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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,189 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica drivetrain problems

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

Aug 182009


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled and was able to be restarted. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel pump, water pump, cam shaft sensor, catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, timing belt, pvc valve, and multiple other parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lancaster, TN, USA

problem #68

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 #67

Jul 062016


  • 107,000 miles
The engine light came on. The car would not accelerate over 25 mph. It kept feeling as if it was stalling when stopped at light and trying to accelerate. Hard to go up inclines. After being parked for 4 hours we noticed the car was smoking. I called the fire department who discovered that the insulation and the engine was smoldering. It is now at excalibur being looked at. I was driving on a city street when this happened. When we discovered the car was smoking, it had been parked for four hours.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #66

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 #65

Mar 272016


  • 100,000 miles
The engine mounts have broken, and been replaced, and broke again. The floorboard, has rusted through on the drivers side, and the frame is rusting out. The suspension is breaking and has now blow out 2 tires. The electrical panel /dash, doesn't work and causes other problems. I don't live by salt water and have been informed that this is not a new problem with this make/model. Gas fumes come up through the floorboard, and I have been dealing with this since I took it off of the dealership. I am a single mom of 3, and am not finding help from anyone. Can you please help me?

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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problem #64

Mar 172016


  • 18,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while coming to a stop, the vehicle accelerated independently when the accelerator pedal was not depressed. The failure recurred intermittently. The check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic when it was diagnosed that the transmission control module had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,800.

- Patterson, GA, USA

problem #63

Feb 132016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 80 mph, the transfer case failed and disconnected from the motor. The driver side, steering wheel, and front passenger side air bags deployed with force. There was a white substance that emitted into the interior of the vehicle, which affected the four occupants in the vehicle. The force of the air bag deployment hindered the vision of the driver and front passenger. The driver, front passenger, and two rear passengers were uninjured. The insurance company stated that they would not cover the repair because there was no crash. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided a third party technician who diagnosed the vehicle. Neither the insurance company nor the manufacturer repaired the vehicle. The contact was to take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for further inspection and repair. The failure mileage was not available.

- Casper, WY, USA

problem #62

Jul 012015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer writes in regards to fuel pump module and/or reprogram PCM recall. The consumer stated the problem occurred long before the recall was issued. One day while attempting to make a turn, the vehicle stalled. Then the fuel gauge started dropping immediately from half-full to empty. The vehicle sat at the dealer for two weeks, while they tried to diagnose and fix the problem. The consumer has since sold the vehicle. Updated 11/20/15

- Spruce Pine, NC, USA

problem #61

Apr 152015


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle started to make a jerking motion. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact also stated that the vehicle shut off while driving, and was not able to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the motor and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Cheraw, SC, USA

problem #60

Jan 052015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
When getting oil change mechanic pointed out front frame (engine cradle) rust. Frame rusted through. Not safe to drive.

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #59

Jul 282014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


Got in our car, preparing to back out and do some shopping. Gear shift (automatic) would not move. Called a wrecker, pushed car out into driveway, and car was loaded up. The shift lock lever was broken. It seems to be a very important part and yet was made of plastic. A metal part was used to make repair. If this part had broken while we were speeding down the interstate, a tragedy would most likely have resulted. Total cost to us was $230. Cost to our insurance company for the wrecker service was $50. Thank you for any assistance you can give us.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #58

Mar 022015


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and it was determined that the power train control module needed to be reprogrammed and the fuel pump module needed to be replaced. The dealer informed the contact about NHTSA campaign number: 06V432 (power train), but the contacts vehicle was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Mount Clair, NJ, USA

problem #57

Nov 142013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
First began 11/2013 when headed out after picking up my daughter, slowed to enter left turn lane (on major busy intersection at night!) and entire car simply died - fried the battery (it was only a yr old & the second time I had replaced it since I purchased it two yrs prior from original owner) nearly was hit by several cars before tow truck arrived (so dead couldn't even be shifted into neutral!) after multiple opinions by several mechanics had to face the fact that issue w/rods caused metal pieces to infiltrate oil (all oil changes on time, previous before incident 6 week prior) causing all engine bears to go. Luckily, was able to work out a fairly decent deal to the tune of $1200, only to be faced w/multiple additional needed repairs thereafter and over a year later, I'm still trying to get to the bottom of why engine totally stalls when coming to a complete stop if my A/C is on - check engine light has been on since I purchased it & still won't stay off despite multiple re-sets & computer checks, as is ABS light (again, checked multiple times & since no issue I have left it as is) now battery light also comes on intermittently. All codes come back fine, and hoses & seals all fine.... as of two days ago, seems I'm now looking at engine cradle issue as well! nearly $3000 in (just counting these latest issues!) after replacing battery for a third time & tire replacement (all 4) twice within a year, in addition to breaks & rotors for 2nd time in 2 years...seems to be a common problem w/these vehicles and yet my VIN # isn't included in the recall...shame on you Chrysler....I am a single mother, who has had all regular maintenance and upkeep & cannot afford to continue to throw $ into this issue, and am afraid every time my kids are in the car that the stalling issues will cause a horrible accident!

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #56

Mar 102015


  • 137,000 miles
I took my 2006 Chrysler Pacifica in to a Chrysler dealership because I couldn't pass the il emissions test. I was told that my subframe was very rusted and holes were in it. He told me that they fixed my car so I can pass emissions ($900) and basically told me to drive it for a few months and get rid of it. I asked him how much it would be to fix it and he told me, it would be very expensive. I did my research and there are a lot of people with the same problem. There is a recall for 04-05 Pacificas and after looking at pictures of other subframes for 04-05 models, they look just like mine (rusted w/holes). 06 Pacificas should also be in the recall. I did not call Chrysler because I felt I would get the same response as others. So now I have to pray every time I drive the vehicle that the subframe doesn't break. I still owe on the vehicle and can't afford another. Please do something!

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #55

Mar 072015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 125,214 miles
Today I was told that the engine cradle of my 2006 Chrysler Pacifica with 125214 miles was rusted out and needs to be replaced, will not pass nys inspection. Online I read that Chrysler is only are covering the 2004 and 2005 models. This is a extreme safety problem just like the defects in the 2004 and 2005 that Chrysler needs to cover.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #54

Feb 182015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The engine cradle is rusting through leaving holes, and flaking off even when just touched by hand. This is a problem with 2004 and 2005 Pacificas as well; Chrysler extended warranties for those model years, but decided not to for 2006 for some reason. Really these should all be recalled anyway as it is a major safety issue since the engine support is rotten with rust which could easily cause major accidents.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #53

Aug 022013


  • 113,180 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while making a turn on an intersection at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and the fuel pump gauge malfunctioned, showing an inaccurate reading. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the dual saddle fuel tanks were not transferring fuel between each other and the fuel pump was replaced. However, the failure recurred on several occasions. In addition, the contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train) but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,180.

- Spruce Plane, NC, USA

problem #52

Jul 222014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Pulling into parking lot, engine quit. Did not notice if check engine light came on. Was able to restart vehicle after coming to stop and shifting into park. A repeat of incident occurred on Jan. 1, 2015. Do not know if related to PCM recall in 2006.

- Ontario, OH, USA

problem #51

Dec 162014


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while approaching a stop at approximately 3 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train) however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #50

Jun 252009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently and the check engine light illuminated. Also, the speedometer failed to show the correct speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed the speed sensors needed to be replaced and the transmission control module was faulty. The speed sensors were replaced, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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