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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,451 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Apr 152015

Pacifica

  • 160,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While the vehicle was being serviced by an independent mechanic for a vehicle repair, the mechanic informed the contact that the subframe was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #22

Feb 192015

Pacifica

  • 182,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the subframe was rusted and corroded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 182,000.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #21

Feb 042015

Pacifica

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would jerk and hesitate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was due to damaged motor mounts and severe rusting of the subframe. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #20

Dec 022014

Pacifica

  • 115,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed, the independent mechanic discovered that the front end of the sub frame had rusted and corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Erlanger , KY, USA

problem #19

Jan 032015

Pacifica

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having maintenance performed, the independent mechanic notified the contact that the sub frame and engine cradle was severely rusted and needed to be replaced. The contact notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

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problem #18

Dec 122014

Pacifica

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the front subframe was detaching from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #17

Nov 242014

Pacifica

  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front sub frame was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #16

Aug 282014

Pacifica

  • 146,875 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began to shake and vibrate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who discovered severe corrosion on the subframe and engine cradle, which needed to be replaced. The mechanic stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The recall number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 146,875.

- North Attleborough, MA, USA

problem #15

Aug 142014

Pacifica

  • 103,235 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated while servicing the vehicle, the dealer advised that the entire sub frame was severely corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,235.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 142014

Pacifica

  • 103,235 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle was being serviced by the dealer when he informed the contact that the entire sub frame was severely corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,235.

- Chester , VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 152014

Pacifica

  • 150,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph, the front passenger side tire began to wobble without warning. An independent mechanic stated that the frame was rusted and the engine cradle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Old Watervliet, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 202013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the sub frame was perforated due to rust. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the engine cradle and suspension cross member was rusted. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000 the consumer was informed, her vehicle did not qualify for the free repair, as the vehicle was built in September 2004. Updated 06/17/14 updated 06/24/14 MA updated 06/25/2014

- Palmer, MA, USA

problem #11

Mar 272014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that there was an excessive rattling noise from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the upper and lower tie rods in addition to performing a front-end alignment. The mechanic also stated that the front sub frame was excessively corroded. The manufactured was made aware of the failure. The sub frame was not repaired. The failure mileage was 132,000. Updated 06/10/14 updated 06/13/2014

- Mohamet, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 252013

Pacifica

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the sub frame engine cradle was corroded and the vehicle was not able to be driven. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 182013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, he depressed the brake pedal and noticed a growling sound. The front end began to shimmy. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the subframe was corroding from the front passenger's side where the air conditioner condensation would drip. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was an extended warranty for the subframe but the VIN was not included in the warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Gregory, MI, USA

problem #8

Nov 062010

Pacifica

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated the vehicle was taken for a routine inspection when he was informed that the front sub frame had become rusted and corroded. The dealer was notified who advised that there were no recalls for the vehicle or the failure and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was notified who confirmed that there were no recalls and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 042011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that after having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, he was advised by a mechanic that the engine cradle was corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 130,000. Updated 11/14/11 updated 11/21/11

- West Desmoines, IA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152011

Pacifica

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the sub-frame had a fist size hole that has completely covered with rust. Upon driving at low speeds he noticed that the engine would shake as if it were going to fall out of the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified and advised him that they would not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 137,000.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 022011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Six inch crack due to corrosion in right-side subframe/engine cradle. Suspension and steering anchorage points as well as engine mount affected; was told by inspecting mechanic that car is unsafe to drive.

- Halfmoon, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 122011

Pacifica

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While having the vehicle inspected by an authorized dealer, the contact was informed that the engine cradle was severely rusted and the vehicle was not safe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that she had heard noises from the engine in the months leading up to the failure. The current and failure mileages were approximately 62,000.

- Mcmurray, PA, USA

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