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 5 of 7)

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problem #56

Jan 212010


  • 55,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica that has stalled several times while I was driving. Most recently it has happened twice in the past two days. One of the occasions was while I was merging onto the interstate. The first couple times this occurred over the past year I just dismissed the problem. Now that it seems to become more frequent, I am fearful that it could happen and someone will be hurt.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #55

Oct 142009


  • 87,500 miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica that was bought brand new in October 2004. In October 2009, I was driving home during afternoon rush hour. I noticed my car smoking and attempted just to make it home. About 20 minutes later, my car began to hesitate and turned off once or twice when I stopped at stop lights. Eventually, the car shut down completely on a major thoroughfare and would not restart. After being towed to the nearest dealership, I discovered that the radiator hose had been blown off and a hole basically ripped in the coolant jug as a result. Repair cost: $564. Prior to releasing the vehicle, the service technicians noticed how loudly and roughly the car was running and did further tests, to discover that the motor mounts are broken and in need of repair, which caused the problem that I paid nearly $600 to fix. Projected cost: An additional $900. That's a total of $1500 for a four-year-old car!!! I've searched and have seen numerous reports of repeated motor mount breaks and problems. Called Chrysler who basically is turning a blind eye to the numerous complaints.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #54

Jan 052010

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica engine will randomly stall while turning. The dealership had no idea what the problem was and they were unable to duplicate it.

- Guilford, CT, USA

problem #53

Jun 272009


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving at an unknown speed, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. She could not turn off the light because she lost control of the instrument panel functions. While accelerating, the vehicle began to jump. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the motor mounts were failing. The dealer ordered the parts for the repair, but they are on backorder. The contact has not yet received a price quote. She is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #52

Apr 122009


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for service and was informed that the front motor mount needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that the part was on back order. The manufacturer confirmed and stated that they could call her when it becomes available. The failure mileage was 53,000 and current mileage was 56,000.

- Perris , CA, USA

problem #51

Mar 052009


  • 26,000 miles
Broken motor mounts on my 05 Chrysler Pacifica, in reading the Chrysler forum, this is a major common problem and a dangerous condition and the replacement parts have been on back order for "months" this has been recurring on all Pacifica's since 04.and the cost for parts and labor is over $500. This problem should be a major recall. My understanding that the mounts only last about 15000 miles.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #50

Jan 082009


  • 46,724 miles


Rear motor mounts seem to be a big issue for Chrysler Pacificas. I have a 2005 touring and was told 6 months ago that I would need to replace mine. At that time, they were on national back order of over 1,900!! I'm sure that number has risen greatly since January '09. If that many rear motor mounts are on back order, it would stand to reason that this is a real problem with this part. Why would Chrysler not cover replacing this part under warranty"! it's bad enough that we have to wait an indefinite amount of time to receive the replacement part. How safe is this car to drive with the engine moving around so much?! I've heard and read differing opinions on the safety issue. If it is indeed a danger to drive a car in this condition, what are we supposed to do for transportation"! Chrysler needs to take an extensive look into this and many other issues that Pacifica owners have had to deal with. I, myself, have spent a lot of time at the local dealership getting defective parts replaced. Unfortunately, there have been parts that weren't covered under warranty which I read about as being a common problem. I've even read that the Pacifica may qualify for the lemon law with so many common problems.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #49

May 092009


  • miles
My 2005 Chrysler Pacifica doesn't go when I release the brake to drive it. It hesitates and then moves. I took it to the dealership and they notified me that 2 of my motor mounts were cracked and that's what was causing it. I tried to get the parts and apparently 250 of them are on backorder. We have called every dealership in san antonio and surrounding cities and no dealer has them, many have told us that they are on back order and they don't have a date of when they are to be shipped, (could be months), none of this of course was covered under the extended warranty that we have. My problem is that this vehicle isn't that old and has 68000 miles on it, I am shocked that the motor mounts are already cracked and need to be replaced. If 250 of them are on back order, doesn't that say something about this vehicle and the mounts. It is expensive to replace, labor costing $500, and we can't even get the parts because no one has them. I feel this is a safety issue because the car at times hesitates to go once I release the brake and apply the gas. I am concerned that other owners are feeling the same way I do, cheated. Please respond.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #48

Feb 062009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, was having problems with my car the dealer told me it was the motor mounts and had it repair that cost me $500. Then after less than a year I had the same problems again, then to only find out that the motor mount that was place on my car was faulty from the factory and that the product is on back order. I am sitting here now with a car with bad motor mount and waiting for the product that I might never get. Was told it was on a nationwide back order of 2500 plus vehicles. This many people are having the same problem I am having and no recall. I find that careless. Just because the Chrysler dealership is having financial problems doesn't make it right to put the customer safety at risk. I cant take my car on long trips due to being scared it will break down on me while my baby is in the car.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #47

Dec 012008


  • 40,000 miles
The rear motor on my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica has failed by busting under torque load. This is a defective condition for this part as it is fluid filled and continually allows damaging conditions to develop to the engine if not repaired. Chrysler is aware of the problem as many owner have this problem and have contacted Chrysler about it. They continued to do nothing. The part is on national backorder as of now with 1900+ outstanding. I cannot correct the problem obviously until the dealers take shipment of the part. Google this problem and you will see it is a real problem for Chrysler owners. Owners are even considering a class action lawsuit. Chrysler should issue a recall for this part at a minimum.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #46

Feb 102009


  • 40,000 miles


Massive vapors started to emit from my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica engine. Had to get the car towed to dealership in forest park, il. Was advised that engine mounts broke and needs to be replaced. Because of engine mount breakage, the engine can fall down. In my case, it cause various connections and fluid pipes to break and/or be disconnected. I now have waited for three months for replacement parts, but Chrysler has none "due to backorder". I have browsed many blogs and there are hundreds of people in different blogs complaining about same issue. Chrysler should have recalled the part, but has not done so. Please help with causing Chrysler to recall this faulty part and with getting Chrysler to provide replacement parts!

- River Forest, IL, USA

problem #45

Apr 152009


  • 82,144 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica with 82,144 miles; broken motor mounts with failure of both front axles and tie rod ends.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #44

Apr 132009


  • 38,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica with 38,000 miles on it. I have been hearing a noise as I accelerate the vehicle. Also the ABS light has been coming on. I hear a loud grinding noise. I took it to the dealership. And they are telling me the motor mounts are bad. The mileage on this car is too low to be having motor mount issues. This is predetemination of the motor mounts. They tell me my warranty does not cover this. They said it is a wear and tear item. This is not right Chrysler needs to recall this item. The dealer says the part is not available. It has been on back order since December 08. This is a big problem. I am having to drive this car with bad motor mounts. Chrysler needs to take care of this issue.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #43

Apr 102009


  • 75,000 miles
Clicking noise coming from the engine on deceleration and acceleration. And the throttle sticks occasionally. We had it looked at by mechanic, and the motor mount is cracked and rotting, we attempted to order a motor mount, the Chrysler dealer said they have 173 requests for motor mount in lake havasu city, AZ and none are available anywhere. There is a 6 month wait before they can get any.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #42

Oct 262008


  • 57,000 miles
Over the past 5 months, my 2005 Pacifica has stalled. On 4 or 5 occasions. The last event occurred on the 26th on I81 going 70mph. They have cleaned the gas pedal, replaced the battery, replaced the onboard computer, but cannot duplicate the problem. I don't want to drive it again.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #41

Jul 012008


  • 52,000 miles
Engine seized with no warning. All maintenance was maintained but somehow the engine was starved for oil. Engine only has 52,000 mi. Chrysler won't offer any assistance and were horrible to deal with. New engine will cost $8,000 used $5,000. I've only had the car for 2 yrs.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #40

Jul 282008


  • miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica, started having problems at 50,000 miles. ABS sensors had to be replaced and recall for fuel module...but most upsetting the car stalls at low speeds or while making Pulling into parking spaces, etc.. I have brought it to dealership and like many others without engine light on they cannot duplicate problem, therefore we are sent on our way with no fix!! I have 4 children and I am terrified to drive this car!! why wont Chrysler stand behind these vehicles!!!

- Dalton, MA, USA

problem #39

Jun 042007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While backing out of the driveway at 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. When in reverse, the vehicle goes forward. The engine warning light illuminates and the handling fails. The dealer stated that a minimum 4-hour diagnostic is needed to identify the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 99,500.

- Effort, PA, USA

problem #38

Jan 242008

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,989 miles
I purchased a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica in Michigan in 2006 and imported into Canada. The vehicle has 31,000 miles on it and the engine is burning oil rapidly. I noticed a noise coming from the engine and found the oil level to virtually not appear on the dipstick. The check oil light never came on. This could have led to the failure of my motor while I was driving. I have also had a cylinder misfire and spark plugs replaced due to this.

- Sarnia, 00, USA

problem #37

Mar 142006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica stalled 6 times while turning left. I took the car to the dearship 5 times. Dealership says can not find anything wrong, but can find that the computer did reboot. Meaning that the car did stall, he said. I have three small children under the age of 6. I have a great fear for the safty of my family. This car is not safe to drive. Something must be done. I feel stuck. Please can some one help.

- Crab Orchard, WV, USA

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