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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,570 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

May 012011


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having the vehicle serviced by an authorized dealer for routine maintenance, she was informed that the motor mount needed to be replaced. If not replaced, the motor mount could possibly separate from the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired. The contact began to feel a vibration coming from an unknown location after the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #52

Apr 072011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure had occurred twice before and he was able to turn restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnosed the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #51

Nov 162010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving and coming to a stop once I pressed on the gas to start again the car would make a bucking movement and then proceed to move on as normal. Well one day car started to over heat as oil gauge raised, so pulled the car over and let it cool down. Went to local gas station to pick up coolant and poured it in and then started car to see that it was all gushing out the front end. Could not drive it so had it towed to a local garage for repair. Come to find out that a front and rear motor mount had broken causing the motor to shift slightly every time I pressed the gas with this motor shifting it went over enough to loosen and undo the radiator hose which caused the car to overheat. The front and rear motor mounts were replaced, but it seems there may be more underlying issues due to the motors movement.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #50

Oct 172010


  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact was driving 10 mph when he smelled a burning odor from the engine. The contact pulled over to look under the hood and discovered that a fire had ignited in the engine and also underneath the vehicle. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire. A fire report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed from the scene. The cause of the fire was unknown. The vehicle was not inspected for the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #49

Sep 222010


  • miles
Engine mounts are bad - one is missing. This is a problem with many Pacifica owners. ABS light came on - this is how it was diagnosed. We have only done urban/highway driving with this vehicle.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #48

Aug 212010


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact was driving 60 mph as the vehicle exhibited an unusual violent vibration in the front end. The check engine light was illuminated and she pulled off the roadway and shut off the engine. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where she was advised that the number one fuel injector was fractured and leaking fuel into the engine valve. The mechanic advised that the engine would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #47

Aug 082010


  • 79,500 miles


Engine failed while on the interstate. Engine was properly maintained. Oil changes every 3-5000 miles and had a bearing break and engine totaled before 80,000 miles.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Jul 102010


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated when braking or when coming to a complete stop, the vehicle would stall without warning. In addition, the fuel level gauge would read inaccurate fuel levels. The dealer advised that the vehicle was not under recall and would not provide any further assistance. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was 102,000 and the current mileage 102900.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #45

May 082010


  • miles
I purchased my car in 2008 and the dealer (sheehy Ford) won't even take it back. The engine light stays on and it won't pass inspection. I had to replace the obd connector and it still wouldn't pass inspection. Took it back to the inspection station and it failed because of the oxygen sensor, replaced that and took it back for the 3rd time and it failed again because the machine read: Monitors not ready. I'm starting to think that the power train and the engine are faulty on my vehicle. Sheehy knew they sold me a lemon, I've tried to have them resolve this issue numerous times and nothing. I want them to either fix the problem or give me another car. I reported them to the BBB as well and they never responded to BBB on my complaint. That looks so suspect in my eyes.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #44

Apr 202010


  • 82,530 miles
I went to a local service/repair facility and was told that the front motor mount on my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica needs to be replaced. Upon some research on-line, I noticed that this is a common problem with this vehicle.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #43

Mar 282010


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, she heard a ticking sound. The ticking sound seemed to become louder when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where she was informed that the engine was defective. The current and failure mileages were approximately 46,000.

- Liverpool , NY, USA

problem #42

Nov 032009


  • 71,000 miles
I was making a left hand turn in a parking garage, while braking and having the ac on, and my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica stalled. I was able to put it in neutral and restart it, but not sure what happened.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #41

Feb 012009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving less than 5 mph and making right and left turns, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and drive normally without stalling. The failure previously occurred at least once a month and has begun stalling at least once a day. The dealer confirmed that there were no related recalls and no warranty available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Santa Way, WA, USA

problem #40

Jun 302009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle stalled on a busy highway. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000. The manufacturer could not assist. The failure and current mileages were less than 65,000. Updated 09/23/09. The consumer stated the gas needle went from the half way mark straight down to empty. Updated 09/23/09.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #39

Nov 152008


  • 50,000 miles
High level of failure of motor mounts in Chrysler Pacifica. Unable to get replacement parts due to 1000's being on back order. Started trying to locate and purchase motor mounts in 11/08. Paid for the replacement motor mounts at a Chrysler dealership in 1/09 and as of 6/09/09 motor mounts are still unavailable. I don't know what the safety ramifications are, other than if the mounts were to fail completely while driving down the highway 65 miles per hours in traffic... while I first became aware of the motor mount issue around 11/08, the motor mounts apparently were damaged before then.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #38

Feb 122009


  • 63,000 miles
On my 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, the motor mounts seem to be substandard and require replacement at a higher interval than normal. While this may not seem like a huge issue initially, a failed motor mount is a reason to reject a vehicle inspection in the state of va. Shortly after purchasing the car used 2 years ago, I needed to replace a failed motor mount, now, 2 years later and with the car having less than 65,000 miles I am having to replace a motor mount again. The real issue now seems to be that Chrysler as a whole is out of stock as there is a national backorder in effect at the moment. The fact that this part is on a national backorder makes me feel as if they are being replaced by many other Pacifica owners. Research online has shown that the motor mounts fail on the Pacifica approximately every 30,000 miles.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #37

Sep 032008


  • 71,000 miles
I was exiting off the freeway and came to a stop. As I accelerated out of the stop a gush of hot radiator fluid came shooting out of an area right above the gas peddle and burned my right ankle. I sustained second degree burns and was treated at my local doctor's office.

- Delano, CA, USA

problem #36

May 172008


  • 47,000 miles
I began having a problem about 2 months ago with my ABS light coming on. It would come on and turn off randomly. Recently the light came on permanently and my brakes began grinding. We took it to the dealer and were told that the ABS sensor is bad. Not only that, but the motor mounts cracked and must be replaced. My vehicle is only 3 years old, and has 47000 miles on it. After doing some research, I have found that both of these issues are a common problem on this make and model vehicle. The dealer that we purchased it from admitted that this is a problem, but I was not able to find any recall information regarding either problem. I feel that both problems are dangerous, since the brakes did not work properly in my situation. If cracked motor mounts are not taken care of, they could possibly cause additional damage to the engine components. I think that Chrysler should be held responsible for fixing these problems at their cost. I've seen many other people complaining that even after they've "fixed" the problem, they continue to have the same problem. I think both of these items should be considered for recall.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #35

Feb 042008

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
I brought my 2005 Pacifica in for the engine light coming on to the dealership where I bought it (ancira). They cleared the memory and gave it back, it immediately came back on when I picked it up so I left it. They did some things to the engine to fix it. The engine began burning oil after ancira dealership serviced it for engine light problems. I brought it to boerne Chrysler superstore because I did not appreciate how I was treated at the ancira dealership. The engine was replaced at the boerne Chrysler superstore but now leaks oil. I would like Chrysler to buy this vehicle back because it has done nothing but cause us problems. I am surprised I was not stranded for it burning oil. I have 2 small children and the thought of it possibly leaving us stranded is frustrating. We purchased a new vehicle with the expectation of not having these serious engine issues. The least Chrysler could do is reimburse us the $100 copay because it is under the extended warranty now even though the engine problems were occurring under the beginning full coverage warranty. We have purchased two Dodge trucks and this vehicle and all of them have had to be serviced before 40,000 miles. We have lost faith in Chrysler/Dodge and will no longer consider purchasing one.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #34

Mar 012006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica noticed loud engine tapping after a couple thousand miles after purchase. Checked oil and it was about 2.5 quarts low. I had the oil changed, all was fine.. drove another 2000 miles, checked oil and 2 quarts low again. Had a dealership look into it and they said they found no leaks. Was told 2 quarts in 2000 miles is not normal. They said it would cost me $2000 to tear into the engine and find the problem. I guess I should top off the oil and trade it in.

- Syracuse, IN, USA

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