1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE Ralleye (Snowball)
Last updated Feb 17, 2012
This is the absolutely-nothing-special-get-the-whole-family-around-at-once vehicle. What you see is almost what you get. (This is an older pic. It's got quite a bit of rust along the rocker panels, now.)
Last year some friends from church were blessed with a smoking deal on a newer van when this one was broke down in the shop. They told us, "If you can fix it, you can have it", so we did! Thank God, too, cuz we really needed a bigger family vehicle! All it ended up needing was a new camshaft position sensor. It's old and not that pretty, but with around 220,000 miles it runs perfect, gets great mileage, is pretty comfortable, and never lets us down. Besides, with all the new parts I keep putting on it, it's almost like having a new vehicle now!
Since then, we decided to return the blessing. Our neighbors aren't much better off financially than we are. Well, a guy was gonna make payments to us for the van, but with a lot of other necessary bills, he was having a hard time coming up with the first payment. Then, our neighbor called me one night asking me to come help them cuz he and his daughter were stranded about a mile away on the coldest day ( -9 F before the windchill) of the year with their van broke down. The water pump blew up and spewed coolant everywhere. Since God gave us this van for free in the first place, and our parents had just bought a new van for us for Christmas (the Terraza), we made a deal. We told our neighbors that we would give them our van if they would give theirs to the other guy. Then, they have a van that works (since they couldn't afford the repairs), and the other guy only had to pay for a repair instead of a whole vehicle. Win, win, win, and everybody is happy now!
28 mpg average (real measured value, not a book number)
Extended Wheelbase (119")
Power Door Locks
AM/FM Stereo with Cassette
Dual Air Bags
15-inch Alloy Wheels
Seriously? Modify a Plymouth Grand Voyager?
I could give you a real long list of replacement parts, though!
Okay, I did put in a used Sony CD player because the factory cassette deck wouldn't even work with an adapter for my portable CD player.
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