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:
29,756 miles

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica fuel system problems

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #6

May 072008

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Chrysler Pacifica appears to have a flaw in the fuel tank. Consumer states that while driving at highway speed the vehicle shut down completely. The consumer stated a few weeks prior he/she were having problems with the gas gauge. Once the gauge was down to a half a tank, the needle would fluctuate and the electronic gauge would suddenly drop 20 miles to empty. At one point the engine light illuminated. The mechanic turned the engine light off, however a couple of weeks later, the light illuminated again. The mechanic explained that even though there was fuel in one side of the tank, it was not pumping to where it needed to be in order for the vehicle to continue running. The mechanic replaced the side fuel module on both sides, the fuel module and fuel pump module.

- Fredonia, KS, USA

problem #5

Jan 082007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I left home yesterday with 5 children in the car with me to take my daughter to her ballet and music lessons. Everything was fine when we left and I don't remember anything significant happening on the drive. After returning home, my oldest daughter went to the garage to get something out of the car. She came back in and told me the garage smelled of gasoline. I went out to find a huge puddle of gas under the car and the plastic (of all things) coupling between the tank and the line leaking profusely. We took the car in for repairs this morning and found that we are going to have to replace the entire tank as it is all made as one piece. The tank alone is $500. That isn't including tax or labor. I am also with out a car for the next 3 days. Thankfully no one was hurt, but when I think of what could have happened to my children... not to mention had my daughter not found the leak and we had let it leak a full tank of gas out into the garage under where my children sleep! why did they make that thing out of plastic and not protect it from debris on the road??

- Huron, TN, USA

problem #4

Dec 012006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,900 miles
A hole in the gas tank. Normal driving conditions, no off road use. Unable to drive until fixed. Dealer charged $70 to look at the problem. Dealer quoted $958 fuel tank replacement.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 072006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


On the way home the other night, something on road put a hole in my gas tank of my 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Getting it replaced is about a $750 job. My husband and I have no idea what we hit so must have not been something large, and we did not go over any railroad tracks either. From research on the internet, I feel this falls under the category that is being investigated right now for Chrysler Pacifica's where road debris is putting holes in the gas tank. Not only do I have to replace the gas tank, I lost over 21 gallons of gas too.

- Pendleton, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 292005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,636 miles
Driving with my family my car ran over a metal shaft in the road. The shaft pierced the gas tank and stayed embedded in the tank. Gas leaked causing us to evacuate the car. We could not drive as it was to unsafe. The car had to be towed to a garage for replacement of the cars fuel tank.

- Mebane, NC, USA

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problem #1

Jun 012005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
We have a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica purchased on a lease in 2004. In June we began to encounter problems with the fuel level indicator. Even though the tank was full it would drop to empty and indicate low fuel. It then would bounce back to half full or full. Then drop again to low fuel. We took in back to dealer and was told it was a defect in the fuel tank float and the entire tank would require replacing. Since it was not a drive train problem it was not under warranty. We paid $750 to replace the fuel tanks and float. 3 months later it happened again, this time the dealer replaced at no cost, but it would appear the Pacifica may have defects, which should have been made by the manufacturer. We were told by the dealer that this problem could cause engine failure while driving.

- Signal Mountain, TN, USA

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