I love my little voyager! I paid 600 bucks and it is worthy of each one. never let me down or let me on street. I highly recommend this van. Cheap and reliable transportation for my family. it is not a beautiful van but for 600 bucks it bring us from TX to CT without problems.
This car was amazing when we had it. Unfortunately it died a few months ago, and was becoming very unsafe. The engine blew after it only reached 116,000 miles, but it was a hard 116. It was originally our family car, then given to my brother, then to me. Two teenage drivers took its toll. It could haul very heavy loads with ease, was decent on gas, and very roomy. The car ran for about 3-4 years with a bad transmission, poor alignment, damaged suspension, broken water pump, and a massive coolant leak (for the last 1 and a half it ran on straight water as the coolant). The car was amazingly tough, and only went in for routine maintainence. It was easy to repair too.
The roominess, reliability (you don't see many cars like this one these days), performance, and toughness.
None really, the car was just a little too primitive in its design, but probably just because it was so old.
This vehicle was the second Voyager we have owned. Our first was a 1985 which was also purchased new. Presently, we have 316,000 km. on the van. The 3.0 engine has seen two water pumps, two timing belts and routine spark plugs, air filtres etc. The three speed tranny died at 70,000 km and an independent garage diagnosed the problem. The dealer had installed an auxilliary cooler at my request. It was installed in tandem with the cooler in the radiator. This slowed the flow of the fluid to a crawl and the works plugged up. Lesson learned. I now change the fluid myself every 50,000 KM and it is fine. The other secrets are 1.oil and filtre every 5,000 km and anti-freeze flush/change 50,000 km.
No fancy bells and whistles. Fairly easy to work on for a back yard mechanic. Cheap parts. Reliable set of wheels for 13 years. Pulls a light camper trailer with no trouble. Hauls all sorts of stuff from kids and friends to junk to the dump. It has been the Swiss Army knife of vehicles.
The interior trim needs to be made of some sort of plastic which does NOT self destruct (the '85 model was the same ) It also needs paint which adheres to the roof. Use only the push- rod 3.3 - already done. A standard transmission for those of us who have no faith in or use for automatics. Better front seat belts, the originals stink.
We purchased our minivan used in 1997
when purchased it had 60,000 miles.
Put in new transmission in at 100k
miles and now with 170,000 we have
just had the timing belt replaced. I
would say we have well spent our money
I bought this van in 1996 with 83K miles
on it. It now has 190,000K on it.This
van hasn't ever broken down on us in 7
years!!(knock on wood) We put it in the
shop once and that was to get the timing
belt changed. The original alternator
was just replaced a couple months ago!!
My wife wants a newer van,but I hate to
get rid of this one!! Would recommend
this van to anyone!!
I like the storage drawer under the
passenger seat and the storage bins in
the rear seating area.
I'm sure they have made improvements to
the new models,but I would like to see
the following changes: more leg room on
the front pass.side;easier to remove
rear seats;bigger glove box and an
inside rear hatch release.
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