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.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 262014


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle ran out of fuel although the fuel gauge indicated 1/2 tank of fuel was present. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the fuel sending unit was faulty. The contact indicated that the failure caused the check engine light to illuminate and the driver side headlight to stop working. The light bulb was replaced, but the failure continued to occur. The failures were not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 072011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 73,200 miles
Since I purchased my vehicle the front low beam lights have went out numerous times while driving at night. I have had them replaced on several occasions and the problem persists. Recently I have had problems with my battery and was told by pepboys auto shop that something is draining the battery and its possibility is the exterior lighting/headlamps. Even though I continue to replace the headlamps they keep going out and my battery is being drained. After 2 batteries in 3 years I had the alternator checked and it was in good condition. I was told to look up a recall list where I found exterior lighting 05V066000 and I called. I also have had a fuel pump problem that seems to exist and no one can figure out way. After getting it fixed by the Chrysler dealership twice my vehicle will not pass smog because of another leak. I also found out that there are complaints of some similar issues fuel pump/powertrain control module software 06V432000 and I called. Please put these to issues on the recall list so that auto owners will be safe on the road and California's air will not be polluted by the fumes.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012011


  • miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer states problems with vehicle headlamps

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

Dec 062007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


I currently have a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica touring fwd that was purchased on June 28,2008. Since the time of purchase I have had to replace my driver's side headlight bulb 3 times. I have placed a call to the dealer I purchased the car from and also Chrysler's customer service. They tell me that my VIN number does not appear on any recalls that they have. I however, do not understand and have never had a vehicle that has needed a headlight replaced those many times in one year.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 062007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlights and dash lights alternate erratically from bright to dim at lower engine speeds. Sometimes almost off then very bright. Have had it several times to dealer and only replaced headlight switch after I was informed was normal operation on the first two visits. Very annoying at stop lights at night. Some times think will go out all together.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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problem #5

Nov 232007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 65 mph, the fuel gauge went from half a tank to empty. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accept fuel. The check engine light illuminated and the headlights were inoperable. The dealer stated that the fuel pump and wiring harness caused the failures. The fuel pump, headlight bulb, and the wiring harness were replaced; however, the failures continued. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V066000 (exterior lighting: Headlights) and NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000 (powertrain: Automatic transmission control module (tcm, PCM)). The failure mileage was 68,000 and current mileage was 69,000. Updated 03/14/08. The consumer stated the fuel gauge was not reading properly

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 022007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,300 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 70 mph at sunset, the contact activated the headlights. The passenger side headlight began to blink and then failed a week later. The following week, the driver side headlight began blinking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the vehicle was excluded from recall number 05V066000 (exterior lighting:headlights). The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 46,000 and failure mileage was 45,300.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 082007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlamp failure, causing replacement several times since purchase in 7/05. Sluggish driving/acceleration, accelerator sticking.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #2

Nov 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
: the contact stated a recall letter was received for the headlights, #05V066000, and the vehicle was taken to the dealership. The vehicle was at the dealership for two days, but the parts were not available therefore the vehicle was taken back by the owner. Seven months later, a second dealership was contacted to perform the recall repair. Upon inspection; the dealership determined the recall work had not been done. When contacting the manufacturer it was stated the previous dealership reported the work had been done and a second repair would not be authorized. The vehicle does not have the problem associated with the recall.

- Flossmoor, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 082005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The left headlight would come on and off on its own. This causes poor visibility while driving at night. Driver took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the connector needed to be replaced.

- New Hartford, NY, USA

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