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NHTSA — Electrical System: Starter Assembly Problems

4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Owner Comments

problem #2

May 092003

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Dear sir: To who it may concern. I have a 1998 Plymouth Caravan van (they call it a truck) with a 3.3 liter engine. With about 54,000 miles on it. Last week I made a short trip to lowes about 3 miles from home. When I returned home I parked in my driveway and went into my garage. After about 2 min I saw fire dripping from my engine, I got my fire ext. And used it under the car. Then I opened the hood and put out the rest of the fire. I then disconnected both battery terminals and called the wrecker to tow my car to the dealer for repair (autowest Dodge in roseville auto mall--- roseville ca). I followed the wrecker to autowest and told the dealer to repair my car. They called & the next day I picked up my car. They told me it was a short in my starter and they had put in a new starter and repaired the burned up wiring harness. My car seems to be working ok now. My extended warranty covered all but $50. I am writing this report because what if---I had driven into the garage closed the door and went into the house ? it would have burned down the house or worse. I asked the dealer if they had any other cases of this and he said no. I do not trust auto dealers to tell the truth. So I will let you guys take it from here.

- Orangevale, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082002

Grand Voyager

  • miles
At 600 miles, instrument cluster failed, A/C not working, no reverse. Dealer replaced instrument cluster, could not duplicate the no reverse condition, and replaced the A/C fuse. At 6,363 miles, transmission slipping and scraping noise when turning left in reverse. Dealer could not duplicate. At 7,586 miles, no start condition on numerous occasions, after the dealer had the van for over a week, they finally duplicated the problem and and replaced the starter. At 36,141 miles the serpentine belt broke because of a defective tensioner pulley, dealer replaced the belt and tensioner, supposed goodwill, but we all know about the tsb, and all the other complaints. At 36,741 miles, leaking coolant, dealer replaced the rear head gasket, and did not even check the front head. (now who ever heard of replacing one head gasket on a V-6 motor, I guess Chrysler must think they are superior). At 53,000 complete engine failure, 2 hours away from home, and now waiting to see what the cause is. According to the service manager the motor is knocking and there is a lot of metal in the oil. And I forgot to mention that this vehicle has not even fulfilled the lease term. Nlm

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

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