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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,680 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica transmission problems

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 282015


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the PCM and tcm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #14

Jan 152010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact placed the gear shift in drive and reverse and the vehicle stalled. When the contact switched gears to drive and applied pressure to the accelerator pedal it became extremely stiff. When the vehicle accelerated it lunged forward and the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal in order for the vehicle to stop. The failure occurred intermittently approximately twenty times. The contact stated there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V432000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM). The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer stated the VIN was not covered under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer informed the contact that there was no recall for the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 05/23/11 updated 11/18/11

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 092011


  • 72,800 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while stopped at a red light the immobilizer system came on, which locked the steering wheel and brakes. The vehicle could not move forward. Once the vehicle was restarted, the computer reset itself; and allowed the contact to drive to the dealer. Upon arrival, the dealer attempted to restart the car and could not. He informed the contact that the PCM parts were not available and were on back order. The manufacturer stated that there was no specific time frame when the parts would be available. The failure mileage was 72,800.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #12

Nov 092008


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated when attempting to turn left the vehicle stalled and shut off, after several attempts she was able to restart the vehicle and regain normal driving functions. A week later the vehicle stalled and shut off with out warning. Upon further investigation the contact was able to determine that the failure was related to campaign 06V432000, power train automatic transmission control module tcm, PCM. The dealer was notified; however, they stated that her VIN was not a part of the recall. The manufacturer also confirmed that the VIN was not a part of the recall. No repairs have been made. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 91,000.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #11

Jun 302009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle stalled on a busy highway. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000. The manufacturer could not assist. The failure and current mileages were less than 65,000. Updated 09/23/09. The consumer stated the gas needle went from the half way mark straight down to empty. Updated 09/23/09.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 012006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving 15-20- mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted. Approximately one month later, the failure recurred. The dealer repaired the recall for the power train: Automatic transmission: Control module (NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000); however, the failure continued. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 13,500 and current mileage was 49,065.

- Rayford, NC, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Jan 112007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
- the contact stated that on 01/05/07, her 2006 Chrysler Pacifica was stalling. In order for vehicle to work contact would have to restart the vehicle. The contact didn't have any prior warning lights before the failure. The contact feels that her vehicle should be covered under NHTSA campaign id number : 06V432000, but the dealership stated that contacts vehicle does not fall under the recall.

- Celebration, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 212006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
: the contact stated a NHTSA recall letter #06V432000 regarding the power train: Automatic transmission: Control module (tcm, PCM) was received 10 days ago. The service dealer was given the vehicle for repair. The service dealer was not able to provide the service, claiming the computer had been down for over a week. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Cedar Creek, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles
: the contact stated when a NHTSA recall letter # 06V432000 for the powertrain: Automatic transmission: Control module (tcm, PCM) was received, the manufacturer was notified. When the service dealer called the contact, the contact requested a loan car. When the service dealer heard the request, the service dealer refused to service the recall repair.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 282006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,400 miles


: the contact stated there were no problems with the vehicle. There was a NHTSA recall, #06V432000 on the vehicle regarding the automatic transmission; tcm/PCM. The parts needed to repair the vehicle were not available at the local dealership. The manufacturer confirmed the parts were not available.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 272006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
: the contact stated there were no problems with the vehicle. There was a NHTSA recall, #06V432000 on the vehicle regarding the powertrain: Automatic transmission: Control module (tcm, PCM). The service dealer was contacted on 11/28/06, and expressed to the contact that the earliest date the recall work could be performed was 12/08/06. The contact expressed concern that the vehicle could stall prior to the recall work, and pose a risk to safety. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer after filing a complaint with the NHTSA.

- Little Neck, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Pacifica engine stalls. This has happened twice. The first time I was at a crawl in traffic, but at an incline onto a bridge. I had my foot on the brake and then put it on the gas petal to accelerate and the car died. Lights and dash board are lit but car is shut off. Car restarted with no problem. Second time, I was parking in a spot that was again at an incline. I put the car in reverse, took my foot off the brake and stepped on the gas petal to begin driving in reverse, car died. Both times I had approximately 3/4 of a tank of gas. I saw on website that previous models have had similiar issues, so decided to file the complaint.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #2

Nov 012005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
There is a significant popping and clicking sound when accelerating and stopping. Also happens when moving the gear shift. Car surges forward when popping sound happens. Took to dealer and they said I had to live with it as it is a problem with the car they can not fix. Also leak on floor of drivers side. Dealer will not have any one able to look at leak until sometime in January 2006.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own 05 Chrysler Pacifica touring, vehicle stop running when I make left turn, it happen twice, I took it back to the dealer but dealer can't find anything wrong I took it seriously, because impact could happen from the back while I try to restart the vehicle again. It happen twice and the vehicle only has 3444 miles. Please help.

- Edmond, OK, USA

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