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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,701 miles

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica transmission problems

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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments

problem #20

Aug 082011


  • miles


Vehicle was in park with the engine running and the car rolled down the driveway struck a stop sign and injured the passenger.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #19

Jan 152010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled while making a turn. The failure recurred constantly. The contact also stated that while refueling, fuel would spill out from the filler neck. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics, where the mechanic stated that the fuel pump had to be replaced and there was a recall addressing a similar failure. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was included in a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)), but had the repairs performed by a previous owner. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Form returned no change

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #18

Jan 132011


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled since it was purchased. The vehicle would stall without warning, but then it would start restart. On January 13, 2011, the vehicle stalled completely and did not restart. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer who stated that the power control module failed. The dealer stated that recall campaign number 06V432000 for the power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM) had been reprogrammed in 2007. According to the dealer, the previous owner, which was a rental car company, had the recall repair performed. The manufacturer had not made a decision regarding repairing the vehicle a second time. The contact was concerned, because they were never shown any records of the repair being made. The vehicle cannot be driven at this time. The failure and current mileages were 105000.

- Bluefield, WV, USA

problem #17

Oct 272010


  • 74,775 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph attempting to make a turn, when suddenly the engine stalled without warning. The engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the catalytic converter was replaced. The identical failure occurred again three days after the repair was performed. The contact was in the process of taking the vehicle back to the dealer for diagnosis. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000 (power train: Automatic transmission: Control module, tcm, and PCM). The VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was approximately 74,775.

- Hagerstown , MD, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Sep 012009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Consumer states defective airbag the consumer stated the air bag light illuminated in September 2009. Also, there were problems with the transmission control module, brakes, wheel sensors, a clogged throttle body and for the past 18 months there has been a popping sound coming from the left side of the steering components. The dealership made repairs three times, but the popping sound eventually came back. The drive shaft was replaced three time and the rack and pinion was replaced three times.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #14

Sep 112010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


This is in regards to a 2004-2005 AWD Chrysler Pacifica. There is tsb 21-020-05 out on the transfer case (ptu). This vehicle had approximately 40,000 miles on it when the problems started occurring. Chrysler recommends replacing the ptu if making noise. Chrysler was contacted on this problem by the consumer, and was denied any assistance in repairing this problem. They site it as normal ┐wear and tear┐ of a vehicle. With such low mileage on a major component on a vehicle, this seemed to be an easy way out for Chrysler to pass this problem off to the consumer. Chrysler also states that unless you are the original owner, the 75,000 mile warranty is void. Considering how many vehicles are on a lease, this would be a very large number. This leaves many people in an unsafe condition that Chrysler has shrugged off. There are 767 posts on regarding this situation with other Pacifica owners. Not to mention those that have not posted anything on this, and have just accepted that Chrysler will not stand behind their defective product. This part is integral to the power train system, and overall drivability of the vehicle. At any time, a vehicle can become inoperable and may cause an accident resulting in injury or death. This vehicle became inoperable crossing the middle of a busy highway as the transmission/ptu suddenly became inoperable. The consequences could have been very catastrophic as other vehicles could have suddenly run into this inoperable vehicle. To correct the failure, a new ptu unit needs to be installed that has the deficiency that Chrysler admits is there, to be replaced. These repairs can exceed $2000. The old part is available.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #13

Jun 052010


  • 40,000 miles
Problem #1: ABS light comes on. When brake is pushed down, grinding noise starts, and brake does not slow car down properly. Occurs daily, multiple times. Came within inches of crashing into people, property, multiple times. Mechanic says it's wheel speed sensor & expensive to fix. We do not have the money. Problem #2: gas pedal sticks. When changing car from park to drive, gas pedal will not go down. You have to press on gas hard, thus sending the car rapidly forward or backwards, just to get it to go. Happens daily, every time I change it from park to drive. Problem #3: power steering locks up while making a turn. While making a left hand turn at an intersection, power steering locked up and could not turn the car, when I hit brakes to stop, they did not work properly either, almost sending my children & myself over an embankment. This has happened 4 times in last 3 months. Car has been looked at 3 times, with a diagnostic ran on it each time. Response is that car is unsafe to drive, park it and never get behind the wheel again, is what I have heard from all 3 mechanics. Would love to park it & save my family from harm, but it's necessary to have a car where I live, and we have no extra money to buy a new car, so there's no options. Cost to repair is already at over $800.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #12

May 082010


  • miles
I purchased my car in 2008 and the dealer (sheehy Ford) won't even take it back. The engine light stays on and it won't pass inspection. I had to replace the obd connector and it still wouldn't pass inspection. Took it back to the inspection station and it failed because of the oxygen sensor, replaced that and took it back for the 3rd time and it failed again because the machine read: Monitors not ready. I'm starting to think that the power train and the engine are faulty on my vehicle. Sheehy knew they sold me a lemon, I've tried to have them resolve this issue numerous times and nothing. I want them to either fix the problem or give me another car. I reported them to the BBB as well and they never responded to BBB on my complaint. That looks so suspect in my eyes.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #11

Jan 272010


  • 79,950 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that on very cold days, whenever she shifted the gear into park, the vehicle would not move forward and behave as if it were in neutral gear. The identical failure would occur in the reverse position. The gears did not malfunction during warm weather. She had not taken the vehicle to the dealer to-date. She called the manufacturer and a representative stated that there were no transmission-related recalls when she referenced recall 06V432000, power train automatic transmission, control module (tcm, PCM). The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was 49,892. The failure mileage was approximately 49,700.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #10

Dec 182009


  • 105,478 miles


The transmission goes into neutral when cold or braking. This keeps re-occurring.

- Lapine, OR, USA

problem #9

Sep 052009


  • 76,263 miles
Vehicle has complete maintenance records since purchased from dealer. Vehicle goes into neutral when braking and making U turn. Chrysler dealership admitted to being a common problem yet defective transmission has not been recalled. Therefore, my wife and I refuse to pay to have vehicle repaired for a manufactures defect. The company should be held accountable and responsible for correcting such issue to prevent the possibility of death to a us citizen.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 222008


  • 46,000 miles
First noticed gas gage suddenly dropped from 3/4 tank to empty, low fuel warning and check engine light came on. Fuel gage would again rise up to full then drop to empty. Called dealer who asked for my VIN number and told me my car was not subject to recall. Gas gage is no longer functioning at all & I have no idea how much gas I have in my tank - I'm unable at this point to afford the repair. New problem has arisen, yesterday and today my car has stalled, causing me to engage park and restart my engine. First time I was going up a small hill and this morning I was maneuvering around a round about. Seems very similar to other reports on this particular model and those who have registered a complaint.

- Riverview , FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 192008


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While attempting to start the vehicle, the contact noticed that it would not start properly. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the power train:automatic transmission:control module failed. They further stated that the cost of the repair would be $881. The vehicle has not been repaired. She is in the process of notifying the manufacturer to see if her VIN is included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)). The failure and current mileages were 97,000.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #6

May 122008


  • 50,000 miles
Motor mounts cracked 23,000 miles, cv joints bad, air compressor bad, belts squeal and chirping, engine stalls on take off, engine shut off on highway while driving dangerous, brakes failed, ABS sensors bad front right and left. Transmission failure. Headlights go out when signal light is on.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #5

May 072008


  • 42,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica which was manufactured, according to my dealership on June 16, 2005. I had brought the car into the dealership 11/06 because of a seat belt problem and when I was there they told me there was a recall and that they were going to take care of it. Recall F-44. I had not had any problems with the fuel pump prior to that. This week my car stalled twice. Once when turning left, once when turning right. Car was able to start up again. I brought it to the dealership (Chrysler Jeep of white plains at 70 westchester ave., white plains, NY 10601 phone: 914-946-3544). They told me I needed 2 new fuel pumps and it would cost $1210 and it was not under warranty and there was no recall notice. I did my research and found the F-44 recall online which states a fuel pump problem. I have spent the last 2 days talking to the dealership (which has my car) and daimler-Chrysler regarding the problem. The headquarters first told me my pump problem was part of the recall and that the dealership had to replace the pumps free of charge. But when the dealership talked to them they told hq that they had been directed to change the fuel pumps only on certain 2005 Pacificas. Only on ones manufactured within a certain date. They said on my 2005 Pacifica they only had to reprogram the PCM. I, as a consumer, see it that one recall was made and it was made because of a fuel pump problem which would cause a car to stall. I am having those problems. The dealership is telling me that they were actually 2 recalls - one for the fuel pump and one to reprogram. I do not see it that way - there was only 1 recall and it was for the problems I am having. They are making me pay $1210+ for a problem that was the reason for the recall in the first place !!!!!

- Harrison, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 032007

Pacifica 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle stalled, but did not shut off. The transmission took two seconds to operate, but would not shift into reverse. There were no warning indicator lights. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by a transmission line leak. The dealer cut and replaced the line. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V432000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)). The failure mileage was 47,200 and current mileage was 47,322.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica was burning oil at 1 quart per 1000 miles. The dealership took the engine apart and replaced the valve seals. This helped and slowed the oil consumption, , but did not fix it. Now the car was still burning 1 quart 1000 miles, which Chrysler claimed was perfectly normal, according to their policy. The manager at the dealership stated that this was not a problem that Pacifica's had and seemsed to be unique to this car, and a few others. Chryslerwas still refusing to fix the problem. If allowed the oil to burn at 1quart. Per 1000 miles, then at 3000 miles oil change the vehicle will be 3 quarts low, leaving only 2.5 quarts. Of oil inthe car. This was 2 quarts. Below the minimum level for safe driving according to the Chrysler Pacifica owner's manual.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 182006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,280 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. So need to now what to do. Also 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. Also the shop don't want to give you a rental or loner car while the repairs are done.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

May 262005

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,077 miles
Was driving to work and was about to enter the interstate highway when the automatic transmission failed. Car would not move, no forward or reverse. The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica had 1,077 miles on it and we had the vehicle just one month. Vehicle was towed to the dealer. They advised us that rear carrier gear had failed in the transmission due to a manufacturing defect (not properly welded). Part was replaced by the dealer.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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