Added: 11th of October 2016
- People carrier
I purchased this vehicle after owning a previous Grand Voyager 3.3 Petrol Automatic (used) for over six years. With the previous vehicle i had some initial problems ( two were sorted under warranty and two were rectified at my expense) Apart from one nearside front suspension topmount, a gearbox oil change and a radiator that exploded up a mountain in Greece the only things that needed doing were regular service things - even the after market non Chrysler water pump that i had fitted at 65000 was still on the car when i got rid of it at 275000, My current vehicle has been a nightmare requiring three Topmounts, wheel bearings, CV joints and track rod ends amongst other items and of course normal service items. One of the worst problems that i had was the ABS failed. The junction box is mounted low down on a cross member and is open to the elements. It corroded inside as there was no gasket on the original nor the used replacement i obtained. I used a gasket sealant to seal the electronic and mechanical halves and have now done a 100000 without any more problems. Design fault in my book. I have had it for seven years now but actually only done half the mileage over and above what was on the clock when i purchased it as compared to the previous vehicle. I don't do as much mileage these days so the benefit of a diesel is not as marked as it would have been were i still doing the long distance trips that i did previously, and of course diesel users are now treated worse than murderers despite the advice that was going around from many sources a few years ago. advice which prompted so many of us to go diesel even though it was far more expensive than unleaded until relatively recently. I was also disappointed that, unlike the previous model which had a full size spare, this model had one of those miserable special spares and even though i purchased a full sized spare it would not fit in the bay under the middle of the body. I find it easy to drive and comfortable and most passengers like the seats. When i haven't got too much rubbish in the luggage space it is an excellent carrier for six passengers plus baggage and with the seats folded provides a vast cavern. I also like the column mounted gearchange on both models and am disappointed Chrysler have gone to a centre floor mounted gear lever in the newer versions. Safety rating is a let down. Despite the above comments i probably would go for another Grand Voyager if i were to change the car but i would do a lot more research to see whether the model i was looking at had similar problems that i have experienced. I stopped using Chrysler for servicing because despite the expense they were giving me bad information ( ie the hand brake could not be adjusted when i asked for this to be done during a service - told that i would need to replace both cables as they stretched. This info is wrong as it is just that it is awkward and time consuming as rear discs have to be removed although eventually the cables do have to be replaced i suppose but i never had to do it).