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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,860 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced control arms (1 reports)
  3. replaced front struts (1 reports)
  4. replaced tie rods (1 reports)
2005 Chrysler Pacifica suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 302015

Pacifica Touring 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


OK so we are on the highway 70 miles per hour my husband is driving daughters in the back all the sudden it sounds and feels like a bomb hit the car. my husband managed to get to the side of the road. I don't know if I had been driving if I'd be strong enough to control the car, it was so scary thankfully we weren't hurt. the strut came through the hood of the car. We replaced the strut about 6 months later the other strut popped up through. when I encountered an unavoidable pot hole I wasn't going very fast so it was not as dramatic as the previous eruption but nevertheless still suprizing. So we have 2 gaping holes in the hood one is partially hidden by a sticker the other is still pretty ugly. We haven't replaced the hood yet because it's aluminum cha ching.

- , new castle, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I've taken the car in for service several times the problem still exists I've spoken to the service manager to no avail.

- , Maywood, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 152008

Pacifica Touring 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,300 miles

I just bought this car 1 month ago and it's been in the shop 2 times. First problem was fixed (started hard in the morning only) with little cost/problem, but this clunking sound is going to be ongoing, I can see. They did say they had to tighten some bolts, but that did little to nothing to fix the problem. So far I LOVE the look of this car, but am not happy with the "problems" it seems to have!

- , Fort Wayne, IN, US

problem #2

Aug 062007

(reported on)

Pacifica Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

dealership replaced tie rods still hear some knocking

- , Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 192007

(reported on)

Pacifica Touring 3.5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

I had to take my truck back to the dealer 3 times before the problem was found. First my tie rods were so bad that they were almost gone, they fixed them and the noise was still there, I went back and they replaced the sway bar bushing but, noise was still there, when I took it back again they replaced the control arms and finally fixed the problem.

- , Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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