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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
100,644 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace engine (1 reports)
  3. throttle position sensor (1 reports)
2004 Chrysler Pacifica engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052006

Pacifica Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


Car kept stalling without warning, Chrysler couldn't fix it and bought it from me while leasing me a new 2006 model which I had no problems with, I obviously lost out on the whole deal and went Japanese after the whole ordeal was over which went on for 6 years.

- , Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 182014

Pacifica LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Car quit on interstate even though no engine light came on, no knocking, no noise, no smoke no "nothing"! Car towed to dealer and was told though all fluids fine there must be something wrong with how oil is getting to the engine. No help from dealer or corporate Chrysler. Estimated cost to repair $5000 plus. We purchased the car from my mother so we knew the history and we always made sure oil etc maintained so quite a shock to be told to sell it for parts.

- , Fargo, ND, USA

problem #2

Mar 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 215,576 miles

Even though my wife and I bought this car at a used car dealer it drove just fine. The dealer had no idea at all if there was anything wrong with it. So when we accelerate the Pacifica starts to shutter. the more you push the gas pedal the harder the shutter and sometimes it stalls even when we sit at a complete stop. Sometimes it makes it difficult to pass other cars on the highway or in town. check engine light is on. Took it to our mechanic and the check engine light was an exhaust problem. can't figure out what this problem with the shuttering. If anyone has any ideas any info would be helpful. I'm not very mechanical person. I'm really frustrated. Thank you!

- , Yankton, SD, USA

problem #1

Dec 122009

Pacifica LX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

I have not found problem but wonder if it could be the throttle position sensor. Would appreciate any help.

Update from Jul 7, 2012: replaced the throttle position sensor. works fine now

- , Seymour, IN, USA

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