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#362 of 2083 Dodge Gr. Caravan 1996 Transmission
Jan 14, 2004 (12:33 pm)
I have a '96 at 125K and it is running fine. Tranny does a funny wiggle at times and the A/C is dead. The wipers died and it cost $400 for the control computer. I think with *any* used vehicle you role the dice - who knows what could fail. If well maintained I don't see why 200K is not possible but you should see if they changed the oil every 3k since it *will* smoke soon if not. I like the following with GC: exhaust systems really last (my 1985 Caravan never needed a thing), better ride than Ford's, 3.3 has plenty of power.
One other note - I was going through serpentine belts pretty quick and had even replaced the tensioner. I finally fixed it myself by putting a shim on the bottom side of the tensioner (just a washer on the peg of the tensioner) because it was not aligning with the next pully - Pep Boys and mechanics had failed to spot it.
#363 of 2083 Trans died at 70,000 miles
Jan 15, 2004 (10:59 am)
Guess I will join this forum for a while. My 96 Caravan has had the very best of care and maintenance, and I really thought I would get a couple hundred thousand miles out of it before something this major happened. But the transmission started acting wierd between gears for a few weeks, then self destructed totally. Complete new unit required, including casing, which was cracked by flying internal parts, the dealer tells me. $2600 for those who would like to know. 3/36 warranty on the new one. I haven't put a new transmission in any car I have ever owned before, so I'm disappointed.
#364 of 2083 Would you please...
Jan 15, 2004 (11:44 am)
....tell us a bit more about the maintenance done, especially to the transmission? Thanks. I have a 99 GCS coming on to 60k miles, and I just want to hear more from other people about whether I should be thinking of selling it before something like this happens.
#365 of 2083 Tranny dies at 24500 miles
Jan 15, 2004 (2:40 pm)
The transmission on my 02 Voyager completely disintegrated over the holidays - the day after a long trip. Had it towed to the dealer - completely covered under warranty. Very unhappy with this van - the second Voyager. Also had major problems with the brakes/rotors not covered under warranty, but that is for another board. I am looking elsewhere for another van. Just hope my Jeep stays together longer.
Jan 15, 2004 (4:10 pm)
I simply had all maintenance done per specs in the manual, by the dealer since new. The car was never abused, or over loaded. There's no neglect, no abuse, and the dealer agreed. The transmission threw a differential pin, that broke the casing and got jammed in the cogs, he said. Whatever that means.
#367 of 2083 Transmission cogs
Jan 16, 2004 (7:42 am)
Yes, very disappointing when that happens. Honda Odys transmissions were having bearing failure and that caused the bearing to break into pieces causing transmission failure.
Every make has some horror stories. Good Luck.
#368 of 2083 NVBanker..............
Jan 18, 2004 (4:17 pm)
The differential pin coming loose is not uncommon problem in those years. In fact, I doubt your transmission was really a problem at all. Anytime you hear of a cracked or perforated transaxle case, you can bet the differential pin was the problem.
Unless you're getting one from an independent, the remanufactured ones from Chrysler have the fix for that.
Jan 18, 2004 (5:27 pm)
No I insisted on a Dodge rebuild from the dealer. The warranty company wanted to bring in one from a wreck, but I paid the difference for a new one. My daughter and grandkids use this van when we're in Vegas, and I don't want a repeat. Glad to hear that problem should be resolved.
#370 of 2083 NVBanker...........
Jan 18, 2004 (6:02 pm)
There were some other upgrades that should be in the new replacement unit, including upgraded solenoid packs and increased fluid flow to the overdrive unit.
#371 of 2083 Wiggle Wiggle
Jan 19, 2004 (12:09 pm)
I have a 1996 Plymouth Voyager with 117,000 miles. The vehicles is almost trouble free. I bought it in Oct. 1996 with 21,000 miles. In the last year (2003 to present)I have experienced a "Wiggle" from 35mph to 55mph. The entire car "Wiggles". It stops wiggling at the speeds noted when I let off the gas. Therefore, I assume its drive train related not a bent wheel (which have been checked). I have been to four different shops. shop 1 checked the axles; O.K.. They recommended a trans shop (Shop 2). Trans shop said that transmission was bad. They said it makes noise at 35mph. I road tested the vehicle with the mechanic. Could not hear the noise. went to another trans shop (shop 3). The mechanic and I road tested the vehicle. The mechanic did not hear the noise either. He felt that the motor mounts might need to be replaced. Finally went to shop 4. Shop 4 felt that motor mounts are O.K. They did not know what the problem is without further diagnoses. I do not want to throw darts trying to find the problem. That is to costly. Does anyone know what the problem is. Please post your input.