On my second Grand Voyager, 55 plate. 2.8CRD Ltd. Whilst i do love its appearance and driving position i have had problems with the engine cutting out and leaving it without brakes/steering. It happens at 20-40mph and is very scary. Thankfully the worst sent me over a small roundabout and into hedges/shrubs. Other times handbrake and sheer luck helped me. I am changing to a Ford in a few weeks. It has spent 3 visits and pushing 3 months in the garage to try and find the problem. Although it still judders and makes me uncomfortable.
It is novel to have electric doors/tailgate but i have had problems with doors. Sun visor clips just snapped off after adjusting visor and also the lighter flung itself so fast out of the socket it bounced off the handbrake and landed on the floor, but that's being fussy to be fair.
I feel sad to get rid of my GV as i have driven them since 99. But Chrysler need to update extras (heated seats/fast open - close windows etc)to reach their customers expectations. Maybe i've been unlucky this time but driving with no brakes and steering it's scary but with my family on board i don't want that thought.
I have to say that it is very greedy on fuel and i seem to be forever putting petrol/diesel in. They are a big vehicle and the room inside for both passengers and when seats are flat is superb and wont be beaten.
I have owned my Grand Voyager for over a year now and have no qualms about it whatsoever.
I have my own mechanic to sort things, if any, out. Even though I check the oil and water frequently, I have never had to put a single drop of water in it, and the odd top up of oil only, which is usual for a diesel car.
She drives smoothly and takes corners quite well for a vehicle of its size. The interior is second to none - I like the fact that you don't have to pull the middle seats up to let people in the back, they can just walk through the middle, which makes life so much easier.
I am moving abroad shortly, and I shall definately be looking for a left-hand drive Grand Voyager.
Overall, it's the best car I've ever had.
I have covered 25,000 miles in 12 months in my second Grand Voyager. My first 1997 Grand Voyager 3.3LE did 174,000 miles and was generally very reliable.
My new 2006 model has the excellent Stow & Go seats which none of its competitiors have. So far the car has been completely reliable; nothing has gone wrong, nothing fallen off. Scheduled servicing has been done by a main dealer at reasonable cost.
This car does everything I need it to do; carries huge amounts of equipment during the week and quickly converts to a 7 seater to carry a football team at the weekends. Passengers like the reclining seats in all 3 rows, there is plenty of legroom, even in the back row. With 7 people on board there is still plenty of boot space.
The 3.3 petrol engine does have high fuel consumption (average 21.8mpg on the onboard computer) but not a lot higher than the 2.8 diesel, is much quieter on the move and has rear air conditioning which is not available on the diesel model. It also has no cambelt to change, which makes up to some extent, for the shorter service intervals on the petrol model. Cruising on the motorway is quiet and effortless. It is not so good on twisty back roads but does quite well considering the car's size and weight.
If Chrysler were to fit the excellent Mercedes 3.0l V6 diesel engine to the Voyager it would be the perfect large MPV. As it is, my 3.3 Limited is the next best thing.
I bought my 3.3 Limited XS in April 2004. It was exactly a year old with 7500 miles on the clock. Since that day I have no real problems with the car.
Cruise control was not working, but the dealer quickly resolved that. I also had a slight electrical gremlin, where the dash seemed to power down sometimes for about for two seconds. This was also quickly fixed by the dealer. I think it was a loose connection.
Fuel economy has improved with age. The whole car semed to free up as we passed the 20,000-mile mark. Much of my driving is local, and I was getting 16 miles to the gallon. It's now up to about 17-18. Still appalling. Even if you drive the car as economically as you can, it makes no difference.
I tow a caravan with mine. It tows fantastically, but the engine does not have enough torque, and linked to the measly 4-speed gearbox it runs in third gear an awful lot. Fuel consumption with my van and all of the junk I take with me - which is an awful lot - is barely in two figures.
It's now time for a change. The Voyager has been great, but to be honest it's boring to drive and it hurts everytime I have to fill the petrol tank. However, I can't find anything else that meets my requirements right now for our holidays and splitting up the kids, so I'm on the edge of buying the 2.8 CRD.
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