1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance97500 miles
Previous carNissan SE

Summary:

Worst car we've ever owned

Faults:

Turn Signals went out.

Horn doesn't work.

Cruise control went out.

Windshield wipers go on and off by themselves.

Starter went out.

Has an unusual "rattle" while going over bumps.

"Skips" while idling.

General Comments:

We purchased a 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager in the summer of 99. It had a little over 50,000 miles on it.

Within 6 months, the windshield wipers began turning on and off by themselves. A month after that, my passenger side air bag light came on and would not turn off. Then the turn signals went out, the horn wouldn't work and the cruise control stopped working. Occasionally when I put it in drive, it won't "catch" and seems to be sitting in neutral. I have to move the gear shift up and down to get it to finally click into drive.

As I write this, my van is sitting at the dealership because it doesn't start until you turn the key 7 or 8 times. They suspect the starter has gone.

It also "jumps" or "skips" when you're idling at a red light.

This is the worst van we've ever owned and I would never recommend a Plymouth Grand Voyager to ANYONE. It's a complete piece of junk and a waste of money to boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd June, 2004

6th Jul 2004, 07:29

What is it with Plymouth Voyagers and their incredibly bizarre behavior. The Steering column on my '92 Plymouth Grand Voyager can be shifted from left, to right, moving a total of about one inch. When the transmission is in Neutral and steering column all the way to the left, you can push column to the right and put the transmission into Reverse!

Also, when turning on, sometimes nothing happens when you turn the key (rear hatch button doesn't even work). The computer "thinks" the transmission is in a gear other than Park. While STILL holding key turned to "start" position I can nudge the steering wheel with my knee and engine starts (that button works now too).

Ah how I love my M-V.

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.3L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Look elsewhere for a good quality vehicle

Faults:

First 15,000 miles after purchase had to take vehicle in for replacement of front upper suspension bushings, turn signal/wiper switch arm replacement (wipers came on by them selves, defective switch), and A/C switch also defective. Luckily all covered under manufacture warranty, front Brakes needed replacement at only 20,000 miles (not covered). After 36,000 miles warranty was over turn signal/wiper switch arm again defective, still today wipers come on when they want to. Battery died at 40,000 miles, and at 45,000 miles the radiator fan relay became defective causing the vehicle to overheat twice. A recall on this part came out several months later. A few miles later had to replace the engine starter. Was able to drive the vehicle 10,000 more miles when the vehicle stalled due to a fuel tank hose that broke away from the fuel tank, defective retaining bracket, again front brakes required replacement. What else could go wrong? Radio went bad causing speakers to squeal, then radio would quit when ever it wanted to, only thing that worked was the CD player. One month later the right sliding door lock broke causing door to stay locked, and also about that time the engine rpm started fluctuating, had to have engine harmonic balancer cam replacement and idle came replacement. At 72,000 miles transmission died, glad I took out extended warranty on drive train, at about this time again brake pads required replacement.

General Comments:

The car is great for travel, very roomy and comfortable, definitley made with the family in mind. There are just too many problems with vehicle to make it worth owning. Poor quality, lots of Recalls, and too many mechanical problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 22 reviews