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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,460 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #116

Sep 272014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 88,500 miles


Car failed inspection because of rusted out engine cradle (undemember),

- Moon Twp, PA, USA

problem #115

Sep 022014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
I took my car in today for an oil change and was told that the engine cradle was severely rusted and unsafe to drive. The repair would cost $2700. I called Chrysler customer service for assistance however my car was built August 18, 2004 and not during the time of the extended warranty was issued for cars built Feb 23 - Mar 31, 2004. I have the same issue as the cars built earlier in the year, however, I am out $2700. Why isn't this extended to other Pacifica's built in 2004 with the same problem?

- Atlanta, MI, USA

problem #114

Aug 302014


  • 127,000 miles
Engine cradle rusted through. Still holding engine however, hearing a popping noise when placed in gear. Mechanic stated vehicle not safe to drive. Have owned since 2005 and now not able to drive it.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #113

Aug 252014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


Engine cradle.

- Hartford , CT, USA

problem #112

Feb 042013


  • miles
My 2005 Chrysler Pacifica is unsafe to drive due to the front sub-frame/engine cradle completely rusted through. This problem seems to be happening to several Pacifica owners all over. This is truley a faulty device which Chrysler should recall on and fix or cover the cost to fix this problem.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #111

Jul 142014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 108,836 miles
After taking our 2005 Pacifica to a Chrysler dealership to be looked at for rattling and knocking noises in the front end and complaints of the car sounding like it was going to fall apart, especially when driving over bumpy roads; I was advised that the engine cradle, subframe, sway bar links and frame bushings needed to be replaced due to rust and corrosion. The cost would be between $3000 and $4500. We were advised the car was very unsafe to drive. We asked the dealership to take pictures of the front end when they put it up on the lift. When we received the pictures via email, we were horrified by what we saw. We were grateful that we were not involved in what could have been a tragic accident had we not taken the car in to be looked at. We wondered why this happened as we have 3 other cars older than this car. They have been inspected and do no have this problem. After some investigating we have found out this is a common problem with this vehicle, year and make and Chrysler is well aware of it, they have no plans to do a recall or advise owners of the problem, or at least not until there is a fatality or some horrific accident due to this faulty product Chrysler is putting in their vehicles. We have lost all faith in Chrysler.they must think very little of human life.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #110

Jul 312014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


I just received a call from my Chrysler dealer telling me my engine cradle has rotted out and there was a recall on this but my vehicle is not included in the build dates covered by the recall. In exploring for more information on the web I have found this is a known safety problem with these vehicles and people are basically driving around in time bombs. Can you help me here and get Chrysler to own up to this problem? the cost to me out-of-pocket will be $4500.

- Stafford Springs, CT, USA

problem #109

Jul 082014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
During routine maintenance, discovered severe corrosion to engine cradle. Potential is there for catastrophic failure of the engine cradle, causing a collapse. Technician at dealership recommended no longer driving vehicle, stating it was unsafe. Car is otherwise in excellent condition, having been garaged and carefully maintained throughout its lifetime. This is a potentially serious safety hazard. No notification was provided to me by Chrysler that this should be checked. My research shows that Chrysler has been aware of this issue for years but they are refusing to assist with replacement of engine cradle. A letter was drafted by Chrysler covering certain 2004-2005 Pacificas within 10 years of purchase or 150,000 miles. My vehicle falls into this category, since it is less than 9 years old, and had 100,000 miles on it at time of discovery of corrosion. Chrysler states my VIN does not fall into the range of vehicles that are covered. Chrysler also covered vehicles in "cold weather states", which is the range of states we live in.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #108

Jun 262014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
While getting oil changed, mechanic noticed perforation rust and cracking due to corrosion on the engine cradle. While Chrysler had a recall on selected 2005 Pacifica for this issue, I contacted their customer service line and was told my vehicle was not covered by the recall. With mine being the same year and showing the exact same problem as was covered in the recall, I think this repair should be included in the general recall.

- Oglesby, IL, USA

problem #107

Jul 092014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
Returned from mechanic on a maintenance issue, I was told that I need to replace my "K frame", the front engine cradle was rusted, needs to be replaced as quickly as possible- unsafe to drive. I read multiple complaints on this website for same issue. I hold a copy of an extended warranty which only covers vehicles made in a 6 week time period for the same issue, my Pacifica was made 8/16/04 has become ineligible. I was lucky my garage told me others may not be so lucky, an inferior product that was used more than just in a 6 week time frame.

- Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA

problem #106

Jun 282014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles


My mechanic has informed me that the sub frame that holds the engine on my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica has extensive corrosion and has a hole in it the size of a person's fist. He said that the corrosion protection was obviously inadequate and could be a safety issue if I were in an accident. He said I will have to replace it and it will not be an inexpensive job. He said their should be a recall because this should not happen. Apparently there is no recall.

- Mounds View, MN, USA

problem #105

Jun 162014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 149,809 miles
Front engine cradle there was a letter sent by Chrysler back in November of 2010 that "we are extending the warranty period on your front engine cradle because some vehicles operated in areas of high road salt usage, may experience engine cradle corrosion resulting in a driveability vibration and or shake. This engine cradle extended warranty coverage applies to Chrysler Pacifica model years 2004-2005." I have called Chrysler twice and was told that my car is not in the serial number range and I just paid over $2450 to have my car repaired.

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #104

Jun 062014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
While getting a safety inspection of my vehicle it was discovered that there is considerable rust on both sides of the engine cradle. After doing some research I found that this is not an isolated issue and then contacted Chrysler customer assistance center and was told that my car was built outside of an extended warranty that was given to other 2004 & 2005 Pacificas for the exact same issue. After much checking I was told there was nothing they could do.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #103

Nov 202013


  • 134,000 miles
I took my 2005 Pacifica for a oil change in Nov.2013 mechanic called me over to show me the engine cradle was dangerously rotted and I would probably need to replace it before the engine fell out! it was the only thing that was rusty under the car. I believe the metal it was made of was defective, or low quality.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #102

May 202014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 92,341 miles
I was driving on the highway going about 55 (mph) when I went over a pothole. After that my car started making a rattling noise. My mechanic checked the car and said it was the rack and pinion but then he discovered that the whole engine cradle was rusted and corroded and told me it was very dangerous for me to drive the vehicle until I made the proper repaired which is replacing the entire engine cradle.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #101

May 112014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
Sticky gas pedal; A/cwater drains inside passenger cabin.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #100

May 142014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The vehicle over heated on me causing the car to turn off when opened the hood the hose connecting to the radiator was completely off, the vehicle shuts off on me when driving.

- Corpus Christi , TX, USA

problem #99

Apr 242014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Engine cradle completely rusted out. Discovered during inspection. Mechanic says the vehicle is unsafe to drive in the current condition and the engine could possibly fall out!

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #98

Dec 132013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Own a 2005chrysler Pacifica limited fully loaded whichwas purchased new. The car was built in August 2004. I took it in for inspection in December 2013 and it was discovered the engine cradle supporting the engine was badly corroded and would need replaced to pass inspection and is a safety issue. Chrysler has acknowledged this defect in cars made in a 6 wk period and awarded an extended warranty to these vehicles but not mine.. this is a design flaw in the cheap material used in production and I should given the extended warranty. My wife and grandchildren were at risk while driving it and didn't know it I am a decorated veteran and will be contacting the president, mrs obama and initiating a class action lawsuit and the local newschannel.. I have no choice but to fix it but seek reimbursement for the extended warranty.Chrysler needs to own up and do the right thing before some lives are lost. Core values: Integrity first, service before self & excellence in all we do! you don't want to end up like GM do you?

- Lewisberry, PA, USA

problem #97

Dec 032013


  • 148,000 miles
My vehicle was recently found to have a rusted out engine cradle during a routine inspection. I have contacted Chrysler, and they will not take any responsibility for the repair. My mechanic has tried to find one in a junk yard to replace it, but every Pacifica in the junk yard has a rusted out engine cradle. They know this is a problem and refuse to take responsibility. My state has mandatory inspections. I shudder to think of what will happen when someone is driving down the road unaware and their engine falls out.

- Hamburg, PA, USA

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