Chrysler Grand Voyager Reviews from Norway

1988 Chrysler Grand Voyager SE 3.0L V6

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carVolvo 122

Summary:

A very good car for me!!

Faults:

Hi, my A604 automatic broke down (only reverse function) after trailering a mini digging machine about 2 tons load + the trailer. I changed the automatic oil and had another 30000 km before it was stop. My van is a long edition from US and it had only 4 slings on the oil cooler for the automatic, while my spare part van from Chrysler Canada short edition had 9 slings on the oil cooler, then I understand why at least my van could not take any load.

Would not suddenly start, moved it 2 m and then stop, no spark at coil. Test lamp system showed no digital synchronize signal from the main computer. I changed computer from my Canada version (same engine) started at once.

Variable charging between 12,5 V and 14,35 V. Checked engine wire harness and put on contact fat. function good.

General Comments:

I bought a wreck with defective head gaskets, crashed steering column, no heating due to burglary. So I worked on it for about a month, so went back to "normal". I think the car went very well and I am only waiting find a manual trans-axle, I do not trust the automatic, specially when I need to make some trailer, in holidays + I have to drive a big boat also down to the water, so if someone have a A 543 or even better an A568, I would be more than happy to buy one.

All the best, Jack from Norway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2009

23rd Oct 2009, 22:09

The tranny problems are typical on those vans, I live in the US and if you're correct about the oil cooler thing, I can see why. I have a '98 FORD WINDSTAR - a minivan that's infamous for major transmission and head gasket issues, as well as "dummy lights" on the dash lit up like Christmas trees.. and MY Windstar has had none of these problems and now has 115k miles (had it since 30k). I looked it up, and found it was built by FORD of CANADA and was brought to the US later. I guess Canada builds better vehicles? Or maybe just certain models they build better.

As for the manual transaxle for an '88 Voyager, it's very hard to find, only came in the VERY basic Caravan model with the 4cyl and no 3rd row seat, which I've seen VERY few left on the road. Not sure how many people ordered those options to begin with, but my uncle once had one, the basic with the manual 4cyl.. and the whole dash caught fire without warning LOL. Off to the scrapper it went. Good luck!

1993 Chrysler Grand Voyager LE 3.3 V6

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Caravelle

Summary:

Comfortable ride with a lot of space to spare!

Faults:

Automatic gear box bust

Water pump had to replace

Head gasket blown.

General Comments:

Decent performance from the 3.3L engine, rides comfortably and spacious enough for up to 7 people.

3rd row backseats are a little narrow for big adults, but for children or small adults it quite OK.

I had some bad luck with this car, the transmission gave out on me after I had it for about 3 months, I suspect this fault was on it already when I bought it, because the selled was insisting on changing the transmission oil before I got to test drive it. Transmission is now rebuilt into an reinforced type, and shift computer updated to latest version.

Water pump developed a leak and made a nice fountain under the hood. Relatively easy to fix.

Now the head gasket has blown, and exhaust gases are coming out into the cooling water, making it "spit" water inbetween, but I am going to get it fixed shortly.

Fuel consumption relatively high though, with 11-12 liters per 100 km.

Overall I am happy with the car, despite the problems I have had. I picked it up cheap (about half of the normal list price), and even with the cost of the repairs I had to put in, I still end up under the average list price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2006

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews