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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,133 miles

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Aug 312008


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle made a puffing noise. The contact drove up the on ramp and the vehicle began to smoke. The tires caught fires. She exited the vehicle and noticed flames on the undercarriage of the vehicle. The police and fire department were notified. The vehicle was towed and a police report was filed. The current mileage was unknown and the failure mileage was 20,000.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #13

Mar 302008


  • 49,000 miles
1. oil has been changed by dealer since vehicle was new. Odd occasion, due to location issues, oil had to be changed at a Goodyear service department. 2. Goodyear service writer informed us the drain hole threads on oil pan were stripped by the last place to change oil. Informed oil pan needed to be replaced. Contacted Chrysler dealer where work had always been done. They denied responsibility, but acknowledged the wide-spread incidence of this problem with other Pacifica models around the country. 3. after being put off for more than 6 weeks, we are having the oil pan drain hole re-threaded (it can only be done once), by a trusted mechanic trained by Chrysler. We will determine what needs to done long-term as advised by this mechanic.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #12

Jun 102006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. She stated that the engine motor mounts are constantly knocking. The dealer refused to repair due to the motor mounts not being covered under warranty. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 77,000. The contact did not know the exact purchase date of the vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 182007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


On several (10+) occasions in the last month, our car has lost power while driving from what appears to be a fuel starvation issue. On the last event we were nearly rear-ended by following cars due to the sporadic acceleration/deceleration. I have brought the Pacifica to the dealer twice to have the problem diagnosed and have been told twice that no problem can be found and the computer does not indicate a "fault code" for why the check engine light is on.

- Clayton, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 092006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
- the contact has a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the clock display turns off, the gas gauge needle floats up and down, and electrical equipment would go dim. The contact stated that the gas gauge registers the fuel as low when the gas tank is almost full and that a rear interior light goes on. Also, the dvd player switches songs as if it were searching for radio stations. The child safety locks for her windows only work occasionally. The heater doesn't always turn on, but when it does it cannot be adjusted unless the power to the vehicle is turned off. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled twice while she was driving 55 mph with an odometer reading of 58000 miles. During one of the stalling incidents she was trying to change lanes, but the car would not accelerate, so she pulled over onto the median where the car turned off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and resume driving.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #9

Jun 212006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,334 miles
The Chrysler Pacifica 2004 is an extremely dangerous vehicle. The car stalled three times on me on the highway where I nearly got into an accident. Another time, the right axle came off and the car rolled down a hill and nearly hit a woman. I could have killed people many times with the Pacifica since it is an extremely dangerous vehicle to drive. I found out that many people have these exact same issues. Please do something about it before it gets too late. Thank you.

- New York City, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 112006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,200 miles


: the contact stated having problems with the brakes. While driving 15 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealership who replaced the front brakes. The brake sensors did not work properly when the incident occurred. Updated 9/11/2006 - the caliper bolts (self locking) fell out. The dealership indicated that this should never happen.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #7

Apr 032006

Pacifica 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalls without warning. The vehicle restarts each time. This problem caused an accident, while in reverse the vehicle stalled and the brakes did not respond. This caused the vehicle to collide with another vehicle. There was damage to both the rear end of the contact's vehicle and the front end of the other vehicle. The dealership is unable to diagnose a problem.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 112005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,682 miles
After having my Pacifica for 1.5 years and experiencing 19 problems (54 days in the shop!); 2-3 of which are recurring (I.e. the engine light coming on), even the service department at my dealership stated that they would stand behind my efforts to get a vehicle replacement! we are completely happy with the dealership's service as they have stood behind this "lemon" better than the manufacturer appears to be able to. After talking with the Chrysler representative, Mr. Craig kishner, I was informed that the "best" Chrysler could do was to refund my extended warranty price. I pushed back and my boyfriend also called to announce our dismay at the manner in which we are being treated after being tremendously patient for 1.5 years to see if this "lemon" could be repaired to a reasonable level of usability. Mr kishner then came back with the answer that Chrysler would only "step up" for the previously laughable answer. We had hoped for a laudable answer. I find it difficult to believe that a manufacturer, with the questionable track record of Chrysler, would want to create more adverse publicity than they already have chalked up over the course of their existence. Nonetheless, we will pursue this through the courts and undoubtedly tell all of our friends and business colleauges of this horrific experience.

- Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #5

Aug 212003

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with vehicle engine stalling.*mrthe vehicle stall while driving 35 mph. The consumer pulled the vehicle over and was able to restart it shortly after it stalled.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #4

Aug 212003


  • miles


Problems with vehicle's engine stalling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice. Both times the vehicle put on the diagnostic machine but no codes were found. The consumer ultimately trade the vehicle in for another vehicle and suffered a huge financial loss. The consumer later read an article which indicated that the Pacifica was being recall for a stall problem. The fix was to reprogram the PCM. The consumer feels that financial reimbursement should be offered to offset the loss he took on the trade in.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152004

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
While drive the vehicle appears to shut off. I have no other way to describe what happens. It is literally as though the key were turned off (I.e. the engine stops, loss of power steer, loss of power assist breaking, loss of ABS, no instrument panel lights to even indicate there was problem). The only systems that remain active are the ones that would normally be on when the key were in the accessory position. The vehicle will immediately restart after being shifted to neutral. This has occurred numerous times with no consistency. (I.e. 70 mph on an interstate, 15 mph in a parking lot, 45 on a secondary road, 5 mph backing out of the driveway).

- W. Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 192003

Pacifica 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,985 miles
The vehicle has stalled 2 (two) times while exiting the highway on to a secondary road. Both instances have occured at approximately the same time and location. One occurred on 12/10/03 other on 12/19.

- Ainsworth, IA, USA

problem #1

Jul 122003


  • miles
While driving at 70 mph engine check light came on, then the vehicle started to jerk and stall. Driver pulled off the road. Consumer has contacted the dealership on two separate occasions, but the problem still occurs.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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