2000 Town & Country 3.3 LXi

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by James, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. James

    James Guest

    I'm thinking about getting one of these for my wife. The thing is,
    we've had a '94 Grand Voyager for a few years now and have encountered
    the problems that we've now learned are common with this vehicle: belt
    falling off, especially in rain, and strange tranny stuff.

    Anyway, were the kinks worked out by 2000? I don't want to have to
    keep dealing with the same crap. Anything else I should look out for
    on this van?

    Thanks,
    James
     
    James, Oct 28, 2003
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  2. James

    jdoe Guest

    What kind of crap? Belts and tensioners wear out as do brakes and many other
    items.
    Larry
     
    jdoe, Oct 28, 2003
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  3. I've not had either problem with my 96 GV and it now has 141,000 miles
    on it. I did have to replace the belt tensioner pulley as it was making
    a lot of racket, but I never lost the belt. The tranny is original and
    is still going strong ... knock on wood!


    Matt
     
    Matthew S. Whiting, Oct 28, 2003
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  4. The kinks in the Ultradrive tranny were worked out by 2000. They were
    still tinkering with the design as late as 1998 on that tranny but the
    biggest
    changes were pretty much over with. One day you ought to get the
    Chrysler "41TE/AE Service/Diagnostics/Refinements" manual from Chrysler
    it makes an interesting read.

    The belt falling off is usually caused by misaligment of drive pullies. It
    doesen't
    have to be the belt tensioner either, any of the accessories can have a bent
    bracket or some such that will do it. This is not a normal problem, you
    need to
    have someone who knows their head from their ass take a look at that one.

    Ted
     
    Ted Mittelstaedt, Oct 29, 2003
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  5. James

    James Guest

    The belt thing only applies to the 3.3s and 3.8s, which you may or may
    not have. It was common enough for Dodge to put out a TSB about it.
    Assuming the pullies aren't the problem, the fix is an additional
    guard. My copy of the TSB only cites through '95, so by '96 maybe it
    came stock.

    Anyway, I bought a 2001 Astro LS with 31k for $9750 last night. It's
    clean and has some options. The design is as old as a rock, but I'm
    hoping it's nearly as reliable. Anyhow, I need the extra room of the
    bigger trunk and middle bench seat, which none of the 2000-02 T&Cs and
    Grand Caravans I looked at had.

    James
     
    James, Oct 29, 2003
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  6. I have the 3.3L engine. I suspect the Astro will be pretty reliable,
    the biggest thing is being happy with RWD if you've had an FWD van
    previously.


    Matt
     
    Matthew S. Whiting, Oct 29, 2003
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  7. James

    robert Guest

    the kinks were worked out by 2000.....my god the tranny has been out
    since at least 1989. It took them this long to get it right....
     
    robert, Oct 30, 2003
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  8. James

    James Guest

    I prefer it. I've already explained the differences to my wife and I
    expect she'll adapt.

    James
     
    James, Oct 30, 2003
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