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Transmission Failure


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace with a rebuilt transmission (2 reports)
1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 212007

(reported on)

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I had to replace the transmission twice in my van. Once at 100,000. miles and then again at 150,000. It was terribly expensive for me and my family. Mechanic told me there was shredded metal when they took it apart the second time. I have no idea what that means except money out the door. Another chronic problem I have is with the window motors and mechanism.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 152008

Grand Voyager SE 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Took vehicle in because transmission was slipping. Dealer told me there was a leak in the front seal and quoted what I thought was a very high repair estimate. I took the van to a local (trusted) transmission shop who took the transmission out to track the problem. There is a small pin that retains a large pin that holds one of the gears on the shaft; the small pin broke allowing the large pin to slide out. It couldn't slide far until it hit the side of the transmission case, literally cutting a hole through the case; voila, a leak. I think the dealer knew exactly what had happened which is why they knew how much it would cost to replace. The transmission shop said they see this all the time with this transmission and it is a design defect that has been corrected in newer models and after-market replacements through the use of a coil-type pin and ears to hold the main pin. They also said I was lucky, most of them fail at 60000 miles.

- , Findlay, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 062006

(reported on)

Grand Voyager SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

I was driving down the road in my housing area. The voyager started feeling like some one was holding it back. You could give the engine lots of power and the van barely moved. I took it to Chrysler and they told me that the transmission went bad. I was rally upset as this is my third Plymouth/Dodge product that had the transmission give out at just over 70K. As any of you Chysler owners know... Chrysler offers a 7 year 70K warranty for a reason. Hell ya its going to give at at 71K. I tell you after three transmissions on three grand voyagers/grand caravans I will never purchase another American made car especially a Chrysler product.

- , Magnolia, DE, USA

problem #1

Dec 172002

(reported on)

Grand Voyager

  • 51,000 miles

we have a 1997 plymouth grand voyager with 116,000 miles. We have just had to have the fourth transmission in this car. the original went out at 51,000. the second one at about 90,00 and now it has gone out again. i know, we were stupid to keep it. any suggestions of recourse. Of course they say there are no known defects.

- , Powder Springs, GA, USA

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