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 4 of 10)

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problem #128

Apr 082015


  • 102,530 miles


2005 Chrysler Pacifica engine cradle is rusted out and the engine could fall out of the car. I find the car to be unsafe to drive. That is the only thing is rusted out on the car, this needs to be fix by Chrysler.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #127

Apr 082015


  • miles
The engine sub frame has and is rusted out.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #126

Apr 062015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Own a 2005 Pacifica. I went to mechanic and he said I should replace the subframe because it is corroded, have 2" holes in it and if it continues to rust, the engine may fell off. I went online to check how much it is and once I put Chrysler Pacifica sub frame all I can see was the word recall. I called chryler and they say have no recalls on my car. The mechanic and a lot of other folks having the same problem are quoting their mechanic that the subframe should not rust at all. I don't understand why chrusler is not taking care of the problem but I do understand why they don't make Pacifica anymore. Because it is S@#$@#&^ car. Please do something about it. Multi million dollar car company should take care of the problem not the individuals. Btw I will never own a Chrysler vehicle again and I will spread the word around to anyone I talk to stay away from Chrysler brand. Hope this complain makes something happen.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #125

Feb 212015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


Purchased a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica from private party. Was not told about frame being rusted right through. Went to drive the car and could not drive. Was so scared and I was not safe. Brought to mechanic and was told engine cradle was rotted and the car was not drive-able and is not safe. I called Chrysler and they refused to pay for the part to be fixed. I live in a high salt band state in NY and it should be covered as the letter that was sent out in 2011 stated it should have been covered. Now I have no vehicle and it would cost over $4500 to be fixed. Chrysler should have to recall these cars and fix the problem. We can die from this huge problem. The engine will just fall out of the car. I am really hoping that NHTSA will do something about this.

- Canastota, NY, USA

problem #124

Mar 122008


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 10 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the engine. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the bolts on the engine needed to be replaced due to rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #123

Mar 082012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
2 motor mounts on this car were replaced about 3 years ago and the other 2 within the last 18 months. Now the center motor mount needs to be replaced again. These parts are defective and are apparently being replaced with also defective parts. Chrysler should recall these, but I guess they are just waiting until there are no more on the road. My total expense for this has been over $2000.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #122

Mar 042015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 93,750 miles


I sent my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica with my mother to have an inspection done. Two codes came up to be fixed so I sent her to my mechanic to have the codes repaired. The codes were never repaired because when my mechanic put my Chrysler Pacifica on the lift he said that there was so much rust on and around the engine cradle and there was a hole so big that he could literally put his hand in it. My mechanic told my mother to call me at work and tell me to park this car and do not put any more money into fixing this car because it is not safe to drive as the engine could fall out at any tome because the engine cradle is almost completely rusted. I am very upset with this situation because Chrysler refuses to acknowledge their wrong doing that is putting so many people's families lives in danger!!!

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #121

Feb 062015


  • 164,000 miles
Then veichle was parked for a few days and when I try to started up it made a noise like if the started broke and I look unthere the car and I found a hole on the block never gave me sines or made a noise.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #120

Feb 192015


  • miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica touring and I took it to the dealer to find out the engine cradle is rotted. I did some investigating and this is a know safety issue with the 2004 and 2005 Chrysler Pacifica's. Chrysler refuses to help in this issue. They really aren't standing behind the product.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #119

Feb 042015


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would jerk and hesitate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was due to damaged motor mounts and severe rusting of the subframe. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #118

Feb 062015


  • 107,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that an unknown rattling noise emitted from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine cradle needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Washignton, WV, USA

problem #117

Feb 062015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 200,800 miles
Engine cradle corrosion has subjected vehicle and passengers to potentially catastrophic structural failure. Sub-frame is sufficiently rusted to result in frame bending. Furthermore, the vehicle front wheels can no longer be properly aligned. This front-end alignment issue persists despite purchasing and installing the aftermarket camber kit necessary for the alignment rear wheels.

- New Hope, MN, USA

problem #116

Jan 302015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 121,835 miles
Rear ended a chev. Truck at approx. 30 mph. Wife sustained neck, back, and shoulder. Upper torso was the most affected area airbags failed to deploy.

- Robstown, TX, USA

problem #115

Jan 232015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle had severe rusting on the front motor harness. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the motor harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #114

Jan 292015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 127,200 miles
Our vehicle has had a shake to it for a couple years. We have had it looked at numerous times and have been told they can't find anything wrong with it. Our vehicle went into a shop today as the inspection is due by end of Jan. 2015. The shop called and advised our engine cradle is rusted thru. Advised us it would cost a couple thousand dollars to repair. I did some looking on the internet, found out Chrysler had a recall on engine cradles that were not property coated which allowed rust to damage the cradle. I contacted Chrysler - and was told that the recall was for veh made between 2/23/04 - 3/31/04. My vehicle was made 7/04. My daughter, on our advice, owns the same year of the vehicle. Her vehicle was made 9/04. Chrysler told me they can't help me and ended the conversation. There are so many complaints on the internet all dealing with the engine cradle issue. We can't afford to have this repaired at this time as I am ill and not able to work and my husband (55 years old) had a heart attack on his 55th birthday and has just gone back to work. I am sick over this and afraid to tell my husband for fear he will have another heart attack. Chrysler should be ashamed of their selves. Thank you for listening.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #113

Jan 222015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 79,926 miles
This is a structural issue noted by mechanic during routine oil change and tire rotation. Mechanic identified extensive rust and corrosion of engine cradle. Damage includes muliple cracks and a hole wide enough to insert 3 fingers. Mechanic recommends replacing engine cradle. Vehicle purchased 10 years ago on this date. Mileage less than 80,000. Vehicle taken to local dealership for evaluation. Dealer escalated to manufacturer. Awaiting determination from Chrysler as to whether it will cover the repair. Extended warranty for Pacificas manufactured between Feb 23, 2004 and March 31, 2004 not applicable. This vehicle was manufactured in April 2004.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #112

Jan 162015


  • 215,000 miles
The front subframe is severely corroded. It could fail at any time letting the engine drop.

- Greenup, IL, USA

problem #111

May 182012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled and the oil warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart but the failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Grandrapids, MI, USA

problem #110

Aug 012011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I originally replaced the motor mounts on this vehicle in August of 2011. I am having to replace them for the second time now, January 2015 (mileage 215,000). I should not have to replace motor mounts more than one time in the lifetime of the vehicle. I have had the vehicle properly maintained by the same mechanic for several years.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #109

Nov 222013


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front engine cradle was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Cicero, NY, USA

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