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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,146 miles

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica electrical problems

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #16

Mar 032014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a sudden loss of power while driving 75 mph. The vehicle constantly stalled. In addition, the front driver and passenger side windows failed to go up and down. The contact had to maneuver the electric control panel on the driver side to get the windows to go up. The vehicle overheated several times without warning. The contact had to tow the vehicle more than once due to the failures. The vehicle was taken to repair shops where the motor and ignition housing were replaced. In addition, the vent controls did not function properly for the air conditioner. The contact continued to stall and overheat. The battery was replaced twice by a mechanic, but the failures recurred. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who replaced the motor, radiator, cooling fan, and another battery. The contact traded in the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #15

Feb 172016


  • 195,000 miles
I just purchased my 08 Pacifica on 2-10-16. Today as I was driving the electrical system started to malfunction. First it started with the heater not working to the car stalling in the middle of the highway. I have five kids so for me to be stranded on a busy highway with children is very scary. 1 wk ago wheels diagnosed to bent alloys and O2 sensor is jacked up too. Rust is also present im just worried about safety.

- Brookston, TX, USA

problem #14

Jan 152016


  • 133,000 miles
My Pacifica stalled and lost power while driving. I was so scared. I have kids and this is very unsafe. I was able to coast to a stop safely but if there was a car in front of me I would have hit it...this is a recurrent issue with this vehicle. I see complaints all the time and I am now added to the list. I'm so worried for anyone who owns this vehicle. This car needs to be recalled because people pay their hard earned money for a safe reliable vehicle... if something happens to anyone Chrysler will have to answer for it...

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 242015


  • 72,500 miles


I am having trouble starting my 08 pacific. I get a message that says "invalid key & fob" and then car dies when trying to start my vehicle with the original key. As a temporary solution, I found a sequence online (Chrysler's forum) to get the vehicle to started and stay running but that is very annoying. I'm the original owner and I should not have to deal with this issue. After researching online, I learned that this has been a recurring issue with this vehicle for multiple year groups. Until now, I would have expected Chrysler to address this issue long ago. This is a serious safety concern for this type of family vehicle because in order to get the vehicle started, during extreme hot or cold temperatures, children are in the car while you have to all wait until the system re-associates itself with the key and this take 3-5 minutes; this is with the original key I may add. This is absolutely ridiculous and as a consumer/original owner I should not be left to foot the bill for any repairs on this malfunction that is wide spread. I hope that this is taken serious because as I active duty service member, I should not have to accept being ignored.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #12

Aug 162013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving in a parking lot, electrical system just shut down. This is a recurring problem, same as on other Chrysler vehicles, however Chrysler refuses to issue a recall for this vehicle. There have been other chronic problems with this make of vehicle, but Chrysler refuses to address them with recalls. They just continue to ignore them, hoping the vehicle owner's will simply walk away from the vehicle. They have tried to get me to trade the vehicle in, numerous times.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 152014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Car kept stalling and then would not start. The lights and alarms went off and on without any reason. Had it flatbedded to the shop - good thing we weren't able to drive it. The mechanic said that the ignition unit broke. This would have been a serious situation if it happened while on the highway...the ignition was replaced, with a used ignition so we are very worried. Odd lights kick on, the transmission/engine jumps for reason. It may be the AWD is failing too. Mileage was around 80,000 at the time and use of the vehicle has been normal with no towing or other heavy use.

- Boyne City, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 112013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


I was driving and the car just turned of on me in the middle of the intersection. Luckily as soon as I realized that it had turned off I was able to clear the intersection and pull to the far right before the light turned green to oncoming traffic. I had the car towed home and the next day I had a personal mechanic come take a look at it and found out that I needed to replace my ignition system. After hundreds of dollars later the car turns on but it has so many malfunctions with the electrical system, struts, axle, motor mounts and frame that this vehicle is just dangerous to drive and needs to be recalled altogether.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 252014


  • 77,000 miles
It seems I am not alone, my 2008 Pacifica occasionally loses power, the electrical system shuts off, then quickly turns back on. This has happened for the past 6 months, no mechanics can find a problem because when the engine shuts off it clears the car computer. It is happening more frequently now. Could this be an ignition switch issue like the Chevy?

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 012013


  • 60,000 miles
The 2008 Chrysler Pacifica simply stalls while in motion. All electrical systems, including airbags, are dead. This has happened at highway speeds, while stopped, and while accelerating. It has happened during very cold temperatures (below 0), high temperatures (above 90) and other temperatures in between. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why it happens, as when the car is pulled over and ignition turned to the off position, it can typically be restarted - though it appears that it takes multiple attempts to get that to work as the issue is getting worse instead of better. This is an issue that is not just isolated to the 2008 Pacifica, but transcends models and years. If one searches Chrysler Pacifica stalling, one will find numerous other identical complaints and can quite easily discover that it covers other years and models. It is equally as unsafe as the GM recall. I have called Chrysler personally and inquired out the issue only to be dismissed. In fact, their exact claim to me is that they were unaware that there was a problem despite me pointing out the numerous complaints I could discover in seconds. I believe that Chrysler group is keenly aware of the problem and is simply hoping that it will go away due to the high cost of a recall. Others have paid significant amounts to dealers to have items changed only to find that the issue is not resolved. In any case, this is a safety issue that needs to rectified immediately before someone (or a family in my case) gets injured or dies. Please help me to keep my family safe when driving this car.

- Walkerton, IN, USA

problem #7

May 072014


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the stabilization and antibrake warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the sensor for the steering angle, brakes, and airbag stabilization needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000, and the current mileage was 68,000. Updated 8/11/14

- Tazewell, TN, USA

problem #6

Apr 042014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 132,540 miles


I have been having power shut down every day, around 5 times a day. I have taken the car to the dealer and other certified mechanics, and the scanner can not diagnose, or detect any code. In my last issue, the car turn off while I was driving it. It was scary, and it is happening very often. I have changed most parts, all sensor has been replaced (replaced by original parts), and it keeps turning off. I have been searching thought the internet, and this particular car has a lot of complaining, a lot of Chrysler Pacifica are having this same issue, while they feel frustrated. This is a life risk issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bell, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 012012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Vehicle shuts completely off during drive at least twice per day. Mechanic was unable to duplicate problem. This happens at both high and low speeds around town and on the highway. Oil light turns on and all power is lost. Struggle to steer or apply brakes once it shuts down. This began over a year ago and has gotten worse as the time has gone by.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #4

May 272012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 22,300 miles
While driving vehicle in public park, engine stalled and began to smoke with white smoke. Vehicle cut off and all electrical functions stopped. Upon examination looks as if the wiring bundle just in front of fan had melted together and stopped battery charging completely. Vehicle will not hold a charge.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

May 152012


  • 50,000 miles
Gas gauge showed 1/3 full & it suddenly dropped to empty. "milesto empty" went from 142 to 14, then 6. upon starting the car the next morning, fuel gauge showed 1/3 full then dropped to empty again. "miles to empty" showed 2. I drove 8 miles then added 14 gallons of gas to fill the 23 gallon tank. It has happened at least 5 times since then. One mechanic told me I had to bring it in when it was happening as it was a sensor issue. Another told me the car actually has two gas tanks & the fuel pump vacuum was probably not picking up the fuel from the second tank properly. He said the dealership fixed a 2005 Pacifica with the same issue.

- Hutchinson, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 072012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The vehicle's charging system includes a heavy gauge wire which runs from the alternator feed post to the starter wiring harness, which then charges the vehicle, as the starter wiring harness then runs directly to the battery. None of this wiring appears to have a circuit breaker or fuse inline. This particular wire which runs between the alternator and the starter is routed through several bundles of other wires, and makes a hard bend in one location where a bundle is secured to the frame. This wire forced itself out of the bundle, and then abraded itself against the frame until it finally made contact with the copper therein and short circuited. Considering there is no breaker or fuse in this circuit, and the wire appears to be about a 6 gauge, it shorted until it melted, finally breaking the circuit. The approximately ten inch section of this wire between the short and the starter appeared to have started on fire for a short time. Luckily, this small fire extinguished before any other flammable components under the hood also caught fire. From what I have read, others with this particular automobile with the 4.0L engine have not been so lucky. Pictures can be furnished upon request.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 012011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle shuts completely off during drive at least twice per day. Dealer claims they are unable to duplicate problem. This happens at both high and low speeds. Oil light turns on and all power is lost. Problem existed on 2006 model but dealership claims issue was resolved and will not consider symptoms for the 2008 model. They kept my vehicle for four days and claimed the problem never surfaced. I was charged $100 and before the day ended, the fault occurred twice on the interstate.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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