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Chrysler Pacifica Transmission Problems



  • gthosgthos Posts: 15
    freddiemonteon - What year is your Pacifica? I bought a 2007 new and had numerous issues with it. Fought with Chrysler and finally got them to give me an extended warranty (exp. 4/2012). After four dealers, I finally got what I hope was the last issue corrected (new rack & pinion steering). However, I only have less than 25,000 miles on it. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and will probably trade at 50-60k if it holds together. Very displeased with numerous little rattles, mpg and excessive road noise.......... Let me know what year yours is and GOOD LUCK to you with your problems.
  • I have my 2004 pacifica for 5 years and haven't had any trouble with it until now. the main ground wire to the transmission broke causing the alternator to stop charging, so after the battery was drained the car quit running. after it was towed home, i charged the battery and found the car wouldn't even crank over. i found the main ground wire from the battery to the transmission was broken off, so i replaced the ground wire and the car started and the alternator was charging, however the bad ground shorted one of the registers in the transmission control solenoid and burned a hole in the cover causing a trans fluid leak. so i replaced the control solenoid, and the blown fuse. here is where i am looking for some help, on the shifter digital display all the gears are lit up and going for a test drive the car wont shift out of first gear, and every now and again when i start it, it will say its in reverse and the reverse lights are on. the code thats coming up with my scan tool is p0700 transmission control. has anybody else had this problem withe ground wire and solenoid going bad, and does anybody know of anything else that gets fried when this happens??? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks
  • I also have experienced tranny problems with my 2006 Pacifica Touring AWD 3.6L. The dealership side stepped any ongoing issue with these Pacifica transmissions as well as those experienced in the Chrysler 300. At 45K miles the tranny clunked when shifting from f1st to 2nd gear. The problem appeared to be insufficient fluid flow or inadequate fluid viscosity therefore I drained my tranny fluid, dropped the cover, whipped down and blew off the exposed surfaces, changed the tranny filter, installed new tranny fluid and whalla my problem was completely solved until the car hit the 95K mark. Now my tranny pump whines when idle and at low speeds. I'm afraid that I will have to put the old girl to rest before she reaches her golden years. My lesson learned "Not everybody is honest in their dealings (no worries as they are making their own chain to shoulder in the after life) and stay away from modern unproven Chryslers".

  • I have experienced several electrical issues and motor mount replacements since I purchased this vehicle October 2007. I purchased it brand new and fully loaded. I only have 41,000 miles on my car, as of today, and I am getting the motor mount replaced for the 5th time. I first contacted the dealership prior to warranty expiring but made the appointment after warranty was up. I was naive and never fought them on that issue and ended up bringing it to my mechanic. I am not sure after going through my mechanic so many times that I can now contact the dealership again. I only travel back and forth to my kids school and shopping. I am not a race car driver. How is this happening? I am fighting my mechanic every 6 months on this issue. Is there a recall on the motor mount? Can anyone give me some advise on this?
  • shoeladyshoelady Posts: 1
    I have the same issue with my 2006 Pacifica (now 104,000). My broken motor mounts have caused other issues that have resulted in other costly repairs: most recently a new radiator. Last week, I called Chrysler's Customer Service and filed a complaint. I was told by the CSR that there hadn't been enough reported issues regarding the motor mounts to warrant a recall. Based on what I've been reading, that's hard to believe! Anyway, she stated that my complaint would go to someone higher up for review...I'm not holding my breath on that one!
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Motor mounts on ALL PAC's are a item that does not take much beating up bu pot holes. I would call Chrysler customer care and the lemon law saya three times for the same repair. 1800 992 1997 good luck.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    At 148,900 miles we traded in our PAC Touring AWD. We saw no hope for the end of problems and traded for a 2013 RAM 1500 5.7 8 speed automatic.

    We had the LifeTime power train warranty and we bought the LifeTime Max Care $100. ded. warrantee. Between both of these a total of $ 18,000. was spent keeping it going. We saw no end to the problems and felt it was basically un trustworthy. We had hoped that we might not have to buy another vehicle at all. sowe bought the truck. So far we like it.

    I wish you all the best.

  • I am new to this forum and am hoping I can find some help. I'll start by saying I am not a mechanic but am technically apt. I recently crashed my 2005 Pacifica (touring - 3.5l engine) and smashed the radiator along with the A/C condenser and the transmission cooler. I'm replacing it all myself.

    I ordered all my parts online from ebay except the condenser which I got at a salvage yard.

    The trouble I'm having is with the Transmission Cooler Lines. I took off the old lines and was about to put the new lines on when I noticed that the old transmission cooler and the new one do not have the same connectors.

    The old cooler had a nut on the line that was held on with a pin and attached directly to the cooler. The new cooler has what looks like a place for a rubber hose to attach.

    Like I said, I'm not a mechanic and this is likely something silly that I am overlooking but I need some help figuring out how to connect the lines to the cooler.

    Please help as I am utterly confused and I have googled to my hearts content and can't find any guides on replacing the cooler. Thanks in advance!

    I posted this in another forum with pictures, so I'll add the link since I can't upload pictures here.
  • loren88loren88 Posts: 2
    We purchased our Pacifica in November 07 because it had a lifetime warranty on the drive train. Because we planned to drive the car for a long time (comfortable, great driving for my wife) we also purchased an extended warranty for $1800 (something we usually never do). Except for a motor mount problem in 2011 at 66K miles (which interestingly neither warranty covered), we have loved the car. One week ago, at 88K miles, the transmission went out. Chrysler says because we "did not have the car inspected in 2012", our warranty is void. Our original dealer says that that stipulation was not in effect when we bought the car and was added later and we should have been notified by Chrysler directly. We were never notified. Anyone have any suggestions? We are facing a $3500 repair, no engine warranty on a car probably worth 5K. We have always driven Chrysler vehicles but this is frustrating to say the least.
  • yuiyui Posts: 1
    these fluid filled mounts will always fail. there is a good reason they have not been reported, it is because they usually break after the warranty and people will not go back to the dealer due to the high cost but rather their local mechanic instead. i have replaced my front and rear mounts twice in one year and i wasn't going to do it again so after some chatting with a few race car guys, we came up with a $20 solution. the solution also fixed my clunk during shifting so it was a two for one deal. i purchased the 4 cargo tie down straps from costco for $20. i took the one end and hooked it to the bracket that the mount bolts to and i swung it under and around he lower engine cradle to hook the other end to the same mount. i tightened it up and the engine no longer mover 2-3 inches when i accelerate. i used a cargo strap for two main reasons, easy to use and it will not conduct electricity. many racers use heavy duty chains welded to the brackets. if the strap ever breaks, you have two more. i would do this right after you have replace any blown out mounts. i was able to do the front one in 5 minutes but i'll have to jack up the Pacifica to do the rear mount. i hope you have success like i have.
  • If that really works I will ask my mechanic to do the same thing. I've replaced my motor mounts 7 times in 5 years. All but two of those time my mounts we broken right in two! My mechanic managed to get the factory mounts put on this last time and they paid for it! That almost fixed it, but not quite. The knocking is just less frequent and not as rough as if they were the off-brand mounts.
  • tbowestbowes Posts: 2
    I haven't solved my problem yet. I received one suggestion that I have yet to try. The suggestion was to replace the valve body. My plans are to replace the part in a couple of weeks. I have searched my local junk yards for a suitable valve body, but so far no luck. I guess I will have to bite the bullet and buy a new valve body which is expensive, ($400.00 to $500.00) range. I will post the results after I do that. If you solve your issue, please post and let me know. If all goes as scheduled, I intend to purchase and replace the valve body in the next 2 weeks.
  • THE LATEST!!! Spent $3500 to have transmission repaired (Chrysler says it is in our warranty book we had to have an inspection at the 5 year mark. TRUST ME, our warranty book says no such thing! Next avenue is the State Attorney General.
    BUT the NEW NEWS is we now have a broken motor mount!!! and it was towed in yet again.
  • We bought a 2008 Pacifica Limited with 25K KILOMETERS (15K Miles ) and have had nothing but problems. Our biggest headache has been the transmission. At 50k it started making a wheezing noise from somewhere. We brought it to Chrysler and they said ( 2 days later ) that the tranny filter an oil need to be changed. We've serviced it regularly at Chysler. The cost would be $600. ( WOW ! ) But ok. Returned to pick it up. Paid and went to get the car in the service dept. Guess what? The same wheezing sound. Now the car is still on warranty. So returning ( 3 days later ) We were told some cover or pump needed to be changed. They did not have the part and it would take 6 weeks to get it. Excuse me? But OK. 6 weeks later they called to say the part was in. We went and gave the car to them. 2 days later we were called to come pick it up. We went and were told we had to pay for the transmission oil change, $450. What ? But ok. Went and paid and and picked up the car. Guess what? same wheezing sound, at this point we had had enough. Big argument happened and we left with the intention of talking to our laywer. So I brought the car to our friends garage next door to our home. In 5 minutes he told us that the problem was our condenser, which was clogged. He added a transmission cooler in 30 minutes, charged us $100 and that includes replace the tranny oil. NO MORE Wheezing. Furthermore they noticed that the transmission oil cover had no gasket but was covered with some sort of silicone. They cleaned it and installed a transmission gasket. They thought that that was really stupid. To have the Chrysler dealer actually do something like that was ridiculous. When we contacted Chrysler about this they said that the service center does not belong to Chrysler but is leased to someone. They accept no responsibility. Needless to say I will never buy a Chrysler vehicule again and encourage everyone I know to do the same. I owned a Chevy Trailblazer 4X4 for 12 years and not once did I ever have a problem. Sold it because I had no room for it and got $2500 for it. I loved that car.
  • I have had the pleasure of working on a pacifica for a friend and let me tell you all now you will have issues with this transmission because of the cheap wiring harness they used to build this van and there is no need to purchase a new one because it is as cheap as the one you have.we had to rewire the hole transmission system and make repairs to the transmission itself and the wiring is the cause of the engine mounts breaking due to the transmission shifting hard as well as the no start problems and the weezzing noise.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Or 2007 Pacifica AWD had just about everything you can think of go wrong, but not the wires onthe tranny. The PAC's were NOT a great car, and the best advice is to get ride of it as soon as possible. be prepared for more repairs.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    The Pacifica was a vehicle with MANY problems. WE had the Chrysler service max care contract, (thank the Lord) The transmission in the Pacifica;s has proven to have so many probles that it was recalled for the torque converter. Transmission shops love Pacifica's! Never take a Chrysler of any kind to a independant shop, the dealers are pretty much strieght forward.

    Just for your info, we had our 2007 PAC 148,00 miles, and 6 years, The Lifetime Warranty paid our $ 16,000. in repair and our $ 100. deductable's we had nearly $ 4,000. so it was a very expensive vehicle to drive. Best advice is to sell it as soon as you feel you can. The 2008 Pac's wer betterthat the 2007's. They stopped production of the Pac. in 2008. There has been mush disappointment by Pac's buyers. You might call 1800 992 1997 and tell chrysler what has happened and see if they would be willing to give you a owners loyality Cert, to help you out on a new car.

    We bought a 2013 Ram truck and really like it and get better or as good as our pac did. Good luck.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    We had a 2007 Touring awd. It was constantly something for 6 years and 148,000 miles! The Lifetime warranty with the Chrysler Max Care Service Contract paid out $ 16,000. us in repair. From three trans. repairs, to Condensor, fuel pumps several times, to replacing the battery 3 times, to every electrical item , and seat backs, rear end seals, tir rodends, to motor monts mulit times, trans mounts, heater core, head lights, , the list goes on and on. I really thought there whould come to a slow down on repair, but it never did, We had $ 4,000 in our $100. deductables alone. However it was very good on brakes and tires, and gas, we got 19 to 24 mpg.

    Because of the warranty and we like the service manager and we know him, all our service was done at a Chrysler dealer. Even Chrysler felt rather sorry for the problems we had,

    Here is the hard part for you, my experience with our PAC was NOT unsual!!! If you can afford to sell it, you might want to think long and hard about it. We loved the ride and confort that the PAC had, it was esay to drive and we liked the car, it was the constant repair that killed it for us, We are elderly and we could see it just would not last as long as we expected it to. We bought a 2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn crew can 5.7 8 speed automatic. It gets great mpg just about like the PAC, only the truck is bigget and we had to buy a side step to get in it.

    I hope this helps, and good luck.
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