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Chrysler Pacifica Gas Mileage



  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    Got the tires inflated to 35 each and the alarm cleared - EVIC still does not provide trip mileage or compasss readngs like the 05. I am still trying to find out what I can upgrade to on ths car - I checked up in the overhead console and there was no additional cable for the AutoDimming Uconnect Mirro like there is on the 05. I called Chrysler Customer Service and they could not tell me what the car could hae as options. They indicated that it did not list even UConnect as an option. They told me they could not tell if it was pre-wired or not, even though it has the Satellite/Cellular antenna installed :surprise:

    The Options I really want for this car are:

    Automatice Temperature Control
    Multiswitch with both fog and Automatic headlights
    DRLs activated

    I also looked up what a 2007 Service Manual on CD would cost and it was $120, up 30 bucks from 2005.

    Dunno if i want to spend that much on a car with a lifetime wraparound warranty :confuse:
  • Just purchased 2007 fwd Pac has 41000 km using regular gas posted just under 25 mpg if didnt have to stop for shopping would have exceeded 25mph. Will continue to monitor and post when results are in. Average speed probably 60-65 mph using cruise control. Very comfortable ride at that speed.
  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    My mpg was averaging ~ 20, then all of a sudden it jumped by quite a bit. i used to go 4 days and then have to fill up again as I did with my 2005 Pac Touring, now with this 2007 AWD base, I can go 5 days and then fillup. I believe it has jumped up to about 23mpg - 19 gallons each fillup, and over 400 miles traveled

    i have about 2500 miles on it now
  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    I used to get the same type of performance on my 05 touring at the same level of speed and the longer I went the better. I got 23 - 24 mpg on 400 mile trips, and still had over 1/4 tank of gas left sometimes. great car but slow, the 2007 is a lot quicker and much easier to drive and with the larger mirrors and the slight body changes, it is much easier to see to the sides and behind you.
  • I just recently purchased a 2007 Pacifica and I am getting POOR gas mileage. What can I do to improve it. When it was purchased it only had 23,000 miles. (I have had the car exactly 2 weeks and we replaced the air filter and I am taking it into the dealer for an oil change so I can talk with them about the MPG) I am lucky if I get 16 miles to the gallon on the weekends when I do a lot of local driving and I get anywhere between 18 to 20 miles (20 MPG was at one fillup but mainly I get 18 MPG) to the gallon during the week driving mainly highway. Help!!!!!!!!! this is the first Chrysler I have ever owned and not sure if I want another one. Love the car but with the way gas prices are I am becoming disappointed.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,639
    FWD or AWD?

    Your mileage matches mine, so I dunno what the problem is. It fits in the EPA estimates. But ours is AWD.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    You have not said if you have the 5 seat or 6 seat model. That makes a HUGE difference in what engine and transmission you have. The base 5 seat model with fwd has the 3.8 L engine with the 4 speed auto matic trans. The 6 seat (3 rows) has the 4. L engine with the 6 speed automatic trans. The mileage you are saying fits the 3.8 L engine, infact I would call that "excellent" for the 3.8 L with the 4 speed automatic.
    However if you have the 4.L with the 6 speed automatic then the mileage is not the greatest. If this is what you have check the tire pressure, and I would suggest a good brand of 87 octane gas, not E-10, avoid any bio fuel! After the oil change you might see some difference, maybe. However the dealer you bought this from should have had all this done befor you bought it! Let us know how you make out! Welcome to the forum!

  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    I recently traded in a 2007 5 seat AWD with the 4.0L engine and at 2700 miles it was really starting to get very good gas mileage (22 - 25 on highway, almost 20 on the street), but I traded it in anyway. Now i have the touring with 6 seats and the mileage stunk at first and now it is climbing too. Maybe it is my driving style - hardly ever below 65 on the highway, or something else, but its gas mileage is starting to aproach the 5 seater with the same drivetrain and engine combination,.
  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    OBTW, the car that I traded for had 13.5k on it, when i got it.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Most of our driving around the lake is any where from 45 to 55 mph, with stop anbd go. We typically get 22 to 24 mpg here and on the freeway is the better mpg at 24 to 26 and every once in a while with a good tail wind we have got 28 mpg once. So We really think this is the best AWD vedicle we could ever get. Our PAC has 11,800 miles on it now.

  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    I think 28mpg would be the best any Pac would get! Probably going in a downhill direction, but it is a lot better than the 2005 touring I had. :surprise:
  • thimmakerthimmaker Posts: 33
    I used to get a consistant 23 to 23.5 on highway only trips of about 600 miles and 16 to 17 driving around town. With 110,000 on it, i'm down to 21-22 on the highway and 14-15 around town. It an 04 built in may of 03 and has the AWD. No complaints on mileage yet.
  • pssimonpssimon Posts: 144
    A couple of questions as I debate whether to upgrade from a 2004 Pacifica FWD to a 2008 Pacifica, probably also FWD, but with the 4.0L engine.

    Does the 4.0L require 89 octane or an I get away with 87? (that extra dime/gal is really annoying me :mad: )?

    Right now with 116,000 miles on my '04, if I really work at it, I can get 23mpg on the highway. Will I do any better with the 4.0L and the 6 speed transmission?

    All thoughts appreciated...

    Paul in Southern NJ
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Paul: I have tried 89 twice in 15,300 miles, and it made no difference at all. Perhaps pulling a trailer at high altitude the 89 might give a little more pep. We have the AWD Touring, and get 22.4 in hilly stop and go traffic, and have an avrage 24 mpg combined mpg. Unless you get the Touring or Limited with FWD then you are NOT getting the 4.L 6 speed automatic. Unless its new you won't get the Lifetime warranty, so check it real good.

    I would think the 08 would be a good bet.

  • pssimonpssimon Posts: 144
    Thanks for the insight.....

    My plans are to locate a new Limited '08. I do not want a used one.

    Are you sure about the 4L/6 speed combo in the Limited if its AWD? The way I read the Chrysler bragsheet, thats the only transmission that comes with the 4L. Still haven't decided whether I need the AWD..... my '04 doesn't have it and I seemed to do pretty well without it.

    On the other hand, the person I carpool to work with has a Ford 500 with the AWD, and he loves it and says he can feel it kick in on wet pavement! I can't tell.

    Can you tell when you change from FWD to AWD? Is it noticable? How can you tell it is actually doing anything?


  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    The only PAC that comes with the other engine and 4 speed automatic is the Base PAC. Allthe others have the 4.L engine. Sorry if I was not clear on that.
    As for the AWD, my mpg is the sme as those that have the FWD. I don't think there is any change in AWD as it is always in all wheel drive. We live on a steep hill that has lots of gravel (large rocks) and dirt and mud and and ice sometimes in the winter. We had Jeep Liberty's before, and the PAC AWD does the job just as well except we are not getting beat up so bad! If the AWD was not working we would never make it up in the snow and ice.
    You may have heard but Chrysler LLC was down 23% in sales last month, that hurt them bad. Most likely because that the PAC has about stopped being made (somethim this month) and there is a 77 day supply of vehicles and perhaps more than that with the PAC AWD you can get a super good deal now.
    Last August we got $7,000. total off and 6.9% for 72 months. So we feel we got a good deal. That with the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty and we got the Max Care Chrysler Wrap Warranty and this just might be the last car we need to buy. (we are retired) Already owning a PAC and if you are getting 23 mpg you will surely do better with one of the new 08. The power of the 4.L is great and it goes quick and smooth. Hope this helps, let me know how it turns out.

  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    I have had 2 2007 AWDs with the 4.0, the base model and the touring model, both have the 6 speed engine with the 4.0L engine - very good gas mileage compared to the 2005 touring I had. The 2007 touring gets 24 or so on the Freeway, 20 or so on the streets (not a lot of stop and go :) )
  • ddunningsddunnings Posts: 1
    I own a 2006 Pacifica Touring with 51,000 mi. First I changed the oil to Royal Purple synthetic oil. Then, I added a K&N oil and lifetime air filter. And finally I added a cyclone fuelsaver. The following is a list of MPG @ DIFFERENT speeds:
    @ 45mph 33 mpg
    @ 55mph 30.5 mpg
    @ 62 mph 29.1 mpg
    @ 70 mph 27.0 mpg
  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    Hey, everything is looking for the "fountain of youth" when it comes to getting better MPG. Synthetic oils have very little impact. There have been tons of independant studies done and none have shown this. Also, additives don't work either. IF, a motor has that much friction such that changing oil would save fuel, there would be enough heat produced that the motor would melt. K&N filters will provide a legitmate improvement of a few %. You might actually see a 1 mpg improvement from one. I use them.

    Cyclone fuel savers are completely, 100% bogus. First, someone has to prove that simply taking air and swirling it does anything, THEN you need to explain how the swirling effect is then able to bend around corners and angles in the upper intake. Let us not forget too that the air enters the combustion chambers by way of valves which open and close. If you have ever seen what an upper intake looks like, you would not have installed one.

    In fact, these devices can actually make complete havick of your MAF. The MAF is designed to measure airflow in the intake. It is imperative that the flow be laminar in order for them to function properly and the sample tube is designed as such.

    As to your data, unless you were driving on a flat surface for many miles at these speeds and verified with fill-ups, the data is not very accurate. The MPG reading uses data provided by the ECU off of the fuel tables. In the event that the MAF is now reading correctly, it is entirely possible that the car is now running incredibly lean.
  • My 2004 Pacifica is in the toilet regarding gas mileage. It gave me a readout of 14.5 average. Is this an eye opener for any other owners? I'm thinking tune up, fuel filter, air filter or something cold help, or is this just the nature of the beast (bad mpg)?
  • nuruc7nuruc7 Posts: 98
    Have you checked the accuracy versus your fillups?

    I switched to synthetic oil and a K&N filter and that helps a bit. It will vary how much depending on the engine and your driving style.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    You don't say how many miles are on your 04 PAC. Does it have the 3.5 L or the 3.8 L engine, is it FWD or AWD ? these are just the start of the information needed to help you. Also there are lost of minor things you can do like , oil & filters changes, tires ballanced, replace spark plugs, clean the injectors, change transmission fluid & filter. There are lots of things you can do, but if the car has been treated by schedule B or A in the owners Manual you would have a pretty good idea what has to be done. If a Chrysler dealer did the service work on it or if there was a TSB or a Recall this too would show, and you can call any Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep dealer and ask the Service dept. to look it up for you, it;s a free thing they do. If you give us the VIN # we can find some of this out for you.
    However the best way to get good mpg is the way you drive. Be smooth, and even what some might call slow starts and stops. This can recall help more than all the things above all together.

  • It has <47,000 miles on it. I have bought new tires (so balanced). I had the transmission fluid changed at 33,000 miles. I do my oil changes. It had new brakes put on it. I don't think I am a fast stop/start driver. I am between looking for something else (but like the Pacifica other than gas mileage), and investing in plugs, filters etc. I will probably keep it, but don't have a clue about mechanical stuff and what to do to see if it can get better mileage. VIN 2CBGM68424R629976. I would appreciate any input to help me with gas mileage.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    The vin # you gave me is invalid so please check it again, and see if a # got transposed. If this is the actual Vin # then there is a problem.

  • woops...Needed my glasses and a magnifier for that. 2C8GM68424R629976.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    There are 10 recorded things in the kansas DMV. That could mean transfer of ownership, or change in financing. That is not alarming or much to be concerned about. I could not find if you have a AWD or a DWD. You have a 3.5 L engine and the 4 speed transmission. The engine is quite reliable and durable with normal care.
    I would suggest taking it to a five Star dealer and have them run diagnostic test and see if anything shows up. Be glad you don't have the 3.8 L engine they do use a good bit of fuel.
    It appears that your PAC has a 80,000 mile Service Contract on it, that too you will have to verify with the dealer when you take it in, but maybe you already know for sure.
    Just a final thought, do you buy a quality brand of gasoline? Stay away fron Quick Trip, and MFA cheap gas not in price just not always the better quality, and 87 ovtaine is what you should use. Hope this helps a little.

  • When I first got my '07 AWD 4.0L PAC I could have sworn that when I filled the tank up the Miles to Empty on the dash read 420-422. Not to long ago it started reading 350-355 and it seems to go through gas like crazy with only seeing about 300-320 out of a full tank. Also, if I fill the car up and drive home and then get into it later on the gas gauge will read about 1/8th tank gone and then as I drive it will slowly go back up to full. Does anyone else experience any of this?
  • Hi all,

    I'm going to be buying an '07 Pacifica Touring (18k mi), FWD, 4L, 6sp auto, next week. I've read a lot of differences in gas mileage, so I'll post on here a few weeks after I buy it when I average the mileage.

    I'd have to say that the mileage can vary widely with any vehicle and this is mostly due to condition (fouled/old plugs or incorrect gap can really hinder mileage) and driving habits. I can get 25mpg average out of my '94 Mitsubishe Diamante (3L V6), while my wife gets 27mpg out of our '03 Hyundai Accent. These figures are a 65/45 mix of city/highway. I take off slowly and drive fast, while my wife accelerates quickly and goes the speed limit.

    I'm hoping to get around 18-20 average out of the Pacifica.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    psycho sam 1: Welcome to the forum! Most of the active chat is in the transmission forum, and we yack a lot of different things.
    I have a 07 PAC Touring AWD. I am getting 22.3 right now in 24 F. degree outside temp. That's doing 65 to 70 mph.

    I try to stay with Phillips 66 or Conoco gas. The cheap MFA gas in Missouri has less of the cleaning agents. All gas here in Missouri is 10% ethonol so that has an effect to lower mpg a little as well. In warmer temp's we gat up to 25 to 27 mpg.

    If you plan on keeping the car until 100,000 miles I suggest the Chrysler Max care service contract, that way you are totally covered on everything. There has been a torque converter recall on the 6 speed transmissions so make sure your was done or was not in the dates covered. The last date for replacement was Dec. 06. Mine was one in the list to be replaced. It does take about 2000 miles to get the new TC to retrain the PTM.

    I have found the duel exhaust really neet to see from behind. The 07 was the only year to have this. In 08 Chrysler cancled the PAC. For several reasons, slow sales and the cost to make the vehicle was high. MB helped design the PAC and it does have very nice quality, and the fit and finish are way above anything Chrysler is making now or in the past. To tell you some info, the PACF was the largest and widest vehicle (except the Ram truck) chrysler was making at the time. The 4. L engine is a remade 3.5 L engine. The engine packs a lot of punch! That also eats up fuel too.

    Plugs don't need replaced till 105,00o0 miles, but the cost is about $ 350. because they have to take off the intake manifold to reach the back 3 plugs. That's one reason to use good quality fuel.

    I have 35,300 miles on our PAC and it runs and rides like a dream. With the AWD we can't even tell when it's AWD or just the frony. The AWD scampers up our ice or snow hill like the Jeep Liberty's we have owned.

    I think you will really enjoy your PAC.

  • Thank you for the welcome :D I'll have to post in the tranny forum. Thank you for letting me know about the TC issue - I appreciate it.

    I test drove it last night and really liked it. We're going back on Friday to see if we can keep it for the weekend. I'm also going to have the dealer get me a carfax and see about the TC issue (if it's been replaced, or if it was in the problem date duration).

    I will definitely check into the Max Care service contract - thank you for telling me. I do like the dual exhaust, but I may have to replace the stock mufflers with either Magnaflow or Borla - I think the 4L needs to breathe a bit better, plus the sound doesn't hurt. The engine is pretty powerful - much better than I anticipated in a 4300lb car (well, crossover or suv).

    I guess I won't be changing the plugs then!!! Thanks again for the help. I'll post (next time) in the tranny forum. Have a good day :)
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