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You are in the Chrysler/Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan
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Dodge Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Transmission, Van
#4 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [ojm37]
Nov 24, 2008 (11:17 am)
How much? The price varies fairly considerably. When the incorrect ATF was poured into the transmission of my former (traded-in last week after over ten trusty years) 1998 DGC, I had to buy a new transmission, and I opted for a Chrysler Factory Remanufactured unit, which is the most expensive way to go at $2,600 installed. That said, the unit I bought came with a 3-Year and 36,000 mile warranty (which I exhausted in 14 months), which was a much better warranty than the less expensive units that I found on the market.
The good news here is that if you care for and feed your transmission properly, it should last you a good long time.
#5 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [shipo]
Nov 24, 2008 (1:59 pm)
With what did you replace your 1998 DGC?
#6 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [xwesx]
Nov 24, 2008 (6:25 pm)
Up until last Monday we were a two DGC family so given that I've just landed a contract that will having me driving some 25,000 miles per year, I got something a tad more economical than a minivan. Instead of recounting my decision here, I'll point you to an account I wrote a few hours ago.
#7 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [shipo]
Nov 25, 2008 (7:06 am)
Was the $2,600 price at a Dodge dealership, a dedicated transmission shop, or ?
#8 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [ojm37]
Nov 25, 2008 (7:09 am)
My local (at the time) Dodge dealership.
#9 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [shipo]
Nov 25, 2008 (3:56 pm)
Too funny, Shipo. I watch that discussion and just read about your replacement less than five minutes before checking in here.... That's me though. I am a classic
#10 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [xwesx]
Nov 25, 2008 (6:53 pm)
I've got to admit, after over ten years and 170,000 miles, I had really grown attached to the old girl, and really miss her. Don't get me wrong, the Mazda3 5-Speed is waaaaaay more fun to drive and gets half again better fuel economy, it's just that after that much seat time in the DGC, it had kind of become part of me.
#11 of 18 Re: 1997 Grand Caravan Transmission leak, WHERE? [shipo]
Nov 26, 2008 (9:59 am)
I know what you mean, Shipo. When I purchased my DGC, I felt like I might really be settling on something (a severe compromise for the low cost to buy), but after 18 months, I actually like that van. Granted, it leaves much to be desired in terms of driving dynamics, especially compared to the Subaru vehicles I was used to driving, but it is far better than many alternatives in that regard. And, it has proven to be comfortable (especially on long trips) and reliable. Now that I have the beat-up '98 Escort sedan I purchased from a friend this summer for a song, we put few miles on the van (maybe 6,000 annually versus 20,000). Between the two, I expect that my next vehicle purchase will be November 2011, and I hope at that time that the van is not the one most eligible for retirement.
Who knows, though. 192,xxx on the ticker now. The Escort only has 113,xxx, but it is nothing more than a tin can with a drivetrain.
Apologies to all for going completely off topic....
I should note, though, that I flushed my transmission on the van this summer when I changed out the tranny fluid with Amsoil universal. I felt I was taking a risk in switching from ATF+3, but I very much needed the vastly superior cold weather properties of the Amsoil. The van has not missed a beat, and I changed the fluid more than 6,000 miles ago. I pulled the transmission line to the radiator and pumped about two gallons out (while adding two gallons). So far, the van is far less sluggish (hardly noticeable) in cold weather. Last winter, it felt like trying to drag an anvil across deep sand any time the weather was colder than about -10F.
#12 of 18 1998 Dodge Caravan Needs New Transmission
Dec 01, 2008 (3:33 pm)
How much should it be to replace? I'm a female and don't want to get screwed.
#13 of 18 Re: 1998 Dodge Caravan Needs New Transmission [tiffbell4321]
Dec 01, 2008 (4:28 pm)
Shipo outlined this a few messages above (HERE). I suspect those are pretty good numbers. Note that he said he went with factory remanufactured, which should be the most expensive option at $2,600 installed.