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#58 of 107 2006 Chrylser Pacifica, Touring AWD
Nov 27, 2006 (8:42 am)
11/24/06: I got my Pacifica to the Dealer's service department and here's the report.
1) Heated seat not working in second row seat behind driver's seat.
SERVICE DEPT: Reconnected loose harness wiring under seat and it's working now.
2) Second row seats do not tumble from 3rd row
MYSELF: I tried this myself on the second row seat behind the passenger front seat and it works fine though the issue was with the second row seat behind the driver. Could not test it because of an installed baby seat which is a pain to remove once in place.
3) Car veers to the right on any type of road; I think a re-alignment may be necessary because the tires look fine.
SERVICE DEPT: They checked and adjusted the tire pressure. The problem seems to have been fixed. I'll be sure over the next week or so.
4) I want to use my iPod with the AUX input but getting the stereo set to AUX is almost impossible. It seems able to only switch to AUX sometimes if cables are plugged in to the RCA jacks; AUX mode works but only after repeatedly pressing the mode button and hopefully getting lucky (Owner's Manual p.224 & 225)
SERVICE DEPT: They reset the radio and controls and it seems to work.
Final Thoughts: So far, so good.
#59 of 107 Looking for recommendations from Pacifica owners.
Dec 04, 2006 (8:48 am)
Help me decide on engine choice, and 2nd/3rd row seating configuration please!!!
Come the end of April 07, I'll be turning in my leased 04 Honda Odyssey and am 90% certain I'll be finding a used 05 Pacifica to purchase. (I'd be hard to decline an AWD Dodge Magnum if one were available and within my price range!)
I rented a Touring edition Pacifica back in May on business, and enjoyed driving it over a week.
Come April, my kids will be 3.5 and 1.5, so this will be the people moving vehicle in my household. The wife wants the bench seat in the 2nd row, so she can hop back there to sit in between and tend the kids while on long trips. I'd rather have the 3 rows of seating for when/if we have 6 people in the vehicle heading to football games. Is it difficult for a slender wife to hop back to the 3rd row of seats to tend to kids sitting in the 2nd row?
Also, is there really any MPG difference between the 210hp 3.8 engine vs the 250hp 3.5 engine? I don't need a hot rod, just a comfortable family wagon/van for $14k come April.
I live in Wisconsin, so while all-wheel drive would be nice, it's not necessary. I've been fine with fwd for the past 2.5 years.
I've seen every combo of engine, drivetrain, and seating configurations available on autotrader, but I'd like recommendations from you current Pacifica owners.
(I've ruled out the outdated domestic minivans, the foreign are too expensive, I don't like my 04 Odyssey enough to buy, and I'd like to give my wife a little luxury, which the Pacifica exudes when not in the shop)
#60 of 107 Re: Looking for recommendations from Pacifica owners. [billwfriend]
Dec 04, 2006 (10:35 am)
Put the kids in the second row and install a DVD player.
The third row can be a little tight for an adult for longer trips.
Or..put the kids in the third row and have her sit in the second one.
#61 of 107 Re: Looking for recommendations from Pacifica owners. [billwfriend]
Dec 04, 2006 (2:00 pm)
my wife has sat back in the 3rd row and tended to our baby in the 2nd row (she'll sit in the 3rd row if, for instance, we have her parents in the car: me driving, father next to me, mother behind me, baby in carseat next to her, so my wife in the 3rd row).
I would suggest a FWD 3.5. I don't believe you will see any mileage difference between the 3.8 and 3.5, so you might as well get the better engine. You will, however, see a big mileage difference between AWD and FWD, so if you don't need AWD, then don't get it. I wish we had opted for FWD myself. This 18 mpg is just harsh. (i averaged 22-23 in a FWD Pacifica loaner I had.)
#62 of 107 Re: Looking for recommendations from Pacifica owners. [billwfriend]
Dec 04, 2006 (2:31 pm)
Ditto gbrozen. Definitely go with the 3rd row seats. It is one of the primary aspects that makes the Pacifica so unique. One child in the 3rd row, the other in the second with your wife if she feels she needs to be back there. When using the 3rd row seats, be sure to disable the easy-exit feature for the driver's seat, if your vehicle is equiped with it. Adjust the second row seats as far forward as possible while still being able to fold up without hitting the front seats. The front passenger seat may have to be brought further forward than normal also. This way the 3rd row has maximum legroom and entry and exit it easier. I have gotten no complaints from 3rd row passengers when we have six in my Pacifica. All the trips with six, however, were under an hour.
#63 of 107 Re: Looking for recommendations from Pacifica owners. [billwfriend]
Dec 04, 2006 (3:00 pm)
Well as you can see from my posts I have not been happy with my 2004 Pacifia and Chrysler nor the Dealership will make it good but I cab say it is luxuary for the price but the seat is hard to get ajusted comfortably and we have been having major mechanical issues since day one with it so I guess you have to decide from luxuary or dependability and I think the bench seat is the best for the second row because we have the console and it is useless!!!!! Also the rear air or heat doesn;t work properly!
#64 of 107 Re: Looking for recommendations from Pacifica owners. [b25nut]
Dec 05, 2006 (7:45 am)
Thanks all of for your imput so far! With forward facing childseats, I think we could make the 6 seater work, as my nimble wife could hop between the seats, over the console, to get to the way back.
I think I'll rule out the smaller engine then. Resale value always seems greatly affected by engine choice.
I fully understand that the 2004's have the usual new model issues, which is why I'll be looking at used 2005-2006 models. And since so many are coming off rental lots, the massive 24mos depretiation makes getting a used one for $14k a reality come April.
I guess I'll be looking at the Touring model then... how's the seat comfort of the 2 styles of cloth seats vs the leather???
#65 of 107 Cloth vs leather
Jan 02, 2007 (4:49 pm)
The 2005 cloth is extremely fluffy and nice. I love touching it. The 2006 cloth is a crappy plastic surface, Garbage Motors style.
The leather is leather. I freezes your rear end in winter, and burns it in the summer. Then it cracks.
#66 of 107 2007 Touring FWD...
Jan 02, 2007 (5:08 pm)
I've had my new Pacifica for a whopping 5 days now. A few things to report. The new 4.0 liter V-6 and 6 speed Autostick work very well. My first tank with a mix of highway and in-town driving yielded 20 MPG. The second tank which was exclusively highway yielded 23.5 MPG. The more impressive part was those figures reflected average speeds of 75-85 mph traveling Interstate between PA and VA. YES..I did drive more modestly for the first 200 miles and first tank.
I reported on the buying experience in the "Prices" section and have been pleased with the follow thru by the 5 Star dealer. I have mud flaps and a foglight kit on order which should be in and installed sometime next week. They've already offered the use of a loaner for that work.
Best wishes in 2007...
#67 of 107 Love my Pacifica but need some touch up paint
Jan 03, 2007 (6:17 pm)
I got my 2006 Pacifica back in April and have really enjoyed it. It rides so smoothly, and I love the stereo system, and the seats are very comfortable. Everything works well. I did have a problem with the antilock brakes right from the start though they made a weird noise when you went down hill especially. When the recall came up for the fuel injection controller, I took it in and asked them about the brakes. They said that the back rotar was warped so they replaced it. Not it seems to be fine.
Today, I tried parking it in my garage and my husband has the garage so full that I barely scraped the right door. So, now I'm trying to find if there is a rubber part you can order to put on the outside of the door that runs from the front to the back. Also, I was amazed that the Limited edition didn't come standard with Splash Guards, my car does get filthy quickly. Also, how do you order touch up paint for your vehicle?
Regards from Sammamish Washington