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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,591 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica engine problems

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #16

Jul 092013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 112,138 miles


After starting the vehicle and engaging the transmission into reverse the vehicle engine failed. I then turned off the ignition and returned the vehicle to the park position. At this point I decided to try it again, only this time without the ac and stereo on. The vehicle started right up just fine and I let it idle for about 1-1.5 minutes to let the idle stabilize. (it was not real stable). I then put the transmission back into reverse and backed up maybe 2 ft and the engine failed again.(now I am in the road) I repeated my second attempt and let it idle 2-3 minutes, put it into reverse and it was shaky but stayed running and it drove fine after for several days. About a week later my wife told me that this problem had happen to her 2-3 times over a couple days time. I have had it happen 2 additional times and today I was having to put the vehicle into neutral when stopped or idling to keep the engine running for a short 20 mile drive home from work. I have read many forums as we consumers seem to be doing much more of, and this is not a new problem. It needs to be fixed. Budget cuts, sequestration and furloughs are making things very tight for a lot of us out here and we depend on good quality transportation to get to the jobs we thankfully still have so that we can do our part to contribute the economic recovery of this great nation. Do the right thing Chrysler!

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #15

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 #14

May 232013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 114,106 miles
During a routine inspection and oil change an automotive technician identified that the engine cradle (aka sub-frame) was severely corroded. The vehicle was examined by two other auto technicians and both confirmed that the engine cradle is corroded and that the vehicle is unsafe to operate. The vehicle is considered a safety hazard to both its passengers and other vehicles operating in the vicinity. The vehicle is considered to have zero resale value unless this is repaired. Parts for this vehicle have been ordered and repair is schedule to occur within 10 days. Estimated cost for repair is $4,000. A review of the NHTSA database for this model year vehicle indicates 6 complaints of an identical nature filed within the last 12 months. Similar searches of other websites confirm that this is an evolving problem. Pacifica models years 2004 and 2005 have well documented issues relative to corroded engine cradles and both model years have been recalled as a result. It is highly probable that the frequency of reported corroded engine cradles will increase as these vehicles age. A serious accident or injury may be the outcome in situations where this problem remains unchecked. This issue warrants additional investigation as it is becoming apparent that the problem encountered in the 2004 and 2005 models years is also surfacing in the 2006 model year.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Nov 012012


  • miles


My car started to jerk forward when I would accelerate from a complete stop. I also had to press hard on gas pedal because it would stick a little. Finally took car in and it was a broken motor mount. Not even 6 months later my car started to make a grinding noise and seemed to stick a little when I would accelerate. I took car back to shop and it is another broken motor mount. After speaking with the mechanic I learned that this is a very common problem in the Pacifica, so much so that the motor mount I needed was on backorder for 3 weeks.

- Convoy, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 282013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Mechanic identified that the engine cradle was rusting through and requires replacement since it could be a serious safety issue if it failed. Even though this known defect has resulted in Chrysler extending the warranty on 2004 and 2005 models, they will not cover the defect on 2006.

- Clarendon Hills, IL, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Mar 042013


  • 163,000 miles


My husband was on the hwy doing 55 when my car just went whew and lost all power, we had it towed to the garage where they told us the motor had a crack on both sides of it. The mechanic said he had never seen anything like it and had no idea what would have caused it. The car had just had an oil change the week before and had the required amount of oil, antifreeze in it. Did this happen because of a possible defect?

- San Rafael, NM, USA

problem #9

Oct 302012


  • 58,000 miles
I have very dangerous problem with engine cradle rust on my 2006 and Chrysler refuses to provide any warranty help. Vehicle only has 58,000 miles. Chrysler has a 10 year 150K mile warranty on 2004 and 2005 for engine cradle rusting out. They refuse to explain why the '04 and '05 have extended warranty but the 06 is not, other than it is past 3 year mileage warranty.

- Trafford, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 162012


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the rubber bushing engine mounts became worn, causing the engine to move while the contact was accelerating. The contact took the vehicle to have the engine mounts replaced. One year after the repair, the failure recurred causing the engine to move freely while the vehicle was not in motion. The contact towed the vehicle to the dealer to have the engine mounts replaced a second time. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 242012


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine frame failed. The contact notice brown water was releasing from the engine area. The contact inspected the vehicle and found the engine frame corroded with holes due to defective material. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have the engine frames replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 84,000.

- Grand Rapids , MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 032012


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the motor mounts fractured a total of three times. With the most recent failure, the lifters inside the engine were damaged, causing the vehicle to become inoperable. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileages were 102,000.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 162012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Engine cradle rusted out, hole in it.

- Hebron, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 242012


  • 132,750 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle would made a loud noise and it stalled whenever shifted into reverse. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the motor mounts, torque struts, and brackets needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 132,750 and the current mileage was 132,833.

- North Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Engine mount broke. Had it fixed and 3 weeks later it happened again. Just bought the vehicle from carbone auto less than a year ago. I'm not rich and I just want a car I can drive. I cant keep replacing these. Carbone auto knows the kind of vehicle they sold me and I trusted them. They seem like they don't care when I go there and they just say make an appointment. I cant keep taking time off for this on a whim. They sell you a car and don't care. Chrysler took our money in a bailout, at least they can do is care about their customers. New or used vehicle.

- Ilion, NY, USA

problem #2

May 122010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the faulty motor mount was replaced. The failure recurred two years after the repair. The vehicle had not been repair for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

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

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