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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,287 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica electrical problems

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #64

Jul 012014


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While operating the vehicle, the accelerator pedal suddenly malfunctioned and became stuck causing the vehicle to experience unintended acceleration. In addition, while driving approximately 30 mph, the speedometer displayed the speed as 70 mph. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Perry, FL, USA

problem #63

Sep 012014


  • miles
Purchased the car Aug, 2014. Previous owner also had same issues. Has been in shop several times, unable to pinpoint cause/remedy situation. Seat controls do not work, remote keyfobs do not work, interior lights, head lamps, no electrical function present unless key is in ignition, in the "on" position. When shutting off the car, all lights on the dashboard light up and the only way to shut them off is to push on and then off the hazard lights. This will cause all electrical to go out, including the head lamps and all interior lights. If you do not turn them off by using the hazard lights, it will kill the battery. We have replaced the fuses in for the seats several times. They work for a bit and then blow out again. The mechanics have gone as far as to replace the wiring assembly and still no remedy. I don't know how there is not a recall on this vehicle.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #62

May 082015


  • 193,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle was inoperable. The radio remained active, but the vehicle would not start. The battery was replaced. The vehicle was taken to auto zone where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module switch malfunctioned. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 193,600.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #61

Sep 272012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 170,100 miles


While driving home, late evening, I reached to turn on windshield washer and when I did that, the headlights went out, radio and A/C went dead, taillights went out. The only electrical components still working were dashlights, doorlocks, turn signals, and security system. Engine and power steering still worked. Fortunately, there was not much traffic, or it could have been a dangerous situation. I managed to pull into a parking lot and parked to assess things, but found I could not shift out of park because of interlock. Car was towed to mechanic, who diagnosed power distribution module failure - replaced the box, but it still has the same symptoms. So far, 12 days in the shop, with no solution in sight. I think such a general system failure does present a safety issue.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #60

Jun 022014


  • 120,000 miles
There was a recall from Chrysler made for 2004-2005 Pacificas dealing with the engine cradle. They eroded and rusted through. Thousands upon thousand of cars were recalled. They than revoked it for a 2 month recall span. This problem has been deadly and fatal and has affected thousands of families. Chrysler refuses to fix the warranty that was organically wrote and sent out. They refuse to fix or acknowledge that the problem exist and is deadly for these people who drive the Pacifica as their " family transportation". in the past month my 2005 Pacifica has stalled out, died, had all roaders, breaks and control arms replaced. All new tires and now I find out my engine cradle has rusted out to where's its not drivable. Now the radio stopped working, the air wont turn on if blinkers are all, the entire electrical body has crapped out and Chrysler refuses to fix the problems they set the original recall for. There are thousands of people driving these cars with kids, what will it take for someone to fix this issue" death of thousands of kids? multiple accidents"

- Winthrop, MA, USA

problem #59

Mar 102014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated the gauges on the instrument panel failed to operate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who diagnosed that the electrical system failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 123,000. Updated 10/7/14 updated 3/11/2014

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #58

May 012014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer writes in regards to engine and headlight problems. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled twice, within the last 3 years. Both times, he was making a hard turn, when the engine stopped. He wa able to maintain control of the vehicle and re-started it, without any problem. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic, who found nothing wrong, other than throttle body build-up, which he cleaned. Also, the headlight would intermittently go out. The bulb did not seem to fit securely in the harness, which caused a short and eventually the bulb blew out. The problem seemed to be more prominent on the passenger side. The driver's side bulb was less than an ideal fit, but there were no problems with it going out. The bulb was replaced numerous times, along with the wiring harness.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #57

Jan 062014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving along returning from the market and I was approaching a redlight. I applied the brakes and all the lights begin to flicker and the car stalled. I started the car back up and the dashboard lights or cluster instrument panel was black. The headlights still work, but no brake lights. Before that my driver seat power went out and my headlight bulbs keep blowing. I don't know what to do. Im a single mom, full time worker, full time student on a very tight budget, im too scared to check if my engine cradle is rusted. I don't need anymore bad news about this car. I changed the fuse for the cluster panel and it works fine for awhile (*couple of hours) and then its back to black when I apply the brakes. What is going on? Chrysler needs to setup and fix our cars because they had no problems accepting our bailout.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #56

Feb 262014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
Our regular mechanic has determined that the undercarriage of my car is rusted and rotted to the point where it is unsafe to drive. Car was brought in due to electrical failure as mentioned above. I have never received recall notices. I spoke with a Chrysler rep today and there is nothing we can do because its not with in the recall time frame.

- Bridgewater , MA, USA

problem #55

Feb 032014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
When I start my car from a parked position, I put the car in reverse and it stalls out. It throws the car in neutral. I also ended up in a ditch. I had to leave the car at my job. Unable to drive it home from work. My mechanic will come and tow my car to his shop.

- Norcross , GA, USA

problem #54

Jun 072011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 73,200 miles


Since I purchased my vehicle the front low beam lights have went out numerous times while driving at night. I have had them replaced on several occasions and the problem persists. Recently I have had problems with my battery and was told by pepboys auto shop that something is draining the battery and its possibility is the exterior lighting/headlamps. Even though I continue to replace the headlamps they keep going out and my battery is being drained. After 2 batteries in 3 years I had the alternator checked and it was in good condition. I was told to look up a recall list where I found exterior lighting 05V066000 and I called. I also have had a fuel pump problem that seems to exist and no one can figure out way. After getting it fixed by the Chrysler dealership twice my vehicle will not pass smog because of another leak. I also found out that there are complaints of some similar issues fuel pump/powertrain control module software 06V432000 and I called. Please put these to issues on the recall list so that auto owners will be safe on the road and California's air will not be polluted by the fumes.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #53

May 082013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was advised to the contact that the motor mount and computer system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the problem persisted. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Hazel Crest , IL, USA

problem #52

Mar 142013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 96,771 miles
A week ago I smelled an awful burning smell coming from my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. I took it to the mechanic for investigation and repairs needed. The car needed an alternator, water pump and serpentine belt. While they were fixing this problem I told them to investigate the rattling noise coming from the frontend. They found that the engine cradle was rusting away. The garage suggested that I contact Chrysler as this is a known problem with Pacificas but it has not been recalled. I did my research and found that there are extended warranties being offered for this issue. I called Chrysler directly and they told me because I was the second owner of the vehicle and they didn't know how the vehicle was treated and because of the mileage, they would not assist me in any way. Keep in mind I am a student and now have a car that is unsafe and Chrysler could care less!! the fight does not end here. Please contact me if you are having the same problem and what your outcome has been.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #51

Oct 152012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Multiple issues with this car! I will start with the problems that didn't almost kill myself and my children. The ABS light would stay on and the dealer had no resolution. The car would stall while turning. I replaced the battery five times in four years. While idling in the driveway the drivers seat reclined by itself, would not respond to the controls and started smoking! the dealer claims they could not diagnose the problem! lastly, while driving my sons to school, the car was handling poorly and because it was dark and raining, initially I believed that it was wet road conditions. To maintain control of the car, I was traveling in the slow lane and my speed was approx. 30 mph. Upon approaching the top of a small hill, the steering began to vibrate violently, at this time I believed that the car had a flat tire and that was what had caused the poor handling while driving. I immediately hit the button for my hazard lights and began to try to ease into the emergency lane and attempt to stop the car. It was instantly apparent that the car brakes and power steering were not working, which left me struggling at 30 mph and accelerating because of the I was now on the downward side of the hill, to try to maintain control of the car! I was able to keep the car from completely veering to the right and ultimately hit a 5 inch concrete curb that is a turn out for the corner gas station. Upon hitting the curb the car then sprang to the left back into the highway lane. Miraculously, no other vehicles were traveling in that lane at that moment! once, we were out of the car, I learned that the car did not have a flat tire but a part of the front end had broken and caused the passenger front tire to collapse into the wheel well...unbelievable! I believe this to be a defect of the car, in addition to he multitude of other defects of this car!!

- Barnesville, GA, USA

problem #50

Sep 092012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle could not be removed from park. Eventually the contact was able to remove the gear from park. In addition, the power windows, HVAC unit, windshield wipers and the headlights were not functioning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Marion, OH, USA

problem #49

Sep 142011


  • 106,000 miles
I currently have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica touring fwd that was purchased in 2007. Since the time of purchase I have had to replace my driver's side headlight bulb 3 times. I have placed a call to the dealer I purchased the car from and also Chrysler's customer service. They tell me that my VIN number does not appear on any recalls that they have. I however, do not understand and have never had a vehicle that has needed a headlight replaced those many times in one year.

- Dexter, ME, USA

problem #48

Aug 112010


  • 60,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway, and all of a sudden the car turns of. I had my niece in the car. The steering wheel wouldn't move. I could've crashed and caused a major fatal accident. Shortly after that I needed to replace the engine. Luckily I had warranty. The dealership couldn't figure out why the car would turn off. This happened about 3 times. And still does. Now im having problems with the motor. I've doesn't over 8000 dollars fixing this car out of my pocket. The car is almost paid off. I need help. I feel like Chrysler has stolen money from me since I purchased this car. Not fair. Not right.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #47

Aug 312011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 168,217 miles
Electrical system failure. A similar complaint was filed under ODI id 10362111. Just as in other complaints, there will be periodic flickering of the electrical components (lights, radio, ac). My ABS light and brake lights and alarm come on. The electrical arching can be heard through the speakers a series of pops. On some occasions the vehicle will not start right back up once it has been stopped. I originally noticed the problem about 8 months ago but dismissed it as a symptom of some other issue. It wasn't until the problem persisted that I realized it was unrelated to the other problem with my vehicle.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #46

Oct 012010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the ABS indicator would illuminate on the instrument panel intermittently and the vehicle would hesitate to stop when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic diagnosed that the anti lock brake module caused the failure to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. The consumer stated the ABS light illuminated and the brakes went down to the floor when applied. The consumer stated the brake must be pumped prior to stopping. The brakes would sometimes catch when applied and lock up. The brake pads and sensors were replaced. The vehicle would stall upon acceleration and there was a slight kick coming from the from the front of the vehicle. The front bumper was loose. Also, there was an electrical issue underneath the ashtray; the plastic showed signs of melting and the leather on the dashboard showed signs of being parched or smoked. The shift gear would sometimes be too hot to touch. Updated 09/07/11

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #45

Dec 142010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Electrical system failure.. the original complaint can be found under ODI id number 10362111. That complaint described the periodic flickering of any electrical equipment that was on (lights, radio, HVAC) and the intermittent ABS and brake alarms that may follow.. on one occasion since filing that complaint, all of the electrical equipment turned off. While driving in the dark, the flickering of the lights started resulting in the alarms already mentioned. Then all equipment turned off - headlights, dash lights, clock, radio, and the heating system. I was able to stop the vehicle, place it in park, and it restarted. All of the systems then worked satisfactorily for the remainder of the 30-minute trip.. on occasion, when the electrical equipment starts to flicker, you can hear what sounds to be electrical arching. It is difficult to hear where the source of the noise is. To the passenger it sounds like it is on the passenger side. To the driver, the driver's side. I believe the arching is being picked up by the radio and amplified by the radio then broadcast through the speakers.

- Millersville, PA, USA

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