2007 Chrysler Grand Voyager LX Signature 3.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Comfortable, roomy people mover


At 53000 kms, the auto transmission died. Luckily it was still under its 3 year warranty. Dealer had to source new box from O/S. Only 3 available world wide. Fixed in 2 weeks, now back on the road, and no further problems so far.

General Comments:

Great people mover, although very expensive to buy. Plenty of room for a tribe of kids, a couple of dogs and luggage. Came standard with DVD, climate control, leather seats, sat nav, and heap of other bits and pieces. Looked at Tarago VW Caravelle & Caddy life, but I didn't feel they were up to the Chrysler. Would recommend to a large family.

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

Review Date: 27th January, 2011

2007 Chrysler Grand Voyager CRD LX 2.8 diesel from South Africa


Luxury at its best when you still have kids


Computer chip not reliable, keeps cutting the engine power. Agents can't find the problem.

The problem only happens when the fuel pedal is used for quickly over-taking, which then becomes a very dangerous situation. Started on 60000 km just after service.

General Comments:

Excellent driving experience, especially with a big family. The stow-a-go helps a lot.

Just a needs a reliable computer chip, or whatever is wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2010

2007 Chrysler Grand Voyager Executive XS CRD 2.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


An American tank with sheer presence on the narrow UK roads


Nothing that I knew of in the short time I owned it.

General Comments:

This is not my daily car; it was a rental for a few weeks whilst I was working out of my hometown. In the United Kingdom, a car like this is frowned upon for being of a sheer size to be suitable for manoeuvring.

Comfort: There is adequate to good space, even when seven people are in the car, and that can be seven fully mature adults or a mixture of adults and adolescents. The seats themselves (grey leather in this particular model) are extremely comfortable, especially the middle two which can recline to a considerable angle. The back seats, whilst not reclinable, are shaped well.

Performance: This was never going to be a sports car, and one shouldn't expect it to perform or handle like one. But for the dimensions it has an adequate (diesel) engine and pulls well even fully loaded. Along B-roads like the ones we had to take each day to work, there was some body roll if a corner was taken at too high a speed, but nothing major. Low range (marked as 'L' under the 'D' on the gearbox is useful for ascending and descending steep hills on country roads.

The gearbox itself is column-mounted, which can take some getting used to, but it frees considerable space in between the front seats.

Engine: A 2.8 diesel developing somewhere around 170 horsepower. There is a clatter sound on start-up which is not so prominent in other diesel cars, but maybe Chrysler use an older unit here. Acceleration is probably around 12 seconds to 60mph (100km/h) and top speed around 120-125mph (200km/h). The number of standard features on the car plus the size make it over two tonnes in weight, and nearly three when full.

Looks: If only for the looks I would choose this as my family car. The only other MPVs which come close in this department are the new Renault Espace/Grande Espace and the new Ford Galaxy. The larger rear window which is a feature only on the Grand Voyager stands out from a standard Voyager. The Grand Voyager has been around for ten years almost unchanged in looks with only minor face-lifts which says it all (although the Galaxy remained the same for a long time, and the Sharan/Alhambra are still being made to the same design)

Safety: The only real weak point of the Chrysler Grand Voyager. When the standard Voyager was NCAP crash-tested at the end of the '90s it scored very poorly indeed for such a large vehicle of a category whose safety is imperative for the protection of entire families. Ford's Galaxy and even Korean MPVs fared much better. Hopefully things have improved with the updated models.

Equipment: Being top of the range, there is not only the standard such as power-steering and air-con, but individual climate control, cruise control, electric driver's seat and even an electrically-operated sliding door and boot release, which can be operated both from the key fob and buttons positioned above the driver's seat. Cruise control is a great feature, especially returning along the motorway in the evening when there is hardly any traffic about. And to deactivate it you simply press on the accelerator or the brake, and the car acts perfectly normal once again.

Overall: Having not had much of an opinion for these cars before now, I was pleasantly surprised by the Grand Voyager. If it were my own car things may have been slightly different (i.e the heavy running costs would have hit me - don't forget we are talking £30,000 new!) but on the plus side, the tank-like dimensions mean that driving another car such as my daily driver (a Nissan Micra) is just that bit easier.

Try one. You might be taken away with it, or you might just love it for the 'wow' factor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008