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Chrysler Pacifica Accessories & Modifications

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  • pssimonpssimon Posts: 144
    My Pacifica is the first car I have owned that has a roof rack, consequently, I have no experience or no-how. My question is this: I just bought a soft pack carrier. According to the picture from the box, there are essentially 4 rails, the two attached to the roof going front to back, and two attached to those running across the car. This allows the carrier to be tied down on all 4 sides. Do I need these two rails running across the car so I can tie down on the 4 sides, and if so do I need to buy a Chrysler product or does anyone sell them?

    Thanks....
  • pssimonpssimon Posts: 144
    Let me please correct that previous note.... Obviously there are the two bars going across the vehicle. The issue are the rails that go front to back. Are there tie downs on these rails? I didn't see any and I'm concerned about lateral movement of anything I put up there.

    Thanks....
  • ms_mayorms_mayor Posts: 113
    FYI...just got a mailing from my selling dealership that looks like its a Chrysler Corp thing...not just my dealership.

    Its a $25 rebate if you purchase at least $200 worth of Mopar accessories by year's end. All you need are original receipts and the form. I'm already up to $120 and should make the $200 by year's end.

    Might be worth asking your dealer about it, if you are/will be getting Mopar stuff.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    The small print says $200 Mopar Accessory SINGLE purchase (not including labor and installation costs) made by Oct 1, 2003. Offer good only in USA ... bla bla bla ... Dealers do not have to participate. Request must be postmarked by 01/16/2004.
  • ms_mayorms_mayor Posts: 113
    Clueless, my form reads:

    "MOPAR REBATE RULES: Limit one rebate per household or family. $25 rebate good on minimum $200 Mopar Accessory purchase (not including labor and installation costs)...Requests must be postmarked by 1/15/04."

    No mention at all of a 'single' purchase. Mine was mailed to me...I didn't get it directly at the dealership.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    it sounds like the same rebate ... they had a pad of the rebate forms (little small rebate form = 4" x 6" size...) attached to small display that said put your rebate to good use and get $25 back.... but the form I have reads single purchase and made before October. Mailed to Mopar Accessories Rebate in Troy MI.
  • pfschimpfschim Posts: 29
    Hey Pacifica owners,
    we just picked up our Crystal Black AWD and are very happy so far. The vehicle we made our deal on only had the basic single CD and 4 (I think) speaker Infinity sound system. We got a great price (below invoice) and that's just how it worked out.

    Long/short of it is that it sounds all right, but I am interested if any one has either looked into or actually upgraded the sound system through Mopar or 3rd party yet.

    I don't really care about a multidisk changer so much as bigger/richer sound stage.

    Any feedback would be welcome.

    Happy Driving to all
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    when I ordered mine I originally put in an order for the standard stereo ... but after listening to both the standard just doesn't have enough clarity ... it sounded washed out. I was surprised at the difference in sound quality. Not just base punch but the mid to upper range of sound was flat no matter what I did with the Treble setting on the standard stereo. So I called the dealer back and said up the stereo :-) as far as upgrading hmmm probably easiest for the Mopar upgrade ... but if your upgrading anyway more bang for your buck aftermarket. plus you could drop in a DVD radio all in-one probably ... and watch movies as well :) (I assume if it came with the standard stereo it didnt have the DVD option) ...
  • pfschimpfschim Posts: 29
    cluelesspa,
    Yep you're right on the money, no DVD and basic sound. I looked at Crutchfield, and while they do list some speakers and head units for the Pac, they don't list amps/subs etc. So, it may just be a matter of waiting a few months before there are more aftermarket options.

    I know that in my '99 300M, I had the upgraded Infinity sound system and it was a vast improvement over the standard unit. It's just that the vehicle I dealt with the local dealer was std unit only and it was configed just like the wife wanted it aside from the sound system.

    Oh well, no big thang ... just wait a while and keep my eyes (and ears) open.

    Happy driving to all
  • kylerckylerc Posts: 17
    Was anyone able to get this option on theier pacifica?My pacifica was on the lot already and I ordered it as a dealer installed option but now they say it not availible,and do not know when it will be or why it is not?
    Does it really work?Or should I just get the cheap version of hands free?
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    Have the Mopar option and yeah it works great with my Nokia Bluetooth Phone (but the Nokia phone is another issue) ... but the bluetooth works flawlessly. the installed one is the one I wanted as the radio displays the caller ID the Mopar option doesn't use the stereo speakers either... :-( but got tired of waiting for the factory installed one to become available !!!! anyone see a factory bluetooth yet ?
  • kylerckylerc Posts: 17
    glad to here you are fairly happy with it.Are you
    using the nokia 6310i phone?If it doesn't use the car speakers what does it use?
    Still waiting on mopar option to become availible in Canada let alone the factory installed.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    they install a small speaker under the driver dash side and a small control button panel about 1 inch by 4 inches next to the A/C controls and a mic up next to the overhead light in front.... I am using the Nokia 3650 (the round weird looking one with the camera inside) ... you cant get the factory installed one after the vehicle arrives. it is factory only installed as far as I know...
  • kylerckylerc Posts: 17
    yes u are right,the factory installed is not availible here,is what i meant to say
    thanks for the input
  • sawchaksawchak Posts: 2
    I have an AWD Pacifica with the 6-CD/DVD changer and the DVD screen. I'm interested in installing an XM or Sirius satellite radio. Is there a version of this that's more compatible with the existing stereo? All recommendations and experiences would be of interest -- I don't want to make a mess of this nice-looking dashboard. Many thanks.
  • monark49monark49 Posts: 58
    Just finished installing the hitch i purchased from the dealer. $195.00 minus 10%. Took about 3 hours including a lunch break. Its a good kit and everything fits great, even the trim for the bumper cutout. Suggestion to all! Put the rubber hitch cover they supply on the front opening of the hitch instead of the back opening and get another one for the back or you'll be collecting a lot of dirt and junk into that hollow tube as you drive. Next step, the wiring. Anybody have the color codes yet for the Pacifica?
  • Sawchak - I am dropping my Pacifica off at the dealer on August 18th to get a Sirius system installed. I will give you are report on the hows and wows next week after I have a chance to play with it. FYI - I had the "Satellite Radio Prep" $35 Option installed at the factory so hopefully they won't need to tear the car apart to get it installed. I also had the upgrade Infinity 5.1 system installed at the factory (FM reception is poor, so I am hoping the Sirius does a lot better).
  • monark49monark49 Posts: 58
    Has anyone with the 6CD/DVD changer hooked up an aftermarket screen yet? Theres a lot of them out there in the $150.00 range.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    I thought w/ the $35 option was all you needed to get the sat system (that all the radios were ready) just needed to activate the radio. Are they installing something else ? and if so how much ? just curious...
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    for those with the DVD nav system... look for the dvd case they gave you from the system. inside the front cover is a card that you can mail-in up to one year later to receive an UPDATED nav DVD !!! so wait for about 1 year and send it in and you will have an updated Dvd with the most recent road changes ... have fun and if you're ever in Pittsburgh you can buy the drinks if you want to say thanks :-)
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    The upgrade disc is out now, I have mine. The next upgrade will not be until mid-2004.
    The current one covers about 90% of the US & southern Canada, vs 60% for the one that came with the car.
    If you call the number in the Nav manual, with disc in hand, they can tell you if you have the latest version.
    Clueless: YOU can buy as the area host on my next trip to Pittsburgh ... I'll buy if you come to the Buffalo area!
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    Thanks for the Tips ... I think since it says only one upgrade I am going to wait until Mid 2004 and get that update... can you check the disk and post what rev you have ?

    Deal on the drinks ROFL
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    Hold the Nav disc so the printing is level, and face up.
    There is a series of numbers at the very right side.
    If the last 2 letters are "AF" you have the most recent version, out June '03.
    This version covers much more than the previous disc, so if you use the system a lot it's worth getting.
    Future annual upgrades will be $150.
  • See my Message #79 - My dealer is about half way thru the installation (not the dealers fault - I had to take the car back ). The antenna and the receiver/modulator are installed but the stuff that goes in the dash are not.
    For cluelesspa, you will need to purchase about $200 plus dollars worth of antenna, modulator and tuner (haven't seen it yet) to hook onto your $35 set of wires installed at the factory.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    well mine is the previous one ... at first I thought you meant the lazer printed numbers on the inside ring of the DVD ... but now see its the big easy to read numbers. mine is 56034 642AE so must have the previous release... surprised as I custom ordered my Pacifica and it wasnt built until end of last month !!! (July 03) so figured they would be putting the latest release in the car :(

    also out of curiosity (I knew it wouldnt work but had to try) I put in a movie and NO it wont play on the dash screen. it says warning problems reading NAV DVD ROM ...

    I think I will wait until Mid 04 as even though this is not the latest release, it has had everthing I needed in Pittsburgh so far :) so I will wait until mid next year and get all of the AF release plus a year .... and save the $150 ...
  • deezldubdeezldub Posts: 15
    In the market for a pacifica, and was wondering where the DVD for the nav system goes?

    In computer speak, is this a "three spindle" car?
    The CD player, the DVD/CD changer, and the DVD for the NAV system??
  • foxgofoxgo Posts: 27
    I could be wrong (since I don't actually own a Pacifica yet), but during my test-drive I remember the dealer explaining to me that the DVD for the navigation system goes into the DVD-entertainment slot.

    She said that you put it in once, to load up all the map data, then you can take it out and use the DVD-entertainment system at the same time as using your Navigation system, since the disc is no longer needed after that first time you load the data.

    I stand to be corrected, if any of you actual PAC owners have any actual experiences to relay that are different than the way it was explained to me.
  • russklassrussklass Posts: 389
    The Nav disc goes in a dedicated drive under the rear load floor (under the fuzzy tray) on the driver's side.
    It stays there always, not "installed" and then removed.
  • For background see my Messages #79 and #86.

    I picked up my Pacifica yesterday at the dealer. The Sirius system was installed. To my surprise nothing new was added to the dash. The current radio is used for all tuning. I happen to have the Dolby 5.1, tape, cd, etc, but any of the regular Chrysler radios (with or without the DVD, or multi-cd player) can be hooked up. The dealer provides an 'operator manual', the instructions on getting it activated and the receiver number you need when you pay your money to Sirius. I drove home, got to Sirius's web site and activated it on line - took about 10 minutes and I was up and running. Sirius's site is a little confusing, especially when it comes to picking a payment plan or taking advantage of any 'offers', so you may want to call their 800 number to activate. Also if you buy one from Chrysler, don't forget to take MOPAR up on their $25 rebate.
  • Hi. I've been monitoring this forum for about a month now. Since I just bought a new Pacifica yesterday, I feel I'm now ready to post my first set of questions...

    I'm also interested in installing the Sirius system and have read the previous threads. My Pacifica already has the top-of-the-line Infinity/Intermezzo stereo along with the 6 DVD/CD changer installed along with the Sirius prep package ($35). Here are my questions:

    1) azpacifica, I believe you said you paid $200 to install the Sirius system at your Chrysler dealer. I read somewhere this costs $299 for the hardware with installation being extra. Did you get a discount on the system hardware? What did you pay for installation?
    2) I don't need a new headunit, correct?
    3) Where is the Sirius receiver installed? I think I read somewhere it's installed under the driver's seat. Is this correct?
    4) Where is the Sirius antenna installed? I also read somewhere that it is installed on the roof, but where on the roof? Are the wires to it hidden? How big is the antenna? Is it conspicuous? This is something that is very important to me. I don't want to put an unsightly antenna somewhere on my vehicle.
    5) What info does the headunit display when you are tuned to a Sirius music channel? Channel number? Channel name? Artist? Song name?
    6) azpacifica mentioned a $25 Mopar rebate. More info please... How do I get this?
    7) Please share any experiences with reception... Any problems? I know I've only had my Pacifica one day, but the FM radio reception seems to be weaker than all my other vehicles. Hoping Sirius will be (much) better. FYI, my locale is suburban Phila and do alot of traveling to central PA.

    Thanks in advance for any/all info...
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