2003 Chevrolet Astro

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$22,050

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2003 Chevrolet Astro

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

3 trims

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  • LT

  • LS

  • Base

    $22,050

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2003 Chevrolet Astro review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Introduced in 1985 as a rival to the first front-wheel-drive (FWD) Chrysler minivans, the midsize, truck-based Astro was Chevrolet’s original entrant into that market. Still available with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), the Astro is positioned between Chevy’s FWD Venture and the full-size, RWD Express.

For the 2003 model year, the Astro minivan gets standard four-wheel disc brakes. Newly styled 16-inch aluminum wheels go on the LS and LT passenger models; those trim designations are actually option groups. A new, lower-cost base model equipped with 16-inch steel wheels has been added. A two-seat Cargo Van is also available for commercial applications.

GMC’s Safari is nearly identical to the Astro, but Chevy’s van outsells its GMC cousin by a wide margin. Neither has been selling strongly.

Exterior
Produced in a single body length, the Astro rides a 111.2-inch wheelbase and measures 189.8 inches long overall. A regular-length Dodge Caravan is nearly as long as the Astro, while a Dodge Grand Caravan stretches 11 inches longer. Optional running boards help ease entry and exit in the Astro.

A sliding door is installed only on the passenger side, and swing-open rear cargo doors are standard. Dutch doors with a swing-up rear window on top and twin swing-out doors on bottom are optional. A rear defogger is included with the Dutch-door setup.

Interior
Astros are equipped with a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Eight-passenger seating consists of two front buckets and a pair of three-place rear bench seats. An optional seven-passenger configuration for the LT puts two second-row bucket seats in place of the bench; the LT may have optional leather seating. With the second- and third-row seats removed, cargo space totals 170.4 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 4.3-liter V-6 engine produces 190 horsepower. The four-speed-automatic transmission incorporates a Tow/Haul mode that alters shift patterns when transporting heavy loads. A RWD passenger model can tow up to 5,400 pounds, while the Cargo Van is capable of pulling 5,800 pounds. AWD Astros offer towing capacities that are 200 to 300 pounds lower. RWD passenger Astros have a 1,648-pound payload rating vs. 1,495 pounds for AWD models.

Optional AWD normally sends full power to the back wheels. In case of slippage, the system begins to deliver power to the front wheels until the Astro is able to regain traction.

Safety
Four-wheel all-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
In terms of both size and overall driving feel, the Astro and its Safari cousin are more like scaled-down Express vans than enlarged Venture minivans. Despite refinements in current models and a load of comfort and convenience features, RWD inevitably produces more of a trucklike sensation than you’d experience in a FWD Venture or its rivals. For ample hauling capacity and a spacious cargo hold, the Astro can be a useful compromise. But for everyday driving, most people would be more comfortable in a conventional, FWD minivan.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 2/26/03

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 3.7
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

I've owned this car eve since was brand new

This car mat all of my needs. it has plenty of leg room, the ride is great comparing to other Vans I owned, in another words if I didn't retired an did not have other cars I wouldn't sell it period

4.3

great first car.

the 03 astro is my first car and I love almost everything about it. Theirs not much foot room i the front seats and the seat belts in the back seats are not the best. But for a 15 year old car with 200,000+ miles it drives great does not need much maintenance if any, and the seats are incredibly comfy.

1.7

03 astro van is junk!

Bought this thing used and have nothing but trouble! The brake system is garbage . The seat belts are garbage. The seating sucks and all the parts are over priced! I'm a chevy guy but I would NEVER buy another astro van!!!!!!!!!! I would rather walk than to put up with this piece of junk!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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