1996 Chrysler Grand Voyager Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1996 Chrysler Grand Voyager Grand Caravan SE 3.3 V-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.3 V-6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carChrysler Grand Voyager

Summary:

This mini-van is very costly to own, if you must have one make sure you buy the extended warranty

Faults:

Gas tank had to be replaced twice due to a faulty design at 500 miles.

Brake rotors in the front had to be replaced after 15,000 miles.

Seats have started to wear badly after 20,000 miles.

Transmission had to be completely replaced after 26,000 miles.

Both head gaskets replaced after 30,000 miles.

Lower part of the engine - crank shaft and bearings were replaced after 45,000 miles.

General Comments:

This vehicle should have spent more time on the design board before it was released to the general public.

Although a catchy design and more than roomy interior, its serious design flaws drag it down into the mud.

It would appear in its efforts to dominate the market, Chrysler used available components instead of redesigning them to handle the stress of this platform.

A stronger transmission, and better braking would have made this vehicle a much better contender.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2001

17th Jul 2001, 19:26

Head gasket has gone at 40,000.

My brother has the same car, his head gasket went at 41,000.

I'm looking into this problem with other Grand Voyager owners, please contact me @ Gikey@aol.com

18th Jul 2005, 02:55

1990 Plymouth (Chrysler) Grand Voyager with just under 140,000 miles. Blew the head gasket during severe overheating, but NO previous engine problems with this vehicle. Gasket leakage is not severe at this time, no steam visible in exhaust, no water in oil, just a little foam and back pressure in cooling system. Transmission still strong in spite of the weak reputation of the automatic overdrive unit, fluid is clear and red after tens of thousands of miles. Had to replace fuel pump after running out of fuel, a precaution to avoid in any fuel injected vehicle of course. Aftermarket fuel pump is inferior and causes occasional lean out and intake backfire if there is less then 1/4 tank of fuel. Brake lines were very worn prior to most recent replacement. Paint is oxidized and faded at fifteen years of age. Interior still fairly rattle-free, but the overhead thermometer reverts to 0-degrees C reading in hot weather, returns to fairly accurate reading if outside temperature is below about 68 degrees F. Rear wiper seal is missing. Overall, it has been a reliable vehicle. 22-23 MPG on the highway is not bad for a 4,000 LB van.

1996 Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles

Summary:

It works well when it wants to

Faults:

Transmission developed a hole in the casing around the 100,000 mile mark.

Transmission was completely destroyed at 130,000.

Brake spring broke at 135000.

Gas line developed a leak at 135000.

Cruise control disabled after 130000.

Radiator bled dry at 135000.

General Comments:

This van gets about 18 miles to the gallon on the interstate.

It is very roomy for taller people like myself, a feature that I rarely find in cars or SUVs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th May, 2001

Average review marks: 4.3 / 10, based on 6 reviews