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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,483 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #56

Aug 072014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles


The engine cradle has collaped and the motor has dropped about 3". it will be falling out of the car soon due to corrosion on this part. This is the exact part that the 2004 had issues with. The car is now unsafer to drive and needs an estimated $2200 repair. There is an apparent design issue as this car is in excellent shape otherwise.

- Midland , MI, USA

problem #55

Jul 302014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
While having routine maintenance performed on my vehicle, the technician noticed that the engine cradle and sub frame were corroded and fractured. The vehicle was not repaired and the technician advised it was unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. We were advised that Chrysler is "not participating' in assistance for covering rust damage to engine cradle extended warranty. The failure and current mileage was approximately 84,500.

- Lake Forest, IL, USA

problem #54

Jun 262014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
While getting oil changed, mechanic noticed perforation rust and cracking due to corrosion on the engine cradle. While Chrysler had a recall on selected 2005 Pacifica for this issue, I contacted their customer service line and was told my vehicle was not covered by the recall. With mine being the same year and showing the exact same problem as was covered in the recall, I think this repair should be included in the general recall.

- Oglesby, IL, USA

problem #53

Jun 262014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


My local mechanic was looking for a recurring rattle in the front right wheel area, and asked me to look at the corrosion on the front subframe. He commented that he knew Chrysler had a known problem with this frame and that he also knew that Chrysler is unwilling to cover the cost to repair this inferior portion of the vehicle. The internet is full of others who have also experienced the same problem. I am asking NHTSA to intercede with Chrysler and encourage them to cover the repair of this potentially fatal flaw in their product, and have a recall issued for all models with this problem, and not the narrow one month manufacturing window that Chrysler seems to think is adequate to cover with an extended warranty.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #52

Jun 122014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The subframe in my vehicle is rusted out. Chrysler acknowledged this issue due to possible subframe failure that could cause a catastrophic failure which could lead to an accident. Extended warranty was issued for 2004 and 2005 models of my vehicle and those were repaired. I have the exact damage listed in the acknowledgement that came out in 2010. However I am told that because my vehicle was built in October 2005 I am not covered. I meet all the criteria listed in the acknowledgement for a replacement. No where in the letter does it state what month your vehicle was built in to be covered by the warranty. The fix for this issue is costly to the consumer. I have made several calls and sent several emails to Chrysler in regards to this matter and have brushed aside with basically "sorry about your luck".

- New Paris, IN, USA

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problem #51

May 192014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 115,571 miles
The 2004-05 Chrysler Pacifica subframes are defective, they rust and corrode to the point of being unsafe to drive. This has been an issue that been reported to the NHTSA before. A twenty year old car's subframe should not rust and corrode to the point that the engine could fall out, much less a nine year old car like mine and many others who have reported this. Found out Chrysler first offered an extended warranty of 10yrs 150,000 for people who live in high salt usage states, such as Minnesota where I live. My car qualified so I called Chrysler and the guy said take it to the dealership and they will take care of it under warranty. Took it to mckays family Dodge in St. Cloud and glen ertl lifted it up, took pictures for Chrysler to see, and then told me my car wasn't under warranty. In the process of lifting my car up mckays somehow broke my motor mount which I was told later by my regular mechanic and it now made a clunking sound when I accelerate and feels very unsafe to drive. Glen told us to "prove it" that he had broke it, very good business practices. Called Chrysler back and they told us it was a new employee who told me it covered under warranty but it actually wasn't even though I was holding a letter from Chrysler saying all 2004-05 Pacifica's under the criteria I mentioned above were qualified for the repair under warranty. This is a dangerous problem that many others have reported and it needs to be addressed. Thank you for any help you can offer.

- Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

problem #50

Apr 072014


  • 140,818 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while the vehicle was having routine maintenance performed, the technician mentioned that the sub frame was completely rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,818 and the current mileage was 141,164.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #49

Apr 302014


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while being serviced by a private mechanic, it was found that the engine cradle was extremely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 103,000.

- East Longmeadow, MA, USA

problem #48

Mar 222014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle exhibited a loud, abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the sub-frame was completely corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.

- North Bloomfield , OH, USA

problem #47

Apr 172014


  • 162,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that during a routine maintenance, the dealer found that the sub frame was rusted and there was potential for the engine to fall out. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 162,000.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #46

Apr 232014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 126,206 miles


Vehicle brought in for state safety inspection. During visual inspection of vehicle, obvious hole in frame found due to rust/corrosion. Vehicle is not covered under 6 week window Chrysler corporation currently covers. Vehicle is unsafe, fails state safety inspection and at this time owner will bear cost.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #45

Apr 182014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler Pacifica has what appears to be abnormal corrosion on the frame. This was first brought to my attention by an investigative report by nbc5 Chicago. I had my car examined by a mechanic who took photographs and warned me of a safety issue related to this corrosion. I have reached out to Chrysler and the first response appeared to be a "scripted" response saying they were "sorry about the rust, but there is not recall", I have since escalated it within Chrysler. I would like to open a claim with NHTSA since this problem appears to be fairly wide spread and needs to be addressed by the manufacturer, before people start to get injured or lives are lost due to this serious product defect.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #44

Apr 172014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Sand Lake, NY, USA

problem #43

Apr 162014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Advised by local mechanic in December that rust was developing on undercarriage of engine. After numerous news reports and reading of info on the internet of similar problems called Chrysler customer care. I was told since it was not in the window of the cars that they are extending the warranty on rust to 10 years or 150K miles there was nothing they could do for me. If they do extend the warranty in the future they will let me know.

- Fox River Grove , IL, USA

problem #42

Apr 102014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 122,858 miles
We took our car in to locate a possible leak and while investigating the leak, our repair shop noticed a golf ball size hole and rust on the passenger cradle arm and reccommended us not to drive. After researching I have found we are not the only owners of the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica with this issue.

- Laporte, IN, USA

problem #41

Apr 032014


  • 96,000 miles
The forward engine cradle is completely rusted through. My mechanic said it is unsafe to drive.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #40

Apr 092014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an unrelated service where they noticed that the front cross member was completely rusted. The dealer advised the vehicle was not safe to drive. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Metamora, IN, USA

problem #39

Mar 262014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica which was purchased new. The car was built in December of 2004. The frame components supporting the engine are badly corroded, so much so that there is little structural support left on one side of the vehicle. It is no longer structurally sound. Chrysler has acknowledged this defect in cars made in a 6 week period between February and March of 2004, and awarded an extended warranty to these vehicles. My vehicle is exhibiting the same failure mechanism and Chrysler should acknowledge that this defect is a design and/or production flaw which should also be covered by the extended warranty.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #38

Mar 102014


  • 65,087 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine cradle was severely corroded and exhibited holes. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 65,087.

- Dayer , IN, USA

problem #37

Oct 052013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
Started when backing and turning wheel to left a clunk occurred and left wheel felt 'stuck'. thought it may have had something to do with the extremely frigid temperatures of the season. A short time later I felt clunking under my feet when driving over dips or bumps at any speed. For some I thought it was again the idler arms or ball joints as I have had many many suspension repairs. Oddly it was never mentioned by anyone at this chain repair shop that the engine cradle was of any concern. I did bring my car in to a different chain repair shop for a determination of the clunking problem and was shown when putting the transmission into reverse the engine fell way down then was shown the very rusted out engine cradle and given an estimate of $1800 for repair with a used cradle. I then took the car to an independent repair shop to verify the need of the cradle..the charges to be slightly less. I called Chrysler and was told the car had to be taken to a Chrysler dealership repair shop for an estimate but that it was already known that there would be very little to no benefit. However if there was any monetary benefit it would not begin to cover any of the repair cost. By the way, the right rear quarter panel and lift door are rusted also. When I purchased the car 3 1/2 years ago the rust was beginning-I can now stick a finger thru the rust on the quarter panel. Have seen only one other Pacifica with surface rust. It's very embarrassing to me as not many cars on the road have any rust at all. Are my young passengers safe?? I am stuck with this money and possible death trap. I still have 1 1/2 years of payments. Bummer.

- Portage, MI, USA

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