If you've got two kids and another one on the way, it's time to upgrade your auto to a Chrysler Grand Voyager. Enormous, practical, and safe, the Grand Voyager works perfectly as a family carit provides the convenience that every parent would find useful when traveling with children. This 7-seater multi-purpose van comes in an attractive styling that isn't common with many family cars. Grand Voyager offers a comfortable ride that is definitely grandsteering is well-weighted, legroom and headroom dimensions are definitely huge, and engine and suspension operations work just fine; it doesn't easily creak over major road bumps. First released in 1988, this model has evolved through the years, making it one of the best-selling automotive nameplates worldwide.
In spite of its decent styling and convenience features, the Chrysler Grand Voyager doesn't stick well in performance. Its CRD turbodiesel produces only 161 bhp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to reach a slow 62 mph in 12.8 seconds. Considering its massive size, this auto falls short in power. And the Grand Voyager's expensive running costs wouldn't help boosting its performance level either. Fuel economy is definitely low; this isn't a car built for the budget-conscious.
But its lack of power and fuel economy couldn't stop this model, the Chrysler Grand Voyager is still a definite winner in practicality, handling, and comfort. It's got the Stow N Go feature: lots of storage bins, foldable rear seats, and a massive luggage capacity that can handle bulky grocery items, baby strollers, diaper bags, school backpacks, and everything else that you need to load in the trunk. Chrysler didn't skimp on luxury Chrysler Grand Voyager parts either; the in-car entertainment system is perfect to take the kids' minds off whining about the long trip and instead focus on their favorite cartoon show. This model also handles like a dream; the great road visibility and light steering wheel response is a winning combination that definitely makes driving this car fun.
FAQs—Chrysler Grand Voyager
I have been driving this Chrysler Grand Voyager for years now without problem, and I'm happy for it. However, a few days ago, the transmission started acting out. It wouldn't engage into reverse or 1st gear after getting into reverse. It hesitates and then jerks into gear and sometimes slips out and back in. It is getting frustrating, can anybody help?
Your car's transmission system is designed to function smoothly and firmly when you put it into Drive. If it's not responding properly, then something is wrong with the system. It could be caused by any one of these three things: low transmission fluid level, low internal fluid pressure, and faulty pressure regulation or control. Fluid level problem is the most common cause of transmission slipping, and it's also the easiest to fix. You just have to check the level of the fluid using the dipstick that comes with your car. The fluid should be at the full line; it usually takes 1 pint of liquid to do that. Low internal fluid pressure is caused by a worn pump or clogged fluid filter. The latter can be remedied by replacing the filter while the former is bad news—you will need to have the transmission rebuilt or replaced. If you have a faulty pressure regulation, you will need to replace the pressure regulator valve or control solenoid or the sensor. However, with this kind of transmission problem, rebuilding or replacing the transmission is usually the ultimate solution.
While I was driving my Grand Voyager on the road the other day, I noticed a clunking sound when I hit some bumps on the road. The noise is coming from the front suspension. I took the car to the shop and I was told that the sway bar is the problem and it needs replacement. Is this true?
Clunking and rattling is one of the common symptoms of a bad sway bar; particularly the sway bar bushings. The sway bar is an integral part of the suspension system, and it helps in making sure you always get a smooth ride. This is fastened to the suspension and chassis with bushings and brackets. You can imagine the brunt that these bushings have to endure daily. Eventually, the bushings will become worn or damaged and need to be replaced. You can do the replacement by yourself, but you need the right tools to remove and reinstall the sway bar. You can consult a workshop manual on how to remove the bar properly. Disconnect the sway bar at either end of the suspension as well as in the middle from the chassis. Find the damaged bushings and install the new ones. Reinstall the sway bar.
While driving my Chrysler Grand Voyager, the air bag light suddenly comes on. There's also a snapping sound when turning the steering wheel. The semicircular nylon gear behind the steering wheel is also off its proper mounting when I checked. Any idea what's up?
An illuminated airbag warning light can be caused by a lost connection between the clockspring (located behind the steering wheel) and the steering wheel-mounted electrical components. When the airbag light is flashing, other steering wheel-mounted controls including speed control, horn, and radio controls may also be inoperative. The clockspring is actually a common issue in the airbag system. Fixing the clockspring involves removing the steering wheel and buying a replacement. OEM and brand new clockspring are easily available and fairly affordable, so you should have no problem buying replacement.
The Grand Voyage of the Chrysler Grand Voyager
The Chrysler Grand Voyager may not be among the most popular people movers across the globe. But the fact that it is now on its 5th generation and has survived 30 years in the industry and still counting, there sure is something to it that makes it gain loyal followers through the years.
The Grand Voyager is a luxury minivan produced by Chrysler and marketed mainly outside the United States, though there were Voyagers sold briefly in the American market from 2001 to 2003. With more than 12 million units sold, these Chrysler minivans, along with their other nameplate variants, have ranked as the 13th bestselling automotive nameplate across the globe.
1988 - 1995: 1st and 2nd generations of Grand Voyager
The first Grand Voyagers were introduced in Europe as a rebadged version of the two vehicles marketed in the U.S.—the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. The first generation, produced from 1988 to 1990 model years, were powered either by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter Mitsubishi V6 engine. In some U.S. states, particularly California, the Mitsubishi V6 failed to meet emissions standards, so Voyagers for these areas derived their power from the 3.3-liter L engine. On the outside, the first Chrysler Grand Voyager sold in Europe looked very much the same with the Plymouth Voyager in the U.S. market.
The second-generation (1991 - 1995) Grand Voyagers for the European market were essentially rebadged Dodge Caravans. For this generation, some models were modified for military use. There were also some modifications done for models sold in South Africa. These Voyagers have larger—240 to 360 liters—fuel tanks. In 1994, Chrysler also offered the 2.5 turbo diesel made by VM motori. This was also the last generation of Grand Voyager to use manual transmission.
1996-2007: 3rd and 4th generations of Grand Voyager
The third generation of Chrysler Grand Voyager, which was marketed from 1996 to 2001, didn’t receive much change under the hood but came well equipped with adjustable steering column, cruise control, alloy wheels, power-adjusted driver’s seat, roof rack, and front fog lights. The demand for this vehicle in the UK was high that Chrysler soon added the more luxurious leather-trimmed LX variant. For this generation, buyers who are more concerned with the vehicle’s fuel economy were given the option to go for the 2.5-liter turbodiesel variants.
To mark the start of the Grand Voyager’s fourth generation, Chrysler offered a totally revised Voyager for the 2001 model year. The overall look of the vehicle was modified, and it received additional features such as side airbags as well as front seat belt pretensioners, powered tailgate, powered removable center console, and three-zone automatic temperature control. This generation also received several industry firsts, including power dual sliding side doors featuring industry-first inside-the-door motor and power sliding door obstacle detection system.
2008-present: 5th generation of Grand Voyager
The new Voyager for 2008 model year onwards was slotted as a luxury MPV aimed for large families. The seating was arranged according to the common layout in North America, which is 2-2-3, front to rear. In Europe, 2011 seemed to be the last for Chrysler Voyager as all models offered here were marketed under the Lancia brand, hence the nameplate Lancia Voyager. In other countries like United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea, Ireland, and Singapore, this luxury MVP was still sold as Chrysler Grand Voyager.