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#1394 of 2067 Re: 1998 Plymouth Voyager [ondaman]
Jul 29, 2007 (6:10 am)
Hmmm, $3,000 for a 36 month, 36,000 mile warranty? Last year I put a factory remanufactured Mopar transmission in our 1998 DGC for only $2,600, and it had the same warranty (which sadly is already expired).
Assuming that your new transmission is built to the same specs as the Mopar unit, and assuming that they put the correct tranny fluid in it (ATF+4), there is no reason why it shouldn't last another couple of hundred thousand miles.
#1395 of 2067 Re: 2002 Voyager Auto Transmission [khz]
Jul 29, 2007 (1:49 pm)
I have an 02 Caravan with 85k miles with the same problem I havent changed the fluid as of yet. I took it to a suto shop and they said it was probablily a stuck valve. He put a additive in it and I drove it for two weeks with no improvement. I took it to a friend of the family's that owns a transmission shop. He said that the clutchs were worn. I not sure if he did anything at all, but it down shifts fine now. He may have reset the TCM. He said not to rebuild and I could get another 100k miles out of it. He didnt charge me a dime, by the way he is someone I can trust. I would take it to a transmission shop you can trust.
#1396 of 2067 Re: 2000 Grand Caravan downshift 2-1 "clunk" [napagirl]
Jul 31, 2007 (9:15 pm)
I have two Chrysler minivans, a 2000 T&C and a 2002 Voyager. The torque converter went bad on the T&C at 80,000 miles. Today the same thing happened to the Voyager (56,500 miles), which is currently in the shop under warranty for a transmission rebuild. Symptoms before torque converter failure (on both vans) were what you describe. Clunking for a while, which later developed into slipping, finally no forward or reverse.
#1397 of 2067 Re: Dodge Caravan [vango6]
Aug 01, 2007 (9:53 pm)
Never mind. I finally found the problem.
#1398 of 2067 Is the trans worth of repairing at all for 98 Caravan?
Aug 02, 2007 (5:33 pm)
Noticed something is wrong with my 98 Caravan recently. Have my mechanic shop checked and was informed that the trans is gone and needs a new one with a repairing cost of $2900. Considering this is a 9 years old vehicle and resell price is about $4000, should I go ahead to fix it or simply donate it, get some tax returned and buy a new vehicle?
Your comments will be highly appreciated!
#1399 of 2067 Re: Is the trans worth of repairing at all for 98 Caravan? [lovecd]
Aug 02, 2007 (6:49 pm)
First I would get a second opinion from a trusted transmission shop. Transmissions are kind of a speacality item and most mechanics dont have the scanners to detect transmission codes. As far as putting 3k into a car that is 9 years old it depends. If you are the only owner and the engine is in good condition with proper oil changes I would concider putting that amount of money into it. Do you want a car payment that comes with a new car? Do you want to buy a used car and get something that is not well maintained and may have to invest money in as well.
I would say if you have owned it for 9 yrs and this is the first time you have had to drop some serious cash in it, you have got your money's worth out of it.
#1401 of 2067 Re: Is the trans worth of repairing at all for 98 Caravan? [lovecd]
Aug 02, 2007 (10:13 pm)
I had my 98 Plymouth Voyager's trans fixed 2 wks ago, cost me almost $3k. I decided to keep it as a 2nd car for family.
#1402 of 2067 Re: 2003 Transmission Problems [superwoody]
Aug 04, 2007 (5:57 pm)
I have a 2003 T&C with 55K miles. The transmission just started knocking when it downshifts from 4th to 3rd gear. I brought it to the Chrysler Dealership and they charged me for the $100 deductible. The diagnosis was the transmission pump. I called an independent transmission repair shop about the problem. The owner said that it was highly unlikely that the transmission pump was the problem for my vehicle, but what he explained to me about the transmission pump sounds relative to the problem with your van.
As for the $100 deductible charge for each visit for the same problem, I would call Chrysler Corporation and fight it. I've heard from several people that some dealerships are nickeling and diming the consumer to death with these fees, and replacing parts that weren't necessary.
I've pulled my T&C from the dealership to get a second "unbiased" opinion.
#1403 of 2067 Re: Is the trans worth of repairing at all for 98 Caravan? [lovecd]
Aug 04, 2007 (9:01 pm)
I would get another estimate. I had the tranny in my 2000 T+C rebuilt 25,000 miles ago by our local Chrysler dealership and it was about $1800.
As for "is it worth it?" how much is a new car going to cost you? A lot more than $2,900.