I did have a 1998 Grand Voyager 3.3V6 Auto..I bought the car with 118,050 miles...and it was PERFECT..I had ABSOLUTLEY NO PROBLEMS WITH IT AT ALL!!...I drove the car daily, taking the kids to school, popping to the shops, loading it to the brim with stuff for the tip, watching the people STARE when i went to ikea and loaded my car up with the entire shop...we even went to france in it...The car DID however start to develop a problem with the ignition barrel..it would lock and I would have to tap it to get it going...apart from this I eventually traded my lovely voyager in for a PT Cruiser..The car left me at 176 thousand miles..WITH NO GEARBOX PROBLEMS...NO ELECTRICAL FAULTS..I WOULDNT HESITATE TO GET ANOTHER ONE...JUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST...
I purchased an S reg 2.0 SE Petrol 3.5 years ago with one owner from new and only 35'000 miles on the clock. In that time it has had :- 2 head gaskets (first time was under warrenty, but wasn't repaired right!) A cam Shaft, Water pump, Front disks & pads, 2 exhaust back boxes, 1 cat part of the exhaust system and four tyres (and it's only now got 47'600 on the clock!!!) This has got to be one of the worst MPV's out there, It lacks in power when fully loaded (and unloaded for that matter!!) It's handling in bends requires nerves and good judgement and has huge amounts of body roll acceleration is very poor indeed, and it costs an absoulute fortune in parts. I'm soon getting shot of it and certainly wouldn't entertain another one...... A poor vehicle all round that leaves a dent in the wallet, unexciting to drive, slow and un-reliable....... Avoid at all costs!
We load up four kids and a dog the size of a shetland poney and still have extra space for the neighbours kid and there rather smaller golden retriever. The size and comfort is difficult to beat and at norwegian car prices we have been very pleasantly suprised. It can be a scary thing buying a seven year old grand voyager to a bargain price of 185000 norwegian kroner ( £15,000 ) but we found a good one! We have encountered the electrics problem with the doors but other wise great reliability. Starts in -25 degrees which is okay. We have more trouble when its -35 but i cant expect it to be a volvo! Fantastic to drive on the road, actually enjoyable in a relaxing kind of way. No, all in all a great car till now.
This car has the visual wow factor, especially with full privacy glass. The interior is great,the best feature being the audio system. It is by far the best quality that I have heard in a car.
BUT,& this is a big BUT,The general upkeep of the car is too much.In the space of just 2 years we had to replace the transmission system(gearbox,torque converter,the works)the fan relays,the clock spring,the brake master cylinder,Disks,Pads & tyres far more often that reasonably expected,Drum Brakes,The Handbrake cable,CV Joint,The Aircon Pump,The Alternator Belt & much more.
The Electrics are also tempremental (many jump starts needed with no cause),& engine cant take the heat.
As well as regularly spending in excess of £70 PER WEEK on Petrol, Plus having to be ultra hot on auto transmission fluid(Dexron III), Oils,Coolant,& whathave you,My wife & I sat & worked out the cost per annum. of running our car simply to school & back & the usual grocery shop exceeded £5000PER YEAR.
Chrysler do the car no favours with their poor levels of customer service,& extortionate service charges (£100 per hour without even getting their hands or overalls mucky.£500+ for service)
The ENCAP rating on this is also VERY Bad.
Its a lovely car, but ultimately its just too expensive for a stereo & leather seats on wheels, especially with the rate it has depreceated in value. Certainly NOT one for your average family.
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