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:
35,020 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 012010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The contacts owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the ABS indicator would illuminate on the instrument panel intermittently and the vehicle would hesitate to stop when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic diagnosed that the anti lock brake module caused the failure to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. The consumer stated the ABS light illuminated and the brakes went down to the floor when applied. The consumer stated the brake must be pumped prior to stopping. The brakes would sometimes catch when applied and lock up. The brake pads and sensors were replaced. The vehicle would stall upon acceleration and there was a slight kick coming from the from the front of the vehicle. The front bumper was loose. Also, there was an electrical issue underneath the ashtray; the plastic showed signs of melting and the leather on the dashboard showed signs of being parched or smoked. The shift gear would sometimes be too hot to touch. Updated 09/07/11

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 122007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,400 miles
Front lower bumper on 2005 Chrysler Pacifica fell off while traveling on Florida turnpike. Heard loud thud while driving, running over something rough. Road ahead was clear, in rear view mirror saw dark strip being run over by numerous cars. Wondered how I missed seeing something so big. Thirty miles later we stopped. Looked at the front of the car, and realized it was our lower bumper. Thank god we were not killed, nor was anyone behind us. Chrysler service has been notified, looked at car. Said, sorry, we can do nothing, the part is missing. Searched internet, found 5 other cases of front lower bumpers falling off Pacifica's while driving. Car only has 26,934 miles on it. Now Chrysler wants $ 811.- to fix the problem? as I said, thank god nobody was killed. Nothing done to fix or replace part. Afraid to put it back on the vehicle unless it happens again with dire consequences.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 162007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica and while driving on the interstate the air jam dropped off of the vehicle and I ran over it. At this time I was going the posted speed and there was no weather conditions (heavy snow or rain) which could possibly cause the air jam to drop. Fortunately there was no harm done to either myself, my passengers or the other vehicles nearby. A county sheriff's deputy had found the part on the highway and removed it immediately because it was technically in a construction zone, then the part was disposed. My concern is of the air jam/guard coming off without the vehicle having been hit or affected by any other trauma. The dealer/manufacturer would not cover this under the vehicle waranty because I was unable to produce the part which was disposed of, which - they claim - made it difficult to determine if it was a defect, or not. The dealer also made no attempt to investigate the incident, assuming I was at fault. I eventually brought my vehicle into a body shop where they replaced a great deal of the of parts to the vehicle. These are as follows; one front bumper cover, one ret. Bumper cover, one license bracket, one fog lamp harness, two fog lamps, two fog lamp clips, two inner fenders. Although all of these components were eventually located, some parts were obsolete which required replacements.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #2

Jun 072006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,698 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph the front bumper came loose in the middle and scraped the ground and front tires. The vehicle was stopped without incident and the bumper was put back onto the brackets that hold it in place. The dealer was contact and stated drive it in for inspection. Upon inspection the dealer stated it was not under warning and would not repair. While driving from the dealer the bumper came loose again, causing the same problem. The dealer was contacted again and now waiting for the parts.

- La Pine, OR, USA

problem #1

Mar 042005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving on a freeway when my lower bumper fell off for no reason and left my vehicle bumperless. Went to the dealership, they want me to pay for the expenses, say its my fautl. This is a brank new vehicle, I had it since Dec. Of 2004, also I've seen 3 different Pacifica's without the lower bumper's on the street in the past couple of months. The problem is not being resolved.

- Commerce Twp, MI, USA

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