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:
38,884 miles

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica fuel system problems

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 272013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the fuel level gauge dropped from indicating that the vehicle was one half a tank full to empty. The contact was able to continue driving an additional ten miles before the vehicle stalled. The contact added a small amount of fuel to the vehicle and the fuel level gauge displayed the tank as being three-fourths full. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the fuel tank would need replacing. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 102,000. Updated 04/30/13 the consumer stated the fuel gauge was almost at a half tank. She then heard the gas low warning chime and when she looked down, the gauge was ready empty. The vehicle shut down and the consumer had to steer the vehicle off to the shoulder with great force and difficulty. The consumer stated the primary pump was replaced in December and the secondary fuel pump was replaced April 6, 2013. The consumer also stated when she pump gas, it had to be done really slow, otherwise, it would fill the pipe and shut the pump down. It would take about 5- 10 minutes just to put 7 gallons of gas in the vehicle. Upadted 05/08/13

- Webster , NH, USA

problem #5

Dec 272006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
While driving the fuel gauge suddenly dropped from 1/2 tank to empty and the fuel alarm sounded. I was able to immediately stop and refuel while only being able to fill about 1/2 a tank full. This happened on three days will on vacation traveling. I called my home purchase dealer after the second event to discuss the problem and was advised to keep the fuel above 1/4 tank and bring to the shop on return from vacation. Upon inspection, I was advised that not one but both fuel pumps had 2 different error codes. I was aware of the fuel pump problem and recall and advised, only on asking, that the VIN number of my vehicle was not included in the recall list and I was 4,000 miles beyond warranty. The full repair was on me for $600+ dollars. It is obvious that from other postings of this problem that this is a manufacturer defect and my VIN number should have been covered. I could not get satisfaction from the dealer or chyrsler. After purchasing Chrysler for the last 3 new vehicle purchases I am not inclined for Chrysler to be selected for my next new vehicle purchase.

- Meriden, KS, USA

problem #4

Sep 112006


  • miles
04 Chrysler Pacifica fails to start. Nothing happens or briefly start & die out. Starts after pumping the gas pedal. Dealers service dept can't duplicate starting problem therefore cannot fix.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 132006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,300 miles


: the contact stated that the first experience with the vehicle stalling occurred while the vehicle was under warranty. The dealer replaced the fuel module and reprogrammed the engine, which corrected the problem for a while. The vehicle stalling also occurred while cruising. The engine light illuminated prior to the stallings. During one incident, the vehicle completely stalled on the highway traveling 65 mph. The engine would not restart nor would the transmission reengaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealers who determined that there was a tsb regarding the fuel gauge. Two modules were replaced in the fuel tank. The manufacturer informed the dealers that the modules replaced was for another vehicle type but was okay to use on the vehicle to which the part was installed. After the replacement part, the engine stalling continued while cruising and the fuel gauge would drop down to low fuel. The vehicle was taken back to the dealers who replaced fuel pump module however the problem persists.

- Kila, MT, USA

problem #2

May 252006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While vacationing in North Carolina my fuel gauge would read full then 2 hours later empty then would go to half tank then while on the highway with my 5 year old son I ran out of gas(according to the gauge) when I finally made it to a gas station my 24 gallon tank only wanted to take 7 gallons and the gauge said full. It is now scheduled to go in for a diagnostic test on the 21st of this month when speaking with the dealership in which the vehicle was bought they tried to tell me that there were no open recalls. I have since found out different while researching online.

- Essex, MD, USA

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problem #1

Sep 182005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
When my Chrysler Pacifica gets to 1/2 tank of gas, the car starts to stall. Especially when slowing down or turning a curve. I've taken it to the dealership twice (each time I was told that they could not replicate the problem, but I was out of gas -- each time I had 1/2 tank of gas -- when I turned a curve, it showed empty). I was told on the second trip to the dealership to document my mileage, how many gallons of gas I put into the tank, etc.). I filled up on Tuesday, September 13, 2005. Today, Sunday, September 18, 2005, I reached 1/2 tank of gas. I have traveled approximately 242 miles. My car is stalling again. Is there a fix for this problem.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

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