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  • Has anyone fitted a cold air intake (CAI) to the Pac yet? Is there enough room in there for one? I'm looking at a 3.8. Thanks,
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,109
    what do you mean, you're "looking at a 3.8"?

    Do you own a 3.8 or are you considering purchasing one? If you are considering purchasing one, but you want to add a CAI, why not start with the more powerful engine to begin with (3.5)?

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • I mean I'm looking at a couple of 2005 base models.
    From the seat of the pants, I can't tell any diff in the punch of the 3.8 vs. the 3.5. The 3.8 gets better MPG ratings and in the minivans it gets up to 26 MPG. The 3.5 is not a powerhouse and its MPG does not appear to be so hot.
    I prefer the base model. For 2007 it will have the 3.8 also.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,109
    OK... so then the question is, if you can't feel the difference between the 250hp 3.5 and 200hp 3.8, just why do you want a CAI?

    Its just that I am not a fan of CAIs, so I'm trying to understand why you feel you would like one.

    by the way, the 3.5 only loses 1 to 2 mpg to the 3.8. Not really that bad of a tradeoff for 50hp and 15ft-lbs increase. Just my opinion. AND, sometimes a slight drop in mileage is reported with CAIs, so you very well may reduce your mileage to match that of a 3.5 while not gaining anywhere near 50hp/15ft-lbs in return.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • guestguest Posts: 770
    Since there is little difference in perceived acceleration, why go with the thirstier motor?
    The CAI is not a feel thing, it's a think thing. I think it would help the 3.8, I think overall the 3.8 suits my purposes better, and I know I like the base model better than the upscale jobs.
    From what I've read, there is a big difference in EPA and real world MPG with the 3.5. It seems the 3.5 generally does quite a bit worse than EPA figures, rarely better or equal.
    CAI can increase HP 5-10+, similarly with torque. Despite the HP numbers, there is not a huge difference in acceleration figures. There are numbers and there is the real world.
    Similar acceleration, real world MPG possibly as much as 5 or 6 higher, there is little to argue about here IMO.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,109
    Since there is NO difference in perceived acceleration, why go with a CAI?

    I'm not telling you to get the 3.5, I'm trying to show you fault in your logic. If the 3.5 is not worth your cash, why is a CAI?

    if you get nothing out of it, its a waste of money. Its that simple. Best case scenario, the CAI simply takes money out of your pocket and you get nothing in return. Worst case scenario, you are not filtering the air as well as you should and you shorten the life of your engine.

    So, yeah, there is little to argue ... a CAI is worthless.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    Thanks for the info my3rdrx.

    I had my '06 daytime running lights activated today but the mechanic said he did not see any 'Fleet Daytime Running Light' option. He changed my Pac's country code to Canada and that activated the lights.

    There is just one weird thing though. When I put my blinker on the daytime running light on that side goes off for the time blinker is on. Is that the way the daytime running lights should work?

    Kind of weird behavior but as it is just daytime running light going off with the blinker it does not really matter. I just wonder if this behavior is correct?

  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    You're welcome! I imagine there may be variances among different models.

    Yes, your DRL is working correctly as it is by design that the light on the side of the blinker goes out with the directional on ~ this way, the turn signal is more pronounced. Actually I thought this was a pretty neat idea!
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    Thanks again for prompt answer! I was just worried if I have a problem with something when the light goes out with blinker.

    My Pac is a '06 model but it was put on road in January this year so I'm sure it really is a '05 model so there is no 'Fleet Daytime Running Light Option'. It is still called a country code. Or does yours have both the country code and Fleet light option?

    Thanks again!

  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    I'm not exactly sure when Chrysler switched over these codes between their 05s and 06s. Mine is also an 06 and was manufactured in October 05 and had a separate "Fleet DRL" option.

    But then again, who cares ~ as long as it works, right?
  • Hey I would be very interested in that too as I have the DVD changer on a '06 Pacifica Std.
  • I'd like to know if anyone has put the acrylic shades outside their windows. Does it stop the noise and make the car quieter when the window are down?
    They also make a deflector for the sunroof. My Elantra has one stock and it makes a World of difference in the noise level.
  • CAI are a waste of money. Unless you are bouncing off the rev limiter,you will never see the benefit of a CAI. What you may benefit from is the engine damage those can do. As a professional tech for over 20 years,I have seen more of my fair share of damage to engines caused by CAI's and KnN type drop in filters :mad: . But you are correct,in the seat of your pants dyno,you really may not feel much. You will notice the differance on the highway or freeway. Resale is bad enough on the Pac,I really cannot see why anyone would want a base Pac. :confuse:
  • davidd5-What kind of damage can a K&N drop in filter do? I had mine for about a year and put atleast 15k on it and so far no I have no problem with it. Just wondering how much mileage can you put on it before it start causing some damage. CAI have a potential of sucking water in your engine and I don't trust that lil' bypass valve to resolve it.
  • The problem I see is the seal is VERY poor. The dust just blows right past the seal. KnN,I know has some kind the grease/lube that goes on the seal. This is suppost to take up the gap these filters seem to have. :confuse: Most people don't seem to use the grease/lube,because I think I have seen it on a filter seal less then a hand full of times. What I see are rings that are taken out and/or a turbo because of the dust.
  • My wife wants me to install a headrest video monitors to our stock 6 disk dvd player. We have the headsets and a remote but not the OEM monitor. Those of you who installed aftermarket monitors to your dvd player... what kind of issues did you have? Will the OEM headsets work? Will the remote work? Were you able to wire in the IR into the monitors so the headsets work?
    Also, how did you get the cables under the carpet to the headrest?
  • spmedispmedi Posts: 11
    I found that the 2003/2004 verison on the Read Seat Video was the way to go. I ordered the following from a local dealer. They only had the one in stock: price $535

    #82207511 Rear Seat Video (DVD) DVD Rear Seat Video™ overhead entertainment includes 7 headliner-mounted LCD TFT screen, in-dash six-disc CD/DVD player with AUX inputs, remote control and two wireless headphones.

    This comes w/ instructions, template, and harness. Everything you need. If you want the same thing for the 2005+ version it will cost you $1395.

    If you are like me you already had the newer 6 disc cd/dvd changer. You will have to remove it. It is OK, just wait.

    After you install the "old" new changer, screen, etc you will be left with 2 harnesses (the one that hooks to the radio and changer which you already had for the old one) and the 2006 changer. This changer is $595 new from Mopar alone. The changer itself is selling for $200 - $250 on Ebay.

    So after you buy the 2004 verison and sell the new one you will have a investment of about $350 and a couple hours of your time. That sure beats $825 or $1395 and a couple hours of your time.

    Now for the difference I have found between the 2003 and 2005 changers. #1 of course in the RF instead of IR headphones which are MUCH MUCH better. They are built better, sound better, work in any seat, etc. #2 you lose the MP3 functionality of the 2005 changer. The 2003 one doesn't read them, or at least mine doesn't. To me this is a small price to pay as I can still play cds, and could even convert any MP3's I had to cda and play them from a CD-r.

    Anyway I thought I let everyone know. If you purchase a cheap ($125) flip down aftermarket monitor (that has Built in IR), the remote and headphones ($60 - ebay), and make or buy the harness ($20 to $100 for harness) you are in at least $205 to $285.

    I will say that the 7" display is fine. At first I wanted something larger, but it is just right. Especially given the rear view mirror / window situation.

  • I checked about 20 different online parts retailers and couldn't find that part# for under 952.00? Still much better than 1400 bucks, but not the 500ish as expected. Still a great find. Perhaps I should call up some local dealers. Is that part# above for the 2005 or for the 2003/2004?
  • spmedispmedi Posts: 11
    Try this. Go to Audio/Video, Entertainment, DVD. First one listed.

    82207511 Rear Seat Video (DVD) DVD Rear Seat Video™ overhead entertainment includes 7 headliner-mounted LCD TFT screen, in-dash six-disc CD/DVD player with AUX inputs, remote control and two wireless headphones. $535.00

    Click the box, view list, contact dealer. Enter a zip code and it will ckeck their inventory. there was only 1 near my zip about 40 miles away.

    The changer is dated 2003, but it comes up under the 2006 model pacifica on the mopar's site.

  • spmedispmedi Posts: 11
    Only dealers w/ this in their investory is as follows. THis is per the Mopar site as of 11/21/06.

    Part # Description Qty Unit
    Price (1) Total

    LOUISVILLE, KY 40207-3223

    6936-6955 WEST GRAND AVENUE
    CHICAGO, IL 60707

    925 W DUNDEE RD
    BUFFALO GROVE, IL 60089-4101

    PEORIA, IL 61614-6996

    82207511 MEDIA SYS 1 $535.00 $535.00

    Maybe it was limited to the 4 closest to me. I don't know.
    I do know that it is a big box. Inside you will find 3 more boxes and the harnesses. Their is 1 box for the headphones& remote. It is narrow and long. The other two contain the radio and then the screen. I'd say it was in the 20lb range. Maybe 30.
  • Fantastic details. The link above doesn't want to work however.
    Another question though, will this work with pacificas with sunroof/moonroof? that's what I have and am wondering if this would still work?

    Also, is this removal of the 05 dvd and installation of the 04 setup going to fly okay with a dealership install...I guess you wouldn't know, but just thought I'd ask.

    Last question, how does one contact other posters like psdoc. I've just ordered some 06 HID headlights and know that I will need the PDM for the 04 or the 06...I would imagine the pdm for the 06, but just checking. This was from post # 509.
  • spmedispmedi Posts: 11
    The template that comes in the box is suppose to line up to the sunroof so i would say yes. The harness is definitely long enough. As far as the link, just go to, chrysler service/parts and you can work your way to the dvd part. It's easy.

    My dealer had no clue that this was from the 2004, and i bet they wouldn't care. It is factory, it comes up under 2006 on Mopar's site. Nothing I found said you couldn't use it. If you have a dealer install it, I wouldn't say anything. I would just give them the Mopar number or order it off Mopar, through a dealer. I doubt they care.

    If you want to install it yourself I can write up some detailed instructions. It is fairly easy, and I had never down anything like this before. The hardest part of the installation is running the harness through the headliner.
    You cut the hole and take off the right visor/grab handle only. I had to stick my arm up to my elbow through the hole over to where i ran the harness by the grab handle.
    I have a few scrapes on my arm from the steel but nothing major.

    As far as contacting other's I don't know. I have only been on here a couple days. I found out what I did about the dvd system and thought i'd post it. It looks like most of the users on here hide their emails. Unlike most forums I don't find a private message function either.
  • Going to and then clicking on chrysler parts and service gets me nowhere. I cannot get to a screen in which I can find DVD or anything...very strange. Anyhow, I ended up just sending a request to a local dealer online to see if they come back with the same pricing as per your quote.

    Yes, I would love a detailed installation. I'm curious as to how the unit is affixed to the roof. E-mail me at [email protected] john's my name. How was taking out the stock DVD unit? Thanks.
  • I've got an 05 with halogen. Just found some 06 HID's on ebay. I know I need the PDM as per your earlier posts. I need to know how to find part#'s for the PDM either for the 04, 05 or 06. Are they the same? Just want to know which one to get.
  • I own an '05 Pacifica, and as a volunteer firefighter I'd need some guidance on installing an interior controlbox for my lights and siren.
    My Pac does not have any DVD add-on, and subsequently I have this empty space underneath my radio, and just above the electric outlets, in the center console.
    Right now it is a place where I keep small stuff (that constantly falls out if I accelerate too fast), and I'm hoping that I can use that space to hold the controlbox.

    I'm not really car savvy, but can I just 'click out' the mold that is currently giving me this hollow space, and then hook in the control box? If I take out the plastic mold, how far back does it go, and will I be able to guide wires into the engine block area of my car?

    I hope my description makes sense to you. I could really use some good advise. Will a dealer install this controlbox??

  • I own a 2005 Pacifica. I'd like to have instructions or guidance to install the standard fog light kit. The kit did not have written instructions when purchased.

  • I just bought the 2006 basic pacifica and I want to add upgrades to it. I have the basic slide version of the AC controls. Has anyone replaced the basic controls with the digital controls that show digital temperature and driver and passanger controls or added a control that will allow you to pop the back hatch from inside the car?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,109
    My guess is that it would be MUCH more expensive than if you just bought the car with those features to begin with.

    I don't think that factory auto rear hatch will be feasibly doable as an afterthought. Between the wiring, sensors, and motor, its a rather complex add-on. If you aren't interested in the factory setup and JUST want to pop it and not raise it automatically, there are lots of aftermarket solutions. Tuners put "poppers" on their doors all the time. I guess, by that token, you could have it raise up, too, if you put different hydraulics on it, too.

    I have no idea on the climate controls. I think its going to depend on the wiring, as well. If all the wires are there and its just a matter of replacing controls, then that shouldn't be a problem. However, if the inside temp sensors and whatnot are not already wired in every Pacifica, then it would also be a daunting and expensive task to do it aftermarket.

    '10 Equinox LS; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 49-car history and counting!

  • Is anyone aware of a source for wiring diagrams online?
  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    Which wiring diagram and for what year?
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