I have owned my 2.8-litre CRD Voyager for three months now, and my main complaint is the aweful fuel economy it achieves. On school runs and normal town driving, it returns a very poor 15mpg, which for a diesel is pathetic.
I took it back to the dealership and they confirmed this consumption (14mpg as it goes) by connecting it up to their computers and on a long run they confirmed 21mpg - poor.
I am now seeking to find out how I stand legally, and would not buy another one - you may as well stick with a petrol.
I have owned my Stow 'n' go Voyager for almost 12 months now, during which time I have completed over 60,000 miles (It is used for executive airport transfers).
I cannot praise this vehicle highly enough. It is reliable, fantastic to drive, hard-wearing and surprisingly economical (at a shade under 60 mph, 43mpg is attainable. Take a little more speed off and 50.5 mpg is also possible).
Now the down sides. The dealership has been worse than useless. Every warranty part is on back order (I have been waiting for a headrest tube for four weeks, because the wrong parts keep being ordered). I am still awaiting a hand book for the vehicle. There is a total lack of communication between persons employed at the dealership and an all-too apparent lack of knowledge of the product.
Servicing costs hover around £300-£450 and a cam belt change will set you back £516! This was quite a surprise, because I had been informed that it wouldn't need one, but to be fair, the dealer principal did give me a £50 voucher for the next service and knocked 20% off the bill (£80.00 per hour labour as opposed to £97.00).
If you need this type of vehicle, then buy one - but under the new block exemption rules, I would take it elsewhere for servicing. I certainly will in the future!
I own the 'stow-and-go' Limited 2.8 CRD. I cannot fault the car for space and comfort. The fuel comsumption could be better, though. Also, with a car this size, I feel the space-saver spare tyre is no good, so I bought a roof box and spare alloy wheel and tyre.
The car handles well and looks the part; the automatic gearbox works well and does give you power when you need (it will suprise the little boy racers who would try and cut you up at lights). Overall, it's a very, very good car.
I used to own the old Grand Voyager 2.5 CRD, which had huge problems with the engine. I had been looking forward to the new diesel engine. However, it's extremely disappointing, with poor fuel economy and refinement. Why Daimler, with some of the best Mercedes diesels in the world, did not use one, I don't know.
Of even more concern is the payload - 480kg. That's 75 stone, or six people of 12.5 stone. All the literature raves about the space and volume. However, you can't use it as it is unsafe to do so.
Chrysler are possibly the least customer-orientated company I have come accross. Ask a simple question such as 'is the diesel Euro 4 compliant, and does payload include the driver?', and I am still waiting for the answer, John Scott
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