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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,792 miles

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1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Feb 262000

Grand Voyager

  • miles

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

My van is a lemon. All kinds of electrical problems - defogger sometimes work and sometimes not, windows won't roll down, stereo speakers sometimes works, instrument panel lights go off and on, dim yellow headlights, etc. Found pin hole in head...defect in metal. Van over heated and gauge did not say it was hot. Fan went out. Now something going wrong with front end. Occasionally smell gas. The lifter head gasket now leaks oil. Van sometimes jumps in park and rolls. I can not afford to fix this stuff... bail me out not Chrysler....

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 052006

Grand Voyager

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager. The contact stated that the transmission failed after the vehicle was purchased. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the transmission had to be rebuilt. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately a month later, the transmission began failing again. The vehicle was driven to the local repair shop on three different occasions and the mechanic stated each time that the transmission failed due to the speed sensor. The vehicle was repaired after each visit. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was 170,000 and the failure mileage was unavailable.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #28

May 012003

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager transmission implosion. While driving at highway speed some gears from the 4 speed automatic transmission punched out of the housing causing complete transmission failure and loss of power. Pushed vehicle to side of highway, but was left stranded in middle of night with small children and full term pregnant wife. Although Chrysler was aware of this common problem they would not repair it as ~10000 miles out of warranty - $3000 replacement out of pocket cost. Second transmission failed ~38000 miles later, 2000 miles out of warranty and Chrysler refused again - $2100 rebuild cost. Besides the massive cost, total mechanical failure is very dangerous in highway traffic and if it leaves you stranded in the middle of nowhere.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #27

May 292004

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,564 miles

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

May 29, 2004 on a state highway and traveling at 55 mph when we felt a "thump" under our van. Upon pulling over, saw an oil slick left on road from vehicle. Transmission had a hole punched through from inside. Both Chrysler dealer and transmission supply said they see many like it every month, where a set pin lets go and a small shaft slips over far enough to contact transmission case and destroys it. Vehicle had 49564 miles on it at the time. Transmission replaced at a cost of $2004.29. I have old case at home.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #26

Jan 152005

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
While driving 70 mph the driver heard a loud crunching noise from the front end. The driver pulled over and proceeded to put the vehicle into park, however the vehicle began to roll backwards so she applied the emergency brake. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where she learned the engine and transmission needed to be replaced. Please provide additional information.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #25

Jul 132004

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 55 mph automatic transmission failed. Vehicle was towed to independent shop, mechanic replaced the transmission at consumer's expense of $1,7000.

- Wilcox, PA, USA

problem #24

Dec 152003

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

My 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager went through several quarts of transmission fluid in the past winter. When I took it to my mechanic he said he had worked on several other vehicles of the same model. He warned that the transmission could go out any time and that it is a manufacturer's defect. A pin is coming loose in the transmission. As there was never a puddle under my vehicle it took the van failing to engage into P R D N 1 2 to notice the problem. The fluid was spraying out as I was driving.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #23

Oct 122003

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Failure of the transmission.

- Birnamwood, WI, USA

problem #22

Jun 102001

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Transmission failure

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #21

Apr 292003

(reported on)

Grand Voyager

  • miles
The vehicle was put into gear without the brake being applied.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #20

Mar 162003

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • 76,700 miles

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

While driving the transmission "fell apart" without warning and caused loss of front wheel drive. A broken transmission pin caused this problem. The technicians said that this is design flaw and Chrysler was aware. Scc

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #19

Dec 012001

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
98 Plymouth Grand Voyager - 70K miles was informed by a Chrysler service center that I needed a new transmission. 96 Plymouth Grand Voyager wipers activate on there own occassionally - airbag light comes on and stays on occassionally

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #18

Feb 012003

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,500 miles
Noise from underneath van sounding as if parts were falling off or like metal in a blender. Once I stopped and looked under a steady stream of transmission fluid was pouring out. Had transmission shop confirm today that a "pin" broke and caused complete destruction to transmission and case. Nothing can be reused. Need an entire new transmission. Called dealership where purchased and they advised to call 800# in manual. Called 800# and was told there was nothing on file of this problem and this is our responsibility since it is no longer under warranty. I informed her that there is only 48,000 miles on van and this is unacceptable. Again she advised it was our responsibility.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #17

Jan 072003

Grand Voyager

  • 58,000 miles
Consumer states vehicle's transmission blew up while driving without warning. Dealer notified. Please provide additional information.

- Tunkhannock, PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 012002

Grand Voyager

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving vehicle would not switch gears and stalled. Dealer advised that transmission had failed.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #15

Apr 182002

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #14

Dec 052000

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission made a very loud bang and began leaking transmission fluid, consumer was informed that there was a quarter size hole in the transmission case which caused the leak, the transmission would need replaced, upon removal of the torque converter a hole approximately 7- 8 inches long by 6 inches wide was found in the case wall between the transfer case and the bell housing, the mechanic pointed out that a permanent retaining pin which held a larger pin in place had sheared off and sent the larger one through the case wall, this pin is not designed to be serviced and there was no way to adjust or even diagnose the problem prior to its failure, consumer states that this is a design flaw and is furious that Chrysler will not provide him any assistance.

- Campbell, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 012002

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission pump seal was leaking. Problem reoccurred at 40,000 miles. This was the second time for repairs. The dealer was notified. Please add more information.

- Garden City South, NY, USA

problem #12

Mar 282002

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle stalled without warning. Could not restart vehicle. Took to dealer and dealer indicated transmission case was cracked and pieces inside were broke. Nlm

- Spearfish, SD, USA

problem #11

Jan 011998

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission can be engaged when the vehicle is on/off or when brakes are applied. Dealer has been contacted.

- Hebron, CT, USA

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