really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,922 miles

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problem #9

Mar 142010

Astro Van

  • 108,000 miles
While traveling at highway speeds the accelerator pedal became stuck. Vehicle continued to accelerate in a run-away mode. Vehicle was eventually stopped through combination of brakes and traveling into mud. Upon stopping it was noticed that the front brakes were flaming - most likely due to excessive heat.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #8

Dec 012009

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Astro van. While the cruise control was set at speeds of 65 mph, the brake pedal was applied to disengage the cruise control. However, there was no response. The vehicle continued to abnormally accelerate while the brakes were applied. There was an extremely loud roaring noise coming from the engine with an increase in the rpms. The vehicle was rapidly approaching a traffic light and the gear was shifted into neutral position. The engine was turned off. The vehicle was coasted to a stop with very limited braking power. After several moments, the vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was able to resume operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The cpu (central processing unit) and optical wheel sensors were intermittently faulty which required replacement. The sensors were cleaned to correct the problem. The identical failure occurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer that advised the replacement of the entire cpu. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 130,000. Updated 4/26/10 updated 06/17/10

- Gray, ME, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Feb 152004

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,985 miles
Uncontrolled engine acceleration: Without warning, the engine revved to full throttle. The car continued to accelerate even with foot off gas pedal and full brakes applied. The cause was identified as a broken accelerator cable. The breakage occurred near the gas pedal. The car had 48,000 miles. The gas pedal had been "jerky" intermittently on initial depression for the preceding year. Dealership servicing attributed this to a dirty throttle body, which was cleaned and "deferred." But 6 weeks later, this break in the accelerator cable occurred.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 182003

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, which resulted in an accident. Also the sliding door, slammed shut when entering or exiting the vehicle if the front of the vehicle was on an incline.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Nov 082001

Astro Van

  • miles
Van was in park and driver standing alongside vehicle when she turned the ignition off. As soon as the engine was off the van proceeded to roll backwards making a clicking noise. Driver tryed to enter the van to stop it and was drug by the van on the concrete. The van proceeded until hitting the back of a concrete block building.

- Warrenton, NC, USA

problem #2

May 012000

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes pedal pushes back up, and then vehicle accelerates, cause unknown.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #1

May 312000

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • miles
Vehicle was shifted into park to open gate. Upon returning shifted gear into drive and vehicle kept going foward with high speed. Consumer applied brakes, and vehicle continued to travel. As a result, ran into a house.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA