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 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,357 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #168

Jan 122016


  • 99,000 miles


During a routine oil change, my mechanic said the front frame and engine mounts were severely rusted and the car would become inoperable.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #167

May 012015


  • 88,000 miles
My vehicle began stalling while being driven on the street and highways, when turning and while stopped for light changes. Had to have battery "jumped" or charged several times. Battery had to be replaced twice because of discharged from alternator. Had alternator replaced. Battery continued to drained. Vehicle ran for one day and completely shut down while in motion. After jump starting the battery, vehicle ran for a couple of minutes. Was told by service mechanics, battery or alternator problems even after having those parts replaced. Finally had the vehicle towed to dealership that specialized in Chrysler and was shock when he stated it was the PCM (powertrain control module) which I believed and researched was part a recall for 2005 Pacificas in 2006. Told by the dealership that the fuel pump was fixed which is not the problem of this vehicle. The PCM is the problem, and the dealership is not owning this. I did not purchase the vehicle until 2010; so I honestly believed that this problem was not repair but claimed to had been. When referencing the recall notification (which I did not receive personally), the fuel pump problem was replaced for 2004 models not 2005 models. PCM problems were that of the 2005 models which was not repaired or replaced for this vehicle. I have had my vehicle towed approximately 7 times now. I am still paying insurance for a vehicle that is unable to be driven. The dealership wants to charge me $1000 for repair, that is a little less that half of what the vehicle is worth.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #166

Dec 012015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine cradle was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #165

Nov 142015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 80,500 miles


Rust through of engine cradle at various spots on engine cradle. I'm the original owner. The car has 80500 miles. Contacted fca via phone. Fca says my Pacifica does not fit the narrowly defined manufacture date of 02/28/2004 to 03/31/2004. My Pacifica was manufactured ON08/2004 and therefore does not qualify for extended warranty coverage. My local fca dealer gave me an estimate of about $ 2600 to replace. This problem was noticed during a routine oil change recently. I am the only one who drives the car on a limited basis with no passengers.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #164

Apr 012014


  • miles
My mechanic informed me that the engine cradle on my car is completely rotted out and is a serious issue which is a fatality hazard. He gave me a copy of Chrysler "extended warranty period" written notice for this issue for Pacifica model years 2004-2005. I called them and they stated that I'm not covered because my car was built in 8/04 and not between 3/04-4/04. The notice does not state that the cars need to be built in a particular month. Their statement makes no sense to me and I think they are lying. All of the signs of their notice is what I have have been experiencing for over a year, the "corrosion resulting in drivability vibration and/or shake." Could you please help me I love my car but can't afford the repair cost and they need to stand by their awareness of the defect and written warranty coverge notice. The notice is labeled as "[xxx]". thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #163

Jul 302015


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 30 mph and applying the brake pedal to come to a stop, the front end of the vehicle began to shake. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #162

Sep 252015


  • 151,000 miles


On the highway there were these vibrations in the pacific so my husband and I took the car to the mechanic which recommended new suspension so we got those. The problem wasn't fixed my husband took it to another mechanic for new tires, suspension and alignment to be told that our only means of transportation was not fit to drive because the subframe completely has rotted out. Thank god he did that, I'm horrified my child was in it all this time. My husband and I called the number 1 800-992-1997 DaimlerChrysler. To be told there is nothing that can be done for us the mileage of the car was outside warranty. The mechanic's quote for is over $2000. I'm not sure what to do right now to get to work and manage my usual weekly errands.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #161

Sep 182015


  • 134,000 miles
During routine yearly state inspection, inspector found that engine cradle was rotted out.. the engine cradle has big hole on right side from rot. I have been told by numerous body shops that this part of frame should never rust through.

- Plaistow, NH, USA

problem #160

Aug 212015


  • 56,000 miles
I recently changed my own oil on this vehicle. When I was underneath of it I observed 1 medium sized rust hole thru the subframe and 2 smaller rust holes in the subframe. This is an issue with these vehicles after I further looked into the issue that others were having with this vehicle. I have pictures of this issue. This is known as cradle rot. The lower motor mount of the engine is bolted into this subframe. And if continues to get worse the engine can fall out of the vehicle. Not only I have 3 holes in it there is a lot of rust on this subframe that looks could be more of an issue in the years to come. I do not understand thru all the years of being under vehicles this is by far one of the worse I have ever seen. I do not feel safe now driving this car. Especially with my family in it. This car may be 10yrs old but has low miles and is in very good condition. You would never know by looking at this vehicle inside and out that there is something majorly wrong underneath it, unless you yourself crawled under it. And the vehicle has always been garage kept.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #159

Aug 272015


  • 118,000 miles
On routine check by my mechanic, he noticed that the engine cradle had rusted so badly that he can stick his fist through one section. Called Chrysler corporate and opened up a case with them. They told me to take it to the dealership for a "diagnostic". called Chrysler back and told them the Pacifica was at the dealership and they could call to get the results. They refused to speak with the dealership and told me I was out of warranty and that they would not replace the defective part. Why send me for a diagnostic then"? just to get my $125 dollars?" extremely frustrated. Chrysler dealership mechanic said he would not be driving his family around in the car if it were his…. this seems to be a recurring problem from what I have found on line. Please investigate!

- Manasquan, NJ, USA

problem #158

Aug 242015


  • 116,970 miles


I was recently at the dealership to receive a routine oils change when I was informed by them that the engine cradle has become rusted and may in the future fail. And according to Chrysler, my vehicle isn't covered by their recall. This should not be the case, as it fits the description of all the other vehicles covered by their recall.

- Perrysburg, NY, USA

problem #157

May 012015


  • 160,000 miles
Loud clunking noise when shifting into reverse from park or taking off from a stop. Once it is in 2nd or 3rd gear you don't feel or hear noise. I figured my motor mounts were bad again (replaced about 4 years ago) and when I checked they looked bad so I took it to a local repair shop. They confirmed they were shot but also said my engine cradle was rusted out and that was why the motor mounts probably went bad so fast. We have had 3 bad winters in Indiana and they use a lot of salt. So, I searched the internet and found plenty of similar complaints but Chrysler isn't doing enough to repair or compensate owners for the cost. There is a class action suit filed in Ohio that I will try to get on board with in hopes of recovering some costs. I'm afraid to Transport my daughter and friends in my vehicle, which is the primary vehicle for our family.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #156

Jul 112015


  • miles
I put my car in reverse, yesterday and the car stalled. I just had a mechanic look at my car today and just found out the subframe of my Pacifica is rotted and cracked! I was told not to drive it because the engine is abnormally lifting up and slamming down on to the starter wire and causing sparks which could cause a fire! I'm surprised there isn't a recall on this already!!

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #155

Aug 202015


  • 117,000 miles
Took car to get oil change today was told when I picked it up that the engine cradle was rotten and that it was unsafe to drive contacted Chrysler abt issue and was told that its my problem to fix even after finding letter of warranty that extended the coverage for cradle to 10 years 150000 mile nowhere did it say in letter abt it being for a 6 week span between Feb and may needs to be a recall

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #154

Aug 172015


  • 125,000 miles
I own a 2005 Pacifica limited, I purchased this car in 2009 from a Chrysler dealer. I have taken this car back to the same dealer who sold me the car for servicing (oil change, repairs, ect). Not once was I informed (during the purchase or any time during servicing the Pacifica) about the rotting subframe. I have all of my records showing the inspection underneath with no mention of the rotting/rusted subframe. This car belongs to my wife and she drives our two kids in this car (not anymore). After reviewing other similar complaints I am very upset and frustrated with this whole situation. I have had electrical problems with this car and the whole time it could have been from the rotting/rusted subframe (that was never mentioned). I have put soooo much money into the repairs of this car and I feel like most could have been avoided, had I known about the subframe.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #153

Jul 312015


  • 186,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and shook violently at any speed. There were no warning indicators illuminated prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the mechanic diagnosed that the egr, O2 sensor, and front motor mount were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle had the same symptoms as listed in the recall for NHTSA campaign number: 06V432000 (power train); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 186,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #152

Jun 152015


  • 130,000 miles
I had been having issues with my vehicle sputtering while driving on and off for a few months. I had a tune- up done which worked for a few weeks until it started up again. I was driving my children to school when the car started to jerk front and back and the engine would alternate between reving up and sputtering like it was going to die out. I managed to drop my kids of at school and get back home. My husband took the car in and they service guy said that it would cost around $5000 to repair. He stated that the engine mount was cracked and the frame was rusted which had caused damage to some of the vehicle wiring. We took it to another shop and the service guy at this shop said the same. He told us that the vehicle was not safe to drive that the engine could essentially fall right out while I was driving it. Needless to say I decided not to drive the vehicle again. I used this vehicle to drive my children everywhere. I am extremely frustrated with this situation because I was not aware of this type of problem with my vehicle prior to this incident. I am thankful that nothing happened while I was driving with my children; but I can't help but wonder how may other people are out there driving around in this vehicle not knowing what could happen. My husband contacted chrylser which was a waste of time. I wonder how they can get away with this. Not only am I out of a car but I cant get much on a trade in because the vehicle isn't safe to drive.

- Countryside , IL, USA

problem #151

Jul 152015


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the frame that holds the engine was rusted and rotted, causing the engine to shake and become unstable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #150

Jul 152015


  • 88,075 miles
Engine motor mount failure was reported by servicing mechanic. It was replaced. It had to be replaced again after only 4000 miles (92000 odometer). After some haggling, it was replaced by mechanic under warranty but no explanation regarding how this could happen so soon.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #149

May 132015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. A mechanic and independent mechanic stated that the engine cradle was rusted during an oil change. The mechanic stated that the engine cradle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000. MA 10/8 updated 3/14/16

- Bristol, PA, USA

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