1995 Plymouth Voyager Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1995 Plymouth Voyager Grand LE from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.4 / 10
Distance when acquired48700 miles
Most recent distance91400 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

This car is a manufacturing and financial disaster

Faults:

A/C stopped working one year (summer) after I bought it, $700.

A/C stopped working again a year after it was fixed. I'm not fixing it again.

Transmission destroyed itself while my wife was driving it home from grocery shopping, $1992. Ouch!

Transmission shifts hard after replacement, getting worse after shop warranty ran out. Probably will fix it myself with one from a junkyard, if I decide to drive it to the ground.

Plastic screw covers in the interior broke due to weather.

Many other little things broke: horns, wire harness to under-hood light bulb got cut by body, OEM brake rotors warped, motors on rear glass panels quit ($120)

General Comments:

There is no room to replace spark plugs from under the car, tune-up means the intake manifold has to be taken off! That is an inferior design to say the least. Nissan has never done that, and I've owned 3 other Nissan vehicles: 2 Sentras and a Maxima (V6). The Maxima is a breeze to tune up compared to the Voyager.

The design of the parking brake is such that there is no way it will brake both rear wheels. One side ends up doing all the work. Don't ever try to stop the car with this kind of emergency brake or it will spin you around like a top!

Never buy a Chrysler no matter what their ads say.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th April, 2003

31st Jan 2004, 11:17

I have a 96 Voyager, and was told today by a mechanic that a simple brake job couldn't be done; you can't replace the brake pads without replacing the rotors as well. This car has been very problematic, and I doubt I'll buy American again. It's unfortunate that American pride doesn't apply to our car designers.

30th Jan 2005, 05:08

I also own a Plymouth Voyager 1996. I bought it in 2002 at about 65,000 miles. It now has approx. 85,000. I have the 3.3 V6 which has been an awesome engine - reliable and strong. It is unfortunately married up to a transmission that has caused many people problems. Partially because it is on the (poorly designed) side, but a large part because of inadequate maintenance and operation by owners. First of all, most people think there is only one type of Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF). This tranny takes ATF+3, and if you use anything else such as Dextron II, well, it is simply not designed by a team of engineers in little white coats (God bless 'em) to work with any other fluid. Add to that the fact that most people don't realize that they need to have their tranny fluid and (yes, it has a filter) filter changed every 15,000 miles or so. It may not recommend that often in the owners manual, but, remember, they wrote the manual before tens of thousands of trannys like ours ended up in the junk yard. You drive, you learn. Parting shot ~ always buy used 3-5 years old. Before you do, you can read these type of things (they are all over the Internet) and know for sure that your engine, tranny, and overall vehicle is tried and true. OOOOORAH John Wilcox.

8th Aug 2005, 10:20

I own the 3.0L version. To replace the plugs, I removed the air filter housing. It wasn't easy, but I had enough room pull out the plugs in the back.

1995 Plymouth Voyager Base 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired47 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Ciera

Summary:

A van that won't let you forget that it IS a van

Faults:

Air conditioning had a coolant leak, and was replaced.

Rear window seal came out, and the whole window needed to be replaced.

Rear wiper motor broke, and was replaced.

Sliding door lock gets jammed frequently.

General Comments:

Front seats are fairly comfortable, however, the middle and rear seat do not recline or have headrests, which can be very uncomfortable on long trips.

The van seems very underpowered, and struggles to come up hills, especially when the air conditioning is in use.

The automatic transmission seems poorly mated to the engine. Up hills, the van "hunts" between gears.

I know it's a minivan, but still, the handling is VERY cumbersome. The van plows ahead at every turn, and the body lean can be downright tiring after a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2001

20th Sep 2001, 15:42

My dad has a '97 Voyager and it is a piece of crap.

It is comfortable and handles very well. Nice to drive. That is where the good comments end.

At about 1000 KM's the engine started knocking due to carboning, the engine was rebuilt by 8,000Km's. Same problem happened again. Chrysler would not fix it. They blamed my dad's driving habits (which are very normal). My dad took the case to arbitration and Chrysler was forced to replace the engine at around 40,000 Km's. We now have 44,000 Km's. There have been many other less major problems. I advise people to stay away from Chrysler products. They are junk and their 5 star service sucks.

8th Dec 2002, 16:29

We have a 1998 Voyager that needs a rebuilt engine. How do I go about getting Chrysler to pay?

Juliemikula@att.net.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 8 reviews