Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,692 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #18

Mar 182009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Upon entering a parking space, the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly. As a result, the contact crashed into a restaurant, another vehicle, and a handicap post. The vehicle was completely destroyed, but there were no injuries. A police report was filed. She had to turn off the engine to stop it from revving. The vehicle was inspected, but the technician could not determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer would not assist. The failure and current mileages were 89,000. Updated 05/06/09 updated 05/08/09.

- Talking Rock, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 082008


  • 70,000 miles
I have a chyrsler 04 Pacifica and it has been trouble for way over a year now. It needs motor mounts and there is none available and has not been in a year. The chyrsler dealer and corporation has no clue to when and if they will ever have these mounts. I still have thousands of dollars to pay for this car and it is about to put me on my two feet. I have had to replace two sets of head lights in which both times they went out at the same time and I have had to replace the alternator and starter within a month of each other and the idle pulley had to be replaced. The only thing that chyrsler recalled that was recently fixed was the erg value. All of this other stuff is out of pocket and the motor mounts are in demand all over the U.S. take a look at Chrysler motor mounts and you will see 41 other people like me with the same problem.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #16

Apr 202009


  • 36,000 miles
Motor mount failure on Chrysler Pacifica. Noise upon braking.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 282009


  • 65,000 miles


The water hose became disconnected from the radiator on my 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, and the repair shop stated my motor mounts should be replace because the engine is not stationary which caused the problem. There is also knocking and popping noises when I break or turn corners. I took my car in to have the repairs done, but we can't find parts because too many other Chrysler owners need to complete the same type repairs. I contacted Chrysler corporation for possible recall, but the items or not listed. I purchase the extended warranty at the time of purchase, but nothing that goes wrong with the car is covered. Help! there are too many problems with the car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 122009


  • 57,000 miles
In investigating unusually fast and uneven tire wear, mechanic doing alignment noticed side engine mount partially broken and front engine mount completely broken and detached, so that engine moves while car is in motion. Car cannot be safely driven until repaired, and Chrysler cannot supply front engine mount. Private garage replaced both mounts and new front engine mount failed immediately when car started to move. Part appears defective, or some other design flaw causes failure. Chrysler dealer reports 1300+ front engine mounts on backorder with supplier, indicating widespread problem.

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 182008


  • 52,000 miles
2004 chrylser Pacifica engine cradle rusted out, tie rod replaced about one yr ago. Dealer won't cover cost D/T warranty expired. 53,000 miles on car. Major safety issue D/T engine/trans could fall out while driving. Instructed only to drive car if necessary. Avoid bumps! have found multiple C/O on internet on same matter. I should not have to pay for poor quality of metal used on frame work.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 032008

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


Oil pan plug became stripped very easily resulting in need for oil pan replacement. Mechanics reported oil pan unusually thin where plug screws in resulting in easy strip. To emphasize this must be a frequent occurrence, I was informed that my car is now on a waiting list of at least a month before one would be available. I was further notified that 156 are back ordered and 96 additional are in the pipeline for this particular pan for this engine. If I had the other engine available for this car, there would be immediate replacement. I was further warned that the car is dangerous to drive now because the plug could fall out at any time with a resultant fire and/or seizing up of the engine from rapid drainage of oil. The consumer also heard front end noises. The consumer was informed the right side lever bushing was defective. Updated 05/28/08

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Jul 082007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,600 miles
After having no problems with the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica for nearly 2 years, all of a sudden over the last 2 weeks it has begun to stall at inappropriate times. The first time I was slowing down for a car in front of me it just died. The next 2 times it happened while I was on the interstate using cruise control at 70 mph. The next time I was on the interstate without cruise control. Today, it happened while I was idling in park, engine fully warmed up. Each time all dashboard lights went out, and the key was in switch but not on. I was able to immediately restart the vehicle by turning ignition to on without having to stop and without having to shift out of drive. At first, I thought maybe I was hitting key with my knee, I was a bit tall, but this last time, my leg was nowhere near the ignition. I have a kill switch alarm system, but no one has been able to determine the source of my problem.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #10

Mar 202007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact stated that her 2004 Chrysler Pacifica's rear engine mount needed to be replaced. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph on clear sunny day, she heard a ticking noise coming from under the hood of the vehicle. She stated that she took the vehicle to the dealership and they informed the contact that her rear engine mount had broken. The dealership stated that had she not brought the vehicle in the engine could have fallen out of the vehicle. The contact stated that she found other people having the same problem on the internet. The contact stated that this was not covered under warranty. The current mileage was 44,000 miles.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 102006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 33,050 miles
Car stalled (shut down completely) in Suburban traffic. Was able to be re-started.

- Clancy, MT, USA

problem #8

Oct 012006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I am only the second owner my 2004 Pacifica for three months and have never owned a vehicle with this many problems. I only drove it two weeks when I started hearing a terrible rattling noise around the front right tire. I had my local Chrysler dealership look at the car. They said I need to replace the rotors and sway links. We replaced those however the problems was not fixed. I took it back at which now it's pouring oil out from under it. They attempted to fix it however they do not. I took it back a third time they finally fixed the oil leak but the rattling and popping in the front suspension is still there. I have since taken it to an independent mechanic who assisted that the top and bottom motor mounts were completely broken. I replaced those and they seem to think the popping is possibly the control arm or bushings. Only two days ago the air pressure sensor in the left front wheel broke and I have an engine light on. The engine light reader stated the car had an emission system leak. I can not believe a car this new could have all these problems. I am very unsatisfied with this automobile. I am in shock. Chrysler should make this right.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 232006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles
: the contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle idled roughly, bucked, and stalled completely. The vehicle was taken to service dealer, where the dealer was unable to duplicate problem.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 032006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
I was driving the car on the highway with the cruise control set at 70 mph and the car stalled. I was able to pull off on to the shoulder where the car came to a stop. Warning lights lit up on the dashboard including a message to service tires soon. The car would not re-start at first. After 5 minutes, the car re-started, but then stalled again when I accelerated. The car was then towed to the nearest dealership where they found nothing wrong with the car. The car was returned to me without anything being replaced.

- Stryker, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 202005


  • 27,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica stalled when I was making a left hand turn. I put it in park and then started it back up. Dealership said that they would look at it on Monday, which is 4 days away. I know that other people have had this same problem. I just hope that it can get fixed before someone gets hurt. I will let you know what the resolution is, although I know they are going to say that they couldn't duplicate the problem, and send me on my way.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #4

Jun 192004

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Car has died while driving on three occasions. The first two were while driving 45 miles per hour and car stalled, all systems died. The third occasion the car stalled while driving 70 mph on highway while attempting to pass a car. The vehicle is 6 months old and has under 8,000 miles. Dealer has said problem was "fixed" after downloading some new software but problem has continued. This could result in a terrible crash!

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 172004


  • miles
Fluid leak from engine compartment, popping/grinding noise from front end at low speeds. Dealer unable to locate leak or isolate grinding noise after 3 service attempts.

- Superior, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 162003


  • 3,000 miles
While driving at any speed and when turning corners vehicle stalled. Vehicle was taken to the dealer five times. Each time dealer examined the vehicle, but could not resolve the problem.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 222003


  • 700 miles
Intermittently while turning corners vehicle stalled. Vehicle had been to dealer six times, but problem recurred.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

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