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:
22,903 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 062008


  • 62,500 miles


My 2005 Pacifica stalls when making left turns. It has stalled on two other occasions while simply sitting at a stop light. Bit it has stalled repeatedly when I turn left into my company parking garage. I have nearly been hit by the unexpected stop in the driveway area.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 042005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,208 miles
" battery leaking" I have red fluid dripping from under my front right side of the car (looking at it), under where the battery / battery caseing is. It was noticed, as we pulled out of the garage and found the red spots under the front where the car was parked. We popped the hood, the same looking red fluid is all over the battery, and looks to be arouund the casing of the battery as well. Not 100% sure, but is has ruined our holiday, as the car now sits until we can get this back to the dealership, yet again (5th time ) in 5 weeks to be repaired. I took photos of this to keep as a visual document as well, as we have had our car in the shop every week, at least 1 - 3 days since we got the car on 5/23/05.

- Longmeaddow, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082004

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
1. 2005 Chrysler Pacifica rented by enterprise rental (odometer - 1,000 miles) 2. drove the rental off location - 1 mile away smoke came from under the hood. 3. thermostat went up and chime activated. 4.was at our home office where our asc master certified mechanic looked under the hood. 5. the pressure hose coming from the radiator to the recyler bottle was not in tact. Not clamped. Secured with a metal clamp and fused the system to regain fluid. Went back to enterprise and noted that this could have caused engine failure bad the normal prudent person were to operate this vehicle. After furhter review they had another neew Pacifica on thier lot. They- the manufacturer are using plastic clips on a hose that is under extreme heat and pressure. This should be watched as a tsb or if other occurance have already occurred.

- San Atonio, TX, USA

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