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You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
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Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Town and Country, Van
#2308 of 4276 Re: Thinking about purchasing a 1999 Plymouth Voyageur [mistelle]
Jul 20, 2004 (9:45 am)
I suggest you read back in all the Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country Edmunds discussions, then take a big aspirin as your head will be swimming!
Chrysler has had some minivan transmission problems in the past, but not as widespread as some would have you to believe and the newer ones I believe have rectified whatever problems there were in the past. By 1999, I think you will be getting a good one. Our 1996 has been fine, now at about 78K miles.
There are also about four different engines and maybe at least three different variations of transmissions in vans of that era. Very common is the 3.3 liter V-6 with 4 speed automatic. I would stay away from the 4 cylinder version as I think it is underpowered, not because of any particular known problem.
Otherwise, I would look for a low mileage one that has not been abused. You may be able to get maintenance records if the car was dealer serviced. You could also pay an independent mechanic to check it out before purchase. Good luck!
Jul 21, 2004 (4:11 pm)
I have a 2003 T&C EX with 19,000 miles. Just recently started to experience the hard downshift. It usually occurs when coming to a stop after travelling at about 25+mph. Judging from some of the posts in the "Chrysler transmission problem" discussion area it may be an "unsolvable" problem. We also have a two to four second delay when shifting into reverse from a cold start. This has been the case since the van was new. Any thoughts on possible solutions would be appreciated. Otherwise, anyone want to buy a 2003 T&C EX w/ leather, 19,000 miles for fair price? I don't have time for multiple trips to a dealership only to hear the" we can't duplicate the condition
#2310 of 4276 Stalling Problem
Jul 23, 2004 (2:12 pm)
I have a 1996 Caravan with the 3.3 liter engine. I have an intermittent stalling problem. The vehicle has stalled 3 times since April, once on an interstate. Anyone experience this. I've had the vehicle checked out by a Chrysler dealership and they are stumped.
Jul 23, 2004 (7:34 pm)
Those symptoms are similar to the ones I had with My Intrepid. Ask that dealer to check the input and output sensors in the transmission. If they won't seek another dealer.
#2312 of 4276 Re: ohvan [hayneldan]
Jul 24, 2004 (6:37 am)
Thnaks for the tip. I'm taking it into the shop in about a week. I'll request that they look at the i/o sensors.
#2313 of 4276 Re: Tachometer and speedometer - turns off [drv4fun]
Jul 30, 2004 (1:15 pm)
Regarding your message #744 from 08/01, did you ever find/fix the problem? I have a 99 GC with basically the same electrical instrument panel problem. It usually happens after 1hr of constant driving. First the P-R-N-D-L indicators all light together. Then the Odometer blinks and goes off. Then the fuel gauge and the hot/cold gauge start moving like wipers, and then die. Finally the tach and speedo move in unison like wipers until they die. Sometimes hitting a pot hole will bring them back to life .. but not often. Stopping and restarting does no good. Only letting the van sit overnight "cures" it.
Problem began at 18K miles. The dealer took the dash apart and replaced everything but the proverbial kitchen sink. Didn't help. When I went back they "threw up their hands". Went to a pvt garage and they took the dash apart and inspected/tightened grounds, etc. Fix lasted for two years. Then it started again. Back to the garage. Same fix ... lasted one year. Then back to the garage ... fix lasted one day.
I really like driving this van, but I'm getting discouraged. Any and all suggestions appreciated.
#2314 of 4276 Re: Tachometer and speedometer - turns off [kingstonian]
Jul 30, 2004 (3:41 pm)
Did you check the fuses?
#2315 of 4276 Re: Tachometer and speedometer - turns off [kingstonian]
Jul 31, 2004 (12:16 pm)
Unfortunately, there are a number of things that could cause this. My first suspect would be a bad connection on one of the bus circuits on the back of the instrument cluster printed circuit board. A poor ground could cause this, of course, but there are a number of characteristics of your symptom set that indicate the cluster is going into self-test.
Have you tried checking and reseating the electrical connectors at the Power Control Module (PCM)?
#2316 of 4276 Re: Tachometer and speedometer - turns off [dustyk]
Aug 02, 2004 (7:33 am)
Thank you for your reply. I will ask my mechanic if he has indeed checked the connectors.
I appreciate your help.