1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L from North America


A loser. I'll never buy another Chrysler minivan.


The clockspring in the steering column went bad, resulting in the loss of tail lights, turn signals, and cruise control. Chrysler told me that this problems was a recall item for vehicles built up until Feb. 1998, but that it ought not to be a problem for others in that year. Mine was built after February, therefore they would not pay to have it fixed, even though my minivan shared the same problems as the others.

Even more frustrating, whenever the van is driven in any amount of standing water (even at speeds under 10 mph) the serpentine belt comes off. This has happened about five times. I called Chrysler and asked them to pay for the repair and they said they will only pay for recalls. When I asked them why they do not recall this one they said that they usually only recall when a problem poses a hazard. Losing power steering on the highway is not a safety hazard?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th August, 2004

24th Feb 2005, 16:45

I've had same issue driving through standing water: serpentine belt comes off. Replaced several belts finally had to replace belt tensioner when original stuck.

Brakes are a constant problem. I have to replace pads all the time. I've had three complete brake jobs and it still gives me issues at 90k miles.

Replaced the transmission, too, at 70k.

I have problems with flashing lights on dash controls, taillight goes out, airbag light and ABS light erratic.

I had problems with key not turning in ignition.

But...it's paid for.

1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager from North America


Everyone can't be wrong... about how terrible these vehicles are!


There is something wrong with the brakes. When we bought the car, the dealer had just gotten it on the lot, and told us he was going to replace the brakes because they squeaked... badly. When we received the car, with new brakes, they still squeaked and we haven't been able to figure out what's wrong with them. This isn't just a minor squeak. It's a loud shrill noise that makes motorists and pedestrians alike turn heads thinking someone is about to crash. I've noticed other Grand Voyagers that seem to have the same problem. Friends who've owned them said that they think it's because it's a van. It seems VERY sketchy to have an entire line of vehicles making noises like this though.

The brakes on this vehicle are extremely "squishy." Since the day we bought it, it seems to take a very, very, very, long time to come to a complete stop. The brakes were new about 20,000 miles ago when we purchased the vehicle, and it seems this shouldn't be happening, not yet at least.

I'm aware that I'm driving a minivan, but this vehicle seems fairly difficult to control on the road. It feels unstable and "tippy." When I'm on the highway and going any more than about 55, I feel like I can barely control the vehicle.

General Comments:

We had a 1995 Plymouth Voyager before we got this one. We got rid of the 1995 because the transmission was on it's way out.

The brakes on the 1995 squeaked just as badly as the 1998.

The 1995 is twice as hard to control as the 1998. These vehicles should really be given a once over by thier designers and/or engineers. They are hard enough to control when there is only one person in the car giving driving their full attention. I get really scared seeing the stereotypical "soccer mom" trying to control her children, talk on her cell phone, drink her coffee, and drive this beast all at the same time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th June, 2004

11th Feb 2005, 13:03

I absolutely love me 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager!!! I have never had one problem with it and it now has 130,000 miles on it. I am looking for another one with fewer miles on it to buy. It has been one of the vest vehicles I have ever owned!!

30th Oct 2009, 20:51

These vehicles couldn't be worse. I'm a mechanic and I'm currently replacing the camshaft in a '99 with the 3.3 Liter. It broke it's first camshaft at 30,000 miles. And now, at 58,000 miles, it has broken its second. The owner of the vehicle wanted to replace the camshaft AGAIN, not realizing that this WAS NOT basic maintenance. But I recommended he find a cheap used engine out of a junker to try that. So far, he wants to stick with replacing the camshaft. Which inevitably will break again around 90,000 miles.