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 4 of 7)

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problem #76

Dec 242011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


When I initially purchased my vehicle, 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, from genesis auto sales located at 1005 springdale rd in austin, tx. 78721 there was noise by the front left tire. After bringing this to the companies attention they agreed to fix it. The kept the vehicle about a week. The day I picked it up my father looked it over and found duct tape on the part, cv joint. I took the vehicle back and also mentioned the horn also went out. The company agreed to fix this again as well as perform my inspection as the sticker had expired. The car was kept another 2 weeks. When the vehicle was picked up for a second time the car began overheating. At this time my father and mechanic looked it over and found a busted hose, but they noted that the cv joint was duct taped again this time covered in grease. He also noted missing lug nuts on all tires. I brought this up to the company again who refused to listen. I filed a complaint with dmv, BBB, oag, ftc and dps. Dps sent out an investigator who took pics as well and also noted that the tint on the vehicle was illegal and that not only were lug nuts missing but the lug bolts were broken off. All this as well as the motor mount have since been replaced. The bolts holding the cv joint and motor mount were also found not to be the proper size. On 12/24/11 as I was driving my seat belt became unbolted from the vehicle. I was able to place it back in where it came from but it is not secure. The company refuses to help with these problems and I will be pursuing legal action as all problems with the vehicle have been safety hazards and I am now unable to drive the vehicle for fear myself or my family will be injured as im not sure all problems have been fixed as different noises still occur.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #75

Dec 222011


  • 59,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the engine would violently vibrate upon shifting into drive. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the motor mounts were fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was awaiting assistance. The failure and the current mileages were 59,800.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #74

Dec 262011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 82,256 miles
I have previously reported a problem with the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica stalling when turning. The problem has progressively worsened. This month alone, (December 2011) the car has stalled 5 times. I am afraid to drive the car for fear that I will crash when it stalls. There are so many Chrysler Pacifica owners that are reporting the same problem. Along with the stalling issue, the gas pedal sticks and needs to be pushed rather hard. A third problem I have encountered this year is the headlamps "burning out". I have replaced the front left headlamp three this year. I am familiar with the handling instructions for headlamps. I am greatly distressed by these problems, especially the stalling. I have children that I drive around in this car. Please do something about Chrysler's failure to fix this problem.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #73

Dec 012008


  • miles


This has happened three times now (today being most recent). Chrysler Pacifica's engine completely shuts off when taking a left or cutting across traffic to left going at a slow speed. This is extremely dangerous and we have a toddler who we are concerned when we drive in the car. Dealer has run reports and checked car out twice and found nothing. No codes pull up despite the fact the engine light comes on and the system dash says "perform service."

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #72

Sep 162011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall at various speeds above 30 mph and all of the lighting would flicker. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #71

Oct 132010


  • 85,000 miles
Car occasionally stalls on left-handed turns, almost entirely at low speeds -- all power lost. This is potentially very dangerous!!

- Grafton, WI, USA

problem #70

Sep 012011


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side tires continued to wear prematurely and were replaced three times in a very short period of time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised her that the cradle had completely rusted, which caused the tires to wear fast. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 102,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #69

Jun 062011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 63,250 miles
My 2005 Chrysler Pacifica started running terrible at low speeds. It does not run smoothly, instead it kind of chugs along almost like it is missing or like I got a bad tank of gas. I have been through several tanks of gas adding fuel cleaner to it and it doesn't help. I have taken it in to the local Chrysler dealership twice and they can not recreate the problem. It runs fine on the highway but at 35 mph in town I feel it chug along. Very frustrating that Chrysler can not figure out what is happening with it. They hooked it up to the machine and got nothing back. They replaced spark plugs and did a fuel injection flush and also service the transmission and the problem is still happening.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #68

Oct 012010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the ABS indicator would illuminate on the instrument panel intermittently and the vehicle would hesitate to stop when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic diagnosed that the anti lock brake module caused the failure to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. The consumer stated the ABS light illuminated and the brakes went down to the floor when applied. The consumer stated the brake must be pumped prior to stopping. The brakes would sometimes catch when applied and lock up. The brake pads and sensors were replaced. The vehicle would stall upon acceleration and there was a slight kick coming from the from the front of the vehicle. The front bumper was loose. Also, there was an electrical issue underneath the ashtray; the plastic showed signs of melting and the leather on the dashboard showed signs of being parched or smoked. The shift gear would sometimes be too hot to touch. Updated 09/07/11

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #67

Mar 162011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at any speed, the vehicle would abnormally veer toward the right. The contact also stated that the brakes would involuntarily engage when driving at any speed. Once the brakes disengaged, the vehicle would surge forward momentarily. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 73,500. Updated 5/24/11 the vehicle stalled while in reverse, a water pump was installed and the vehicle surged forward

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #66

Jan 012011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


My 2005 Chrysler Pacifica has broken motor mounts and it seems that it is very common in this vehicle, I wonder why nothing has been done to remedy this wide spread problem that Chrysler should be held accountable for.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #65

Jan 062011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica with 49,500 miles, manufactured in June 2005. On three (3) occasions while in a low speed left hand turn the car has stalled without warning. The first occasion was 2 months ago, the subsequent stalls occurred over the past two (2) weeks. Upon coming to a stop and placing the car in park the engine restarts without any problem.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #64

Aug 182010


  • 69,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle was burning excessive amounts of oil. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The contact was informed by the manufacturer that the oil consumption rate was normal and provided no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 69,500 and the current mileage was 77,146.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #63

Sep 172010


  • miles
My wife was driving on a busy road in salt lake today on a downhill straightaway and our 2005 Chrysler Pacifica completely stalled. All electronics turned off. All power steering and brakes turned off. She had to push the brakes very hard to get the vehicle to a safe stop and coast to the side of the road. After a brief rest, she was finally able to restart the car and continue her journey, but I no longer feel safe with my wife and children in this car. I called Chrysler and they said there are no warnings or recalls for my vehicle.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #62

Aug 262010


  • 59,573 miles
I purchased a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica in June of 08. In September I brought the car to a local shop because I noticed the car was not performing well sluggish, clunking noises ect... diagnosis - replace motor and tranny mounts 9/23/2009. In June of 2010 car is in the shop because I hear a clunking everytime I accelerate from a dead stop. Diagnosis-replace motor mounts. It is the end of August and I'm hearing the clunking noise, so I went to the dealer and they are telling me all the motor and tranny mounts are broken. I have read hundreds of postings that Pacifica owners are having with engine mounts. Please can someone do something about this too common problem with Pacificas. Chrysler knows there is problem because they cannot keep enough of them in stock.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #61

Jul 152010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would sporadically begin to lose power. The instrument panel would also intermittently fail. The vehicle was serviced at a local repair facility where the battery was replaced. The mechanic advised that the positive wire was becoming abnormally hot and could potentially cause a fire to occur. In addition, the rear driver side window would intermittently fail to open when engaged. The contact was able to secure an appointment to have the vehicle diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 55,000.

- Normal , IL, USA

problem #60

Sep 102009


  • 56,408 miles
Purchased 2005 Chrysler Pacifica 2.5 years ago. Hard shifting started last Sep 2009 56K miles and lunges forward. We will be driving slower speeds, hard shift and sometimes the whole car moves, this would happen daily but, not each time the car was driven. Was told by the dealership this is common. This is not common. Took car back Jan 2010 explaining same issue, they test drove car and said nothing happened. Had to go to dealership test drove with transmission tech who drove the car and finally felt what I was talking about. Found out front motor mount torn, they replaced the motor mount 60K miles. Again, the hard shifting started happening after a couple of months. Took vehicle back to dealership. Each time I have to explain to them this same issue. Each time they tell me that the techtest drives the car and doesn't feel it. June 2010 my husband test drove with the tech and it happened 7 times and the tech states that "no that shouldn't be happening". the tech did a some type of software update. Within the week of this it started again, again took it back and again test driving it doesn't find anything wrong. All they do is perform system tests. They hand wrote on receipt "have customer drive and report if problem persists"...well I am reporting again and again they have my car and a tech test drove and states nothing wrong.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #59

May 262010


  • 69,008 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having the vehicle serviced, the mechanic advised him there was a crack found in the engine mount and was a common failure in his year, make and model. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 69,008.

- Southlake , TX, USA

problem #58

May 172010


  • 65,000 miles
I have 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. On a routine oil change, the midas service clerk calls me to tell me that all 3 of my motor mounts are broken. The problem is, that I had them all replaced about 1.5 years ago. I come to find out that this is a common problem for these vehicles when I checked online. Please press Chrysler into fixing this issue. A simple google search for "Chrysler Pacifica motor mounts" brings up hundreds of individuals complaining of this same issue.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #57

Nov 262009


  • 84,083 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact noticed that the rear passenger side window would not move down and would also slide down on its own. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the window switch was replaced, however after having the repair the contact noticed that the window would still not move down properly. The failure mileage was at 84083 and the current mileage is 90000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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