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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,804 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica engine problems

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #88

Apr 022016


  • 95,500 miles


When we bought the car not 11 months ago we were never told about any structural damage. A week ago we noticed a bad thumping as we were driving, so we took it to a car shop and that's when they found over 4 inches of rust on both sides of the engine cradle and they told us it was unsafe to drive.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #87

Mar 232016


  • 75,000 miles
I had taken my car in a week ago for an issue with the car making like a popping sound when I turn hard. Well after mechanic drove it and then put it on a rack to take a look underneath and do their inspection they told us we cannot drive vehicle as it is unsafe. The cradle was completely rusted and I could stick my hand in it. At any point in time it could have completely fell off and wrecked my vehicle. It could have been catastrophic. This is dangerous and Chrysler is aware of the issue but refuses to do anything about it. Now we are going to be stuck with the repair bill. I called Chrysler and spoke with an agent named brittney whose only response was I am sorry there is nothing we can do. Even after explaining any type of accident with my children in the car could have been catastrophic. They do not care. Something needs to be done to cover all vehicles. I only have 75,000 miles on the vehicle and the cradle is the only part rusted. Chrysler does not care about any of that just that the vehicle does not fall within the 2004 or 2005 range. Please help something needs to be done before someone loses their life over this issue.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #86

Feb 122016

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
The engine cradle is rusting through. The engine could fall out to the ground. I noticed this around the 12th of February 2016.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #85

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

problem #84

Mar 012016


  • 210,000 miles
The front member of the car has rotted away. This is very dangerous and can cause the engine to fall out.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #83

Feb 232016


  • 103,000 miles
Went in for an oil change and found out the subframe on the vehicle was rusted out. Took it to my mechanic. After researching I have found many posts on this happening to many people with this make and model. Please check into this issue, it seems that something is not right with this part of the vehicle. The car is in perfect shape no rust or corrosion anywhere else on the vehicle.

- Anoka, MN, USA

problem #82

Jan 292016


  • 80,885 miles


I brought my Pacifica in for servicing, and was told that my engine cradle is rotting away. They said it was unsafe to drive. Fda said they won't help by fixing it.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #81

Jan 112014


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the motor bracket and the motor mounts fractured. As a result, the engine was mounted on top of the starter and ignited a fire. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- East Hazelcrest, IL, USA

problem #80

Mar 012015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while making a left turn at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Columbia, KY, USA

problem #79

Dec 122015


  • miles
2006 Chrysler Pacifica was deemed unsafe to drive on 12/12/15 upon taking car in for an oil change. Mechanic stated that subframe is rusted and has a 6 inch hole meaning that the engine could fall off the car. I do know that there was a problem with 2004 and 2005 models and didn't expect to hear the news on my 2006 model.

- Flossmoor, IL, USA

problem #78

Sep 112015


  • 151,000 miles


Engine cardle ( subframe) was rusted out and mechanice suggested its nor safe to drive. According to mechanics and complains fieled on this web site its a common issue with this vehicls and it will caus crashes soon.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #77

Sep 072015


  • 174,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While the vehicle was being serviced, the dealer observed that the engine cradle was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 174,000.

- Toddville, MD, USA

problem #76

Sep 082014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While at a complete stop and attempting to accelerate, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact also stated that the vehicle would jerk on some occasions prior to the failure.the contact stated that the vehicle was able to restart after several attempts with a hard start. The vehicle was taken to be diagnosed, but the details of the failure could not be provided. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #75

Aug 032015


  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the service engine warning light flickered and the vehicle overheated. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the hose. The contact also noticed that the engine cradle/subframe was rusted with holes and could fracture. The vehicle was taken to over three independent mechanics who diagnosed that the engine cradle/subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 210,000.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #74

Sep 082015


  • 175,000 miles
Upon regular maintenance, the auto mechanic discovered my 2006 Pacifica engine cradle frame is totally rusted out. He advised me the cost of repair is so high that it is not worth to repair. He further required me to acknowledge that my car is not safe to drive. This is very unusual to have a subframe rusted though the whole metal frame since the car was always kept in Maryland, we hardly have any snow in the last 10 years. From the search on the internet, it turns out that this subframe problem affected was common in many Pacifica on the road. We felt fortunate that the engine has not dropped on the ground and lead to a fatal crash. Why there is not recall on these Pacificas.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #73

Jul 102015


  • 163,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine cradle prematurely rusted to the point that it was corroded and may fracture. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who inspected and diagnosed that the engine cradle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 163,000.

- Mayville, NY, USA

problem #72

Jul 202015


  • 102,000 miles
Was pulling out to cross a street and car cut off. I was crossing traffic and stopped to oncoming traffic. The incident took place twice. Only the 2nd time did I almost get hit by another vehicle. Currently car is at a Chrysler dealer. The problem is I could have been hit by oncoming traffic.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #71

Jun 012015


  • 72,000 miles
Discovered excessive rust on the subframe and underbody members after trying to diagnose a problem with the steering. Specifically, a "clicking" noise had appeared unexpectedly during turning and the steering wheel had undue resistance while turning. After checking for tire problems and other issues, a mechanic diagnosed the problem as a subframe failure due to excessive rust. He mentioned that if the rust progressed too far, the engine could literally fall out of the vehicle while I was driving. This issue demands a recall. Updated 09/15/15

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #70

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 #69

Jul 172015


  • 107,000 miles
Engine cradle rusted through lower section on each end. Noticed at onset of oil change.

- Shorewood, WI, USA

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