hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,147 miles

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #42

May 012011


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently stall or jerk when accelerating from stops. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and was repaired, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #41

Dec 152011


  • 71,000 miles
Front engine mount separates under heavy acceleration or towing causing engine to raise up and collide into firewall.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #40

Jan 042012


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while having regular maintenance performed on the vehicle, she was advised that all motor mounts were broken. The mechanic was not able to determine the reason why the failure occurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 127,000.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #39

Jan 082012

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Vehicle gear shift stuck in park even though brake is depressed. Tried rocking the vehicle back and forth to see if it was stuck in gear, no change. I conducted an internet search for this problem and found that several Chrysler and Dodge products have this exact same problem. Cause: A small pink piece of plastic that has a spring attached to it, which is a gear locking mechanism, tends to break at about 40-60 thousand miles or sooner. There are no Chrysler recalls for this item. The piece seems to cost about $2 for Chrysler to make however, one will pay $300-$400 or more for the dealer to fix. Takes minutes to replace if you know what you are doing. One can find the part online and replace with metal so that it will not break again for about $50. Chrysler complaint line states that they will not fix unless nhtsb files a recall complaint. Then I may get reimbursed for my cost. The pink plastic piece can break at any time leaving the driver stranded anywhere at any time, e.g. the drive thru., parking structure at night, etc..

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #38

Feb 152011


  • 87,527 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated the vehicle would stall and lose all power while traveling at high speeds intermittently. After pulling to the side of the road and restarting, the vehicle would drive normal. The failure recurred on several occasions. The dealer made four attempts to duplicate the failure but to no avail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The current mileage was 106,000 and the failure mileage was 87,527.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #37

Jul 162011


  • 80,000 miles
While driving my Pacifica at 60 mph the vehicle suddenly jerked and the check engine light came on and the engine was revving high so I slowed down and it was tacking at 6000 RPM while only going 40 mph. I stopped and turned the engine off. When I restarted it shifted normally. A few days later it did it again. Then it did it twice in one day. I took it to Chrysler and they said there was internal damage and they wanted $1000 just to drop the transmission before they fixed anything.this occurred when the vehicle had 80000 miles on it. When it only had 36000 miles the engine threw a rod and I had to spend $3000 for a new engine. I've since learned that Pacifica's burn a quart of oil about every 1000 miles. I would have checked the oil more often had I known this. I traded it in rather then replace the transmission. But not on a Chrysler.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #36

Dec 012010

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


When I had my car in to fix a front end problem last year I was told two of the three motor mounts need to be replaced. Now when having a tie rod replaced I am told subframe brackets are rotted and need to be replaced. A car that is five years old should not be rotting from normal driving. Engine mounts on a car should not go after four years.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #35

Oct 172011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 88,120 miles
2006 Chrysler Pacifica has had oil changes every 3000 miles and went to have oil changed and all the oil is gone from engine. Leaking out of tail pipe. Engine seals are gone. Not sure what the repair process is yet but it seems there are several others who are experiencing the same problem. Chrysler needs to repair these vehicles.....

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 092011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated the engine control module failed. The engine control module was replaced. After the repair the transmission control module light illuminated on the instrument panel and the mechanic stated the transmission control module had to be replaced again. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V432000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM)) that may be related to the failure. The dealer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000. Updated 09/28/11 updated 10/07/11

- Westernville, NY, USA

problem #33

Jun 052011


  • 127,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle would lose power and stall without warning. When the vehicle was turned off for a few minutes the function returned to normal. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic but was unable to locate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,500 and the current mileage was 127,525.

- Lakeland , FL, USA

problem #32

Apr 132011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 116,500 miles


On April 13, 2011, while driving vehicle at approximately 10 mph and while making a left turn, vehicle suddenly stopped abruptly resulting in a vehicle stall. All electrical power was lost, along with engine stalling. Restarted vehicle and proceeded to drive again when it then suddenly started to drive rough for approximately a couple of seconds, as if it again wanted to stall, but didn't. after this, the vehicle drove normal. Took vehicle to pepboys on the same day and they diagnosed a 420 and a 700 fault code. On Thursday April 14, 2011 took vehicle to alliance Chrysler dealer in ft. Worth, tx. I explained what had happened and mentioned that my vehicle experienced the same symptoms described in the PCM/fuel pump recall issued against 2006 Pacificas. I also mentioned that this recall did not cover my vehicle which they confirmed. However, I raised concerns on whether the recall applicability needed to be expanded to cover other Pacificas. The dealer has yet to figure out the problem besides telling me that they confirmed a 420 and 700 fault code which they stated would require me to replace the catalytic converter and the transmission shifting solenoid. I questioned whether the sudden stall of the vehicle could have resulted in a misleading fault code. Dealer technician mentioned that the stall could have been caused by a faulty transmission solenoid. I mentioned that my vehicle had shown no indication of a transmission problem with the gear shift. Besides, if a faulty transmission shift solenoid is capable of causing a vehicle stall, then this vehicle has a serious design flaw since a stall while driving could result in serious injury or a catastrophic accident. Dealer mentioned that mechanic was unable to replicate the failure and would continue to investigate the problem and get back to me. As of April 20, 2011, dealer has been unable to explained why the vehicle stalled. I suggested they perform the 2006 PCM/fuel pump recall fix.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #31

Apr 042011


  • 76,104 miles
Went to start up my wife's 06 Chrysler Pacifica and the engine was making a ticking noise. I then looked up the information on line to come to my surprise this is a problem in the 3.5 Pacifica. I even tried the heavy oil fix and still no luck. Chrysler need to fix this problem. I change my oil every 3000 miles with synthetic like clock work. This might be my last Chrysler product.

- Port Royal, SC, USA

problem #30

Feb 142011

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
On February 14, 2011 I was making a left turn at about 5 to 10 miles per hour when my 2006 Chrysler pacific stopped. I was barely into the turn when the engine stopped. I had to put the car into park and restart the engine. This has been happening for probably 2 to 3 times a year. Usually it happens when I make sharp left turns but this time it was not a sharp turn. I was very concerned this time because there was another car approaching and I was in the middle of the street. I had taken my vehicle into Chrysler years ago for a recall and replacement of a part that was supposed to stop the stalling. But it is still occuring. Not sure if it is electrical or fuel line or something else.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #29

Dec 262010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica touring. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact heard a loud tapping noise from the engine area. He checked the oil level which was fine. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that there could be several reasons for the problem but did not inspect it. The failure continued and was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 93,000.

- York, PA, USA

problem #28

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 #27

Nov 302010


  • 55,000 miles
My 2006 Chrysler Pacifica has recently been stalling when turning at low speeds.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #26

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 #25

Jan 012009

Pacifica 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
My 2006 Chrysler Pacifica touring with the 3.5 L V6 tends to burn excessive oil. It appears that a lot of people with this engine seem to have this same issue. Between my 3000 mile oil changes, my vehicle will lose 1-1.5 quarts of oil. There is no visible leaks and we are not seeing any smoke coming from my tail pipe. Some websites have indicated the engine design being at fault. They say the engine gets too hot and remains too hot causing the oil to prematurely break down and turn to sludge. I started noticing the issue at about 60K miles. I'm now at 72K miles. I've contacted Chrysler and they indicated that 1 quart per 1000 miles is nothing to worry about and within manufacturer tolerances. This is ridiculous for a 2006 vehicle. Here are some sites where a lot of users have complained: www.astralautorepairs.com/forum/index.php"topic=2.0 townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F12caf4 www.chryslerforum.com/forum/showthread.php"T=5440 the astralautorepairs site seems to have explained the cause of the issue and a non-conventional fix that hasn't been thoroughly tested.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Aug 302010


  • 68,000 miles
2006 Chrysler Pacifica stalling..... with no warning in middle of intersections and worse on the highway in traffic was told by many dealers that it was the oil switch as the oil light comes on when it happens also was told that it was the incorrect oil filter on my Chrysler filters must be used on that engine, this is my wife's car and now it is happening about every time she stops and or left turn, she has been in many situations where she was almost in an accident to the point that she doesn't even drive the car anymore in seeing all the complaints about this I would hope that a recall would be issued before someone looses a life.

- West Wareham , MA, USA

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