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:
84,494 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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.

2005 Chrysler Pacifica brakes problems

brakes problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #20

Feb 172016


  • 129,000 miles


When I drive my car I can hear my engine hitting the walls of my car. It is loose and also the breaks ABS light is on throughout my drive. If it is not on than the breaks slide.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #19

Dec 212014


  • 119,523 miles
ABS light came onwhile traveling in Florida. Car makes grinding sound. Light goes on after driving awhile. Does not brake properly if light comes on while coming to a stop. Replace all brakes and sensors and still no help. Chrysler knows they have a problem and it is going to take someone dying before this gets fixed. There have been thousands of complaints on this at much lower mileages than my car. Please do something. Either chryler knows what the fix is and does not care or at this point they really do not know what to do and will not take responsibility.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #18

Jun 062014


  • 90,000 miles
I was driving at lower speeds, approaching a stop sign; driving down a hilly road in downtown nashville, tn. My ABS light suddenly came on as I pressed the brake it temporary made a grinding noise and brakes temporary failed then as suddenly as it happened the brakes stopped grinding and then stopped. This is a braking issue that came happen suddenly with no sign or warning before it happened!!!!!!!! the ABS brake sensors or some mysterious other ABS related issue that is stomping mechanics.I took my vehicle in the next day and had brakes replaced but the problem continues. My brakes work fine but at times I would get the ABS light signal coming on then like a scrubbing noise seem to be coming from the front wheels well brakes causing difficulty in stopping. But not at all times. Sometimes this happens with no ABS light coming on! and this usually happens at lower speeds 30 and under even at 15-20 mph when I am breaking for a red light or stop sign. I saw on sites where thousands of people hare having the same problem and were told by dealerships and mechanics that even after those are replaced the problem continues, no one seems to be able to find out what the real problem is and Chrysler won't even try to fix my vehicle was working fine the all of a sudden, the issue. I think this is a dangerous situation.I think there should be a recall on the ABS wheel sensors and the module control or whatever the real problem is? only Chrysler knows butr they are not telling!!! I think if they won't address then the government should make them please include this int he current recall let's get these unsafe vehicles off the roadways!!! now is a good time to doit, with the recall of other like vechiles from Chrysler are already in recalln

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #17

Mar 012013


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at 65 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact felt a vibration coming from the brake pedal. The contact had to shift the gear into neutral in order to stop the vehicle. The ABS and engine warning lights illuminated. In addition, "new fuel cap" was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was taken to the dealer multiple times and the fuel cap was replaced. The dealer was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rotors needed to be resurfaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 122015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 224 miles
ABS and traction light comes on intermittently.

- Toronto, AL, USA

problem #15

Aug 252011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
I have had my car from 2011 till current and replaced the front axles/tie rods at least 3 to 4 times a year. Last incident it broke while pulling out of drive way and I lost control and rolled down a hill into 4 lanes of traffic narrowly missing the gas pumps at the station across the 4 lane thank goodness no one hit me with my young child in the car. When I first had to take it to a dealer to get them changed 2 other cars in this small town I live in were there also having there's replaced. This should be a recall every person I talk to states this is a problem that is arising from a rusted cradle problem when manufacturing the car. I would like my car repaired where this will no longer happen and it is too expensive for me to fix. I have decided to look further into this issue and maybe come together with other with this issue. There should of been a recall by now. I had my oil changed and was told that my boot is busted and that I needed to replace the drivers side yet again and I do not have $119 to pay my local Dodge for this yet again!

- Athens, TN, USA

problem #14

Dec 232014


  • 90,125 miles


My wife was going 35mph in town. Coming to an intersection she needed to turn. No brakes or steering, both stopped working. Luckily no one hit her and she was able to stop before hitting the telephone pole. I have seen a number of people online with similar issues.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #13

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while at a stop light, the brake pedal started to vibrate as it was being depressed. The contact added more pressure and the ABS warning light illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the master cylinder but failed to remedy the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Manakin-Sabot, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 152009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The ABS light comes on no matter what I do. Took to the dealership, they reset the ABS but the problem came back a month later. Took it back to the dealer and was told that their engineers were aware of the problem and don't know how to fix it. How am I supposed to know if my brakes are in proper working condition if the Chrysler engineers can't figure it?

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #11

Jul 102014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles
The ABS light started to just flash on and off, even when not braking. Then ABS started to malfunction causing problem with braking. While I was driving it in downtown nashville at about 25mph, braking down hill, I tapped on the brakes to slow down and I could feel the pedal rapidly pulsating and noticed the ABS light turn on and the car was having difficulty stopping. Thought I would run the stop sign. In last seconds normal braking occurred. ABS light began coming on intermittently, took to shop following day. Had front and rear brake replaced. Light starting coming on again within a few days, when light comes on problem with brakes.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #10

Sep 122013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle shook with the illumination of the ABS light. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.... updated 10-17-13 when braking the car started shaking. Steering was lost, and the ABS light illuminated. Upon inspection it was found the front engine cradle had rusted so to the point there were big holes. The only thing holding the engine cradle together was the motor mounts.

- Emmett, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 312013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I just got my ABS light fixed and it came back on I looked online and seen alot of ppl are having this issue I just paid 300$.

- Liberty, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 272013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My ABS light keeps coming on intermittently. The brakes lock up without warning. Today I had to swerve onto the shoulder to avoid a collision. This has happened before but without incident. This is a serious safety hazard and should receive special attention immediately!

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 242013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving down the highway and the ABS light came on. Moments later I had to come to a sudden stop and had very little braking power. I had to swerve severely to avoid an accident. Since the light comes on frequently and braking is severely effected. Nothing the mechanics do lasts long. I can't sell the car and I'm afraid to drive it outside of the neighborhood. Apparently everything the service code may indicate is extremely expensive. I can't believe this car hasn't been recalled yet. With so many cars having this problem there has to be a common fix.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Mar 232011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Two month after I bought my Pacifica my ABS light came on and has continued to come on even after it was fixed. Apparently it is the sensor that keeps having issues. It reads a different speed than the other sensors. Also I keep having an issue with my engine light coming on randomly. I have taken the car in for evaluation 3 times and every time they tell me I need to turn the gas cap so many times to stop this from coming on. This actually does not solve the problem, as it is still continues to come on and turn off randomly. Again I assume a sensor, the automotive places are sure I just need to turn the cap, how many times will it need to be turned 20 cause 3, 4, 5,6 none of these stop the problem, super annoying Chrysler cannot just fix the problem, they made the car it cannot be that hard to fix.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 142013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
There is a very strong fuel smell that is seeping into the passenger compartment of the car. It seems to appear around 40 to 50 mph and is very strong in the last week. At 125,000 mi the ABS sensors turns on and off constantly. When you first press the brakes it does not grab the rotors and continues to not stop until the ABS light comes on and the brakes perform normal. This is very scary because the car almost went thru several intersections without stopping. The fuel indicator drops to almost empty when it falls below half a tank for about 6 months.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

problem #4

Aug 312012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
ABS warning light keeps coming on intermittently. I have had it worked on and reset but it keeps coming on. The mechanic says the diagnostic code doesn't make sense. It is becoming costly to keep having it checked. There should be a recall as there are many Pacifica's that have the same problem.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 282012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I was pulling into a left hand parking spot when the vehicle stalled/completely shut off. Dashboard lights were still on. I was able to coast backwards down a slope and back into another open parking spot. I had no power steering, and brakes were very hard to depress. I looked up the problem on the internet and looked up open recalls. I found a recall similar to what happened, but when I called both daimler-Chrysler and a local Chrysler dealership and gave the last 8 characters of my VIN, they informed me there were no open recalls for my vehicle. From what I researched, this might happen several times and I am quite concerned with my safety.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 232012


  • miles
I was traveling with my children down a state highway when I noticed that my "miles to next service" light was saying my next service was due in 4555 miles. How odd, I thought, but didn't have time to ponder it further as I was going around at curve at 45 miles per hour with cars both behind me and oncoming, when I realized that my steering had inexplicably given out. I attempted to brake, only to realize that my brakes, too, had malfunctioned and weren't working. I threw on my flashers and did everything in my power to get that car safely to a halt at the side of road. It was only due to my efforts that my children and I were able to safely evacuate the vehicle before more dire consequences occurred, because the Chrysler Pacifica was completely dead. Thankfully, a kind passerby helped me push the car off the road before someone hit it, and I called aaa for a tow. I still don't know what caused this potentially lethal malfunction, but I had adequate fuel in the car and had the oil changed less than two weeks prior so it wasn't simple owner neglect. No, it was a Chrysler malfunction that could have caused my children and I our lives today.

- Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 012012


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph and applying the brakes, the vehicle did not respond. The contact had to brake again before the vehicle responded. There were no warning lights illuminated.the vehicle was taken to a repair shop where no failures were found however, the brakes were replaced as a precaution. The failure recurred after the repairs. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was 137,737. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Marina Del Rey, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?