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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,574 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica drivetrain problems

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #28

Aug 172013


  • miles


I was in the bank drive thru with my car in park. I went to put the car into drive and it wouldn't shift out of park. I called aaa and when the tow truck man arrived and I told him what the problem was, he told me he knew exactly what had happened...the red clip inside the gearshift box had broken. He said it happens all the time to Pacificas and 3000S and it's a factory recall issue. He was able to get it into gear for me so I could drive home, but it is broken and won't shift out of park (without trying his temporary "fix"). I came home and went online to search the recall (because I don't remember ever getting a recall letter) and I can't find anything. Based on what this driver told me, this is an ongoing issue with certain Chrysler cars (including mine) and should be a manufacturer's recall.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #27

Apr 182013


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler pacific. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled as the fuel indicator warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that while refueling, the fuel filler neck would refuse the fuel even before the tank was full. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000 and the current mileage was 122,000.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #26

Sep 272012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 62,123 miles
We have had multiple issues with this vehicle since we purchased it. First issue was the cv boots that had completely disintegrated. This occurred 62,123 miles. Next issue that is still occurring today and deeply concerns me is that the accelerator pedal sticks from time to time. Not sure what causes that to happen but it scares the living day lights out of me on a weekly basis. Shortly after that the check engine light came on and the panel read gascap. Well we bought a new gas cap and the issue was not resolved. Since then we were told it was the fuel pump that needed to be replaced. Again, more money out of our pocket so unfortunately we have not had the repair done since we don't have the money to pay for it. Next and biggest issue off all is that while driving down our street I heard a noise that concerned me. When I got home there was a tapping under the hood, the tapping has been continuous since then. The original mileage at that time was 85,625 miles. After multiple trips to several different mechanics it has been diagnosed as a tapping lifter. Well this is a very very expensive repair. So easiest thing for us to do is to trade in our car....not the case. Our car now has no trade-in value because of the lifter issue. I am beside myself and I firmly believe that these are all issues that Chrysler should address under warranty. The maintenance on our vehicle is done on a regular basis to avoid issues like this. I feel quite cheated by Chrysler and wish I could request a refund for all of the repairs we have had to do while owning this vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #25

Apr 072013


  • 84,650 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle would lose acceleration power sporadically and while driving at any speed. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was test driven by the dealer, but the failure did not duplicate. The dealer advised the contact that the computer memory was delaying and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle would not shift from park.the manufacturer was contacted and advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 06V432000 (power train). The approximate failure mileage was 84,650 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 152013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact check engine and gas cap warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The contact spoke to the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign id number:06V432000(power train), but was told the vehicle was not included. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

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problem #23

Jul 122013


  • 107,000 miles
The vehicle was purchased June 11, 2013 and had the rear passenger tire replaced due to unfix-able flat tire. The dealer had me take vehicle to peerless tires co. The tire was replaced with wrong size and different brand of tire. Traveling during thunderstorm approximately 3,5 weeks after purchasing vehicle; the computer appeared to lock when vehicle slipped on pavement as AWD attempted to engage causing loss of steering and power then skidded off the road. I made claim through my insurance and had vehicle inspected by local shop, and I had my mechanic look to see if damage to vehicle was noticeable was not handling correctly after accident. When accelerates or decelerates the vehicle will lunge forward. Took vehicle to peerless tire co. After mechanic pointed out the wrong size and model of tire on rear passenger side of vehicle. After accepting fault wanted to take vehicle to [xxx] paint and body to pay for the repairs. When the estimate was being done and vehicle was on lift...[xxx] and mechanic pointed out the whole motor carriage had completely rusted out and corroded. They had not seen anything like it. Took vehicle back to dealer and explained this issue. Had to go ahead with insurance claim and wait for adjustors to determine fault of accident.the vehicle is totally unsafe to drive, feels like the engine is tipping forward when accelerating or decelerating. After researching this issue im shocked and appalled that 2 previous model years have same issues which are not being addressed for the 2006. I don't want this vehicle repaired I want out from under it, since it was sold unsafe and is a recurring problem even after having motor mounts replaced and undercarriage treated or replaced. I expect more from mopar period. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #22

Jul 172013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 1,370,000 miles


After reading several recall on this issue. That you can find on this web site and I contacted the Chrysler corporation with even a recall id#38454 and recall # 06V43200 they are not willing to help me with the issue. They stated that there isn't a such recall. Who can I contact.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #21

Apr 172013


  • 92,000 miles
After starting the vehicle and placing into reverse the vehicle immediately stalls. Stalling has also occured while driving. In addition to this problem I have replaced the engine motor mounts 3 times.

- Maimi, FL, USA

problem #20

Apr 092013


  • 64,984 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that she heard a banging noise while the engine was running. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the transmission mounts had failed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 64,984.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #19

Feb 212013


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder and the contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where a diagnostic test was performed and the mechanic stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that there was a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train) however, the contact's VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Willis, MI, USA

problem #18

Jan 032013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


Noticed a couple of times that the car hesitated when merging on to highway or accelerating on the highway. Today however, it did that in town, going about 35 mph and then stalled, check engine light came on and smoke came out from under the hood. Now it won't even start.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #17

Mar 062009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, after accelerating the vehicle would shake and lunged forward before the vehicle stalled. The engine warning lights were illuminated at all the time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The dealer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 126,000.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #16

Jul 302012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle lost power and stalled without warning while driving 40 mph. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but was unable to shift the gear into drive or reverse. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Apo , AE, USA

problem #15

Jul 252012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 107,406 miles
The gear shift on the center console will not come out of park. I went out to start the car to go to work and the car would start up, but I couldn't shift out of park. I removed the trim to expose the quick release button and that didn't work either. After researching the issue, I've found that a lot of people with Chrysler Pacifica's have experienced this issue. I called a couple of dealerships and they had just received cars that very day with the same issue. I also learned that Dodge's have been experiencing this same issue and a recall has been issued on them. I am writing so that this issue can be investigated further and a recall issued.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #14

Jun 292012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 100,498 miles
While in reverse in parking lot, car stalled causing loss of braking power and vehicle rolled into another parked vehicle. Since incident, when vehicle is placed into reverse, vehicle immediately stalls. Also, motor mounts have broken and this appears to be a big issue with the Pacificas.

- Bremen, GA, USA

problem #13

May 222012


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine would not start. A mechanic was called and came to run a diagnostic test on the vehicle. The diagnostic displayed that the power train automatic control module failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised the contact of NHTSA campaign id number: 06V432000(power train: Automatic transmission: Control module : tcm, PCM) but stated that the contact's vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #12

Jan 222012


  • 27,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that she could not shift out of park. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission interlock lever failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 27,900.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #11

Dec 152011


  • 71,000 miles
Front engine mount separates under heavy acceleration or towing causing engine to raise up and collide into firewall.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 082012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle gear shift stuck in park even though brake is depressed. Tried rocking the vehicle back and forth to see if it was stuck in gear, no change. I conducted an internet search for this problem and found that several Chrysler and Dodge products have this exact same problem. Cause: A small pink piece of plastic that has a spring attached to it, which is a gear locking mechanism, tends to break at about 40-60 thousand miles or sooner. There are no Chrysler recalls for this item. The piece seems to cost about $2 for Chrysler to make however, one will pay $300-$400 or more for the dealer to fix. Takes minutes to replace if you know what you are doing. One can find the part online and replace with metal so that it will not break again for about $50. Chrysler complaint line states that they will not fix unless nhtsb files a recall complaint. Then I may get reimbursed for my cost. The pink plastic piece can break at any time leaving the driver stranded anywhere at any time, e.g. the drive thru., parking structure at night, etc..

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 032011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
This last Friday, the 11/18/11, was the last incident where it finally stalls completely and I have to move out of traffic. For over a month now, the gas gauge has dropped to zero (when I know I have gas in there) so I have to keep up with that on the side, the electrical trip mileage gauge says gas cap, checked it, kind of jittery, where it would jerk and not accelerate on the road, until this last Friday when I turned a corner, and it just stalled. Started it up, and went down the road and as soon as I accelerated in oncoming traffic, it stalled again, pulled off the road towards oncoming traffic and sat for a moment, gentleman stopped to help me, and said it might be overheating, to turn my heater on and leave it running since I still had several miles to go to get home and everyone was gone at the house. So I turned it back on and heated it up and away I went, got about a mile and it stalled again, so I went on the shoulder and coasted for about another mile and started it up and coasted it again, 'til I got to our small town and started it up, went to take a corner, and it stalled on the corner, so I coasted a bit again, and started up, and went down about a mile, put into neutral (so not to use gas and accelerate) around the corner and went down about another mile, put into neutral again, took the corner, back into drive and down the road to the house, took another turn in neutral, and coasted into the drive way. I've noticed that there is a recall with 2006 Chrysler Pacifica for the fuel pump and control module with power train. According to recall id#57629 powertrain:at:control module (tcm, PCM). It is sitting and want it fixed as soon as possible before me driving with the kids in the car and I can't make it out in an intersection because of a problem with Chrysler and their parts/recall. Otherwise, I'll look into legal action.

- Calhan, CO, USA

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