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New Pacifica Owners - Give Us Your Report

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  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    Ditto gbrozen. Definitely go with the 3rd row seats. It is one of the primary aspects that makes the Pacifica so unique. One child in the 3rd row, the other in the second with your wife if she feels she needs to be back there. When using the 3rd row seats, be sure to disable the easy-exit feature for the driver's seat, if your vehicle is equiped with it. Adjust the second row seats as far forward as possible while still being able to fold up without hitting the front seats. The front passenger seat may have to be brought further forward than normal also. This way the 3rd row has maximum legroom and entry and exit it easier. I have gotten no complaints from 3rd row passengers when we have six in my Pacifica. All the trips with six, however, were under an hour.
  • Well as you can see from my posts I have not been happy with my 2004 Pacifia and Chrysler nor the Dealership will make it good but I cab say it is luxuary for the price but the seat is hard to get ajusted comfortably and we have been having major mechanical issues since day one with it so I guess you have to decide from luxuary or dependability and I think the bench seat is the best for the second row because we have the console and it is useless!!!!! Also the rear air or heat doesn;t work properly!
  • Thanks all of for your imput so far! With forward facing childseats, I think we could make the 6 seater work, as my nimble wife could hop between the seats, over the console, to get to the way back.

    I think I'll rule out the smaller engine then. Resale value always seems greatly affected by engine choice.

    I fully understand that the 2004's have the usual new model issues, which is why I'll be looking at used 2005-2006 models. And since so many are coming off rental lots, the massive 24mos depretiation makes getting a used one for $14k a reality come April.

    I guess I'll be looking at the Touring model then... how's the seat comfort of the 2 styles of cloth seats vs the leather???

    Thanks again!
  • rodutrodut Posts: 343
    The 2005 cloth is extremely fluffy and nice. I love touching it. The 2006 cloth is a crappy plastic surface, Garbage Motors style.

    The leather is leather. I freezes your rear end in winter, and burns it in the summer. Then it cracks.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I've had my new Pacifica for a whopping 5 days now. A few things to report. The new 4.0 liter V-6 and 6 speed Autostick work very well. My first tank with a mix of highway and in-town driving yielded 20 MPG. The second tank which was exclusively highway yielded 23.5 MPG. The more impressive part was those figures reflected average speeds of 75-85 mph traveling Interstate between PA and VA. YES..I did drive more modestly for the first 200 miles and first tank.
    I reported on the buying experience in the "Prices" section and have been pleased with the follow thru by the 5 Star dealer. I have mud flaps and a foglight kit on order which should be in and installed sometime next week. They've already offered the use of a loaner for that work.
    Best wishes in 2007...
  • I got my 2006 Pacifica back in April and have really enjoyed it. It rides so smoothly, and I love the stereo system, and the seats are very comfortable. Everything works well. I did have a problem with the antilock brakes right from the start though they made a weird noise when you went down hill especially. When the recall came up for the fuel injection controller, I took it in and asked them about the brakes. They said that the back rotar was warped so they replaced it. Not it seems to be fine.

    Today, I tried parking it in my garage and my husband has the garage so full that I barely scraped the right door. So, now I'm trying to find if there is a rubber part you can order to put on the outside of the door that runs from the front to the back. Also, I was amazed that the Limited edition didn't come standard with Splash Guards, my car does get filthy quickly. Also, how do you order touch up paint for your vehicle?

    Regards from Sammamish Washington :)
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I believe that touch up paint should be available through your dealer--or any Chrysler Corporation dealer. I'd encourage you to pick some up. The paint I had for my Intrepid--even though I kept it inside--did not last long in the tube. That being said it wasn't terribly expensive as I recall. Less than $10 for a standard "touch up" tube.
    I'm having foglights and molded splash guards installed next week at the dealer. They had to be ordered. When you pick up your touch up you might inquiry about splash guards. I was quoted $90 installed for 4.
  • tice2tice2 Posts: 2
    Last week I bought a 2006 Touring. We love the car and got a great deal - 6K under invoice. When test driving - we noticed a bit of shimmy in the steering wheel. The car appeared to have sat on the lot for quite a bit of time - dirty, stained appearance, - so my thinking is that the tires had compressed / decompressed with the climate changes. I went ahead and bought this model with the expectation that they would rebalance and rotate the tires. Instead, when I brought the car back to dealer to get this work done - they put new tires and pull wheels from other 2006 model (Bridgestones vs. original Michelin) - without my consulatation. :mad: . I picked up the car and told them that I do not accept a change in the tire brand and want the exact same model of Michelin's -- which they are doing. But the troublesome part was that in high speed breaking (70mph), it still slightly "shimmy's" in the steering wheel and some on the break pedal. Seeing that this car only has 100 miles on it - I'm very concerned that they are going to machine the rotors on a brand new set of brakes, instead of replacing since all under warranty. Wondering if I should be concerned - if there is any recourse (ie requesting a different pacifica, since only 1 week old - requesting new rotors). I'm a little gunshy right now w/ this particular car - seeing that its been in the shop for 4 days out of the 1st week. Looking for feedback.. :confuse: by the way - I've owned 3 Chryslers - 2005 PT Cruiser - 97 Pacifica and now this one. Nothing but good fortune, that is until this mishap
  • tice2tice2 Posts: 2
    Last week I bought a 2006 Touring. We love the car and got a great deal - 6K under invoice. When test driving - we noticed a bit of shimmy in the steering wheel. The car appeared to have sat on the lot for quite a bit of time - dirty, stained appearance, - so my thinking is that the tires had compressed / decompressed with the climate changes. I went ahead and bought this model with the expectation that they would rebalance and rotate the tires. Instead, when I brought the car back to dealer to get this work done - they put new tires and pull wheels from other 2006 model (Bridgestones vs. original Michelin) - without my consulatation. . I picked up the car and told them that I do not accept a change in the tire brand and want the exact same model of Michelin's -- which they are doing. But the troublesome part was that in high speed breaking (70mph), it still slightly "shimmy's" in the steering wheel and some on the break pedal. Seeing that this car only has 100 miles on it - I'm very concerned that they are going to machine the rotors on a brand new set of brakes, instead of replacing since all under warranty. Wondering if I should be concerned - if there is any recourse (ie requesting a different pacifica, since only 1 week old - requesting new rotors). I'm a little gunshy right now w/ this particular car - seeing that its been in the shop for 4 days out of the 1st week. Looking for feedback.. by the way - I've owned 3 Chryslers - 2005 PT Cruiser - 97 T and C (140K miles and running very strong) and now a 2006 Pac. Nothing but good fortune, that is until this mishap
  • tee10tee10 Posts: 10
    Vehicle: 2005 Pacifica, 1 owner, 75,000 miles

    Issues: Front end shimmy when braking.

    It did it when it was brand new and this only gets worse with time. Dealer says it is caused by warped rotors and wants to turn the rotors and charge big bucks. I know they weren't warped when new and have talked to other Pacifica owners who experience the same phenomenon.

    Interior Suction with rear windows down. We laughed about this at first and found it to be really strange. With the rear windows down and driving over 40mph the interior pressure drops drastically and will even suck open your eardrums. We use this method to drain water from our ears after swimming- works great. Come drive in the car...It'll suck your ears clean of water!!

    Rear Tire wear: scuffing- tire shoppes tell me it os wearing like it needs new struts. New struts wont fix it, On the third set and the tires continue to wear that way and even after a 4-wheel alignment and new struts.

    Gas milage: started out at about 18 which bothered me. It has gotten better with age. At 75,000 miles it now gets 23-24 mph and still climbing.

    Advice: Get the lower engine shroud raplaced while in warranty, it has been re-engineered to stay put. If you have the leather steering wheel, get a cover to protect it otherwise the surface will wear quickly.

    Other than that, I love the car, it's fun to drive and is very responsive. I like driving fast and have been know to go over 100 from time to time. This car handles it great but cuts out after 112mph (by design). The transmission shifts extremely smooth and engine starts great in extremely cold conditions.

    I have had no major repairs. Not even brakes yet. Tires are a whole different story. The Michelen MXV4's sell for over 200.00 each, but you'd do well to bite the bullet and not "go cheap" on the tires.
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    I just purcahsed a 2007 AWD Limited. Car is LOADED except nav system. Had a sticker of $37k. I paid $28k. So far soo good, although had a tire loosing air due to bad valve. Dealer replaced at 11 pm for me.

    Funny, sort of, to see people paying this price for much lesser models years ago. I guess it pays to buy late in a model history.

    The car rides exceptional well and the kids love it. MPG has been OK. Kills you in town, but have been getting over posted on the highway. 23 - 25 mpg is commone.
  • You have the same deal i had with my 2006 awd pac. 0% for 27 mths? I had a tire loosing air too but I was never told what the problem was. I agree, the Pac is great and I still haven't decided if I will purchase my Pac after the lease or give it back and get the current model at the end of the year for the same deal. Great car.
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    No. I did not lease. Since I bought a 2007, the lease would have been pretty horrible. I did not use 0% as I took greater rebates instead. At the end of the day, I did better because the rebate was $5500 which I would have lost with the 0%. Plus, it keeps my liability lower. In other words, if I decided to sell it in 3 years, I would owe $5500 less.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    With the 08 pacifica being the end of the Pacifica's do you think this will bring down the trade in values?

    farout
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    I don't really think so. I guess you could look at that a few different ways. For one thing, when they come out with a revised, improved model, that certainly kills the resale unless in situations where a vehicle goes really upscale. Such as if they were to roll out a 2009 and increase the price point by $10k....that would be good. At least with the model being killed, I think it is pretty neutral as far as resale goes.

    Most likely Chrysler will replace the line with something else and call it something else.

    I am just glad that I paid $8 - 9K below invoice....at least it minimizes the damages.
  • I didn't realize the '08 Pacifica's will \be the last. Where online can I find out more about this?
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    I simply found out from the dealer. I am not sure where Chrysler would publish this info.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    nadouble: You can go to www.allpar.com and you can read about the new Dodge Journey mini nimi van. The journey has much of the nice things we like about the pacifica. It is being amde in Tolucia, Mexico on a Avenger platform that is 4" longer, and has seating much like the Pacifica. The same plant makes the PT Cruiser, which is to be changed in 09. Look for the Journey in Sept or Oct. of 08.
    I am not sure if the Windsor Plant will add some other vehicle to replace the loss of making the Pacifica, at present the Caravan and Town and Country are made at Windsor.
    By the way www.allpar.com had lots of good information.

    Have a very marry Christmas, and remember HE is the reason for the day we call Christmas.

    farout
  • We purchased a 2008 Pacifica Touring Signature vehicle in Dec 07. We immediately started smelling what seemed to be oil burning on a manifold. I went to the Dealership and they told me it was just the new oils burning of the engine and exhaust parts which was normal. Well when it reached 400 miles and still was smelling I returned and was told the same story. Then at 900 returned again and they finally took it in and discovered the axel was leaking gear oil and needed a Gasket replaced which they did and the warranty covered it. However I still can vegley smeel it we now have 1900 miles. We also have discovered everytime it rains we have a puddle of water on the passenger floor. It is now back for the second time to try to have that fixed so we are currently waiting to hear what caused it and if it is fixed so hoping it ends here.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,194
    I've seen this once or twice on new cars and it turned out to be the windshield seal. I also hope this is the end of your build defects.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    Depending on where the oil ended up, this could take a very long time for the smell to go away.

    If it were me, I would crawl under the car and spray a degreaser liberally wherever there is oil and then rinse it. The dealer might do it for you.
  • spnsrspnsr Posts: 3
    My wife and I are going to be having our 3rd kid and needed a third row seat and my wife is 100% against mini-vans, so with the current gas prices the Pacifica looked like a better choice than Durango. I bought a 2007 Touring FWD and have been very happy with it. It has averaged 24 - 26 MPG on the highway which is as good as our much smaller Saturn Vue got. My wife loved the Vue and was not sure about me buying this Chrysler, but now that she has driven it I can't get it away from her. I have got better than 200,000 miles on other Chrysler/Dodgesand I hope to keep this one around that long.
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    My only design complaint with the PAC is that the third row is a bit hard to access. We have the second row captains chairs, and I think having a bench makes more sense if you have three kids.

    We downsized from a Suburban and am still getting use to the smaller space.
  • spnsrspnsr Posts: 3
    I agree about the second row captains make it impossible to haul three children and cargo (Luggage, X-mas presents, etc.) like a car with trunk, but I don't have to hear any "He/She is touching me!" Also, we are lucky are oldest is 5 so he can get in and out on his own but not too fit. The passenger space is limited in that back row.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,194
    well, to be fair, its not "impossible." We've done it. Thankfully the 3rd row is a 50/50 split, so 2 people in the captains chairs, 1 in the back, and half the 3rd row folded for cargo ... not alot of cargo, but enough for our stroller, baby bag, and wedding gifts.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • greginwagreginwa Posts: 3
    Except it rides and drives more like a typical SUV and the styling leaves much to be desired.
  • greginwagreginwa Posts: 3
    A few months ago we bought a left over '07 Limited AWD with everything on it. We could not be happier. It rides and handles superbly. The gas milage is respectable at 25 hwy and 18 city. Actually better than expected. This is my 6th Chrysler and nothing about it makes me want to change logos. my '95 Concorde has 300,000 on it and still uses no oil. The least I have ever gotten out of a Chrysler was 175,000. To bad this is the last year for the Pacifica :cry: . Hopefully the Journey is not the only thing they could come up with to take it's place in the market.
  • djagdjag Posts: 39
    I had an 05 leased and after looking at the options (Edge-MXK;GMC;Buick) decided on the Pacifica. I like the looks and design much better than those I mentioned (boxy and bad economy) and drove I believe the 08 is quieter and smoother and faster and better economy. Also it had a sticker of 39k and I bought it for 29K. The 4.0 and 6 spd makes it a much better performer than the 05. Too bad Chrysler stopped making the only model designed jointly with MB. The NY Times said the Pac an the 300 are the best cars Chrysler made. I just hope all the Big Three can survive so the lifetime warranty is good.
    The Limited was hard to find as they all sold out quickly in Jan.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    diag: Inthe midwest there is a fairly good supply of the Limited PAC's. The Pac was still being Made up until May. Arifleet still lists the PAC on the production schedule, but with no information on ordering, which is odd. The PAC would normally have been dropped from the list when new production restarted up on July 21st.
    Actually MB had very little to do with the PAC. I have read some on this forum thought MD designed the engine and trans. But the 4.0 L engine is basicly the 3.5 L thats been refined, and the trans. is made by Borg Warner.
    I believe the Pac 2007 & 08 with the 4.0 l engine and the 6 speed auto trans is one of the best very best vehicles Chrysler has ever built. The Chrysler 300 is also real nice as well. The Pac is the largest cars that was built in 07 & 08.
    What king of fuel mileage do you get? That's the part we are amazed at, we have gotten as high as 28 mpg but just puttsing around town its 21 to 23 mpg. Heck that's great as far as we are concerned. Heck, the Chevy Aveo only gets 25 mpg in that Korean tin can.

    farout
  • mtjc521mtjc521 Posts: 26
    What did you pay a few months ago for the 07 Pac Limited AWD? Thanks for any help, and pls post it in the "prices paid" forum.
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