Just like any other Plymouth vehicles built, the Plymouth Voyager has also its Dodge counterpart, the Dodge Caravan. But the difference between Plymouth Valiant/Dodge Dart, and Plymouth Sundance/Dodge Shadow among others was it was not a car but a minivan plus it had a third name: Chrysler Town and Country (1990). This trio was the first modern minivan that created a market segment of its own. The Chrysler had been developing the vehicle in the early seventies and when the Plymouth Voyager started to hit the market in 1983 it delivered with a great success.
The 1987 model year was based from the Chrysler S platform with a wheelbase fourteen inches longer that was called the Grand Caravan/Grand Voyager with engine adopted from the Mitsubishi V-6., a fuel-injected .5 liter four cylinder with a short-lived 2.5 turbo option.
The second generation Plymouth Voyager came in 1991. Changes were made and additions have put in place with this new generation minivan. The optional antilock brakes and new all-wheel-drive models were the more significant additions. The Voyager came with three trims: base, SE, and the LE. Longer Grand Voyager model came in the upper models. The engine that powered the Voyager was the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder as the standard engine and a 3.0-liter V6 as an option. Grand Voyager had 3.3-liter V6 engine as standard. This was also offered as an optional engine in the SE and LE trims. The four-cylinder Voyagers were equipped with a 3-speed automatic transmission; in short-wheelbase models, the V6 engines were available with a 3- or 4-speed automatic of your choice, while all Grand Voyagers had the 4-speed gearbox. The all-wheel-drive models required the 3.3-liter V6 and used a permanently engaged full-time system.
In 1992, side air bags became a standard and the integrated child safety seat became optional in the Voyager. The power underneath this year was the 3.0-liter V6 rated at 142-horsepower and 3-speed automatic can be substituted for the standard 3.3-liter V6 rated at 150-horsepower with its 4-speed automatic. A 5-speed manual transmission can also be paired with a 2.5-liter base engine.
The Quad-Command bucket seats replaced the middle bench seat in 1993. The front shoulder belts become height-adjustable and rear shoulder belts have lower anchor points in the same year.
In 1994, the Voyager was packed with new features including passenger-side airbag and side door-guard beams. With this addition, the Plymouth Voyager met the passenger car safety requirement the lasted up to 1998. Engines were enhanced in this year. As an option, the Grand Voyager LE can house a 162-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. The 3.3-liter V6 has been upgraded that now produced 162 horsepower. Among Dashboard has also been redesigned, and all models have new bumper fascias and body moldings
How did minivans such as the Plymouth Voyager become popular?
In the decade of the 70s, the combination of economic recession and fuel embargoes created a demand for more compact and less expensive vehicles. Market research showed that young buyers were no longer interested in gas-guzzling, wide-bodied station wagons.
In 1981, the Chrysler Corporation introduced a revolutionary K-Car platform that offereda solid beam rear axle, independent front suspensions with MacPherson struts, and either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive. From here, the company developed front-wheel-drive, garage-able minivans that revolutionized family transportation and practically erased the station wagon of old from the American market.
What is the relationship between the Plymouth Voyager and the Dodge Caravan? How did the Plymouth Voyager differ from the Plymouth Grand Voyager?
The Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan are basically corporate twins in the minivan market. Aside from cosmetic differences, the Voyager has an extra sliding door, which made it a popular choice for families. The Voyager officially began sporting a Dodge badge in the year 2000.
The Plymouth Grand Voyager was physically longer than the Plymouth Voyager in both length and wheelbase, and had more cargo space. In addition, engine choices varied through the years to compensate for the Grand Voyager's heavier body. All things considered, the two vehicles are substantially the same.
What was the Plymouth Voyager famous for?
The Plymouth Voyager is a workhorse, and a reliable one at that. Its engine range includes 2.4-liter, 3.0-liter, 3.3-liter, and 182-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. It can seat anywhere from five to seven adults comfortably.
There are three- and four-speed automatic gearboxes. The latter is the only transmission that doesn't have brake bands and one-way rotation clutches. It is operated with the help of an on-board computer that maximally protects it and that exists to prevent the transmission from failure.
In spite of the fact that the Plymouth Voyager was first met with skepticism, it went on to become America's "traditional vehicle," serving half of all American families. Plymouth Voyager makes for a considerable portion of all Plymouth sales.
Why does my van's ABS light stay lit after I've started the engine?
The ABS light indicates that the computer has detected a malfunction in the ABS system and stores diagnostic codes and data that would be important in diagnosing the problem. A mechanic can findthe diagnostic codes and data and then provide you with a recommendation. If there is a wheel speed sensor fault, sensor connectors should be inspected and repaired if necessary.
My van's fuel pump was recently replaced. It takes a lot of effort to restore the right pressure to start the vehicle. There are no leaks. What is happening?
To avoid excessive engine cranking, turn the ignition on but don't try to start it. Count to five, turn the ignition off, and start it. By cycling the key that way, you're pressurizing the fuel system and it should start right up. If the check valve in the fuel pump assembly is bad, wait for the pump to quit altogether before shopping around for a new one.
The Plymouth Voyager and Its Almost Two-Decade Voyage in the Auto Industry
Chrysler Corporation used the Voyager nameplate to name two different vans that were marketed under Plymouth. The first model was the rebadged and full-size version of the Dodge Sportsman and the second one was the Plymouth Grand Voyager. Combining all the variants bearing the Voyager name, these minivans ranked as the 13th best-selling automotive nameplate across the globe.
1984 - 1990: Generation I Voyager
The first generation Voyager rode on the S platforms and was outfitted with many components used in the K-cars, especially the interior materials. Compared to other full-sized vans, this generation of Voyager boasts a car-like ambiance, thanks to its FWD layout, low floor, as well as its well-laid instrument cluster and dashboard controls. All these and a lot more placed the Plymouth Voyager on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1985.
This generation of Voyager minivans was available in three trim levels—base model, mid-grade SE, and the high-end LE. The Grand Voyager, which was offered in SE and LE, was added in 1987 and the sport model dubbed as LX came in 1989.
1990 - 1995: Generation II Voyager
For 1991 model year, the Plymouth Voyager received a major redesign to give it a more “areo” styled looks. Voyagers from this generation still used the S platform, making them the last Voyagers to be derived from Chrysler’s K platform. They were offered in the same trim levels as the first generation, but the LX was available only on short wheelbase and was sold as a sport-luxury minivan outfitted with fog lamps, alloy wheels, and other power-operated components and features.
In 1995, the LX model was replaced by the more luxury oriented “Rallye” package. What differentiate the 2nd-gen Voyagers from the 1st-gen models were the interiors. The previous generation’s dashboard and controls were replaced by a more advanced, ergonomic layout.
1996 - 2000: Generation III Voyager
Redesigned from the ground up, the 1996 Plymouth Voyager was launched with Chrysler’s cab-forward design. This generation of Voyagers rode on the Chrysler NS platform with a driver’s sliding door, which is first on minivans. With this new design and improved performance, the Voyager once again found a spot on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1996 and 1997.
The third-generation Voyagers and Grand Voyagers in the U.S. market were offered in base trim and SE models only. This is because of Chrysler’s new corporate strategy to make the Plymouth brand concentrate on entry-level vehicles. This generation of Voyagers was equipped with “Easy-Out Roller Seats”, Infinity sound system, Sparkle Silver alloy wheels, power windows and locks, and other features.
2001 - 2003: Generation IV Voyager
For its fourth generation, the Plymouth Voyager was renamed as the Chrysler Voyager, along with the retirement of the entire Plymouth division. The short-lived Chrysler Voyager, which was introduced in 2001, was available only in short wheelbase. Production was discontinued after 2003.