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:
20,500 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 192007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Cluncking noise when backing up and turning. Chrysler has issued a tsb to replace the transfer unit in the AWD vehicles. A large number of customers have this issue, and after the warranty expires, the consumer has to pay for the expensive repair.

- S Hadley, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 292005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
When I turn all the way to the left. I hear a clicking noise in the right side front end (transfer case problem).

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 022006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
During the first week of June, 2006 I noticed a few things that seemed to all begin at the same time. My Pacifica would not start right away when I first attempted to start it after it had been sitting over night, it would hesitate when I took off from a stop if I had been on a downhill incline and the gas gauge would drop to empty as soon as the tank was down to five-eighths full. The problem went away as soon as I filled the tank, but the next week it happened again when the tank got down to five-eighths. I called the dealer to make an appointment to have it looked at and the earliest they could take it was June 21st. The problem got much worse by the time the 21st came around. Every time I came to a stop the engine would stall. It would start back up if the car was put in drive, but if it was on a downhill incline it would not restart. I took the car to the dealer on June 21st and was told it needed a fuel pump. They called me later that day and said the part was back ordered, but they should have it in a day or two. Well, today is July 19th and my car is still at the dealer waiting for a part. Evidently the Pacificas have a primary fuel pump and a jet pump. So many of the cars have had this problem (there are hundreds of complaints listed on forum) that evidently they can't keep up with the demand for these pumps. I filed a complaint with the Chrysler customer assistance center on July 11th. I don't know if it has done any good, but they do call the dealer each time I call them while they have me on the phone. I am trying to be patient because I love this car, but this is getting ridiculous. It is also having a new power seat memory module installed because both power seats stopped working and it had a new transfer case installed because of a clicking/clunking noise in the front end during turns.

- Hampstead, MD, USA

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