1988 Plymouth Grand Voyager 6 cylinder. from North America
Most popular and least reliable
I loved this minivan = until it went out of warranty. It began to "chug" intermittently, enough to scare you to death. It never died during these conditions, but it would lose all power for 15-90 seconds, then regain it. Soon it began to lose, regain, lose regain power regularly over a period of 5-10 minutes. Then it would be fine.
The dealer first acted like we were crazy, then gave us a list as long as my arm (including oil change!), of items to "try". Over time, all of those things were done, mostly by the dealer, with no luck. I learned to live with it, but it was embarrassing when others rode along - and I wouldn't have considered a long trip with it.
Finally found a shop willing to try diagnosing this. They spent hours and hours over 3 days & finally encountered it in the shop. They found the transmission was literally disconnecting from the engine due too bad motor mounts.
This fix lasted about 18 mos before it stranded us with a big clunk, refusing to shift into gear. Found the motor mounts had broken and had to be replaced again.
Happened to see a television news-magazine special about this time, where it was stated that Chrysler knew of this problem, it was a known "bad transmission" and had it on a "silent recall" - more or less meaning that if you were incredibly persistent, they would fix it, otherwise you dumped the car or went through what we went through. This lasted for years for us.
Also, like all the others of it's era, it rusted badly, especially around the rear window. Couldn't keep brakes on it, we replaced them every 18-24 mos. I was relieved when someone hit me one Christmas in a parking lot and totaled it. With only 7,500 miles per year - it should have been a gem.
Will not buy another Chrysler under any circumstances. We had also had prior trouble with a New Yorker. May be naive, but I feel it's bad enough when a manufacturer cannot fix their vehicles - knowing of problems and refusing to deal with them is far worse.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th October, 2003