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#1729 of 4276 Dangerous Transmissions on 1999 Voyagers
Apr 02, 2003 (7:32 pm)
We own a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager. We bought it used with 24,000 miles on it. At 69,000 miles the transmision "blew up". There was a 6 inch by three inch hole blown through the casing from the differential to the transmission. My mechanic said he had never seen anything like it before. Sounds like the same problem "aaness" had. When it happened my wife was only travleing about 35 mph which was a good thing since she lost total control of the vehicle. If she was on a major highway traveling 60mph she would have been dead or seriously injured.
This is a dangerous defect and all the dealer and Chrysler were concerned about was that my warranty expired.
Not many 1999's have 65,000+ miles on them yet, so I wouldn't be surprised to here of more incidents like this in the near future. Hopefully no one gets killed as a result of this defect.
This is the last Chrysler we'll own. At least the japanese stand by their products. Once the warranty expires Chrysler doesn't want to hear from you. Unfortunately it will probably take a couple of deaths before they wake up and address this problem.
Apr 02, 2003 (8:49 pm)
Try reading the Odyssey transmission problems board.
Apr 03, 2003 (8:03 am)
What a joke. What is it with Odyssey jealousy on this board? Look at consumer reports or any other consumer magazine. On its worst year, 1998, the Ody transmission rated "average". All other years are excellent. Most years of the DC minivans are well below average. No year of the DC tranny is rated better than the Ody, although it appears that the DC trannies are getting better at lasting the first and second year without falling apart.
Yeah, yeah. I know. Edmunds, CR, and all the consumer magazines are part of a grand conspiracy with all the transmission shops to make the DC van transmission look bad.
#1733 of 4276 Transmissions/Consumer reports
Apr 03, 2003 (9:16 am)
Please note, Consumer Reports incorporates data based upon replies from Consumer Reports subscribers, and includes entries only for those vehicles for which they recieved at least 100 responses in a model year. The 99-03 Odyssey is a bigger heavier van than the 98. Honda has extended the warranty on 2000 2002 transmissions and on a case by case basis but not all 1999 units. If you want to believe data based on at least 100 responses, be my guest. Let's compare numbers when Honda sells 10 million Odysseys. No joke no jealousy. Do you think the posters on the Odyssey transmissions problems board are lying?
Apr 03, 2003 (10:39 am)
Hayneldan, believe what you will. CR, JD Power, Edmunds, everyone comes up with the same results as far as I have seen. I'm not going to debate you further on this board. I probably shouldn't have responded in the last post. This board is about Chrysler minivan problems. It is not Honda vs. Chrysler.
You've made very helpful posts in the past, such as your troubleshooting your transmission problems and fixing it for very little money. In my opinion, that's the kind of stuff these folks need.
#1735 of 4276 hayneldan's response was logical
Apr 03, 2003 (11:42 am)
mrnimmo - I really do not see a problem with hayneldan's comment about the Odyssey. The previous poster commented that at least the Japanese manufacturers stand by their products. There are a lot of Odyssey owners that definitely do not feel that Honda has stood by their product. Yes, Honda has now extended the warranty on their transmissions but those who first started having problems were being stuck for $5000-6000 for rebuilt transmissions.
By the way mrnimmo, I am curious as to why you frequent this board. I thought that you stated that you do not own a Chrysler and have not for some time. I do not have a problem with you coming here I am just curious.
Apr 03, 2003 (12:36 pm)
I am waiting for news of the next caravan. Rumors suggest a small diesel and perhaps vito platform. I'll be one of the first to buy flock back to DC at that time.
#1737 of 4276 Chyrsler - We are Moving On!
Apr 04, 2003 (9:06 am)
We own a 96 Dodge Grand Caravan and after having been stranded with our 3 children a number of times along with the number of times it has been in the shop for repair - I can only say "never again". My husband has worked with Chrysler directly on a number of occasions on paying for the work to be done but in the case of our 3rd transmission replacement at 96,000 miles, Chrysler told him "it is now time for you to pay". BAD RESPONSE CHRYSLER! We have paid dearly in terms of time! Unfortunately the dealer would not help us out either in terms of part of the repair or working with us in terms of trading the broken van in for a new one. Chrysler nor the dealer would stand by their vehicle. Sadly to say, the dealer offered us only $1,500 for the vehicle. After paying $2,500 to get the transmission re-built, all of the dealerships we have tried to unload the vehicle on would only give us $3,000 - sad to see when you look at the resale value of Honda's and Toyota's! Anyway, the warranty on the re-built transmission bought us enough time for the arrival of the 2004 Toyota Sienna.
#1738 of 4276 Tranmission fluid leak problem.
Apr 04, 2003 (4:36 pm)
I'm still planning to solve that problem for my DC this weekend. And will use RTV sealant this time. Now, should I apply the sealant on the surface first, then gasket on top of it or gasket on the suface first, then apply sealant on the gasket? Thanks!