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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,441 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica fuel system problems

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Dec 272014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Car stall when making sharp left hands turns. It has done this two consecutive days in a row. I searched the VIN on Chrysler and there are no open recalls. The found that there was a recall for this on 2005 Pacifica's but I am unable to find out if mine was ever corrected.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #35

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 #34

Jul 162009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 98,890 miles
Bought the car in January, 2009, the car stop on the freeway, push on the gas would not go, pedal stuck, the coolant systems do not work car will run hot, called Chrysler, they were no help is there any thing can be done, you buy a car and it is a piece of junk, all Chrysler do is pass the buck as well get stuck with junk.

- University Place, WA, USA

problem #33

Jul 102013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 116,280 miles


Before a leave my town, I tried to put some gas on my tank but car took only 15 dollars worth of gas. I then assumed that the thank was full and then went on my trip. I drove for about fifteen minutes and my gauge that was full dropped to half tank. It was weird but I kept on driving since I had half tank of gas. I was on the highway when after twenty minutes, the gauge dropped to empty and since the gas station was not nearby, I kept on driving to find some gas and the car just stopped because it was out of gas. When I went to the mechanics, they said that one the car has two tanks and that one was empty and one full. They also said that the problem is common to Pacificas. Chrysler needs to recall those cars before somebody gets hurt.

- Austin, MN, USA

problem #32

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

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problem #31

Feb 052007


  • miles
Several problems with replacing headlights annually about three months apart since ownership 10/06, problem with engine light repeatedly coming on - was advised by certified mechanic it's the fuel tank, very expensive to replace or fix.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #30

Aug 052011


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that fuel would spill from of the fuel tank when the vehicle was being refueled. The contact stated that the leak was coming from under the tank where the fuel lines were clamped down. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Maners, NC, USA

problem #29

Mar 282011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
1) when depressing the accelerator pedal about 1/4" it catches or sticks. 2) you must force the pedal down to "unstick" causing a rapid acceleration of the vehicle 3) dealer says its a defective throttle body, and not covered under warranty or recall.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #28

Jun 012010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica touring (na). The contact stated that the fuel gauge gave incorrect fuel amounts. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they would recalibrate the gauge and for her to fill the tank again and to wait and see. After leaving the dealer and filling her tank, the failure occurred again. The manufacturer was then contacted and advised her that if the vehicle had not stalled on her they would be unable to assist. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000 and the current mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Burtonsville, MN, USA

problem #27

Jan 232011


  • 71,000 miles
I have a 2005 chyrsler Pacifica. The gas pedal is sticking. It sticks hard enough that you have to forcefully push the accelerator peddle down. This causes unwanted rapid acceleration! the problem is getting worse in the past three weeks. The pedal has gotten stuck four times. I was backing out of a parking space and the car accelerated in reverse. Unsure, if my family car is safe, for my family.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #26

Nov 012010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Gas gauge drops to empty from 1/2 to 3/4 tank instantly; occasionally returns to 1/2 full without notice. $10 gas takes gauge from empty to 1/2 full. Never know how much gas is in car. Then about a week after this started, at 75000 miles, the check engine light illuminated on dash. Took to have a diagnostic run, came up, "dealer specific code". very similar to other complaints noted on this page.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jun 102010


  • 81,000 miles
My 2005 Chrysler Pacifica stalls when a left hand turn is made at highway speed or in parking lots. This is very, very dangerous because you lose braking and power steering. The gas gauge goes from half a tank to empty within a matter of 50 miles or less. When you try to re-fuel it you only get about ten gallons to go in after about ten minutes of the nozzle clicking off repeatedly. Called Chrysler dealer and they have never heard of any of these problems. Took car in and they found nothing wrong. I know for a fact that a dtc of P1861 is and was present. This codes means that a fuel tank siphon line is disconnected. This vehicle makes me and my family nervous to drive. We can not afford to trade and can not afford any costly repair bills with no positive outcome. Please help to get Chrysler to issue a recall to fix the problem that is occurring with so, so so many 2005 Pacificas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Wilton, IA, USA

problem #24

Mar 222010


  • 60,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica throttle requires excessive force to depress causing the vehicle to lurch forward when the throttle finally moves. We reported the issue to our dealer approximately 18 months ago. They seemed to have prior knowledge of the issue and repaired it while the vehicle was in for repairs after striking a dog (unreleated to the defect). Now the issue has returned and when my wife called to schedule service to have the issue repaired again the dealership wouldn't schedule a time to repair the defect and actually acted as if they weren't aware of the issue and would need several hours to troubleshoot the issue prior to repairing it. I researched the issue online and evidently this is an issue with the throttle body assembly which typically takes an hour of labor time to treat the symptom which eventually returns. It also seems to be a common issue with the Pacifica. The issue with our vehicle is becomming serious and now that our local dealership in lugoff, SC seems to have no desire to help us I'm not sure where to take it for repair.

- Lugoff, SC, USA

problem #23

Feb 142010


  • 105,000 miles
Defective sticking gas pedal on Chrysler Pacifica.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 202009


  • 41,000 miles
The car will stall at intermittent times when going at low speeds and low rpms. The stalling causes the steering wheel to freeze up. The car will start immediately after the stall. I have taken the car to an authorized Chrysler dealer, darcars, several times and they cannot diagnose the problem. It appears similar in nature to the safety recall F44 which was issued on later Chrysler Pacifica models in 2005-2006. The issue occurs almost daily and have not had any parts replaced because the Chrysler mechanic, darcars, cannot duplicate the issue. I have brought this stalling issue up with Chrysler and opened up a case, # 19090751, which they closed because they stated that my car was outside the safety recall F44 as well as that darcars could not replicate the problem. The stalling is intermittent, as stated previously, and I have sent the logs to darcars as to when it happens.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #21

Jul 282009


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica fuel tank that goes from half to empty and then dies, has replaced fuel pumps for the fourth time and it is happening again in just two weeks.

- Idalia, CO, USA

problem #20

Jun 182009


  • 47,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica AWD touring edition. Along with my fuel quantity problem, I also have a stalling problem now. Researching on, it seems I am not the only one. The vehicle shuts down when coming to a stop. Since my fuel gage is not working, I have been using my trip meter to gauge mileage and tank quantity. Right around 110-150 miles after a fill-up, my vehicle starts to shut off. When I fill it, it only takes about 7-10 gallons of fuel. Then it drives fine. This is a major problem, especially since my spouse Transport the children to and from school on a major highway with alot of traffic and many stops on the road. There are many owners of this year that are having the same issues. It seems like a malfunction that may have to due with the F44 fuel pump and control module reprogramming recall. We had this completed on the car. Now we have problems. I was told by the dealer that this is not associated with the recall. We never had problems prior to the recall being performed.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

problem #19

May 012009


  • 510,000 miles
2005 AWD Chrysler Pacifica, gas pedal binds requiring driver to overpressure the pedal to move forward. Once overpowered the car can lurch forward from the sudden over fuel condition.

- Carbondale, IL, USA

problem #18

Mar 252009


  • 52,000 miles
Gas gauge drops from 1/2 to empty in seconds if you don't get to a gas station quickly the vehicle will shut off. There is no warning. Vehicle still has gas but will shut off. We have been stranded several times on the interstate. Very dangerous for a family. According to searches I have made lots of 2005 Pacificas have the same problem starting at around 45,000 miles. I haven't found any answers to the problem.

- Lakeland, GA, USA

problem #17

Sep 262008


  • 101,000 miles
Fuel tank valve defective, allowing fuel into charcoal chamber, also issues with other valves related to the gas tank. Fuel module PCM and tank replacement were required.

- Purcellville, VA, USA

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