Another year has passed since I last reported on my Voyager and nothing has changed as far as reliability etc It has never missed a beat. The interior still looks like it was just delivered and it even still smells new. I can only assume the reason it rates so low in polls is that being an expensive vehicle those that do have problems like to make a lot of noise. My local JCT garage collect the car for the service and bring it back the same day so I cannot even complain about the garage Sure servicing cost are high but are they not for all large cars costing over £25K.Thank you Chrysler
I have previously owned a Chrysler PT Cruiser with which we had enormous problems, including very unhappy dealings with Head Office. However with the immenent arrival of our fourth child I decided to bury the hatchet and try Chrysler again. We have had the middle range Grand Voyager since March 05 and since then it has broken down 5 times - twice whilst travelling at high speed with small children. Both times, it was due to a 'software' update which was needed. The car itself is well designed (we lurve those sliding doors), comfortable, fantastic for a large family, but the reliability and fuel consumption has been appalling. I would love to find an alternative car in size and capacity as this vehicle is making our lives an expensive misery at times.
You may have seen a review from me about my first grand voyager 2.8 CRD LTD. I have just sold this car with 104,000 miles on the clock in 18 months-bad mistake.
I have just taken delivery of a new CRD LTD XS. The interior and equipment are great(Multi video & very good Sat Nav)and there the good news ends!
The vehicle broke down on the third day of ownership, when a bolt securing one of the pulleys to the block stripped its threads. The dealership informed me that a new one would take 2 weeks to come from the states.
I said fine and informed the dealership that they could pay for my loss of earnings for the period and surprisingly, they found a firm locally that could provide the part(It still took 4 days to arrive.)
Fuel economy is shocking compared to my old one and the engine is noisier and the gearbox can't decide what gear it shuld be in.
There is a smoke screen produced on acceleration, which must be quite unpleasant for people behind.
I borrowed my old Voyager back when my new one was being repaired and wondered why I ever sold it-I ntersestingly the new owner of my old one has been in touch and he also has been told that the vehicle does not need a cam belt, by the dealership!
Other faults include a failure to engage gears on occasion due to insufficient oil pressure and the misfire continues.
Don't buy a Crossfire either-they are total rubbish-I speak from experience!
What a dog this thing is. I hired one for two weeks in Spain from Hertz - they must get a bulk discount from Chrysler.
This vehicle at over 70mph on motorways is scary. Oversteer makes if difficult to control. Poor stability in high winds and lurching under heavy braking make it a real handful. At one point, on a long sweeping bend on the A6 motorway near Barcelona, we thought is was going to tip over. The bad handling combined with a NCAP safety rating of only two stars out of five makes this a bit of a high risk for being involved in accidents and receiving serious injury.
The auto box is primitive and jerky, the 2.8 diesel pulls well but is noisy, and fuel economy is pathetic at just 14mpg in town and around 28mpg on a run. We get better from our Fiat Ulysse 2.0i petrol auto.
Build quality is very poor – there is loose trim, rattles, creeks, half the electrics don’t work properly and the on board computer gets confused. Also, what idiot designed the switch layout and dashboard? Half the warning lights are obscured by the steering wheel and what controls are visible are spread all over the place.
On the positive side, the stow-and-go seat is excellent (other MPVs take note), it has a great stereo system and comfy chairs.
Overall, do not buy (or drive) this car unless you enjoy being scared half to death, want to spend obscene amounts of money on fuel and enjoy going deaf. Go for a European or Japanese MPV instead.
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