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Changes You'd Like To See in the Pacifica

PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,890
edited June 3 in Chrysler
Have an idea to improve the Pacifica? Maybe a bit of a redesign, or added features or gadgets, or maybe just a few additional color choices? Well, this is the place to let Chrysler know what you think would do the job.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,415
    PLEASE PLEASE give me a choice of a diesel engine in the 2008 model!

    I'd LOVE to get one with the same MB engine being used in all of their SUVs this coming year (R320cdi, GL320cdi, ML320cdi).

    If the Pacifica doesn't have this option, I'm going to have to do something drastic like spend $57k on the R320cdi come September 2008 when our Pacifica's lease is up.

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

  • aaron_taaron_t Posts: 301
    So you'd spend $20-30k more for a vehicle to save $1k/year in fuel costs?

    I think a lot of people would like a 7 passenger version, 2nd row bench and the rear seat. A little more headroom and legroom in the third row would be welcome, but the biggest thing is more cargo space behind the third row.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,415
    nah. there is more to it than that, of course.

    If it was a diesel, I would plan to buy it and keep it for a LOONNGG time. I also firmly believe the resale on a diesel equipped model would be much higher, so you've got that to work into the math, too. It would also be quite a bit more powerful (and not just that 0-60 kind of power, but the real highway passing power that our pacifica lacks).

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

  • djagdjag Posts: 39
    My Pacifica is impressive in many ways. On the road it is incredible...

    Big change needed is a 6 speed transmission and more HP. Of course a Hemi would be terrific.

    Also why arent the controls on the steering wheel lighted? I rented a cheap Saturn last weekend and the controls were lit. I bet the lights are in the steering wheel already but they just didnt get wired.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,415
    Big change needed is a 6 speed transmission and more HP.

    Your request has already been answered with the '07 Pac.

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

  • I would like to see Paris Hilton sitting in my passenger seat. Especially when I pull up to the gas pump.
  • Had an '04 Pac; just finished 1st month with new '07 Pac. The new 4.0L w/ 6-speed trans is a night vs day improvement. This is the powertrain that the car should have been born with!
  • dbtdbt Posts: 298
    Rumors in the Detroit Free Press suggest that the next generation of the Pacifica has been canceled. Anyone know more?
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    From the Car Connection:

    The Chrysler Pacifica crossover could be headed for the scrap heap, if reports from the Detroit Free Press pan out. The paper reports that all work on the replacement for the Pacifica has been stopped by Chrysler. The project, code-named CT, was to make its production debut in 2009. The project could merely be on hold, the Free Press speculates, as Chrysler tries to mitigate its losses this year after a third-quarter red ink flow of $1.5 billion. The Pacifica was an early entrant into a market that is now overflowing with vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander, Ford Edge, and Saturn Outlook.
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    I'm a happy owner so far (or my wife is) of a '06 Pacifica signature series.

    The car has very good ride and enough oomph in the engine. Surely you always want more but it has enough.

    The only 'complaint' I have is that this fairly high prized vehicle does not have automatic running lights. I did have the daytime driving lights turned ON (country code Canada) but it just amazes me why it is not standard on all Pacs to have true automatic lights, i.e. the ones with daytime driving lights that automatically change to dark time running lights as the sun sets down.

    That is all I would improve by my 4 month experience so far.

    Arrie
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,415
    hmmm... ours has them. I'm not sure if it was an option or park of a package or what. Ours is pretty well loaded, but its not a Limited.

    I wouldn't expect it to be standard on all pacs because the base model is actually a pretty inexpensive vehicle.

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

  • qbrozen, I think arrie was referring to standard daytime running lights in addition to the automatic headlamps. Higher trim pacs (including the Signature Series) all have automatic headlamps but they don't come on when it's light outside. I believe arrie was talking about having them come on as daytime running lamps and then switching to reg lamps upon dark. By having your dealer program the computer for Canada the daytime running lights will work but I thought that just meant your car's headlamps will be on at all times. Arrie, are you saying DRL's use a different set of bulbs in the cluster?
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    chris,

    What I'm talking about is that this Signature Series that I have does not have any kind of automatic lights as it came, i.e. no daytime driving lights or automatically working head lamps that would turn on automatically when it gets dark. This disagrees with your statement of higher trim Pacs (including the Signature Series).

    The only automatically working light now is the daytime running lights that I had turned on by the dealer. That fix is the country code setting 'Canada'. I believe in Canada daytime running lights now are mandatory in new cars so that function is built in all Pacs. They just don't enable it for U.S. market. But it can be as was done to my Pac.

    Daytime running lights use the high beam bulbs but with reduced voltage so they are quite dim even in dark. But they are on and make car more visible in daytime driving, which is the whole idea.

    The higher trim Pacs as I have should come with automatic head lamps that turn on at dark. Some packages have it but amazingly Signature Series does not.

    Arrie
  • I have 2005 signature series and car come with automatic head lamps that turn on at dark.What year You got?

    prawie paw
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    Mine is 2006.

    Arrie
  • aaron_taaron_t Posts: 301
    I hate automatic headlights and DRL's. It's just my preference, though. As long as I can disable both of the features, I don't care if my vehicle has them. One ov my vehicles has just autolamps and I never use it. Another vehicle I owned had DRL's that I was able to disable.

    I cannot remember if my 2004 Pacifica had autolamps or not. A quick check of the owner's manual should help.
  • Arrie, I'm guessing you have the FWD Signature Series. I read in my Sig Series brochure and only the AWD models come with auto headlamps as part of the pkg.
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    Yes, mine is FWD as in Louisiana you really do not need AWD.

    It just doesn't make sense that the vehicle manufacturer does not think that FWD vehicle drivers might benefit from automatic head lights also. It does get dark down south at night time also.

    I have a '04 Tahoe and it has totally automatic driving lights. Daytime driving lights are ON at all times when you drive it unless you choose to turn them off. At dark head lights come on automatically.

    Some people think it is waste of money to use driving lights during daylight driving as you do not need them to see your way but at the same time these people forget that you also need to be seen in traffic for others to know you are around. Daytime driving light do a great service for this and automatic lights even more when they come ON when the driver just forgets or chooses to turn them on too late.

    Arrie
  • I can (maybe) see not having automatic headlights available on a base model to differentiate it from the upper trim levels. But not being able to add it to the FWD Touring models is just a ridiculous marketing decision IMHO. Cars costing far less than a Pacifica have this option available.
  • I actually prefer the drl's that are integrated into the amber turn signal bulbs. They actually used these on some of the 2nd generation Caravans and Voyagers. GM uses this feature on their FWD minivans (Venture/Uplander,Montana etc)as well as Buick Century/Regal, Chev Camaro/Pont Firebird and some Corvettes. I think the amber versions stand out more than the ones integrated into the headlights. Wish I could figure out a way to do this on my 2005 Pacifica.
  • TO BAD CHRYSLER DOESN'T PUT A 5.7 L HEMI IN THE PACIFICA LIKE THE 300 C,MAGNUM,ETC.IF A JEEP CHEROKEE CAN GET A HEMI ,A PACIFICA SHOULD HAVE ONE TOO!
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Be ware that Pacifica is a FWD vehicle and cannot handle a Hemi. Even for the AWD version it's too much, and can cause lots of torque steer problems. All vehicles you mentiond are RWD cars so the HEMI is not a problem for them.
  • I just had the dealer say that we can't even have the automactic headlights added at the service department for our 2006 Touring model. I was completely surprised to find out the model and package options we purchased didn't include this feature. Didn't even think we had to ask. I found out through on-line search of models and options that this was only for the AWD models as you described. How Chyrsler chose to limit this to only AWD models is beyond me. I've sent a letter to Chrysler customer service to confirm that this can't be added at the dealership after the fact.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I picked up my new 2007 Touring FWD on Friday evening. I've been enjoying it ever since. Drove it to Virginia and back yesterday and have seen very reasonable MPG. I look forward to sharing more in the various Pacifica forums. After traveling I can say, FOR ME, the only thing I'd enjoy is about 8-10 more cubic feet of room behind the third row seats.
  • Even 4"-5" more length back there would be a help. (10cuft would require extending it by at least a foot and I doubt they would do that.) Especially if they can raise the roof over the back row to substantially increase head room. You need to be really short to fit in the 3rd row of my 2004.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I'm not so sure of that... I was parked today next to a Town and Country and they are comparable heights--the Pacifica is a bit shorter. It seems that they managed to get considerable room behind the minivan third row (20plus cubic feet if I recall) by utilizing the floor pan. The Pacifica doesn't make us of the space "down low". Again--it's not something that was a deal breaker but just a touch more space back there (even the 4-5" inches you suggest) would be welcome! My daughter can't get her friends AND all their sleepover necessities in comfortably!! LOL
  • I don't know that there is much space below the bumper line as you describe. The spare tire is under there too.
  • music287music287 Posts: 116
    We're (probably) about to order a Limited AWD. (The price and features are two compelling reasons compared to the Saturn Outlook, Acura MDX, upcoming Mazda CX-9, Audi Q7, etc.) In 2006 there was a stand alone option for a full size spare tire that is not available on the 2007 models. I'm wondering if anyone knows if the underside of the PAC has been changed that would not allow me to substitute a full sized spare. For some reason, is the full-diameter "doughnut" the only thing that will fit under the rear of the car?

    Jay
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    My guess would be that the new dual exhaust doesn't allow room for the full size spare.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Good question, perhaps the AWD system interferes. You've made me curious enough to look under my new Pacifica once the rain stops. I couldn't find a statement about the spare on my invoice. Between the dual exhaust and the standard tire pressure monitoring system, perhaps they felt the "doughnut"--assuming that is what's there--is sufficient.
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