon impact, dual airbags didn't deploy dealership was aware of problem.

- Chicargo, IL, USA

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