Chrysler Grand Voyager Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 4

1996 Chrysler Grand Voyager LE 2.3 V6

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Too dicey... I need reliable transportation

Faults:

I continue to have electrical problems, which even the most technical specialty electric shop has not been able to diagnose. I have spent about $850 trying various shops to get it fixed, but to no avail. While driving down the street, it will just die. Usually it starts right up. sometimes, it takes 3 to 5 minutes. I just wish I could find someone who knows what the problem is. Sometimes the turn signals will work, sometimes not. Sometimes the check engine light will come on, sometimes not, but most times it is on. I have had it reset a number of times, with no engine codes detecting a specific fault. I'll watch here for new posts, but it looks like this is a problem so far unresolved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2006

2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager SE 3.3L

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carChrysler Grand Voyager

Summary:

Reasonable value, but also not built to last

Faults:

A/C blew on this at 30,000 - fortunately still under warranty. That caused the equivalent of a handful of small metal shrapnel bits to be blown through the whole system.

Biggest issue I have had with this vehicle relates to steering and brakes. The brakes seem to require more work than necessary (and I am NOT a rough driver) - and ever since about 40,000 miles the car just will NOT drive straight any more, despite multiple alignments, new tires, and several hundred dollars in other (possibly unnecessary) alignment-related items.

General Comments:

We purchased this car for the "value"- and at the time, this van was the best on the market in terms of var-for-the-price.

Overall, I have not had any major engine problems, but the car's "handling" seems to have just given out. It doesn't go straight any more, and I even had the "steering gear" (a massive hydraulic component) replaced at a cost of nearly $1,000.

A year ago I stopped going to a Chrysler dealer for anything, because they're just too expensive. I now use a local mechanic who does much better work, and for probably 2/3rds the cost or less.

Handling of the driving however is fine, and the van is reasonably comfortable. One item that is a bit of a problem for me as a tall person is the driver-side wheel well. It sticks into the cabin a bit too much, forcing me to switch my feet around in an odd position if I am on long trips.

Miles-per-gallon isn't that great, and falls a little short of what was advertised. I get about 17MPG City and 21MPG Highway.

My overall impression is that Chrysler tends to focus on value and comfort inside the car, but skimps on other things like the ability of the van to last long enough. Minivans today should be able to last to 200,000 miles- but I fear I won't get past 140K. The large upper "well" where the struts attach (in front) are rusting through- and eventually mt struts won't have anything to hold onto. Not good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th September, 2005

11th Jun 2006, 07:56

I live in the UK. I traded my Chrysler Grand Voyager in. It was on an "R" plate, which is a "98 model. My van had 180.000 miles on the clock and it was still going strong... In my opinion they are built to last. I have just purchased a Chrysler Grand Voyager (a town and Country spec)FULLY LOADED and it has approx 61,000 on the clock. I expect this car to be running for the next few years without any problems. They are THE best minivans built. And I would NOT drive anything else. Very pleased with my car!!!

19th Jun 2010, 06:04

We have a Voyager 2000. Bought it new and never had a major problem with the vehicle. It has 212,000 miles on it. Just yesterday the transmission started to fail. We absolutely love the van, because of its great performance. Our question is, is it worth putting in a rebuilt transmission and hoping for another 50,000 or so miles? Cost of a rebuilt $1400 sure beats the cost, insurance, etc of a new car.

19th Jun 2010, 13:31

"Cost of a rebuilt $1400 sure beats the cost, insurance, etc of a new car."

That's VERY cheap for a transmission. Our friends were asked $3000+ for one for their 6-year-old Camry. They opted to junk it and buy a Chevy. Our friends (several of them) have driven their Caravans and Town and Countrys well over 250,000 miles with virtually no problems. One made over 300,000 miles before trading. If everything else seems OK, I'd pay the very reasonable $1400 for the rebuilt transmission.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews