ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. Notes: Engine cradle rot is a serious problem in the 2004-05 Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler admits they didn't apply enough coating to the vehicle's sub-frame during assembly, but only offered to cover a very small portion of the vehicles they messed up.

So what happens when your engine cradle rots? Well, the engine could fall out for starters. It could also cause problems with the suspension and other components but did I mention THE ENGINE CAN FALL OUT? The worst part is you might not know because there's no way to see the problem without getting under the car.

If you have a 2004-05 Pacifica, make sure to have your mechanic inspect your sub-frame for rust and corrosion.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,130 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chrysler Pacifica AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 262005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer states several problems with vehicle related to the engine, air conditioner blower and alternator the consumer stated when the vehicle was first purchased, the air conditioner blower was not working properly and had to be replaced. Later that year, there was a whining sound coming from the front of the vehicle near the engine, however the dealer was unable to find the source and to this day, the noise is still present. The consumer stated there was a whining sound coming from or near the power steering pump which was eventually replaced, however the noise continued. The motor mounts, tie rods and rocker arms were replaced.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 202006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,200 miles
On Oct 20,2006 my third (emission failure) has happened to my Chrysler Pacifica 2004 fwd model (48,535 miles). This model had problems in the past-most have been corrected. The first was engine stalling, which was repaired with updated software. The next was my A/C control/HVAC unit which would not light, noise from bushings was replaced. Flickering of dash lights time to time is an issue-the current major problem is that it will not pass emissions on three occasions it has failed next visit will be to the dealer on Oct 30,2006- nys inspector/mechanic has told me that the pc in albany in nys may not read all codes all places show -oxygen sensor and cat sensor as being down and not ready on the print report-third mechanic thinks it is under warranty which si should be and that it may be the ECM or bus section of the module-this is based on a scan test and a obd2 system. Failures = 3 nys inspection fails -4th will be at the dealership-consequences hoping to get it repaired as soon as possible.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 182004

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 320 miles
Air conditioner makes hissing sound every few seconds. Door seals were not fitted properly, let water leak into car. Seat module failed after only a couple of weeks.

- Coalmont, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 122003


  • miles
My 2004 Pacifica was one of the first manufactured. It has had a recall already on the fuel line. The ac works sporadically. The ac panel blacks out and the unit ceases to work. It leaks into the front passenger's floor. It has a flaw in the design and collects leaves in the ac filter which costs $78 to clean. And to think I traded a new Cadillac for this vehicle because I thought I would be safer....

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

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