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 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,389 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #182

Jul 122016


  • 187,500 miles


When changing the front struts found that the cradle is rusted through in several spots. I have been advised not to drive the car until it can be repaired. At this time I'm not sure how much or if it can even be repaired. At this time unable to upload photos as they are on someone else's phone, not on computer. Will provide if need be.

- Metamora, OH, USA

problem #181

Jul 112016


  • 208,404 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, the check engine and the engine oil warning lights illuminated. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 06V32000 (power train) but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 208,404.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #180

Jun 292016

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I brought my cart to my mechanic for a routine service and when my mechanic put it on the lift, he called us shortly after, and wanted us to come in to see the vehicle on the lift.. the car's frame was rusting through on both the front and back. He told us it was unsafe to drive and that he saw this on other Pacifica's he serviced. He stated he never saw this occur on other brands now we have no vehicle to drive. The car is in good condition and has about 85,000 miles. If this car was driven on the highway, as we planned for the holiday weekend (July 4) without bringing it to a mechanic, we could have been killed. How does safety of passengers get compromised when it appears that 7000 cars were produced and hundreds of complaints with this specific problem on this model have been filed!.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #179

Apr 012015


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While operating the vehicle, a knocking noise was present and the motor seemed to shift when coming to a stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who discovered that the engine cradle was rusted and corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- East Point, MI, USA

problem #178

May 062016


  • 167,750 miles
Gas gauge fluctuates to empty with light and chime announcing no gas, but there is a three quarter tank full of gas. The engine turns off and steering locks without power. Used car purchased yesterday and we were stranded until we filled the tank with three gallons the car was in motion the first time it stalled. The second time it was idling at a stop light. The third time was in a parking lot. I turned the engine off than back on it resumed. We were heading in a straight directions.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #177

Oct 142015


  • 144,000 miles
Typical rust through of engine cradle sub frame (K frame) of a Pacifica SUV almost causing the engine to drop through to the ground. Discovered the rust through, and subsequent engine shift, in mid October 2015 @ approximately 144,000 miles, while car was up on a lift. Car was no longer drivable due to this condition. Had a local Chrysler dealership's repair shop to replace the cradle frame and motor mounts shortly thereafter. They disavowed any help or their involvement in getting Chrysler to cover the repair of a known defect. Called Chrysler's customer service and was told my Pacifica was not part of the extended warranty issued for a small number of and short production run of Pacificas. Am attempting to again contact Chrysler customer service via letter and ask for help with the cost of repairs. Also trying to join the class action group that is suing Chrysler over this issue. Law firm in columbus, oh is lead counsel on the case. I love this car for all its attributes and that is was developed, built and sold while Mercedes Benz owned Chrysler, giving it a much higher quality in my opinion. Present day Fiat Chrysler doesn't seem to want to help out on this issue.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #176

Apr 012016


  • 104,000 miles


Engine cradle rot I've had the car since 04/27 2016, bought it from a dealer I know knew this model had rust issues they put it on the lot anyway.

- Hale, MI, USA

problem #175

Jan 152016


  • 154,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine oil change, the technician noticed that the engine cradle was corroded and cracked on the right side. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 154,500.

- Hobart, IN, USA

problem #174

Mar 212016


  • 137,000 miles
My engine cradle is rusted/rotted out and completely unsafe to drive. I was told it can't pass inspection and will be approximately $2,000 to fix. After researching online, this is a very common problem with the 2004 - 2008 Pacificas. A recall is needed.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #173

Mar 212016


  • 204,446 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at high speeds, the front end of the vehicle shook violently. When the vehicle was taken in for routine maintenance, the technician stated that the engine cradle was severely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 204,446.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #172

Feb 292016


  • miles


Purchased 2005 Chrysler Pacifica limited 4 years ago. Currently 109,000 miles.. had been hearing a clunky noise for a short time took it in to get checked😔 mechanic came back with ghastly news. Tie rods, bushings, water pump, rear axle shaft oilseal and worst of all cradle was rusting through. Over $7000 to fix all. I thought I would faint. No way could I do all the repairs. Upon reading all complaints Chrysler should fix the rustimg problem. Shame on them for letting these cars on the road knowing this could happen to families purchasing their vehicles and possibly having a fatal accidemt occuring when the engine falls out.

- Rockford, MN, USA

problem #171

Jan 102016


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that there was a progressing failure with the vehicle idling high and making an abnormal noise. In addition, the rpms raced abnormally without warning when the vehicle was being driven at any rate of speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing who kept the vehicle longer than two weeks. The dealer was unable to provide a specific diagnosis to repair the vehicle. The dealer stated that it may be the computer, a sensor(s), or the PCM. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Lexington, TN, USA

problem #170

Jan 152016


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler pecifica. While the vehicle was being serviced at the dealer, it was observed that the engine cradle was severely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #169

Jan 122016


  • 99,000 miles
During a routine oil change, my mechanic said the front frame and engine mounts were severely rusted and the car would become inoperable.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #168

May 012015


  • 88,000 miles
My vehicle began stalling while being driven on the street and highways, when turning and while stopped for light changes. Had to have battery "jumped" or charged several times. Battery had to be replaced twice because of discharged from alternator. Had alternator replaced. Battery continued to drained. Vehicle ran for one day and completely shut down while in motion. After jump starting the battery, vehicle ran for a couple of minutes. Was told by service mechanics, battery or alternator problems even after having those parts replaced. Finally had the vehicle towed to dealership that specialized in Chrysler and was shock when he stated it was the PCM (powertrain control module) which I believed and researched was part a recall for 2005 Pacificas in 2006. Told by the dealership that the fuel pump was fixed which is not the problem of this vehicle. The PCM is the problem, and the dealership is not owning this. I did not purchase the vehicle until 2010; so I honestly believed that this problem was not repair but claimed to had been. When referencing the recall notification (which I did not receive personally), the fuel pump problem was replaced for 2004 models not 2005 models. PCM problems were that of the 2005 models which was not repaired or replaced for this vehicle. I have had my vehicle towed approximately 7 times now. I am still paying insurance for a vehicle that is unable to be driven. The dealership wants to charge me $1000 for repair, that is a little less that half of what the vehicle is worth.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #167

Dec 012015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine cradle was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #166

Nov 142015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,500 miles
Rust through of engine cradle at various spots on engine cradle. I'm the original owner. The car has 80500 miles. Contacted fca via phone. Fca says my Pacifica does not fit the narrowly defined manufacture date of 02/28/2004 to 03/31/2004. My Pacifica was manufactured ON08/2004 and therefore does not qualify for extended warranty coverage. My local fca dealer gave me an estimate of about $ 2600 to replace. This problem was noticed during a routine oil change recently. I am the only one who drives the car on a limited basis with no passengers.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #165

Apr 012014


  • miles
My mechanic informed me that the engine cradle on my car is completely rotted out and is a serious issue which is a fatality hazard. He gave me a copy of Chrysler "extended warranty period" written notice for this issue for Pacifica model years 2004-2005. I called them and they stated that I'm not covered because my car was built in 8/04 and not between 3/04-4/04. The notice does not state that the cars need to be built in a particular month. Their statement makes no sense to me and I think they are lying. All of the signs of their notice is what I have have been experiencing for over a year, the "corrosion resulting in drivability vibration and/or shake." Could you please help me I love my car but can't afford the repair cost and they need to stand by their awareness of the defect and written warranty coverge notice. The notice is labeled as "[xxx]". thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #164

Jul 302015


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 30 mph and applying the brake pedal to come to a stop, the front end of the vehicle began to shake. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #163

Sep 252015


  • 151,000 miles
On the highway there were these vibrations in the pacific so my husband and I took the car to the mechanic which recommended new suspension so we got those. The problem wasn't fixed my husband took it to another mechanic for new tires, suspension and alignment to be told that our only means of transportation was not fit to drive because the subframe completely has rotted out. Thank god he did that, I'm horrified my child was in it all this time. My husband and I called the number 1 800-992-1997 DaimlerChrysler. To be told there is nothing that can be done for us the mileage of the car was outside warranty. The mechanic's quote for is over $2000. I'm not sure what to do right now to get to work and manage my usual weekly errands.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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