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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,781 miles

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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.

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #9

Aug 312011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


Took the car to local Chrysler dealer (bournival Chrysler Jeep, york, me) for annual inspection. Was told car could not be inspected because the front cross member had rusted through in spots.(car had been inspected at the same facility a year ago and no problem was found) the problem was confirmed by an independent mechanic. Car has 91,500 miles. I have read of Chrysler offering a 10-year, 100,000 warranty on this problem but neither the service manager nor NHTSA could confirm. There are dozens of instances of this problem, both in the United States and Canada listed on edmunds ( this is a dangerous situation that should be cleared up by Chrysler.

- York Harbor, ME, USA

problem #8

Aug 092011


  • 110,849 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle was being examined by an authorized dealer for routine maintenance, when he was informed that the engine cradle was suffering from severe rust and corrosion. The manufacturer was notified, but no assistance was provided. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileages were 110,849.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #7

May 272010

Pacifica 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer states extensive unibody rust on vehicle an auto body expert informed the consumer the rust was coming from the inside of the uniside rocker panel and both unisides needed to be replaced.

- Minnetrista, MN, USA

problem #6

Mar 072009


  • 75,000 miles


I have suspicion that the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica's motor mounts are below expected standards. I monitor my vehicles for complaints and recalls to insure that if I have to have work done on my cars it is for expected wear and tear of any vehicle. It is through this monitoring that I have noticed that I am not the only person to experience what sounds like substandard motor mounts. This has been my 1st vehicle of any kind to require replacement motor 2005 Pacifica with 73K miles has had to have both motor mounts replaced. It seems that before they were replace they were no longer functioning and the motor was being held in place by 3 other minor mounts. Apparently, the backorder is so bad that it could not be guaranteed within 2 months. I had to order them through a 3rd party in order to replace before any major damage was caused. This raises red flags: Are these faulty mounts" do they no longer make these mounts for other vehicles? if so, is it due to substandard design? why has there not been an investigation"

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 012007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Ever since the vehicle was purchased, the air bag sensor fails to activate when an occupant is seated in the front passenger seat, regardless of their weight. The dealer stated that there are two sensors in the seat that could not be repaired or replaced because that is how they were designed by the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 28,000 and current mileage was 46,000. Updated 5/19/08 the consumer also coplained about wind noise. Updated

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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problem #4

Jan 222008

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,200 miles
Traveling at highway speeds the sunroof glass was partially separated from the mounting frame. The glass was vertical in the air stream until the car was moved to the side of the road. The glass was fully removed and taken to a glass repair shop to reattach to the mounting frame.

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 172007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the windows and mirrors are too small and obstruct visibility. While backing out of the driveway, she struck another vehicle. She has struck three vehicles and believes that the lack of visibility is the cause. The speed, powertrain, and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage was 22,599 updated 03-05-08. Updated 03/05/08

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 012005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Noticed on September 1, 2005 that the passenger's side of vehicle was higher than the driver's side. This causes the vehicle to pull to driver's side. The dealership checked the vehicle. They measured and compared it to a floor model, and they said it was the same size. Then, had the vehicle checked at a local mechanic, and they measured it, and determined it was an inch higher on the passenger's side. Contacted the manufacturer, and they advised the consumer to make arrangements with the dealer. But when the consumer called the dealer they did not know how to fix it.

- Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

problem #1

May 232005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,804 miles
Popping/clicking upon turning, stopping, taking off- had car just 2 days and had to bring back to dealer- read all of the service bulletins, and safety recalls, defects and complaints - found it to be the power transfer unit - ptu - seems that this is a problem with 2005 pacificia's. dealer had 3 days. Internal side molding on psg 2nd door defective / pulling away from frame / exterior back black panels faded already/ wet carpet on driverside floor - smells/mildew car is new!

- Longmeadow, MA, USA

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