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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,361 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica drivetrain problems

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 072007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,084 miles


After driving for couple of hours on freeways and bridges, turned into residential street and heard loud crunching noises. Car would not move. On ground around and under car were greasy ball bearings and pieces of metal. Had car towed to place of purchase and found out the left front axle broke. Car only 2 years old and nothing caused this except failure of car part. When I found out I could have been killed if the lord had not spared me and had it happen while moving slowly, nearly had heart failure. The car was repaired under warranty, but the Chrysler place wouldn't really talk to me about what happened.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 202005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
We bought a 05 Chrysler Pacifica in July of 05. We have had the car back to the dealership for numerous problems. 1. replacement of a rear tire because of lots of cracks in the sidewall. 2. vibration in the front left above the left wheel, we were told it was a loose computer and it was fixed. 3. left rear rotor began wearing a significant groove, dealership machined both rear rotors. 4. accelerator began sticking especially after cruise control was used. This has occurred twice and both times the stated that the throttle body needed to be cleaned. Problem has since re-occurred. 5. the dash cap had to be replaced because of a hump in the right side near the defrost vent and because of a sag in the center part of the dash, dealer replaced the dash cap. Left rear passenger door jam lacks sufficient paint, dealership noted it and stated that it was not a necessity to fix. 6. in the tailgate section when you raise the liftgate the trim molding was sagging, dealership replaced it. 7. carpet behind the rear seat was loose, dealership repaired that. 8. leaking red fluid from the front right passenger side. 9. from about 8,000 miles there has been a clicking popping noise from the front wheels, it started when you turned the car from either directions and progressed to clicking and popping anytime all the time. The dealership has tried to fix it numerous times by replacing axles hub bearings, hub assemblies, gaskets none of which has worked. After the 8th attempt to have it fixed we have quit driving it because we feel it is a safety issue. We are currently pursuing a lemon law in oh.

- Vienna, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Poping noises at front end on driver and passenger sides, while turning at slow speeds going forward and backing up. Also filled up gas tank, "mileage/guage till empty" was 344, drove one mile and it went to 243. It is currently in the shop again, they are waiting on a part "shaft" to replace it. They usually don't have old parts available because it is still under warranty.

- Pearland, TX, USA

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