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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,615 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 042006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,230 miles


2004 Chrysler Pacifica: Ignition switch failed to engage the starter on the first attempt to start. Second attempt would engage the starter. This scenario continued for one week. Eventually the ignition switch failed to engage the starter completely, which left me stranded. Ignition switch, and ignition switch housing had to be replaced due to a portion of the housing breaking off inside the switch. (defective part is available)

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On at least 3 occasions since purchasing a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica as a used vehicle in Jan. 2005, my husband or I have inadvertently hit the ignition switch with our knee and turned off the engine while driving. One occasion while we driving on the highway at 65 mph when my husband moved his foot from the accelerator after turning on cruise control. The other two incidents have been at low speeds in our neighborhood while moving foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal. Design defect that needs to be corrected.

- Frederick, MD, USA

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