1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance114500 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

A great deal

Faults:

I have had no major problems with van.

General Comments:

The Voyager was a great investment for my family. Roomy, smooth ride and handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

This car is a piece of junk!!!

Faults:

New A/C compressor and condenser.

Brakes replaced four times.

Door jammed, needed to replace it.

Needed to buy a new battery.

Oxygen sensors replaced.

Fuel rail and rack replaced.

Child built in seatbelt not working.

Panel lights go on and off on their own.

Check engine light constantly on.

General Comments:

This car is not only a headache financially, but has also become a danger to me and my children's safety.

We have stalled on the highway several times without warning and were hit in the back while stuck on the shoulder.

Support from Chrysler is horrible! Don't buy this car if you value the lives of your children as well as yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th August, 2003

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Expo LRV

Summary:

Solid, dependable, well though-out.

Faults:

I had the belts replaced at 86,000.

There's a squeak under the second seat.

The sliding door's 'door ajar' switch seems to be failing.

General Comments:

The Mitsubishi 3.0 V6 in this Grand Voyager is mated to a durable, low-tech Chrysler 3-speed automatic transmission.

The Mitsubishi motor is known for premature valve failure, and I think we might be moving down that path; one valve is tapping just a bit.

The transmission that people seem to have trouble with is the electronic 4-speed. If you own one of those, be very, very sure that any mechanic that so much as glances in its direction knows of ATF-Plus formulated transmission fluids, and how they differ from Dexron and Mercon. Most will put Dexron in there on a transmission flush, an act that Chrysler has implicitly authorized over the years. Don't let it happen. It's designed for ATF-Plus.

Overall, it's well-designed, spacious, rattle-free except for the squeak. And that will be easy enough to fix on a warmer day than today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carDodge Grand Caravan

Summary:

Comfortable mini-van, terrible transmission

Faults:

Transmission slipped and leaked, no surprise! Car overheated due to faulty Oxygen sensor computer chip, common problem. Windshield wipers went on by themselves when using turn signals or for no reason whatsoever due to design flaw wires too cramped. Door locks occasionally opened and shut for no reason due to electrical quirk. Brakes wore out too frequently and should probably have had larger brake pads, another design flaw. Engine fire while I was driving this deathtrap on wheels. Thank God my kids weren't on board or a person with physical disabilities. I escaped with just smoke inhillation. There were no warning signs before this happened and the vehicle was rarely used. I probably should get a lawyer and sue Chrysler so someone else doesn't die in a similar situation.

General Comments:

The four speed transmissions on the 3.3 and 3.8 liter engine have never been fixed from the previous model and Chrysler doesn't give a damn that people with small children have to pay for Chrysler's design flaw. Makes you wonder if it is a way to get you to visit the service shop for costly repairs. If you must buy a Plymouth/Dodge/Chrysler mini-van for some reason stick with the underpowered 3.0 liter engine if possible so you won't have to buy several transmissions. An extended service policy, especially for the power train is a necessity with this vehicle when opting for the ultra-drive transmission. There is a lot to like about these vehicles, if it weren't for the transmission problem. They are very comfortable, give a commanding view of the road and can comfortably fit 7.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th May, 2002

23rd Sep 2002, 18:47

Please ask to have the gas smell checked. It could be part of a recent recall. My 1997 was recalled as was my friend's 1996 and it had to do with a fuel line...I'm surprised you were not notified, unless you are not the original owner or for some reason Chrysler does not have your current address.

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager LE 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 3.3
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Transmission shifting problem.

General Comments:

This is the 2nd van I purchased from same maker. I have experienced the same problem with the transmission. Symptoms came out just about the same time with the 1st one. Well, there seems to be a problem, I just wonder what....

Other than this, we're satisfied, still don't know if there will be a three-peat.

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

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 3.3 liter
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Replaced door locks and door sensors. Replaced power window motor. Brake rotor was defective.

General Comments:

Chrysler dealers were reluctant to fix problems while the car was under warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

4th Aug 2001, 15:55

It is a very nice van, but my transmission has been replaced two times. It costs 1 grand for one transmission.

The cassette player got ruined.

And it is very expensive on gas. When gas is at 85 cents per litre it's expensive, even at around 70. If you drive a lot this ain't the right van for you.

1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.6 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 3.6 V6
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Thumping/sloshing noise in gas tank.

Cruise control switch had to be replaced.

General Comments:

I am generally pleased but this is no European manufactured automobile. I traded a Volvo 240 DL Station Wagon and the overall construction of the Caravan is sub par in comparison. The paint and carpet seem to be wearing quite fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

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