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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,088 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica fuel system problems

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 172007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,900 miles


Check engine light at approximately 40,000 miles. The check light has come on the vehicle indicating cylinder three misfired. I have taken vehicle to the shop the first time and had the coil replaced. The same light came on with the same warning. This time the spark plugs were replaced, the injections cleaned out, the throttle body cleaned out. I just got it back yesterday and I feel confident that I will have the same thing over the next few days. When this happens, the vehicle idles rough and the car has no power. This vehicle has been maintained higher than the standards call for in the manual. Looks like Chrysler is good for about 40,000 miles, then be prepared to spend some money. I plan to trade the vehicle for a Toyota, though I had supported american made vehicles in the past, with a product like this, you can't afford to. The total cost thus far has been $600. It appears that chrsyler knows the problem exists because of the bulletins, yet they will not recall the car, and do what is right for the consumers. People can't afford to pay for a vehicle and repair it at the same time with so few miles. The Pacifica is a great riding car, and I otherwise thoroughly enjoyed it.

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
11/18/06 - car stalled in parking lot in ocean city, md. Was able to restart it 8 hrs. Later. 11/19/06 - car stalled on chesapeake bay bridge (us 50) near end heading westward. Was able to coast onto shoulder. Car towed to dealer tate Chrysler Jeep, Inc., glen burnie, md. 11/22/06 - received in mail daimler Chrysler's safety recall F44 --fuel pump and or reprogram PCM stating that a problem could cause engine to stall and cause a crash without warning. I took the recall notice to the dealer. Service manager said that was not the cause of the problem. He said half of the engine would have to be replaced. Final cost --$4976 parts and labor. Work was completed on 01/05/07. On 01/11/07, after about 300 miles of driving, engine stalled on baltimore-Washington parkway (MD295). I was again able to coast off onto the shoulder. Car was towed back to tate Chrysler, where it is now located.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #2

May 272006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
For the last two months my car has not wanted to start on the first try. Always have to turn the key a second time. This happens first thing in the morning since the car has sat all night. Also, my fuel gauge is not reading appropriately to the level of gas in the tank. At approximately a 1/4 of a tank the gauge instantly goes to empty. I put in 2 gallons of gas and miraculously the gas gauge reads 1/2 tank. Now those who own a pacifies know that two gallons does not fill your tank half way. This morning my fuel gauge read 3/4 tank and my od read approx. 111 miles for the trip thus far. I wanted to fill it up but the car would only take in 2 gallons. Turned on the car the fuel gauge did not move from 3/4 tank. Drove 25 miles and somehow my gauge read almost full. I have also noticed that at time when I step on the gas pedal my car does not seem to speed up. It is almost as if I was in neutral. I have brought my car back to the dealer on two occasions and have another appointment scheduled and they tell me that they can not duplicate the problem. They claim the car starts fine for them, even if left overnight. Also, they claim to have syphoned gas out of my tank and the gauge reads appropriately to the amount of gas that was in the tank. Approximately a year ago my car did stall as I was taking a left hand turn at a low speed. I immediately contacted the dealer and was told they it normal for a car to occasionally do that. These are very serious and potentially dangerous incident as I have my toddler with me in the car most of the time.

- Dedham, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,450 miles
2005 Pacifica 3569 miles has stalled 5 times when turning left every time with the exception of once it stalls twice in the same day, causing a loss of power steering.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

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