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#745 of 853 Re: Problems with 2005 Pacifica [dc2005]
Nov 30, 2009 (11:04 am)
Sorry to hear about your problems dc2005. I had a similar problem to yours with the weird instrument cluster light failure. I posted the problem to another forum and never got a response. I never found a solution either except to get rid of the car. See my original post below.
Instrument Cluster Dark & Remote Lock Failure
I have a 2005 3.8L Pacifica bought new in July '05 (out of warranty) with only 27k miles. I've had a remote lock and instrument cluster failure twice now a few months apart. The way I notice it is when I go to remote lock my vehicle I don't get the horn and light confirmation. I get back in the vehicle and power it on and the instrument cluster is dark, no illumination or display. The vehicle still starts (luckily) and everything else seems to work fine. After it sits for awhile, the instrument cluster comes back on and everything appears to work fine again. The last time this happened the check engine light illuminated so I finally got some fault codes to troubleshoot this problem. I did the 'on acc on acc on' trick to get the fault codes to pop up on the odometer. I got two fault codes u110c (No Fuel Level Bus Message) and u0140 (Lost Communication With Body Control Module). Has anyone else experienced this glitch? Anyone know the possible cause, solution? Since my vehicle is out of warranty, I don't want to waste an expensive service fee to troubleshoot this intermittent problem. I can't seem to find a TSB or Recall that specifically addresses this problem. Thanks for any help. (Oct 19, 2008 | post #1)
#746 of 853 Re: Problems with 2005 Pacifica [jtg61]
Nov 30, 2009 (11:22 am)
My daughter has a 2005 that goes through headlamps with a degree of regularity. I replaced the harnesses, which is a TSB, but it does not seem to make any difference. She has now become quite proficient at replacing the bulbs.
There is a TSB on the right front door switch which seems to affect an awful lot of stuff.
Dec 02, 2009 (5:08 pm)
OK, I know search is my friend, but my head is spinning after reading about 50 different posts. I would like to hear what has decisivly worked to fix a few issues. 2007 Base model with AWD and the 4.0. We bought it cuz my old car decided to eat its motor 500 miles from home and the local Chrysler dealership was the only one open at 0730. Its not a bad highway distance runner, and when pressed, it goes like a raped ape. BUT thats about the only thing I still like about the car, due to all of the migranes its giving me.
ISSUE 1: The infamous right turn noise. Had this since day one. Been in and out of the shop a half dozen times. They tell me they cant duplicate the problem, finally, I dragged the service manager and the MAYBE 18 year old punk mechanic out the the car and got it to do it the first turn I took. 2 days later they said the problem was tire pressure, they charged me 60 bucks plus to patch 3 of the tires, still does it. REALLY had about enough of this.
ISSUE 2: The transmission SUCKS. Clunk and shudder going into drive. HATES going into OD, or even 6th gear unless I force it by putting it in manumatic mode. On a 2000 mile trip to see the Mouse in February, I got a whopping 19.5 miles to the gallon, cruise control set at 65 the whole way. Had it in the shop about 5 times for these issues. First time they said there was a TSB, but the computer was down, bring it back in a few days. I bring it back, they look at me like I just sprouted a second head. Third trip, they replaced the motor and transmission mounts. No joy. Took it back, they shrug thier shoulders.
ISSUE 3: New one here in the last few weeks. Been running hot, smells like melted metal and plastic. The boost fans dont help much in stop and go traffic. My wife has had to pull over and let it cool more then once. Tonite she was sitting in a parking lot getting coupons togather for a grocery run and people knocked on her window saying there was smoke pouring out of it. She got it home, and sure enough there was smoke coming out of it. Looked like it was coming from around/under the transmission. Before I could slide under the car and localize it my ever helpful 4 year old shut the motor down and it went away. Wound it back up and blasted it around the block, and it started smoking again, but not enough for me to tie down. Of course, when I called the shop AGAIN they had all left for the day, despite being 15 minutes before thier stated closing time.
SO, any help would be great. Im to the point of just eating the negative equity, taking a rediculous interest rate, and just getting rid of the thing. I love it, dont get me wrong, and the AWD is awesome due to the fact I'm one of those lucky people that is essential staff and am required to be at work no matter what the weather, but I'm at the end of my rope.
#748 of 853 Re: 2007 Pacifica [brianfiebig]
Dec 02, 2009 (5:18 pm)
Lookin the backof the owner's manual. I should tell you how to file with the National Center for Dispute Settlement. It took some time, but it worked for me. Chrysler bought the car back with no charge for mileage.
#749 of 853 Re: 2007 Pacifica [brianfiebig]
Dec 04, 2009 (8:16 am)
You don't say if you bought it new or used. New would give you a better way to take care of the issues, used has limited options.
Either way I would go to the Owner/ manager of the dealership you bought it from and address your issues with him/her. If you get blown off ask for the Zone rep to get involved. Always try to work with the local people first. There is a chain of command that is defined rather like a rope of sand, never the less it is a connecting way to resolve issues.
19 mpg is not real good for the 4.L engine with the 6 speed auto. But how do you drive? I can easly punch it a couple of times and get less than 19. Are you going by actual fuel burned divided into the miles; or are you going by the computer in the car?
I think your issues can be resolved, but perhaps your dealer is not up to par?
If you have the Chrysler Max care Service Contract (extended warranty) a free rental car. If you don't I suggest you get one as there are many reasons, like if you bought you PAC new then the Max Care is lifetime as well.
I am reluctant to call your Pac a lemon just yet. Give it a little bit to see how the dealership reacts.
#750 of 853 Re: 2007 Pacifica [brianfiebig]
Dec 07, 2009 (4:07 pm)
Don't feel bad, my car is doing the same thing especially the front end noise and they keep saying that there is nothing wrong. Well maybe I just need to hit a huge pot hole and finish breaking any thing and everthing under so they will fix it......
I am stuck with this pile of crap because like you said they won't give you anything for a trade in. I have the lifetime warranty on it but, the way it looks it is useless!!!!! I hate this car!!!! I haven't had the smoking yet but, I have heard the fan motor sounding like it was gonna fall apart when I am idled. It only has 21,000 miles on it now and I have had nothing but problems when it reached a whopping 1,000 miles in it. I will never buy this kind of car again.....
#751 of 853 Re: 2007 Pacifica [d08]
Dec 07, 2009 (5:19 pm)
I will be very honest with you in hopes to help you see a way to help your self. Be determined to make Chrysler fix your PAC or buy it back! To do this your attitude needs to change. You need to be in control of every step, not the dealer. You have rights and how you work these rights either makes you a winner or a typical "I am stuck with a bad car" buyer. One mustisyou have to have an attitude of calmness and a cool temper that never can be let go off! There is no way to get arround you have to establish a working relationship with either the Service Manager or the Owner or General Manager. Do what ever you have to get on the better side of these two people. If you go to these people with a sour attitude or bad mouthing them or Chrysler you will shoot yourself in the foot.
I always find something to praise the dealership or the tec's or something, because these people are use to hearing sware words, threats, and anger. Be noted for a kind word and be as pleasent as you can. Remamber how the sales person treated you? (I hope it was good) You have to apply kindness and a pleasent attitude to get anyone to want to help you. Only you can have these people working for you, so butter them up good. Ask for the Zone Rep to get involved. Ask this of both the service manager and G/M. This is a very good strart, and you should get done what you want be it a buy back or fixing it to please you.
I have experienced 2 replacements from Chrysler. A 1996 Dodge caravan and a 2005 Jeep Liberty Diesel. So what I am saying is how I worked with the dealers and the Zone Reps to get what i felt was fair.
Using the Lemon Law will get results, but you will not get near what you can if you are going by what i suggest.
Hope this helps. farout
#752 of 853 Torque converter replacement
Dec 22, 2009 (10:25 am)
Well I hoped it wouldn't happen to me but it did! 2006 Chrysler Pacifica 52000 miles, transmission locked up in the driveway of my house because the torque converter went bad. Brought it to a experienced transmission shop and they rebuilt the tranny and installed a new torque converter(tc). That one lasted a week. I developed a shudder at 35 mph and 1800 rpm. They pulled the tranny and and found metal shavings coming out of the new tc. After cleaning out the tranny they installed another new tc. This one didn't last 2 days and it was shuddering even worse. Brought it back and they installed a 3rd tc. Before they gave it back to me they test drove it and it shuddered again. My mechanic is now installing a 4th tc and replacing mounts and he says that if that doesn't fix it he won't know what to do.
Ok, from some of the more experienced Chrysler owners, very simply what are my options? I have no warranty, bought the car less than 10,000 miles ago from a used car lot, and have spoken to the chrysler cust service people but haven't been satisfied with them. Anyone? (i am pretty sure i could find the answer to this question in other posts but at this point i am just pissed at the world)
#753 of 853 Re: Torque converter replacement [rockhunter71]
Dec 22, 2009 (11:34 am)
Is your transmission man using after market converters, or are they coming directly from Chrysler. I believe that your car has the aspd automatic, and they are not as problematic as the 6spd.
#754 of 853 Re: Torque converter replacement [rhollis]
Dec 22, 2009 (3:05 pm)
I just left the mechanic and they let me have my car. It isn't fixed yet. They actually took the car to a tranny guy they know at a chrysler dealership. They reprogrammed everything and it didn't get better. They checked all the part #'s and everything is good. At this point it has had 4 tc's installed.
The problem now they feel is the actual fluid. They bought fluid from chrysler and (i think it was +4?) the next step is to bring the car in after the holidays and they will tear everything down again. The parts that can be cleaned will be and the clutch plate (which absorbs a little fluid) will be replaced. Their objective is to totally start fresh with this new fluid and see if this was the culprit. Heard of this? Sound like a good idea?
My transmission shop has been in business for 60 yrs and have been really cool with everything. Other than being without a vehicle for so long it hasn't been too bad. This is the first 06 Pac. they have seen in their shop and apologized for all of the inconvenience and that they too were learning. At no further cost to me. $1800 is what i have paid up to now. I am just REALLY scared at the outcome of all this if it doesn't work. Whatcha think?