Pacifica issues?

Discussion in 'Pacifica' started by Jimbo, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    I'm looking at an '04Pacifica to replace my '97 Intrepid. Are there any
    issues with it? Anyone have one that they can offer an opinion on?

    I love my intrepid, but after 10 years, its time. :)
    Jimbo, Jan 19, 2007
  2. Jimbo

    Some O Guest

    Heavy & higher fuel consumption than your Intrepid.

    Spare mounted underneath the rear, very cheap for a vehicle being sold
    as higher end.
    -Checking spare air pressure may require a ground sheet.
    -Can a full sized space be carried?

    Is your Intrepid running well? If so why trade it.
    Some O, Jan 19, 2007
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    jdoe Guest

    Only issue I have with them is I wish I had one.
    jdoe, Jan 19, 2007
  4. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    Good question. It is running well, but my mechanic has put it on a
    do-not-resucitate. He said that whatever is wrong with it (and I have
    forgotten) may kill it in 10k, or 30k, but when it does, it probably
    isn't worth replacing.

    With that, my wife is kind of tired of it and wants a car she doesn't
    have to worry about breaking if she is driving it. We live fairly

    I love the car. Its been great for me. 176k, lots of room and power.
    Jimbo, Jan 19, 2007
  5. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    Does anyone know what tranny the Pacifica uses? I have heard that it
    has some mercedes parts in it, but I can't confirm that.
    Jimbo, Jan 19, 2007
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    Some O Guest

    I have a '95 Concord, basically the same car, and I'm going to run it
    until a major failure occurs. I expect that will be the transmission,
    but I've serviced it very well and am only at 130K kms.
    Is your "K" "miles" or "kms"?

    It's value is only about C$2,500 so nothing lost if it fails. That
    $2,500 would barely cover the extended warranty on a new car.
    Being of such low value it wouldn't bother me if I had to just tow it to
    a junk (recycling) yard. The engine would cover the towing cost.
    The most likely cause of failure is a write off if some idiot in an SUV
    driving too fast hits me.

    It looks and runs very well and nothing Chrysler has pleases me more.
    If I had to change quickly the Ford Fusion would be on my short list.
    Some O, Jan 19, 2007
  7. My '94 LHS is quickly approaching 300,000 km and the current
    transmission is still going strong. The original unit failed shortly
    after I had Mr. Lube do their "preventative maintenance" on it, only
    to discover (too late) it left their bay with far less transmission
    fluid than when it had arrived. Thankfully, although it was no longer
    under warranty, Jim Davidson Chrysler replaced it at no charge.
    Needless to say, I'm only too happy to sing their praises and when it
    came time to buy my 300M Special, there was no question who was going
    to get my business.

    Paul M. Eldridge, Jan 19, 2007
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    Art Guest

    Suspension components on the ones I saw were rusted on the new car lot. A
    turn off.
    Art, Jan 20, 2007
  9. Jimbo

    philthy Guest

    the belt squeal never goes away and the all wheel drive units make a loud
    clunk noise too thin of metal for the case and it binds up if it has one
    the car is comforable but has pooror blind spots than most! and it's a
    car has more computers than most dealers can fix and replacement parts are
    not cheap if it has the nav dash that alone is $1600.00 cluster and is a
    common failure
    brakes hold up well
    philthy, Jan 20, 2007
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    Jimbo Guest

    We are if a similar mind, down to the fusion. But with the engine the
    way it is, we only drive it around town. which is fine, but sometimes
    we want more mileage than the other car, a '98 JGC with the 318, gets.

    I do love the LH series. Too bad they let it die.

    Jimbo, Jan 20, 2007
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    Rockman Guest

    Why not buy 300C?

    Best looking car around and very well build.

    47000 mls on odometer and no worries so far.

    Rockman, Jan 20, 2007
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    Art Guest

    Ugly grill and inadequate window space eliminated the 300 for me.
    Art, Jan 20, 2007
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    Mike Guest

    I had an 04 with all kinds of issues, i bought it new,had computer issues
    galore. Took it to the dealer many times,and decided to trade it in on a 06
    wrangler (something that won't have to many computer issues) before the
    warranty went out.
    i owned many chryslers, but would never recomend a pacifica to anyone.
    Mike, Jan 20, 2007
  14. Still a big hassle, having to buy new car under such circumstances. Much
    easier to do it in a controlled manner in one's own time.


    For direct contact replace nospam with schmetterling

    Dori A Schmetterling, Jan 22, 2007
  15. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    Agreed. The Intrepid is still rolling around, and I still love the car,
    so this process may take more than a year. ;-)

    One thing, we have a ginormous car seat. The Intrepid swallows it
    nicely. The Jeep not as much. We had a line
    on an '03 Concorde for $12,999, but my wife wanted a slightly smaller
    car with better mileage. On the other side of that, she likes the
    Pacifica. She doesn't like the 300 (though I do, and the Charger has
    grown on me).


    We are looking at the Pacifica, a Subaru, and the Fusion. I'm a
    Chrysler guy at heart, though, so this is where I like to look.

    When I bought the Intrepid (nearly a decade ago) I got on this group
    and had a bunch of people give me a list of the positives and negatives
    as a whole. I.E. the poster above had a very bad experience, which I
    take into account, but he may have just had a lemon. Whereas any LH
    owner knows about the transmission issues (and subsequent fixes, use
    the right fluid) and water pump issues that were chronic to the

    Is there anything like that with the Pacifica? Chronic problems with
    the platform?
    Jimbo, Jan 22, 2007
  16. Hi Jim,

    When you say your wife wants something smaller than the Concorde and
    with better gas mileage, somehow I can't picture the Pacifica. ;-)

    I know little about this vehicle beyond what I've read here. The only
    person I know who owned one, bought a first year model and was not
    totally happy with it (she traded it in a little over a year ago).
    Lots of minor problems and a tendency to stall when making a hard left
    turn. I put this down to being an early production model and no doubt
    many of these problems would have been worked-out as time went on. I
    suspect the other part of the problem was her poor experience with the
    local dealer.

    I don't know how the Concorde stacks-up to the Pacifica in terms of
    outward visibility, but both you and your wife should check for blind
    spots (both would have their weaknesses in this regards). If I had to
    choose between the two, I'd pick the Concorde, even though I'm not all
    that struck on the front end (I think I once described it here as
    looking like a "dead fish sucking on a lemon").

    Although I'm not an huge fan of the new 300, I've rented one a couple
    times on business and compared to my two vehicles, two things strike
    you right off the bat: one, the handling on dry pavement is absolutely
    superb (don't have any experience with snow) and, secondly, it's
    eerily QUIET. The difference in quietness between the current and
    previous generations is night an day (my first-generation LHS suffers
    from wind noise and tire noise on the 300M Special is unbelievably
    loud compared to any other car OR truck I know).

    My '94 LHS will be retired in the next year or so and I, too, will
    start looking for its replacement shortly. I don't have a clue what
    to buy but I prefer it to be another Chrysler. That said, a plug-in
    hybrid is what I truly want and whoever comes out of the gate first is
    likely to be the winner.

    Good luck in your search.

    Paul M. Eldridge, Jan 22, 2007
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Don't fool yourself into thinking that Subarus are without problems.
    They have compromised their designs over the last few years for
    performance to the point that they have lots of early parts failures
    (clutches, brakes, rear wheel bearings, etc.).

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Jan 22, 2007
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    NJ Vike Guest

    Electrical issues come to mind with the Subaru.


    "Now Phoebe Snow direct can go
    from thirty-third to Buffalo.
    From Broadway bright the tubes run right
    Into the Road of Anthracite"
    Erie - Lackawanna
    NJ Vike, Jan 22, 2007
  19. Jimbo

    NJ Vike Guest

    The 300 grill is growing on me. I would like one in Inferno Red. What's the
    next generation 300 going to look like?

    I was at the car show this weekend here in the Meadowlands and Chrysler or
    Dodge weren't even a show.

    I do like the Cadillac models, Acura TL, Lexus ES350 and the Audi A6.
    The one that I think I would purchase would be the new GMC Acadia.


    "Now Phoebe Snow direct can go
    from thirty-third to Buffalo.
    From Broadway bright the tubes run right
    Into the Road of Anthracite"
    Erie - Lackawanna
    NJ Vike, Jan 22, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    Bill Putney wrote:

    I remember the days when a Subaru *WAS* a rolling problem! But people
    tolerated them for the AWD and fun-factor. Today, they seem to be just
    another generic Japanese car, with the exception of the WRX. A co worker
    just got a new Forester turbo, and it oozes "generic" even with the
    turbo. But I don't seem to hear the same gripes about never-ending
    maintenance that I used to.
    Steve, Jan 23, 2007
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