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:
74,399 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Nov 152014


  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 40 mph, one of the headlights failed to illuminate. The contact stated that the headlamp flickered for a few days prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed a headlight malfunction. As a result, the fuse box, the headlamp wiring, and the bulb needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure was directly related to NHTSA campaign number: 05V06600 (exterior lighting: Headlights). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143, 000.

- Marietta, PA, USA

problem #20

Sep 012014


  • miles
Purchased the car Aug, 2014. Previous owner also had same issues. Has been in shop several times, unable to pinpoint cause/remedy situation. Seat controls do not work, remote keyfobs do not work, interior lights, head lamps, no electrical function present unless key is in ignition, in the "on" position. When shutting off the car, all lights on the dashboard light up and the only way to shut them off is to push on and then off the hazard lights. This will cause all electrical to go out, including the head lamps and all interior lights. If you do not turn them off by using the hazard lights, it will kill the battery. We have replaced the fuses in for the seats several times. They work for a bit and then blow out again. The mechanics have gone as far as to replace the wiring assembly and still no remedy. I don't know how there is not a recall on this vehicle.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #19

May 042015

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the headlights failed. The contact was able to replace the headlight bulbs; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited symptoms of a previous recall; however, the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V066000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000. MA 09/03/15 the consumer stated the driver's side headlight was replaced 3 times but, continued to malfunction. Updated 12/9/2015

- Larue, OH, USA

problem #18

Aug 112014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The headlights intermittently would not work and then stopped working completely. I believe this is due to the wiring harness issue that was recall on many other 05 Pacificas under 05V066000. My VIN does not pull up that it was affected in this recall, but I have this and another issue that I submitted a complaint for that should be covered under the recall. The Chrysler company said even though it appears to be the same issue in the recall, since my VIN does not show to be apart of that recall, they will not do anything to help fix the costly issue. I do not know where else to go for help. I submitted a complaint through Chrysler and they said they would not help unless there was a recall expansion that eventually included my VIN, but not to count on it. I told Chrysler that just because this VIN was missed in the investigation that it was the right thing to do for them to fix it.. I was told they could not and would not help. Thank you..

- Venus, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 202014


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the low beam headlights were activated and then failed to illuminate. A certified mechanic replaced both bulbs and the failure persisted. There was a recall related to the similar failure under NHTSA campaign id number 05V066000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified and they informed that the VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #16

May 012014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer writes in regards to engine and headlight problems. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled twice, within the last 3 years. Both times, he was making a hard turn, when the engine stopped. He wa able to maintain control of the vehicle and re-started it, without any problem. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic, who found nothing wrong, other than throttle body build-up, which he cleaned. Also, the headlight would intermittently go out. The bulb did not seem to fit securely in the harness, which caused a short and eventually the bulb blew out. The problem seemed to be more prominent on the passenger side. The driver's side bulb was less than an ideal fit, but there were no problems with it going out. The bulb was replaced numerous times, along with the wiring harness.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 152014


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the headlights intermittently failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 082013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 a Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the instrument panel failed to operate for over an hour. The failure recurred sporadically. Additionally, the headlights would function intermittently. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 05V066000 (exterior lighting). The VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contactthat the faulty wiring harness would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Trotwood, OH, USA

problem #13

Feb 262014

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
Our regular mechanic has determined that the undercarriage of my car is rusted and rotted to the point where it is unsafe to drive. Car was brought in due to electrical failure as mentioned above. I have never received recall notices. I spoke with a Chrysler rep today and there is nothing we can do because its not with in the recall time frame.

- Bridgewater , MA, USA

problem #12

Sep 022013

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 154,667 miles
I noticed that low beam headlight on drivers side was out so I replaced bulb still did not work. Then I noticed there was a recall on same headlamp for wiring issue. I punched in my VIN # however it says not on my vehicle. Why do some Pacificas from same recall year are not covered and some are ? thanks for taking time to read this email.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Oct 092012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 120,798 miles
While turning into the bank parking lot at 10mph the car just stalled. I was unable to brake or steer out the way. When gas gauge reads empty I am unable to fill the tank with gas as it begins to spill back out. Gas gauge reads 1/2 full when it is really empty? miles to empty sensor incorrect therefore I have no idea when I need gas. Driver side exterior headlamp seems dimmer than the other lamp. After repairing the entire front end(suspension) still sounds like the front end is going to fall apart when driving on Ohio roads. Felt it was necessary to document as I do not feel safe in this car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 012012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica touring. The contact stated that at engine start-up, the low beam headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V066000 (exterior lighting:headlights). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 70,000. Updated 10/31/12 updated 11/08/2012

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 132012


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that three years ago, he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 05V066000 (exterior lighting: Headlights). The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection however, nothing was replaced as the dealer deemed that is was unnecessary at that time. Most recently, the headlights would only work intermittently before becoming inoperable. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the vehicle had already been inspected for the recall defect and offered no further assistance for the failure. The manufacturer was notified who also stated that the vehicle was previously inspected per the recall and offered no further assistance for the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Margate, NJ, USA

problem #7

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 #6

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 #5

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 #4

Jul 152008


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 30 mph, the driver side headlight stopped functioning. The bulb had been replaced five times. Also, while driving, the vehicle jerked forward and the transmission would slip into gears. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000 and the current mileage was 86,584.

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 152007


  • 92,460 miles
Headlight bulbs keep burning out. At least 6 times since 2007. The first time both lamps were replaced even though only one had gone out, the rest of the times they were replace individually and every time sylvania bulbs were used. I feel this constitutes a safety problem and not normal maintenance. Also the drivers door lock mechanism broke in Dec. 2009 where the door would not latch close and had to be tied shut the take it for repair. I feel this is also a serious safety failure.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008


  • 80,000 miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Right headlight will quit with no warning, then will come back on its own Accord. Dealer checked for previous reports of problem and found none. Mechanic said the harness comes loose and must be reseated. No easy task since it is under the breather tube and difficult to get to. Also, left rear turn signal will quit working then come back on. Wiring harness seems to be intact so other option would be bulbs (2). However, if they are bad, why does the signal restore itself? dealer had no answer for that mystery either. Problem started mid-summer 2008 and has continued intermittently ever since.

- Burns Flat, OK, USA

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