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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,931 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Jun 152015


  • 130,000 miles


I had been having issues with my vehicle sputtering while driving on and off for a few months. I had a tune- up done which worked for a few weeks until it started up again. I was driving my children to school when the car started to jerk front and back and the engine would alternate between reving up and sputtering like it was going to die out. I managed to drop my kids of at school and get back home. My husband took the car in and they service guy said that it would cost around $5000 to repair. He stated that the engine mount was cracked and the frame was rusted which had caused damage to some of the vehicle wiring. We took it to another shop and the service guy at this shop said the same. He told us that the vehicle was not safe to drive that the engine could essentially fall right out while I was driving it. Needless to say I decided not to drive the vehicle again. I used this vehicle to drive my children everywhere. I am extremely frustrated with this situation because I was not aware of this type of problem with my vehicle prior to this incident. I am thankful that nothing happened while I was driving with my children; but I can't help but wonder how may other people are out there driving around in this vehicle not knowing what could happen. My husband contacted chrylser which was a waste of time. I wonder how they can get away with this. Not only am I out of a car but I cant get much on a trade in because the vehicle isn't safe to drive.

- Countryside , IL, USA

problem #43

Mar 032014


  • 80,000 miles
Entire subframe, engine cradle, riddled with corrosion and rust. Spoke with Chrysler customer service last year and was told that my Pacifica was built/ assembled in delawer therefore my car is not covered by the recall. I found several car with the same issue, my mechanic placed the car up on the lift and got the shock of his day. The whole engine cradle was rusted and corroded. I could put my hand through it, it was so corroded. He told me, basically, that I should get the car fixed or get rid of it I had the car for almost 3 years and the dealer never reported the problem, and I don't believe I could catch it unless I got under the car, additionally it will take more the 3 year for the much rust to shows

- Willoughby , OH, USA

problem #42

Jul 012014


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While operating the vehicle, the accelerator pedal suddenly malfunctioned and became stuck causing the vehicle to experience unintended acceleration. In addition, while driving approximately 30 mph, the speedometer displayed the speed as 70 mph. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Perry, FL, USA

problem #41

Nov 122014


  • 245,000 miles


As I sat at a stop light waiting for it to turn green, the speedometer jumped up to 20 mph and the vehicle lunged forward. I almost rear ended the vehicle in front of me. The vehicles check engine light came on and had stated on since than. I had the code scanned and it came back as codes P0700 and P0740. I searched for the meaning of those codes and they pretty much said it was the tcm (transmission control module) which had been recalled on several Chrysler Pacifica's. I called the local dealer and they said that was not a recall on my VIN specific vehicle. I of course asked how it was not recalled on my vehicle when everything I have read says it was for all 2005-2006 Pacifica's. there have been other reports of this same incident happening with other Pacifica owners as well. I would like to have the tcm on my vehicle recalled and replaced just as thousands of others were. If I had been and closer to any of the vehicles in front of me the several times this has happened then I would have rear ended several people by now and none of the accidents would have been my fault. These incidents happen every time I am driving in town. It never lunes forward as far as I am aware, on the freeway. Please help me fix this problem before it does cause an accident.

- Cottonwood, CA, USA

problem #40

Jun 022014


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While attempting to accelerate, the vehicle hesitated to respond and then surged forward. A whistling noise emitted from the engine. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Douglasville , GA, USA

problem #39

Mar 022013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
When parking or low speed 2 to 5 mph the gas pedal stick you have to hit it hard it happen to the wife two times and now she dose not like driving it happen to me 3 or 4 times. The 1st time she said what is the matter with you. Has this happen to other people [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Scandia, MN, USA

problem #38

May 112014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


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

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #37

Aug 012013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that once he removed pressure from the accelerator pedal, the pedal would become very resistant to being depressed again. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #36

Feb 172009


  • miles
I just want to voice my feelings on this company (Chrysler) concerning the Chrysler Pacifica 2005 AWD why wasn't this car recalled as a whole. It is a piece of crap I bought this car as a reliable family car being that I am a single mother of 5. I researched this car to make sure that it was going to be the right fit. I have had to buy 3 batteries for this car which to me seems to be a lot. The car burned oil constantly and no one could tell me where the oil was going, I had to have the motor mount changed I had to replace the egr valve failed my emissions because of it right after meaning seconds after it was changed the check engine light came back on while at the shop showing that the catalytic converter needed to be changed! not only did I have to pay for the egr valve but I also had to buy a two year waiver for my emissions in order to get my tabs because there was no way that I was going to be able to afford a catalytic converter. Got the catalytic converter changed and the check engine light went off for about a month or so but came right back on. Had to get the radiator repaired and now there is 5 different codes popping up P0305, P0404, P0736, P179, and P0720 im sure these codes mean nothing to you but I needed to address. I don't understand how so many complaints were made and these are from families people who spend a little more money on something that is not a mini van to end up with some crap!!!!! no one wants to spend their hard erned money on car repairs when I have to make life decsions on food on the talbe or fix my car well we are eating rice. I am attaching links from online complaints. no family should have to go through this.

- Renton , WA, USA

problem #35

Sep 012011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
My gas pedal sticks while driving the car or after I stop the car at a light or sign. When at a complete stop, I have to push hard on the pedal, which makes the car lurch forward. When I am driving on the expressway, it gets stuck and I am not able to accelerate, which can cause an accident. I see that I am not the only one with this problem. I took the car to the dealership, the tech knew what I was talking about, said that it was a throttle body assembly that gets old and needs to be replaced for 200 bucks. If this is happening on the majority of the Pacificas, why do the consumers need to pay to have it replaced. This is a strict liability negligence, not my fault.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #34

Mar 152008


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while at a stop light, the accelerator pedal became stuck causing the vehicle to accelerate without manual force. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge failed with the illumination of the low fuel and check engine warning lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #33

May 052013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Driving on the highway at about 55mph the car begins jerking lights flashing car slows down and would not accelerate. The car has done this several times resulting in the car shutting off and wouldn't start until the next day.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #32

Mar 152013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 148,330 miles
Driving to work at 5:30 am, the gas pedal began to stick and the car was slowing down on the highway, so to keep up with traffic, I depressed it harder to make the car go at least 65, it went all the way down freely as if it had no stopping point but the car continued to slow. All the time the engine was racing about as fast as my heart and mind. Scared and praying not to injure anyone, I tried again and again, and the pedal caught it self and began to react normally for a about 30 seconds with it stuck again and the car's engine began a sound of rushing and the car began to coast. I proceeded off the highway coasting and the pedal caught again and I was able to pull in to work. I am deathly afraid to drive my car...

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #31

May 152012


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact removed her foot from the accelerator pedal and noticed that the pedal became stuck in a partially depressed position. After applying pressure to the accelerator pedal it released. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four different times for a diagnostic test. The technician applied oil to the throttle to serve as a lubricant. The failure continued after the repair. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- West, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 112012


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while reversing at 5 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck in a partially depressed position. The contact hit the pedal with force to release it from that position. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a pole. There were no injuries. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer for an inspection and the dealer offered no assistance. The vehicle was repaired for the body damages, but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #29

Sep 012011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal would become stuck sporadically. The dealer diagnosed that the throttle body was defective. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 43,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #28

Oct 142011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Whenever the contact attempted to accelerate, she would notice that extra pressure had to be placed on the pedal in order for the vehicle to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and the failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Dec 062011


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the headlights failed without any warning. The contact also mentioned that the accelerator pedal became stuck and she would have to press hard on the brakes to get them to release. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 81,000.

- Anson , TX, USA

problem #25

Nov 292010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My Chrysler Pacifica 2005, has a problem with the gas pedal. It is sticking when I want to accelerate. I have to push it really hard to unstick the pedal.

- Riverview, FL, USA

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