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Turning up the Volume in a 2004 Chrysler Voyager Could Start a Fire

The minivan is a symbol of suburbia and an icon of soccer moms and hockey dads alike. It saw its niche and it served them well in the era between station wagons and SUVs. The Chrysler Voyager has served the minivan market since 1984, first wearing a Plymouth badge but more recently branded as a Chrysler product. Prior to 1984, the Voyager was a full-size van. 

The Chrysler Voyager

Redesigned in 2001, the typical 2000s era Chrysler Voyager has a standard 113.9-inch wheelbase and measures 189.1 inches from the front bumper to the rear bumper. They have dual sliding side doors allowing easy access to both sides and seat seven or eight passengers, depending on the chosen seating options.

Base models lack frills such as power windows and locks and are insufficiently powered by a 150-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine backed by a three-speed automatic transmission.

Higher trim levels are available that often include amenities such as power windows, power locks, tilt steering, cruise control, electric rear-window defrost, and a power passenger-side sliding door. The upgraded 3.3-liter V6 engine produces 180 hp and is backed by a four-speed automatic transmission.

Front- and side-impact airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, are optional on most trim levels but standard on some higher-end trims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2003 Chrysler Voyager an average of four stars in its front and side crash tests.

Other options include dual-zone temperature control, a cabin air filter, a CD player, and an in-dash four-CD changer on premium trimmed models. 

2004 Chrysler Voyagers recalled

On November 2, 2004, the NHTSA issued recall number 04V531000 for 2004 Chrysler Voyager minivans, according to Cars.com. The recall was to correct a condition that makes it possible for condensation from air conditioning ducts located near the instrument panel to drip into the radio through ventilation holes in the top of the radio’s case.

The resulting water intrusion could result in a short circuit that sends direct battery current to the rear speakers, resulting in a fire in the passenger compartment.

Suggested actions for 2004 Voyager owners

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Under the recall, 2004 Chrysler Voyager owners were encouraged to contact their nearest Chrysler dealer for repairs as soon as possible. The simple solution involves placing a special water barrier tape over the holes in the radio case to prevent water intrusion potential.

Owners of 2004 Chrysler Voyagers can call Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 for more information. Owners installing aftermarket stereo equipment should take precautions of their own to prevent water intrusion.

The Chrysler Voyager – where is it now?

While owning a minivan has a stigma attached to it, sometimes, it is the right fit for an active family. If you fall into the minivan owner category and a Chrysler Voyager intrigues you then you’re in luck. The seven-passenger, 2020 Chrysler Voyager has a starting price of $24,840 for the L trim, and the LX trim is $31,290, which a great trim to go with.

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager is powered by a 287-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine that powers its front-wheel-drive platform through a nine-speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain is identical to the one that powered a Chrysler Pacifica to a 7.3-second 0 to 60 mph time. As both vehicles have a reported 4,330-pound curb weight, it is reasonable to assume that the Voyager will perform similarly. 

Other benefits the LX trim offers over the base L trim are zoned climate controls, superior exterior lighting, and options for remote start, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and an onboard DVD player for passenger entertainment. If you want even more luxury, take a look at the Pacifica.