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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

1998 Plymouth Voyager (Page 1 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,830 miles

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1998 Plymouth Voyager transmission problems

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1998 Plymouth Voyager Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Jan 242006

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

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

: the contact stated a leak was noticed under the transmission when the vehicle was parked. A local independent repair mechanic replaced a shaft seal in the transmission. However, that did not remedy the leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair transmission shop were it was determined the transmission needed rebuilt and the differential needed replaced.

- Levant, ME, USA

problem #39

Aug 032005

Voyager 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Contact went to have brakes checked on 8-3-05, just a routine check, and the mechanic noticed that left front caliper bolts were incorrect and have damaged the steering knuckles. He told her the left front wheel was spinning inside the knuckles, within 7 months after purchasing the car had to replace the transmission. Also, the ignition switch was bad.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #38

Oct 012003

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,700 miles
Contact owns a 1998, Plymouth, Voyager van. Transmission failed on Oct. 1, 2003 at only 35,700 miles.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #37

Feb 142000

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

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

Plymouth Voyager transmission failed at 36,000 miles. It was just out of the 3 year warranty. Some valve shot through the transmission housing. Transmission fluid sprayed all over the engine compartment including the exhaust. I'm surprised it didn't burn. To do a total rebuild the independent transmission shop had to weld the case because this failure is so common used transmission housings are scarce. This failure was repeated 3 more times in the year that I owned this vehicle. There were also 2 failures of an electronic control valve on the transmission. The transmission shop owner said he fixes many more Chrysler minivan transmissions than any other vehicle. He said its been an ongoing problem with them for at least a dozen years that keeps his family fed. Chrysler denied any knowledge of defective transmissions in their vehicles. My research says its an all too common failure in not only the minivans but in the pickup trucks and Jeep as well. I drove chyslers and Jeep all my life but now I won't buy either.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #36

Apr 082004

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
While driving approximately 45 mph, the consumer heard a noise and tried to shut the vehicle off. The consumer hit the guard rail to get the vehicle to stop and the transmission went out. The differential cracked and broke the axle which went into the transmission. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. After the transmission was remedied, 4 days later, the seals leaked.

- Watertown, CT, USA

problem #35

Dec 012003

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Transmission disintegrated, wiper motor problems, and lost of horn and cruise control.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #34

Feb 172004

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

While the vehicle was on driver's 2 year old daughter shifted the gear into reverse without applying the brakes and vehicle moved and hit the driver. Driver sustained bone bruises all over the body, and was transported to the hospital.

- Townsend, DE, USA

problem #33

Oct 272003

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
After the signal light turned green driver stepped on accelerator pedal, the engine revved, but the vehicle would not move. Vehicle towed to a repair shop for transmission problem.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #32

Sep 162003

Voyager

  • 79,500 miles
Vehicle was taken to the dealer for service. Consumer feels that the service was incomplete because, after a week, vehicle started jerking whenever accelerator was pressed. Vehicle was taken to another shop, and consumer was told that transmission fluid was exceptionally low. Less than a week after that diagnosis transmission completely stopped working. The dealer would not make repairs without consumer paying for them.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #31

Aug 112003

Voyager

  • 73,000 miles
The differential pin broke inside transmission. As a result, transmission had to be replaced.

- Fremont, MI, USA

problem #30

Jun 072003

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

98 Plymouth Voyager expresso has a problem with a pin in the transmission braking and it cracks your case in trying to find a used one, everyone that had one, that was what had happened to it.

- Winamac, IN, USA

problem #29

Feb 032003

Voyager

  • miles
Problems with head gasket.

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #28

Dec 312002

Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I have a Plymouth Voyager with 47,000 mi. I'd only had it for 4 mos. When the transmission started to act up. I have been told that it is probably on it's way out seeing as Chrysler knows not how to make a working product. It is very dangerous for me to try to pull out onto a road when I am not sure whether or not I am going to be able to go. When I do and it doesn't move, I then have to hurry up and gun it so as not to get hit from oncoming traffic. The car then jerks into gear after reving up to around 50 if I take it that far. I usually don't because then engine sounds like it is screaming. Shifting is a problem. It is well known to most Chrysler owners that there is a serious problem with their transmissions, yet Chrysler does nothing to upgrade or fix the defects. Had I known this information before I had bought the car, I would've bought a different make vehicle.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #27

Dec 072001

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission has been replaced twice, but problem still persists.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #26

Jun 022002

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seals in transmission needed to be replaced due to vehicle slipping in and out of gear.this will happen intermittently. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Honeoyefalls, NY, USA

problem #25

Jul 302001

Voyager

  • miles
While driving on a busy highway, the transmission failed without warning, vehicle lost speed at an alarming rate, dropping from 70 mph to 20 mph within seconds.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #24

May 072002

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 40mph vehicle hesitated to accelerate and starting chocking. Took vehicle to dealership who informed him transmission was shot.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #23

May 032002

Voyager

  • miles
Am about to have vehicle taken to dealership, but have researched several similar incident where Chrysler tried to deny responsibility for a transmission that goes out after only 58,000 so I'm creating cases, just in case.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 262002

Voyager

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

- Det, MI, USA

problem #21

Jul 302001

Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on a busy highway, the transmission failed without warning, vehicle lost speed at an alarming rate, dropping from 70 mph to 20 mph within seconds. Chrysler refused to replace the transmission at no cost to the consumer.

- Lansing, MI, USA

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