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CarComplaints.com Notes: Engine cradle rot is a serious problem in the 2004-05 Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler admits they didn't apply enough coating to the vehicle's sub-frame during assembly, but only offered to cover a very small portion of the vehicles they messed up.

So what happens when your engine cradle rots? Well, the engine could fall out for starters. It could also cause problems with the suspension and other components but did I mention THE ENGINE CAN FALL OUT? The worst part is you might not know because there's no way to see the problem without getting under the car.

If you have a 2004-05 Pacifica, make sure to have your mechanic inspect your sub-frame for rust and corrosion.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,534 miles

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #78

Mar 302015

Pacifica

  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at various speeds, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was not available.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #77

Feb 112015

Pacifica

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the subframe was rusted and cracked. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #76

Feb 082015

Pacifica

  • 107,339 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While an independent mechanic was performing routine maintenance on the vehicle, it was discovered that the subframe was severely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,339.

- Marion , IA, USA

problem #75

Dec 022014

Pacifica

  • 73,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection where the mechanic discovered that the vehicle had experienced severe rusting and corrosion to the engine cradle and sub frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #74

Sep 252014

Pacifica

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While the vehicle was having an oil change performed, the technician noticed that the passenger side subframe started to corrode. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Wallingford , CT, USA

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problem #73

Aug 012014

Pacifica

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the steering wheel locked several times while driving various speeds. A local mechanic stated that the subframe and engine cradle were corroded, fractured, and contained holes. The vehicle was deemed as unsafe to drive. The manufacturer stated that the engine cradle replacement warranty had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Yutica , NY, USA

problem #72

Sep 062014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the frame and engine cradle were completely corroded. Due to the failure, a hole developed on the frame. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 149,000. Updated 10/10/14

- Annville, PA, USA

problem #71

Sep 042014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 117,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While the vehicle was undergoing a routine inspection, the contact was informed that the subframe was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,500...updated 10/01/14 updated 2/27/2015

- Olyphant, PA, USA

problem #70

Oct 152011

Pacifica

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, she noticed a grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was later taken for state inspection where the contact was informed that there was corrosion and holes throughout the sub frame. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that because the contact did not reside in one of the states listed in their extended warranty, they could provide no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Massena, NY, USA

problem #69

Sep 302013

Pacifica

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that upon inspection, the entire sub frame was found to be corroded. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic which stated that the sub frame had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 119,000. The current mileage was 120,000.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #68

Sep 262013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having the oil changed, the contact noticed the sub frame cradle was rusted on both sides. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000. Updated 12/23/13

- Auburn , NH, USA

problem #67

Mar 202013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the front end made a loud noise when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the sub frame was found to be severely corroded. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in the sub frame warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 139,000...updated 05/10/13 updated 05/24/2013

- Glenmont, NY, USA

problem #66

May 082012

Pacifica

  • 100,150 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle by a personal mechanic, the vehicle was found to have a rusted engine cradle and sub frame. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered to cover half of the cost of the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,150 and the current mileage was 100,300. The VIN was not available.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #65

Mar 262012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The front subframe on my car has rusted pretty bad, I only lived in NJ for a little over a year. I got the car used when it had 40 thousand miles on it in Georgia. It went through all the checks and somehow in another 40 thousand it gets holes in the front subframe! I read that this has happened a lot with this car and it seems that a lot of owners got it replaced even after 5 year warranty!

- Beaverton , OR, USA

problem #64

Jun 012011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact was driving 35 mph when a noise emitted from under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed there was corrosion under the vehicle near the engine. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,000 and the current mileage was 89,000. Updated 02/0812 updated 03/12/12

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #63

May 012011

Pacifica

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance when the technician stated that the front cross member was severally corroded and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that they could not offer any assistance because the warranty was expired.. the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

- Concord, OH, USA

problem #62

Nov 082011

Pacifica

  • 115,017 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the sub frame was rusted and cracked under the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that there was no warranty for the sub frame. The VIN was not available. The current and the failure mileages were 115,017.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #61

Oct 102011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
Had vehicle in for replacement of starter. Mechanic noticed the subframe was completely rotted and no longer performing its intended purpose. Chrysler general information yielded no results as there is no recall on that part. Local dealership indicated the replacement part was $3585 (new) but there was no warehouse where such part was stocked. No used alternatives are available. Car has 160K in miles, 2004. Still has life in it but now it's unsafe to drive.

- Burton , OH, USA

problem #60

Sep 162011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 117,250 miles
2004 Chrysler Pacifica with 117,250 miles experiencing severe rust and deterioration in the rear suspension subframe. The mounting point of the rear shocks to the subframe is almost completely rusted through. Two mechanics have told me that such rust should not be expected on such a young vehicle. Many here have mentioned the front engine cradle rusting through. I'm experiencing the same type of rust issue but in the back. My mechanic says the car is getting to the unsafe to drive area! help!!!

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #59

Jun 012011

Pacifica

  • 55,000 miles
2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer states defect with frame rotting.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

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