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The six-passenger Pacifica is very carlike for an SUV. Essentially a tall wagon, it provides a comfortable ride and nimble handling. We generally liked its interior versatility, but with only two seats in the second row, passenger capacity is reduced to four if you fold the third-row seat to carry cargo. Five-passenger versions with three seats in the second-row were added for 2005.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The six-passenger Pacifica is very carlike for an SUV. Essentially a tall wagon, it provides a comfortable ride and nimble handling. We generally liked its interior versatility, but with only two seats in the second row, passenger capacity is reduced to four if you fold the third-row seat to carry cargo. Five-passenger versions with three seats in the second-row were added for 2005. We also found the powertrain to be rather noisy and fuel-thirsty.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (210 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Chrysler Pacifica owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“The car does not keep in alignment, not matter how often I takeit in”

John L., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“beyond mechanical limits without expensive replacement”

James H., IN (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“After each unsuccessful repair with Monroe struts, car had to be re-aligned. Tire wear probably due to alignment issues”

John M., FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“Failure of control arm bushings required replacement of both lower control arms”

Darren P., WA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering leak was persistent”

Darren P., WA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced due to front end noise”

Anonymous W., TX (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“this is the nsecond set of shocks/struts since the car was new. have replaced the shocks only twice before”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced struts with Monroe struts that were defective instead of taking it to the dealer for Chrysler or Mopar parts. Replacements were also defective. Monroe allegedly to re-design and replace. Problem is almost a year old”

John M., FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“steering column needs replacement due to leaks and general wear”

Pravin G., IL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Needed to be replaced due to excessive noise”

Anonymous W., TX (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“We would hear a loud clunking noise occasionally. The fix was to replace the rack and pinion”

Jim F., FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“Unstable and made a popping noise”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“replaced tie rods 3 times in the last 5 years, 2 covered under extended warranty”

Pravin G., IL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Replaced both tie rod ends, both wheels. Right tie rod wear caused excessive wear on front tire”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“This vehicle just wears out tires fast. !9 inch tires cost big money, over $200.00 each”

David L., NJ (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“see tie rod problem”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“ABS light constantly on on instrument panel. Informed by dealer that all four ABS sensors need replacing per the mfg'er at a cost of about $800”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“ABS light kept going on. Took it to Chrysler at least 3 times and it never got fixed. (and, it was under warranty.)”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“The ABS warning light is constantly on, and the mechanic has been unable to determine the exact cause”

John L., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)
Calipers

“Calipers were leaking fluid and needed replacement”

David S., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced front brake pads at 56000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“3rd set of replacement front rotors since car was new”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Check engine lite required Cat Converter be replaced. I had sparking plugs replaced, inordinately expensive because major dismantlement req'd to access them”

Michael B., OH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Actually been experiencing this for past 2-years. It won't let me put 1-gallon of gas in tank without shutting off”

Barbara W., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“This system is junk and needs a recall. I had it fixed and it has gone bad a again!”

Anonymous, IA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine is on prohibiting inspection. Costly to repair”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“check engine light on and 2 repair shops said it was the catalytic comverter”

David L., NJ (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Tire system”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Front corner, drivers side. When it rained, came into car. Just happened in last year after car was 9 years old”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Sealing for back hatch hinges needed repaired. When it rained water would drip into the car”

Wayne D., OH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Weather stripping is shrinking around all the doors. It had to be replaced and glued into place”

Wayne D., OH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“car wash , water leaking in the car”

Evren S., FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Terrible rattling/knocking when riding over bumps, etc. Spent over $3,000.00 fixing "problems". Everything's been repaired and there still is a terrible rattle when driving”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“The car just rattles all the times. Even after I replaced the shock absorbs. I would NEVER buy another Chrysler again”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“AC Compressor siezed up”

Scott C., MO (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Inadiquate air movement. Fan sounds like it's running ar full speed, but very little cool air comes out of the vents”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“AC won't hold charge. requires 24 oz in spring and 12 oz in late summer/early fall. leak appears to be in an inaccessible location that would require 10 time the annual cost of charging to fix”

Steven L., NJ (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None Unsure)

“Leak under the dash. Repair would be over $1500 to restore air conditioning”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

“evaporator leaked”

Summer P., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Clip that lets shifter into gear broke”

Daniel M., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“no warning, just broke. No way to get into gear (no bypass), requiring a tow for a simple problem”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Shift locked in Park - mechanical blockage in shift mechanismm -not transmission”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“It is hard to determine where the leak is coming from but it is either the transmission vent or dip stick but it is a significant amount and they can not determine what is causing the leak without rebuilding or replacing the transmission”

Walter W., WA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“starter coil pack was broken and was sparking, had it replaced with a NEW one but that one was misfiring in cylinder 1. Had to replace again with another new starter coil pack and issue was solved”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Poor access for sparking plug replacement resulting in high labor cost to replace plugs--Poor design as routine maintenance items should be readily accessible for repair or troubleshooting”

Michael B., OH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“due to issue with the starter coil pack, it was recommended that we replace all the spark plugs and wires”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)
Battery cables

“Positive cable shorted out when motor mount bolts broke which melted positive terminal on battery. Lost all power because of bad design of front mounts location next to starter”

David L., NJ (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Parts coming off while driving.Rusted underneath”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“My car was vandalized and the perp had a fist fight with the fender and quarter panel the paint is peeling where the body shop blended the paint the original areas are fine this has been one of the most problem free cars I've had I spent nothing”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“I hear it is common problem with chrysler. Caused it to not pass inspection and company not concerned”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Vehicle is kept in heated garage, and meticulously maintained, but rust bubbles appeared at rear wheel well and hood. Also, a MAJOR problem is rotting of engine cradle, which poses a safety problem. This is still an unresolved issue with Chrysler”

Jim D., IN (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“clogged oil pickup, had to drop pan and clean. Mechanic said this is common problem with 3.5L engine”

Richard M., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Dealers are billing for 2 fuel pumps and 2 fuel tanks to fix this problem. The system is 1 fuel pump and 1 fuel tank with 2 partitions and a syphon tube between the partitions. I will endure the problem until the vehicle is replaced. NO MORE Chrys”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

“The engine mounts are being damaged by the rough shifting, 2nd to 3rd gear at light engine load”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Suddenly the front motor mount bolts broken off which shorted out battery cable. Cost over $500.00 to make repairs plus towing. Chrysler dealer said this problem happens often on this vehicle. That couldn't say if the bolts or the mount was the problem but did say it is a bad design”

David L., NJ (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“bulb change 4 times a year!”

Evren S., FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Sudden malfunction of several electrical components. Originally diagnosed as failure of Total Integrated Power Module(TIPM). After researching problem on internet, found problem was a bad ground for the drivers side headlight”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“replaced a headlamp twice”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Was not working ,engine light came on. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace catalytic converter in order to pass emissions inspection this year and last year”

Steve P., UT (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“After getting thermostat and waterpump changed, car leaked antifreeze. Ended up having to replace radiator, alternator, belts and hoses”

Frank S., MO (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

“Leaked badly. $79 eBay for new radiator and Sunday afternoon to replace. Dealer wanted $700 - a thief”

Richard M., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)
Thermostat

“The thermostat stuck closed when my wife was 200 miles from home. Repaired by dealer close to where she was stuck by replacing thermostat and waterpump. Then at home we ended up having to replace radiator, belts, alternator, and hoses”

Frank S., MO (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“worn out, leaking”

Bruce C., TX (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Head gasket, what can I say? Expensive car killer at this age”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“transmission started dropping parts into the pan”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.8-L V6)

“Transmission failed & had to rebuild. And now it is leaking”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Replaced actuator for Driver's side front window”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Can not change cd”

Jerry L., CA (2005 Chrysler Pacifica None 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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