I found this site while searching for info online and thought maybe some of the posters here might have some thoughts on my situation. I apologize if I am posting in the wrong place.
We have a 97 Grand Voyager SE. We bought it used about 4 years ago, and it has been a really good vehicle. It has 191,000 on it with very little repairs. It started making a grinding noise recently, and we found out today that the transmission is going bad. It will cost $2600 to replace it. My gut feeling it to go ahead and repair it, but I don't want to pour money into the van if the engine is not going to last. I asked the mechanic what he thought, and he said that in his opinion, the 3.3 engine in my van is the best Chrysler has ever made. He thought the odds were in my favor that if we replaced the transmission, the engine would still last quite a while.
However, I thought I would see if I could get some other opinions. As is, I don't think we would get much for the van as a trade in, and my gut feeling is that replacing the transmission will be cheaper than buying a new used vehicle. I'm not horribly mechanically inclined so I don't know much about engines. Anyone have any experience with this van? Any thoughts on whether it would be wise to spend that much on it?
Thanks in advance!