by ebara on Jan 4, 2014 Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3dr Minivan
Has anyone else on here had transmission problems with...yet another...Chrysler product? Every Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, or Jeep between 1989 and 2000 that we know of has needed one. Needless to say, this van is pure JUNK. Bought it brand new for my family. Nothing but issues. An engine($2400), transmission $1800), 4 air conditioning compressors $1200 each), and thousands of dollars of mechanical repairs later, we still sold it half-dead at 138,000K with no air, and it backfired on the highway. Maintenance always done at dealer. Buy that extended warranty on Chrysler...you'll need it. If you want to stay away from engine and transmission repairs, stay away from Chrysler. Invest in a Toyota!
by Chicago Writer on Oct 5, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3dr Minivan
Good soldier of a car, keeps running with basic maintenance and some backyard fixing from time to time. BUT, recently the fuel rail started leaking raw gasoline, which filled the little moat around the valve cover, which promptly started on fire burning like a 3.3 liter tiki torch. One fire extinguisher (thanks, Burger King) and $600 in fuel rail and melted wire repair later, Chrysler says "Oh well, sorry. Can't help you." But wait-the fuel rail leaking was a known recall! Tough darts, you should have fixed it before now. Oh well.
by Jeanie on Mar 8, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3dr Minivan
When we bought this vehicle, the previous owner put on a conversion top. Big plus for us. We loved this van until it hit the 150,000 mi. Then things started going wrong, Replaced the motor, then 2 transm, brakes and things have just been happening with it. Can't trust it out away from home now. So were stuck at home. It was an excellent van till it started falling apart. Drive was nice. Can't afford anything else with an unemployed family.
by tsugem64 on Jan 24, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3dr Minivan
Generally a good vehicle but with some quality problems. Interior is spacious but plastic items such as glove box is flimsy and prone to breaking. "Phantom wiper" problem occurs occasionally even though control box was replaced with new one. Parts are expensive also. Engine has good power and passing on hills is no problem. Spark plugs in the back are a real pain to get to. Overall workmanship is not on par with Japanese minivans, sorry to say.
by K Clark on Sep 22, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3dr Minivan
This van has been through 4 accidents and is still going strong! We got this van with 157,000 miles on it and is has been one of the best vehicles we have ever owned. It has been three teens first car (to their dismay!) so that show its tuff, plus it being a van, has cheap insurance premiums. It has adequate power and believe it or not, it can be kind of fun to drive! Take the two back seats out and we've used it as a truck!
by Minivan Mom on Jun 13, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3dr Minivan
I have driven this car for 10 years-shuttling kids to games, stuffing it with people and gear for long distance trips, and doing the local errands. I'm about to downsize (no more kids at home!) and am surprised that smaller cars do not offer the level of comfort of the minivan. This car has a smooth ride, great seating and vision. Good vehicle for teaching teens to drive. There are tons of places to store stuff. No reliability issues other than usual wear and tear.
Changes for 1997 include updated transmission software, an upgraded antilock brake system and an enhanced accident response system that unlocks the doors and turns on the interior lights if the front airbags deploy. Additionally, Plymouth has made improvements to the cabin insulation (to reduce noise and vibration) and cassette stereo units. Standard lighting elements now include front map lights and liftgate flood lamps; a cargo bay power point is also part of the deal. New options include an eight-way power driver seat and an overhead console with a trip computer, compass and outside temperature display. A Rallye decor package is available on SE models -- it includes a roof rack, tinted glass, alloy wheels and various silver accents and decals. Rounding out the changes are new wheel covers for the base model.