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:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,220 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 engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #8

Apr 282010


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated while pulling into a parking spot at speeds of 3 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated to speeds of 60 mph. She was unable to stop the vehicle and proceeded to crash into a concrete post. The contact drove the vehicle to a local repair shop for repairs. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer nor was the manufacturer contacted. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Wlanut Shade, MO, USA

problem #7

May 092010


  • 66,000 miles
At any given time when pressing on the accelerator, the accelerator locks up and does not depress. After several attempts it releases and lurches forward. This has been going on for at least 6 months now. It happens about 4 or 5 times per week. No repairs done to date. Vehicle should be recalled for this defect.

- Litchfield, CT, USA

problem #6

Feb 072010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The accelerator sticks preventing acceleration. This has happened multiple times. The dealer states that it is due to a build-up of carbon on the engine components. Maintenance is required - not covered under any warranty or factory program.

- Sagamore Hills, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 182009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Upon entering a parking space, the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly. As a result, the contact crashed into a restaurant, another vehicle, and a handicap post. The vehicle was completely destroyed, but there were no injuries. A police report was filed. She had to turn off the engine to stop it from revving. The vehicle was inspected, but the technician could not determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer would not assist. The failure and current mileages were 89,000. Updated 05/06/09 updated 05/08/09.

- Talking Rock, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 162008


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal would stick when it was depressed. The dealer stated that the throttle body was building carbon and caused the pedal to stick. The dealer cleaned the throttle housing, but the failure still persists. The dealer stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced at the cost of $200. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 48,000 and current mileage was 60,000.

- Fidley, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 062008


  • 55,000 miles
Cruise control would slow during a strain then over time completely quit working. The vacuum hose has been replaces around 3 times and another part once. The cruise control has quit working once again.

- Cochran, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 172005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. She purchased the car in March of 2005. She had to go back to the dealer every weekend since purchasing the vehicle except for the month of June. The vehicle was making a clanking noise due to transfer case malfunctioning. Transfer case was replaced previously in April, 2005, and needed to be replaced again. Also, vehicle surged while driving.. she felt unsafe driving vehicle. The manufacturer said that the dealer has to take care of the vehicle and has to get a service representative to inspect the vehicle. The contact felt that until something was resolved with this vehicle there will be a fatality. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for 17 times for various problems.

- West Bury, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 022004

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210 miles
Auto accident. 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was stopped in traffic. A car attempting to cut in front of non-moving Chrysler Pacifica from right side, severely impacted Pacifica on front passenger side of Pacifica. It immediately surged forward at a high rate of speed and, despite having both feet pressing on the brake, Pacifica could not be stopped until, in desperation, driver through the Pacifica into park. Another note, despite the severity of impact, not a single air bag deployed. Pictures are available. Car was towed to orlando Chrysler in orlando, fl.

- Orlando, FL, USA

Not what you are looking for?