1997 Chevrolet Astro Consumer Review: Transmission Problems Under 75

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Transmission Problems Under 75,000
By Bonnie on


1997 Chevrolet Astro LS 3dr Minivan AWD


Had 2 transmission repairs under warranty at 75 and 80,000. I don't think the dealership fixed it properly, because had to be assertive, and now it has lasted another 225,000 without problems. Had trouble with dealer trying to get out of warranty for transmission and throttle body, saying it is because we didn't have oil changes at GM and used our own serviceman (had regular oil changes every 2500 elsewhere). Dealer said transmissions must be overhauled every 15,000 or would void warranty and said that brakes needed doing at 7500 then didn't put enough brake fluid in and they failed after the repair. After warranty over have been very satisfied with van. Love van except front leg room.

Best Features

Power and cargo space. nterior cleans easily, although is a bit cheap looking, carpet edges show, etc. Love the AWD in the snow. 300,000 and doesn't use oil. First van I have had that doesn't rust. Paint quality is amazing as well.

Worst Features

Front room, would like them to have kept making this van with stow away seats. Hate the extra seat in our basement all the time. Its relatively noisy inside on the highway. Power windows fixed 3X. A shame to spend money on these when no engine work needed ever.
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