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#728 of 853 Re: what if I don't have tranny problems [tlars]
Nov 13, 2009 (4:48 pm)
tlars: "...if the issues are there, they will happen soooner or later right?" I hear the anxiety and I sympathize with your concern. A point to consider is that people come to a forum like this to see if other owners are happy, and if they had problems what they were. Often this forum is able to alert others with PAC's (Pacificas) to a possible concern to keeep alert for the same situation. The fact that some have had some very serious failuers in their vehicles is important to know, Rollis has had a very bitter experience with the PAC he bought. I don't blame him for the resentment he has based on really bad service, and even worse the handling of resolving of the vehicles problems. Someone at Chrysler, most likely starting with a ignorant jerk of a Service manager at the dealership just did not want get off his duff and satisfy him or even do the very least to help him. That would make anyone mad! So he is trying to alert people that getting issues beyond the normal resolved can be a real problem to the point of pulling your hair out.
To answer your question, will these issues come up in your PAC. Proberly not. In any vehicles mass produced about 10% will be flawless, 10% will be the biggest lemon the buyer hopes to ever have. The rest 80% will be good vehicles and people will say their vehicle was fine. This is true of most brand of vehicles.
We have more than 57,000 miles on our Pacigica AWD Touring. The transmission torque converter was replaced under warranty. The motor mounts were replaced and a sway link.. There was a funny draining of the battery and the dealer found the started to be the cause and repleced it. That's all we have had dome except for oil & filter changes, tired and wiper blades. We are very pleased, and the mpg is very good for such a heavy big vehicle. We get 21 to 23 in local driving and 24 to 26 on the road. Our best mpg is 28.4 mpg and worst wass 18 mpg while sitting for a long time in the winter waiting for my bride while she was shopping at several stores.
If you like us bought it new than you have the lifetime powertrain warranty, which is unheard of in the auto industry! If you purchased it used than get the Chrysler Max Care Lifetime Service contract. That covers everything but warable items, examp. wiper blades, tires, brakes etc. Even if you bought it used you can get the extended warranty for what ever mileage you want up to 100,000 miles.
The Pacifica you have is a great vehicle with quality, and fit & finish way above most brands. I do strongly suggest to have the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep dealer do all the work on your PAC. Oil Changes and the like are just as cheap as any other place. Plus you have established a relationship that the dealer should stand by you should you have a problem that needs help.
I have had 17 new Chrysler products in my life. Two were poor and had problems, a 1996 Dodge Caravan and a 2005 Jeep Liberty Diesel. Chrysler asked me both time if they could take care of the problem. The Caravan was replaced with a brand nes one. The Jeep was bought back from us and we bought another Jeep, a Compass.
I keep all my records, and most alwats have the dealer do all the work, except an oil change or two because I was unable to get my PAC in when they were open, due to my schedule.
So tlars, be alert for problems. Keep your cool when problems come, if they do. The PAC was made by humans not God, so don't expect total perfection, be reasonable with the Service Manager, but don't go along with sloppy, careless work done in haste. Except quality work, being treated with respect, and you keeping tract of when your PAC needs to be maintained as in schedule "B" in the owners manual, you PAC should deliver a long lasting vehicle for many years. Hope this helps.
#729 of 853 Re: 08 pacifica transmisson problem want to get buy back please help!! [hollybarry]
Nov 13, 2009 (5:00 pm)
hollybarry: You Should GO PERSONALLY to the General Manager or owner of the dealership you bought the PAC from and with a cool calm mannor tell her or him what you are expereicing and ask hime to either resolve the issues or ask him or her to what he is willing to do. Also ask the ZONE REP to get involved. This should get some action. IF not and things are unbarable, file with the state you live in under the Lemon law. W could not be more pleased with our PAC. Maybe the GM or Owner can turn things around for you, I hope so.
#730 of 853 Re: 08 pacifica transmisson problem want to get buy back please help!! [farout]
Nov 14, 2009 (5:55 am)
Thanks, Farout, I prolly will talk to the owner, after the holidays when I'm ready to tackle this head-on again. This all gets a little tiring when there's other life problems. BTW, someone in here said they get 21 to 23 local MPG? Come ON!!!!!! I get 13-14 local and 17 on the freeway. My '76 Buick LaSabre V8 never took as much gas.
#731 of 853 Re: 08 pacifica transmisson problem want to get buy back please help!! [hollybarry]
Nov 14, 2009 (12:01 pm)
It is difficult to believe that all of the 4.0 Pacificas with the 6spd transmission are bad, but I suppose it is possible. The only good thing about my Pacifica was that it got 18 in the city and 23 or 24 on the road for the 5000 miles that I had it.
#732 of 853 Re: what if I don't have tranny problems [farout]
Nov 14, 2009 (12:14 pm)
I just read this post. My bitter experience started when I arranged with the salesman from I purchased my car to come in on a Saturday and simply have one of the techs go for a ride in my car. He arranged for this to happen at 10:00 AM. I drove the 45 minutes to get there, lingered around for awhile and then the salesman and I went o the service dept. The salesman told the service writer that I was there for my 10:00 appointment to have someone drive my car and the response was, "We don't have time for that sort of thing." I am not one to blow my stack, but I should have. I drove back home- another 45 minutes, and the following week I took the car to a much closer dealer. They claimed that they repaired various things on two visits, another dealer said that of my list of ten (10) things that did not work as they should there was nothing wrong. I took the car back to the selling dealer on December 31, 2007 and parked it next to their service department door. I filled out the night drop envelope and left a typed list of the problems. I put my keys and the list in the envelope and pushed it through the slot. I called on January 10, 2008 to see how things were going and was told that they did not know my car was there. I wonder where the envelope was for ten days.They recently sent me a letter asking if I am ready to purchase another car from them. he Chrysler attorney who waspresent at mysecond arbitration said that the problem was that I took the car to too many dealers. She said that it should go back to the selling dealer. I agreed, if she would be responsible forgetting it there and give me a car to drive. The rental car that I was to receive never matrialized and this somehow became my fault. She then took the car to yet another dealer and did not give them a complete list of what they were supposed to do. I contacted her at one point while the car was there and asked if she would have them check a few other things, and her response was that she would not because we did not agree on them at the arbitration.
#733 of 853 Re: 08 pacifica transmisson problem want to get buy back please help!! [hollybarry]
Nov 15, 2009 (2:11 pm)
I was that someone who really gets 21 to 23 mpg local! We have the 4. L engine and the 6 speed automatic transmission. Unless you have a heavy foot, 13-14 local and 17 on the freeway says something is really wrong!!!!!!! Unless you drive in LA or some other plugged up freeway place. There is a possibility if you use the same gas station, you are getting really rotten gas. Which I rather doubt is the problem. The dealer can get a "pliot" put in your PAC and you drive with it connected to the cars computer and it records everything. Including gas mileage but not limited to just mpg. This records everything! That will prove your issues and they will have to do something then.
#734 of 853 Re: 08 pacifica transmisson problem want to get buy back please help!! [farout]
Nov 15, 2009 (9:13 pm)
I can back you up on this. I have the '08 Pac 4.0L 6-speed and I consistently get 27 highway and 22 city driving conservatively. I believe the 6-speed transmission makes all the difference compared to the 4-speed. I had an '05 Pac 3.8L with a 4-speed and the mileage wasn't near as good with the smaller engine because of the 4-speed. Anyone who doesn't get consistently in to 20's with the 6-speed either has a lead foot, drives with their foot on the brake, has the parking brake engaged or they need their car serviced. I should mention that I have the two-wheel drive and not the 4-wheel drive. I would imagine the 4-wheel drive wouldn't get near as good of mileage.
#735 of 853 Re: 08 pacifica transmisson problem want to get buy back please help!! [jtg61]
Nov 16, 2009 (5:08 am)
As you have probably figured out, I did not drive my Pacifica a whole lot in the year that I had it. On one trip taking my daughter to OSU it made periodic loud thumps, I believe from the transmission or torque converter. When startingthe car sometimes there would be a terrible shudder and the engine would quit. I attributed this to the converter also. The first Pacifica that I was going to drive when I bought mine did this shuddering so the salesman, who apparently has a poor memory, decided that we should drive another car. My car did not do it until it was about a month old. Since none of the dealers experienced it, they concluded that nothing was wrong. People are probably getting the impression that I did not like the car. It is a catch 22. I thought that it was a good looking comfortable car, but it was simply unpleasant to drive because I never knew what was going to happen.
#736 of 853 transmission level
Nov 19, 2009 (3:12 pm)
i have 2007 chrysler pacifica how i can check transmission fluid level with out going to dealer
#737 of 853 Re: transmission level [greg135]
Nov 19, 2009 (4:38 pm)
If your PAC is under any warranty connected with Chrysler should the transmission seal be broken you will forfit any warranty. This transmission is sealed and perhaps a transmission shop could get change the fluid, but why would you want to? Look at the Owners Manual, I believe the tranny gets changed at 60,000 id schedule B is used otherwise it's 102,000 miles.
How do you like your PAC? Is the PAC a AWD or a FWD?