NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,425 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 engine problems

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1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 172012

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


I purchased vehicle used and found no problems with the vehicle with the exception of a squeaky serpentine belt. Put a little belt dressing on it and that was as far as the issue went. Then on a dark rainy night, went through a rain puddle-very slowly, and instantly, steering became very difficult. The worst part of this experience this night was trying to put belt back on pulleys, as you can imagine in the dark and no idea how to route it. Thank goodness there was a diagram in engine. With no knowledge that this was a very well known issue with these vehicles it was quite a surprise. After researching this online, and reading all of the consumer complaints I can't figure out what you people are waiting for!! fatal accidents!! there has been more than enough info submitted and documented to warrant a recall and have the manufacturer take care of this. Oh-but guess what? another company 'gates" has come up with a solution that apparently has had positive reviews. My order is in and I am awaiting my retrofitted tensioner belt component kit so that I will feel safe enough to be out on the roads and that I will not become a hazard to other drivers on the road with me. The federal government comes to the aid of a big company like Chrysler (Plymouth) even when it is more than obvious that they are building substandard cars. This is not a major repair, but it is certainly a problem that could very easily cause serious bodily injuries to many people from just one incident! it has now been fourteen years since this car was manufactured. How many years of complaints does it take to get someone to notice and take action? is there someone above you that we have to beg, please help us! the little guys. Why should we have to beg, "please don't let my car be the one that is going to kill someone."make the ones responsible-be responsible! thank you (I think).

- Los Molinos, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 262011

Grand Voyager

  • 219,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager. The contact stated that the serpentine belt would detach from the vehicle whenever it would rain. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the tension pulley needed replacing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 219,000.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #12

Dec 242010

Grand Voyager

  • 68,000 miles
I have a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager with the 3.3L moter, every time the van goes through a puddle of water the drive belt comes off. The problem has been around for a long time, what has to be done is the belt tenser and pullys need to be changed to fix the problem. The dealership refuses to fix the problem.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 012010

Grand Voyager

  • 102,000 miles


We own a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager with a 3.3 liter engine. On Friday, October 1,2010, my wife drove slowly through a puddle and the serpentine belt came off causing a loss of power steering and other system powered by the serpentine belt. This has happened to her once before and from what I have read on the internet is a very common problem with these vehicles. My wife usually enjoys driving her van but now has lost all confidence in it. She states it's a very scary situation, not to mention dangerous. With all I have read it is almost impossible to believe there has not been a recall to have this very dangerous situation corrected.

- Williston Park, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 012008

(reported on)

Grand Voyager

  • miles
1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager with several recall issues. Consumer states that the vehicle has not been looked at for these problems with the gasoline delivery system, airbags, and fuel injection and would like to know what to do. The consumer stated the vehicle now has engine problems and is not running.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #9

Sep 062006

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,649 miles
: the contact stated at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and the dealership was unable to determine a problem.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 012005

Grand Voyager 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,247 miles


The serpentine belt comes off this vehicle, leading to a sudden loss of power steering. So far, this has happened while on the entrance ramp to a freeway, while driing in light city traffic, and while idling at a bank (prior to taking a highway trip which had to be cancelled). In all cases the driver was female and had great difficulty controlling the vehicle. In all cases this was during wet weather. After the second case, we had the deale install a guide plate that is supposed to keep the belt on, but it came off anyway. We have now learned that there appears to be a defect in the mounting bracket for the power steering pump, leading this part to bend under normal wear and tear such that the serpentine belt will jump off in wet weather. In our vehicle, there was another with the exact same problem in at the same time, and the replacement part was on backorder with 18 customers waiting. This clearly seems to be a design flaw as this vehicle is becoming notorious for this problem among mechanics, with several discussion theads to be found on the internet. It is only a matter of time before someone loses power steering at a critical time, thereby losing cotrol of the vehicle and leading to a fatal accident. Indeed, I would be surprsied if this hasn't already ahppened. A recall must be issued for this problem.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 062002

Grand Voyager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,049 miles
Leaking head gasket which eventually blew. Replaced head gasket. Engine 3.3L. Mileage 66049. Informed by dealership not covered. Yet I have seen on this web site where it was covered.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jun 152003

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Intake or head gasket leak allowed the crank case to fill with water and coolant. The engine immediately seized up and died. I was driving down a crowded interstate at the time, and lost all power, steering and brakes. The entire engine will have to be replaced.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #5

Dec 152002

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The info I just provided was the most recent.I bought the van used with 22,000 miles and since then I have lost 6 serpentine belts and nobody will help me with the problem.I have spent over 1,000$ in the attempts to get the problem fixed and this last time I just did it myself is why the cost is so low.I have been told by two top mechanics in my area that the belt is not lined up right and there is no adjusting it.the problem is from the factory they tell me.nobody will help me though because it is not a recall. Maybe this will help the next guy.

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 152003

Grand Voyager

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


The evaporator has gone out, so no cold air - the mechanic said this happens often with my make and model vehicle and said I should complain. If you can ofer anyhelp or solutions I would apprecitate it. Thanks, D kossow

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 182003

Grand Voyager

  • miles
Owner drove over a puddle and the splash knocked the serpentine belt off of the pulleys. Power steering was lost, engine began to overheat, and the minivan needed to be towed to service station to have the serpentine belt replaced.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Sep 161999

(reported on)

Grand Voyager

  • miles
On various occasions since the first week of ownership of the vehicle the speedometer and temperature guage have simultaneously dropped to zero and the fluctuated between 0 & 85 mph, dealer was contacted and they kept the van to investigate, nothing found, they then hooked up a computer reader that I drove with for 10 days, as sthis incident only happened sporadically and I had to hit a button when it did nothing was reported. When travelling at anywhere from 10 to 65mph it is sometimes quite dangerous to takes your eyes off the road and your hand off the steering wheel to hit the button of an attachment on your visor..! this incident had continued to occur over the past year and now in the middle of a hurricane I have attempted to evacuate my children from the area only to find that my vehicle will not start. The dealership sent somebody to assist and due to the weather conditions he told me to keep the car running all day as he did not feel that this was a battery problem but computer related, particularly after I told him about the strange happenings with the speedo etc. The van ran for about 3.5 hours on my driveway and then died...! the local Chrysler dealership is coming to pick it up tomorrow morning.

- Apg-Ea, MD, USA

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