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#1100 of 2083 Re: update on 1998 plymouth voyager se transmiision [shipo]
May 07, 2006 (4:07 pm)
My wife and I have had '97 Plymouth Grand Voyagers and like them. I would have prefered they had TV's for the kids though. Mine has just under 120k miles and my wifes just under 90k Miles. These are mostly city with some highway miles. I had to replace all my brake hoses in the front, as they all sprung leaks. Transmission seems okay now with flushing the transmission and adding a new filter. I do not care for some of the design however. Worse though is the gas prices. If it were not for the price, we'd get larger vehicles for our family. As it is I will get a commuter car. With the quality, I would buy a Toyota or Honda. In fact I believe you are lucky if you take a chance on a GM product and it works for a long time. I like consumer reports a lot. But I must agree here, if you do not know any history or condition and are not an expert mechanic yourself, I would not chance it.
#1101 of 2083 Re: update on 1998 plymouth voyager se transmiision [johnny18]
May 07, 2006 (5:51 pm)
On the whole, our two DGCs have been some of the most reliable vehicles that we've ever had. Currently the two vans have a combined 177,000 miles on them and at our current driving rate, we will have a combined 200,000 by late September this year. As we bought both vans new and as I've done all of the service less the transmission service (too messy without the proper equipment) and spark plugs (ever try getting to the rear row of plugs on a transverse 3.8?), I have a good feel for these two cars and believe that they’re each good for an easy 200,000 miles or more.
Given the fact that we have two kids in braces now and college for two looming on the horizon (with a possible stint in a (not even remotely cheap) prep school for one of the two), we are looking at keeping both DGCs for at least another year or two (and if the prep school thing happens, even longer). Since we are driving over one thousand miles per week, split almost evenly between the two vans, two more years equates to another 52,000 miles per vehicle. Even with the rising gas prices, and even though we would both love to drive something more sporty and economical (thinking Audi A3 2.0T 6-Speed here), the reality of the situation is that we can buy thousands of gallons of gas for our current cars and still come out ahead dollar wise as opposed to trading them in.
Oh, and as for GM cars, no thanks. Not my cup of tea.
May 09, 2006 (3:17 am)
I noticed this past Saturday that our '05 Touring rear hatch is not beeping when opened or closed. It used to make a beeping noise and now it just opens. Thoughts?
#1103 of 2083 Re: Beeping [fish8]
May 09, 2006 (7:41 am)
I don't know, but i'm sure it has nothing to do with your transmission. Get it fixed for free at your next dealer visit.
May 09, 2006 (10:30 pm)
It is very well possible that you turned this feature off. Check inside the owners manual and see if they give instructions as how to turn the beep warning back on. (We have a 01 DGC EX and have this feature.)
#1105 of 2083 I am stuck....
May 10, 2006 (5:16 am)
We have a 98 caravan. The transmission has been rebuilt, but I am experiencing the same problems. I replaced the fluid, filter, solenoid pack, and the two sensors. It drove fine for a day then it happened again. Does anyone have an idea what it could be? I am about to lose my mind over this thing! It seems to be lagging while shifting, or just dies when in drive. It shifts hard in reverse, and drags through every gear. I need all the help I can get.
#1106 of 2083 Re: Beeping [masterpaul1]
May 10, 2006 (11:19 am)
Dropped off the van on Monday and they called me today saying that they have to replace some latch associated in the hatch that produces the buzzing sound. The buzz is NOT a programmable feature. The service rep did ask if I ever changed this feature. Apparently this is not programmable.
#1107 of 2083 Re: I am stuck.... [joe2222]
May 10, 2006 (11:43 am)
Did you replace all these items as a do it yourself job, or did you have a shop replace this stuff?
If a shop did the work, seems they should be liable for proper repair. If you did it yourself, mybe it is time to get it to an expert, at least for a diagnosis.
Could it be you are having some other issue, like your brakes dragging or a stuck parking brake cable that is adding resistance to your vehicle down when trying to move? Bad CV joint, or wheel bearing? Did you use the right type of transmission fluid?
#1108 of 2083 Re: transmission lifespan [Mr_Shiftright]
May 14, 2006 (2:58 pm)
Thanks for that excellent tip, Mr Shiftright. I totally agree. I will consider putting one on any vehicle I own in the interest of extended life.
Is there any way to know if my '05 T&C LX 3.3 has a cooler?
I am unable to check and my wife doesn't understand.
#1109 of 2083 Re: transmission lifespan [gregman]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 14, 2006 (3:14 pm)
I think it has a factory cooler which is part of the lower radiator. I was thinking of an aftermarket unit in ADDITION to the factory cooler or to replace it. These are often sold by vendors who sell tow bars, RV equipment, that sort of thing. Basically it's just a small radiator that is placed in the air flow to cool the transmission oil.