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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,599 miles

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica fuel system problems

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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Jun 042014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the check engine warning light remained illuminated. The contact discovered a fuel leak and smelled a fuel odor inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #23

Dec 232014


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while at a stop light with the brakes depressed, the vehicle jerked forward as the check engine warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle as the vehicle failed to accelerate over 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power train control module and the fuel line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 04V113000 (power train) and 03V471000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #22

Aug 042014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer writes in regards to fuel system issues. The consumer referenced recall # 03V471000, but was informed the vehicle identification number was not included in the recall.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 022014


  • 205,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the fuel gauge malfunctioned and failed to read the correct fuel level in the vehicle. Also, the contact stated that while refueling, fuel was spew back out of the filler neck. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the jet and primary receiver fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 205,000.

- Raytown , MO, USA

problem #20

Dec 042013


  • 87,000 miles
I purchased a pre owned 2004 Chrysler Pacifica on November 23, 2013. On December 5, 2013 I started up my car and before I could pull off my gas handle started going up and down really fast, the gas pump symbol was blinking on and off and it was chiming as well. I had a half a tank of gas. I sat there and counted a total of 3-4 times of this handle going up and down. It also did it on December 4, 2013 when I started up car, I had well over a half a tank of gas. I have a one year warranty so I googled this and read stories of alot of people having this issue and saw a link to this site to file a complaint. I am wondering is it the sending unit, module or tanks..well that is what I have been reading. I hate to have to take it in and have the problem not solved on stranded somewhere with my children.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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problem #19

Apr 082012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
My husband was driving and suddenly the car started smoking we pulled over, the fire fighters were called. They had to break the dashboard in order to stop the fire. They spray the car with water inside and out. Car was total. The fire fighters thought that it was possibly the wire that stared the fire. Radio and light on dashboard did not work in one point, it started working again by itself.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Jul 072010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact noticed the fuel gauge reading fluctuated whenever the vehicle was in operation. In addition, the engine stalled twice at different times. On one occasion, the engine failed to restart and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the engine started. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the fuel tank and sensors would need to be replaced. Also both fuel pumps were faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 03/14/12 the consumer stated the fuel gauge was bouncing up and down on a regular basis. Updated 03/19/12

- Baltic, SD, USA

problem #17

Sep 012011


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while refueling, the fuel injector would refuse the fuel even before the tank was full. The dealer replaced the fuel pump but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted, but denied any assistance with repairs to the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 109,000.

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #16

Nov 012010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the fuel gauge does not indicate the correct amount of fuel that was in the tank on the instrument panel. The dealer was not notified of the failure. The manufacturer denied any assistance with repairing the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 144,000.

- Sious City, IA, USA

problem #15

Jun 192011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 40 mph, the engine rpms began to fluctuate between 4,000 and 5,000 and the vehicle would not accelerate over 40 mph. The contact noticed smoke escaping from under the hood and as the failure was investigated, flames began erupting from the hood area. The fire department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a body shop where it was deemed as destroyed. The cause of the fire was undetermined. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 03V471000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings) which could have been related to the failure but the contact was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Colebrook, NH, USA

problem #14

Jul 212010


  • 104,000 miles


After driving approx 200 miles on a full tank of gas the gas gauge drops to near empty and the engine stalls or nearly stalls on left hand turns. This repeated numerous times on a cross country trip. Also filling this half full tank was difficult. The fuel would enter the tank sufficiently after the first 3-4 gallons.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #13

May 162010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I have recently made a complaint to Chrysler about a 2004 Pacifica that I bought about 4mos ago. I know that my car may be out of "dealer warranties", but when there are things going on with your vehicle that's under recall, something should be done about before someone is injured or even killed. My gas pedal sticks, my car has stalled off on several occasions while turning in the middle of an intersection, and my fuel system was not holding or distributing fuel properly and my motor mounts are broken! I can't afford to pay for my car monthly, and pay for repairs that are almost going on with all 2004 Pacificas'. I park my car only to use one vehicle that 2 adults and A17 and18yr have to travel with when 3 of the 4 of these persons work. Life is hard and its not fair that the "big companies" continue to get away with it and the hard working person is falling deeper and deeper into a do it the best way you can situation. Problems with the fuel system have supposedly been fixed and they are included in a recall that doesn't include my VIN but my make and model and year! come on America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Thomson, GA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Sep 102009


  • 75,000 miles
The events leasing up to the defect were erratic gas gauge readings, from 1/2 tank to empty immediately, then sometimes back to half. The car has stalled on a couple of occasions while driving.being told by dealer that it needs parts that have nothing to do with gas gauge readings ie: Throttle body cleaning, map sensor, fuel filler tube. This is an extremely dangerous situation. I have an extended warranty on the vehicle however the parts that im being told are needed are not under warranty. However upon reading all of the discussion boards and looking at former recalls the parts that are being recommended to replace to fix the problem are under my warranty.

- Brevard, NC, USA

problem #10

Feb 162009


  • 46,100 miles
Fire in the engine compartment that ended up in a total loss of the vehicle. Auto adjuster notified the fuel line caused the fire.

- Loch Sheldrake, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 152009


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact's fuel tank was punctured by road debris. In the presence of an ignition source, a fire could have resulted. He took the vehicle to a local repair shop and the technician stated that because the component was manufactured out of insufficient materials, it easily failed. The fuel tank was replaced. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 53,000.

- Contoocook, NH, USA

problem #8

Jan 062009


  • 40,000 miles
Driving on the road doing about 35 mph and I ran over a piece of metal with my tire. By the time I got home I smelled gas, looked under my car, and the gas was gushing out of my tank under the car.

- Maywood, IL, USA

problem #7

Mar 112006


  • 55,000 miles
This vehicle has had the siphoning hoses to the gas tank replaced three times. Which all three failed all three times. The fuel pump has been changed. The whole fuel tank has been replaced. The gas gauge fluctuates from half tank to empty. The check engine light comes on every week. After resetting by the serviceman it comes back on with in a week. All of these safety defects have been repaired however it remains doing all of the above leaving this vehicle to be very unsafe. Please note this so that any others may have this to refer to.

- Galva, KS, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Nov 082006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,523 miles
We have a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica manufactured on 10/31/03. In November 2006 @ 49K miles, we began to encounter problems with the fuel level indicator. Even though the tank was full it will drop to empty and indicate low fuel. It then it will bounce back to half full or full. Then drop again to low fuel. It may do this 10 times during a short cross town trip. We took in back to dealer and was told it was a bad fuel control module and that Chrysler had just issued a recall (F44) for this very reason, but that my VIN number was not included in the recall. I called Chrysler to see why it was not covered, but they said since my VIN number was not included that my repair would not be covered under the recall. I would like to make a complaint that the Chrysler recall F44 did not include all the effected cars, since my vehicle is experiencing the same failure as those cars identified in the recall.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

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