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#6 of 2083 Tranny problem?
Jul 30, 2000 (12:50 am)
I recently developed a symptom in my 1994 Plymouth Voyager (3.0L EFI Engine, 60K miles). When braking to a stop the van will come to a complete stop and then try to lurch forward abruptly for a moment; only hard brake pedal pressure will prevent the van from being propelled forward. It is annoying and is a pain in traffic. Could this be the beginning of the fabled Voyager tranny curse?
Aug 02, 2000 (3:22 am)
It just amazes me to here people bash the transmission in there Chrysler but I'll bet 75% of them never changed the oil or filter in the transmission.And then they complain that they lost a transmission at 60k.
#8 of 2083 nosetomuch: Last weeks conversation with co-worker
Aug 02, 2000 (11:46 am)
Had a previous generation DC van, lost tranny at about 60K, later traded on a 96 Plymouth Voyager and lost that tranny at about the same mileage. This guy had all scheduled maintenance performed to preserve the warranty/scheduled warranty on the vehicle and still experienced two failures in two vehicles.
I've ridden with him in the van, his driving habits seem quite normal, certainly not abusive. His experience tells me that we were probably right in getting rid of our 97 Voyager before the warranty ran out.
For those who do have a DC van, I do wish you well.
#9 of 2083 One more thing...
Aug 02, 2000 (11:50 am)
Both replacements took three visits to his local dealer to get it right.
He is done buying DC products for a while. I could understand perhaps one of the two tranny replacements having problems and needing one return visit, but both needing two is kinda strange.
While the dealer is an independant business, I believe DC needs to be held accountable, not only for the problematic transmission, but also for the low quality of service the dealers are providing.
One is foolish if he expects a car to be troublefree. However, how the dealer/carmaker deals with that problem can make or break the relationship between owner and the dealer carmaker network.
Aug 05, 2000 (5:20 pm)
Hi: I bought a 96 Grand Voyager new.
At 22K had a valve burn out. It was under warranty. But I had another problem that I had been charged for and had to go to arbitration to
get resolved. I have kept tack of all money spend on the van and gas mileage since I bought it.
For the first 49k I averaged 19.2MPG
The I changed the transmission fluid and filter.
This was after market from a major manufacturer. I noticed a lot of sludge in the bottom of the pan but not metal on the magnet. Since I changed
the fluid and filter I have averaged 2 more MPG
from 19.2 to 21.1. I ahve a 4speed with a 3.3 L.
If I had to buy another van now it would one of
two. If I needed the room a Honda, If I needed more of a family hauler it would be a Toyota.
Thanks for reading this.
#11 of 2083 They are JUNK
Aug 13, 2000 (1:52 am)
I have a 94 PGV, new trans, new air, new powersteering, good thing I had the extended warranty, it saved me thousands of dollars.
#12 of 2083 Weird Transmission Behavior
Sep 10, 2000 (11:55 pm)
I have a 95 Plymouth Voyager with the 4 SPD transmission. When I drive at level speed, over a level road, there is a bit of vibration and the car seems to be holding back. I later discovered that when I coast (just remove my foot from the gas), the car will DROP DOWN a gear from 4'th gear (drive gear) into the 3'rd gear. This makes highway driving irritating. I never had this problem when I owned a Caravan with the 3 SPD version. Has anyone out there experienced this and could tell me a what's wrong?
#13 of 2083 This is my biggest fear
Sep 18, 2000 (9:14 pm)
with my new DC minivan. Thinking of having it serviced at 20K miles, while still under warranty, just for safeties sake. Overall, it's a nice van. Have a 97 Dodge Intrepid w/60K miles and just had the tranny serviced. It showed no problems, actually looked very good and I think they use the same tranny - hopefully it keeps going and the new van follows suit...
#14 of 2083 RE: Wierd Transmission Behavior
Oct 14, 2000 (9:27 pm)
I thought we where going crazy. We had a 1995 Voyager and the tranny went last year. Had it replaced. The dealer replaced tranny started doing the exact same thing you described a couple of months ago. Dealer said they couldnt find a problem. It felt like it was fighting to maintain speed on the most level of freeways. Then the mileage dropped to about 12-14 mpg (normally 21-22). We said thats it, since it was paid for, we traded it for a new Astro. Wish I could be more helpful. My advice is to sell it will it still runs. (or risk a $2,000+ repair in the near future that will only buy you time).
#15 of 2083 Picking Up Bad Vibrations
Oct 15, 2000 (12:37 am)
I too have a 95 Voyager that lost the transmission last November at 58,000 miles. After talking with the dealer, Chrysler agreed to pay for half of the $1,800 repair.
I now get a bad vibration in the front end at 45-55mph and around 70mph. New tires, balancing, alignment, new rotors and new struts have not cured the problem. Dealer cant find any problem. Could this possibly be the torque converter locking up and setting the stage for a second transmission failure? If anyone has any ideas on what this problem could be I would appreciate it.
It seems the best advice is to sell this thing while it can still move without the help of a tow truck.