really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,735 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica electrical problems

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Mar 082012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


Obtained car brand new in 2006, yr later had to replace engine, was said they gave us a new one, prior to that we had sunroof issue that still persist to this day 6years later... electrical off. One minute you have gas and next minute literally fuel light is on..fast forward a tad 2007 stalling problems, ...fast forward even more 30,000miles later.... stalling allllllllot, especially while I'm driving with my kids. Making a U-turn and just simply parking into a space no go.. gas cap light is on, check engine light on.... currently vehicle is at dealership which was charging us $2,632 to fix problems, besides overcharging ridiculously, Chrysler offered to pay most of bill after doing research and realizing we were getting ripped off, a two day job is now turned into 1week, no vehicle, no loaner.. 6yrs. Later failed emissions test is what prompted me to take it to a dealership...now I cannot pass an emissions test nor register my vehicle @ end month>( today). Would like to trade, however they low balled me & said $4,000.they cannot get car to reset, and still could not find out why it is stalling. After letting dealership know I have an open case seems like they are singing a different tune...still no car/ no fix...

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #21

Feb 192012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving 65mph, was on a bridge. Inside of car went totally black. Had to coast it to railing of bridge as there was no shoulder. Car completely stopped on its own. Saw smoke, waited for clearing in passing traffic. Fire erupted on driver's side under hood. Local fire department said it was the computer and battery. Had I not jumped out I would have been dead. Fired melted hood to grill and had to axed open to completely extinguish fire. There was no previous indication of electrical shortage.

- Robinson, TX, USA

problem #20

Oct 262011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I first noticed my headlights flickering and my battery light came on so I took it to the Chrysler dealership and they claimed to have done many tests and found nothing wrong, I then continued using my Pacifica but only to have the problem not only continue but also to get worse my brake light and ABS lights on my dash started to flicker on and off and then there was chime indicating that there was a problem and I also heard a loud popping noise coming through my stereo but the weird thing is my stereo was off. I since took my Pacifica to another Chrysler dealership and left it with them and again they claim that there is nothing wrong which again costed me more money for nothing. I again took my Pacifica and used it when the problem continued withall the same problems but this time my fuel gauge dropped to empty and my dte distance until empty dropped to zero and my truck shut off as I was merging onto the highway and I nearly got involved into an accident with several vehicles. I am not only concerned about this issue but also for my safety and others on the road. I have agin contacted the dealer and this time I provided a video of the lights and dash lights which included the noise coming through my stereo that I recorder with my iphone they again made an appointment with me to bring my Pacifica back in and they made it clear that I would have to pay for their time once agian until they can find the problem and at which time they said the warranty company would cover the costs. My concern is from what I have been reading in these complaint posts is that they will find nothing and I will walk away with empty pockets...updated 04/18/13

- Hamilton, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 272011


  • 81,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, all of the warning symbols illuminated on the instrument panel. The anti lock braking light began to illuminate and there was a warning chime. The failure occurred only while driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Clackamas, OR, USA

problem #18

Aug 082011


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the electrical system malfunctioned causing the electrical components to flicker erroneously. In addition, the vehicle would stall when at a stop. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer or a local mechanic for a diagnostic test or repairs. The contact changed the battery and alternator but none of the repairs remedied the problem. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Valley Village, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 272011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Electrical system failure.. we are experiencing periodic flickering of any electrical equipment that was on (dashboard lights, dome lights, headlights, radio, HVAC) and the intermittent ABS and brake alarms that may follow. We also hear a loud click in the radio speakers. We have taken the car to our local Chrysler dealer. They said they could not diagnose because they cant verify the problem and it doesn't leave any computer codes behind. I know we're not the only ones with this issue. There are blogs all over the website about this Chrysler issue.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #16

Oct 102010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • miles


Approximately around October 2010, my brake light started to blink on and off. Shortly after that, the ABS light started to do the same thing. When they would flash, they would also "ding" and it would shut off the radio until it was finished flashing and dinging. I have taken this car to numerous shops and has several diagnostics done, and no one can tell me what the problem is. I have been told so many things. By the time I go to get something repaired, I'm informed that nothing is wrong with the parts that I have been informed to replace. I have been told that my alternator over charges, the chip in my key is missed up, my powertrain contrain module needs to be replaced, my motor mounts are loose (which I've already replaced), my battery was bad (which has also been replaced), and I also need to replace my engine wiring harness. This is over $5000 in repairs. The car is now starting to shut off when I'm at a stop light for too long. There has to be a way to find out what is wrong with this vehicle. It is costing me too much money to continue to pay the monthly car not and diagnostic tests. I have contacted Chrysler and they have been no help at all. I seriously think that there should be a recall for this issue. I cannot be the only person suffering with this problem. This is an issue that happens everyday. Because no one can properly diagnose this problem, it's really become excessive. It's an issue that I deal with on a daily basis.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 152011


  • 33,000 miles
Car has stalled (engine cuts out completely) without any warning and while being driven at least 4 time. Most recent was while merging onto freeway it just stopped, nearly causing fatal accident to my daughter who was driving at the time. Complete shut down of car causes the steering wheel to lock with no means of getting to side of road. You're a sitting duck for a crash. Fortunately, she got the car in park and restarted it. The car is at stevens creek Chrysler dealership (towed there today). I am also in touch with Chrysler corporation regarding this flaw and reparations that are due me from this lemon. The dealerships number is 408 248-1800. They are aware I am pursuing my options with this dangerous car and I really don't want it back even if they tell me they've fixed it. I don't trust this problem as it's rampant and cars are being recalled for this reason. It's a blessing my daughter wasn't killed from what this car did.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 232010


  • 61,900 miles
I was turning left at about 10 miles per hour and the engine of the car turned off.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #13

Apr 172009


  • 50,000 miles
Burns oil, brakes flutter, check engine light on no one can figure out why or how to turn it off I live in California so light on gives me an automatic fail on my smog test all of this is ongoing and has been for over a year.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 162009


  • 50,000 miles


I drive a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica touring. I have had issues with the ABS light coming on and off. It does not make a difference the speed I am traveling and when I come to a stop it begins to vibrate and I rearended the people infront of me. I have also had issues with my car stalling for no apparent reason. It is hard to believe that there is not a recall on this particular unit. I have called the dealership and also Chrysler and they said no problems have ever been documented...they need to start checking this site and see that all of the problems are the same.

- Polk City, IA, USA

problem #11

Jan 112007


  • 27,922 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact noticed that the display on the instrument panel would sporadically fail. In addition, the vehicle would stall without warning. On one occasion, the piston rod failed and caused the engine to stall while idling. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the battery, alternator, and computer (icm). Shortly after the repairs, the failure resurfaced. All of the remedies have been insufficient in correcting the failures. The failure mileage was 27,922 and current mileage was 59,999.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #10

Apr 142009


  • 36,500 miles
The driver side & middle row power outlets do not work.

- Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 262006


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate properly while driving 60 mph. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the sensors. The contact also noticed that the vehicle was using excessive fuel at low mileages and she smelled a strong odor of gasoline coming from the vehicle. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and they stated that the wires in the electrical system were damaged. The repair would cost $3,000; however, the dealer could not diagnose the failure pertaining to the fuel system. The vehicle has not been repaired. Weeks later, the driver side head lamp failed, reducing all visibility. Several months later, the vehicle would vibrate abnormally and was taken back to the dealer. The technician replaced another sensor. Days later, the contact noticed that the accelerator pedal would become stuck in a fixated position, but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. Lastly, while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without any warning. She took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not diagnose the failure. She is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 200 and current mileage was 32,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #8

Nov 272006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 680 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While attempting to open the door, the contact receives an electrical shock from the vehicle. The power locks and doors fail to operate, but the vehicle is able to be driven. The dealer was notified. The electrical module on the passenger side door had been replaced three times. There are no recalls regarding this failure. The current mileage was 14,699 and failure mileage was 680.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #7

Mar 082007

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fails to start.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 172006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
After I have been driving fine for a while, I will turn (into a parking lot etc.) and need to turn again and the car will die.

- Inola, OK, USA

problem #5

Sep 222006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,300 miles
Twice, in 6 days, the Pacifica has stalled while driving. The first time my wife was driving 25-30 mph and was turning on the radio, and the second time I was driving about 30 mph and turning on the heat. Both times the engine completed cut off and left us with no power steering or brakes. It is a safety hazard for my family. The dealer had the car and stated there was no found problem. The second time it happened the dealer took the car and again claims there is nothing wrong with the car. They still have the car and no solution.

- Lake Hiawatha, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 062006

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,732 miles
Vehicle stalled in traffic, would not re-start. Vehicle was pushed into a parking lot. Vehicle started 1 hour later and driven home. Vehicle was towed to dealer - did not want to take a chance stalling in traffic again. Dealer found a fault code and repaired(?) security system.

- Granger, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 012006


  • miles
Incident #1: 3 days after purchasing the vehicle, I noticed there was something wrong with my brakes. I took it in and was told that my rotors needed to be replaced (the vehicle had 30 miles on it when I bought it). I was told all the rotors were warped. Incident #2: approximately 4 weeks after purchasing, my left headlight went out. Not a major problem, but still an inconvenience...especially when car is brand new. Incident #3: I was making a right hand turn out of the parking lot when vehicle stalled on me. My steering wheel locked up and I glided across 2 lanes of the road (amazingly without hurting myself or others). No warning at all. Vehicle started back up just find...but very scary. Took it into the service and was told that my computer needed to be "flashed" incident #4: ABS light came on out of nowhere and I felt a "fluttering" of the brake pedal when pressing the brake. I was told the sensors needed to be replaced and they were. Incident #5: received my vehicle back from repair on incident #4 on Tuesday, vehicle is back in the shop today (2 days later). Fluttering from the brake pedal again. Unsure what the outcome is...still in service. Fortunately, none of these incidents have caused me, my family, or others any injury or harm but each of these incidents (besides the headlight) could have resulted in serious injuries or resulted in deaths.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

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