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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,567 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #85

May 022016


  • 120,000 miles


Front sub-frame has such severe rust that the car will no longer be able to pass a nys safety inspection.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #84

Mar 022016


  • 67,000 miles
The center bearing/drive shaft is no good. I prepaid the dealer in March of 2016 for a new one. As of today Sep 18, 2006 it ha not come in yet. The car is undriveable. Excuse after excuse. I have notified the mass attorney generals office. There investigation. I also have a rotted sub frame. And the dealer wont stand behind it. I am looking to start or join a class action suit against Chrysler.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #83

Sep 012016

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
My subframe is totally rusted out. Is very dangerous. Ten year old car, 100,000 miles. Is very big risk driving it with my kids in ithe car. Thank you

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #82

Sep 132016


  • 130,000 miles


We took our 2006 Chrysler pacific in for a repair. The mechanic called to report the engine cradle is severly rusted and unsafe to drive. Before this we noted some "clunking" in the front end but thought it was a suspension issue. We did not know that this vehicle had this engine cradle problem until the mechanic put the vehicle on the lift. We are face with a very costly repair because the vehicle is unsafe and essentially worthless. The mechanic said without warning the engine could have came loose and impeaded the ability to steer or brake. If we were on the highway we probably would have lost control and crashed.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #81

Aug 292016


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while at a dealer for inspection, the technician stated that the engine cradle had corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Leroy, NY, USA

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problem #80

Aug 012016


  • miles
My engine cradle is almost rusted thru and my subframe is as well

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #79

Aug 162016


  • 123,000 miles


Brought car in for repair and the shop would not even lift the car up due to the sub frame being in such poor shape. They advised me to call the dealership to see if there are any open recalls for the issue. Upon calling the dealership they let me know that as there are not any open recalls on this they do keep the engine cradle in stock as this is a very common issue. The part alone is almost $2,000 and not even sure what the labor would be as of yet. As far as the rest of the complaints go looks as it will be over a $3,000 fix. I have found out from the dealship that the previous years have been recalled for the same issue.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #78

Sep 032015


  • miles
My 2006 Pacifica cradle, carrage, rockers, or whatever the correct name... underneath is rotted out. I got new tires for the vehicle and when I went to sears auto center to have them installed is when the news was broken to me about the issue. They told me that the compartment holding the engine is rusting out bad and could result in the motor falling out. It was so bad that they didn't align the tires because they didn't want to be held responsible. I drove the vehicle back to the dealer I purchased the vehicle and explained the issue. Their response was this is a buy here pay here and the vehicle was as is no warranty so their not responsible. Wow....was my response.... so I followed up by calling the dealer about the issue... but they don't have a recall on the vehicle frame issue for 2006 but only for certain vehicles in 2005.... now if that ain't just blow my mind...only thing I could do was file a complaint and hope enough people do too for it to be a chance for recall... now I don't think that's fair that I done purchased this vehicle as a family vehical with a rusted frame and there's nothing that's being done to fix this issue. This is a $3000 fix out of pocket which is not fair.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #77

Jul 252016


  • miles
Sub frame which holds the engine has rusted through I several locations. Engine could "drop" at anytime while drive the car. 2005 models currently have a recall for the same issue.

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #76

Jun 282016


  • 103,000 miles
Entered the freeway and after reaching speed of approximately 55-60 mph I heard a loud sound that sounded like a small explosion. Someone driving in the lane next to me began frantically pointing at the engine of my car. Immediately I saw smoke and flames coming from underneath the car's hood. I pulled off the exit that I was approaching, parked the car at the curb, jumped out the car, dialed 911. Fire department responded in a couple of minutes and by this time entire engine and hood was on fire.they put the fire out. Car was not able to be placed in neutral or any other gear, but was still towed to the dealership that performed repairs to fuel injectors and other components of the engine on February 2, 2016. During Feb. 2016 incident the gas pedal would not give power to make the car accelerate, car started smoking and giving off fumes that smelled like burning plastic. Car repairs were made in that incident. Going to have diagnostic performed to research if there is a connection/relation between February 2016 incident and June 2016 incident.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #75

Jun 182016


  • 187,000 miles


Vehicle had cradle rot requiring complete replacement of the assembly. Had brought the vehicle to a local nechanic to do some routine maintenance. Mechanic observed the rust/rot and was told that it was so severe that he would not allow me to drive the vehicle home because if the cradle broke completely through the engine would drop to the street rendering the vehicle 'totaled'

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #74

Jun 042016


  • miles
I have a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica with 70,000 miles. Was inspecting the exhaust system around the muffler and happened to notice some excessive rust on the sub frame and upon further looking I went to the front of the vehicle and noticed the motor cradle and where the motor cradle connects with the passenger side of the sub frame there were enormous amount of decay and corrosion on the motor cradle and splitting in the sub frame. I believe that there was a serious over look and neglect in not treating the sub frame with some sort of anti corrosive at time of assembly at the factory by Chrysler.the car was manufactured on September 2005.

- Rock Falls, IL, USA

problem #73

Mar 092016


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While inspecting the vehicle, the mechanic stated that the subframe was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Kingsford, MI, USA

problem #72

Jun 032016


  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact noticed that the subframe was rusted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #71

Jan 102016


  • miles
One side of my engine mount is rusting out badly as well. Would be nice to have a recall to repair this issue. I also have idling issues in which it seems like the car is going to die whether it's in park or drive. This has been going on for quite while now.

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #70

Apr 292016


  • 56,000 miles
Well known issue with 2006 Chrysler Pacificas, the engine cradle rusts due to poor build and design. The car becomes unsafe to drive due to the possibility of the engine falling out of the car. Also will not pass an inspection. There is a class action lawsuit regarding this issue. Chrysler will not issue a recall. This is a safety issue! I have to keep putting "band-aids" on this just so I can continue to drive my car.

- Whitehall, PA, USA

problem #69

Apr 262016


  • 101,267 miles
Brought our 2006 Pacifica in for a routine oil change and tire repair. Was told the subframe has rotted away. Our mechanic said he personally would not too many miles on the car and the repairs would cost anywhere from $3,000 - $5,000.

- Waterford, NY, USA

problem #68

Apr 202015


  • 88,000 miles
Purchased car used with less than 85K miles. When I went to get it state inspected 1 week after purchase I was informed that the car is unsafe to drive due to engine cradle was rusted out. Repair estimates range from $3300 to over $4000. The car is less than 10 years old and under 100K miles. No help from the manufacturer. Many others with the same situation. This could be a potential life threatening situation for myself and my family. Car is worth as much as the repairs. The manufacturer should be made to make this right. Bad product. Even partial help with the repairs would help. Very disappointed in "american made".

- Wilmot, NH, USA

problem #67

Apr 012016


  • 130,000 miles
The engine frame is rusting out. The rest of the frame is completely fine, but now I need to have the engine cradle completely replaced.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #66

Apr 062016


  • 75,000 miles
Subframe rot by the engine area. This is only on the passenger side. The drivers side is fine. I've read about legal action towards Chrysler regarding premature rotting and corroding for this car.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

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