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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
Average Mileage:
133,550 miles
Total Complaints:
23 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. repair/replace frame (5 reports)
  3. replace frame, mounts (2 reports)
  4. replace subframe (2 reports)
  5. delete (1 reports)
2005 Chrysler Pacifica body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Sep 222014

Pacifica 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,452 miles


Unbelievable that a sub-frame rusted through in a car with 9 years, 61000 miles, with good care.

Ancient roman carriages had better frames. ... $3000 to fix it, is going Chrysler to help?

- rey-rodriguez, East Greenville, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 142014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

I tried to have my car inspected, however the entire subframe is rusted out. I contacted the dealer who gave me a phone number to chrysler customer service. This led to an address that I can write a letter too. Really. I have no car but you want a letter. I asked about a fax number, however the representative stated they did not have a fax number. How do they not have a fax number!!!! So now I have to write a letter and put it through the post office. I guess I am supposed to walk to work and to pick my children up on my back because the garage where I took it doesn't want me to even drive it home! Thanks a lot!!! Hope you receive your letter in 5 to 7 days!

- raquelpa, Tionesta, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 312013

Pacifica Touring 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,820 miles

I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica that I took to have oil changed & they noticed the subframe was rusted out. I was told that it was a safety issue & shouldn't be driving it because the engine/transmission could drop out. This vehicle has been taken care of and wasn't kept outside and always stored inside a garage when I wasn't driving it. Chrysler of course wouldn't pay saying that it wasn't covered. I was told that a new one would be $4200.00, but tried to find a used one & went thru 6 different ones being delivered to my repair shop that were in no better shape. Chrysler says there is no problem.......but can't find one that isn't rusted out!!!! I have had seasoned mechanics tell me this is unheard of. They have seen 30yr old cars that are in better shape than mine. VERY upset w/Chrysler not standing behind their products. Poor quality manufacturing and then can't even fix their obvious mistake!

- Deb C., Reedsburg, WI, US

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