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#133 of 211 Re: oil problem [pacman2009]
Feb 11, 2010 (8:14 pm)
I am so glad I looked for others who have had the same issues we're currently having with our 2005 3.5L Pacifica. We were informed last week that our engine needs to be replaced completely because of damage due to "the engine being run void of oil". Chrysler has been completely uncooperative as have two Minneapolis Chrysler dealerships.
Has anyone pursued a class action lawsuit against Chysler related to the oil consumption problems discussed in these posts? Even the dealer mechanics agree that a 5 year old vehicle shouldn't need a complete engine replacement. If anyone has tried a class action lawsuit and failed, could you please tell me what the reasoning was?
#134 of 211 Re: difference between short and long block [pacman2009]
Feb 11, 2010 (8:22 pm)
Have you initiated a class action lawsuit against Chrysler? If so, how do I get in on that? Our 2005 Pacifica is in the shop now with a $5,000+ engine replacement.
#135 of 211 Very simple
Feb 12, 2010 (8:28 am)
Unfortunately, you need to have established a history of losing oil with the dealer to even have a good chance at prevailing with Chrysler. Their warranty is only as good as the paper its written on, because the driver can usually be found at fault for letting the oil run low. That's your real problem!
You let the oil run low - you didn't check the oil every fuel fill up, as recommended. This is the rubrik all manufacturer's will use. You are solely responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle.
I do not believe that Chrysler can be found with out liability for these troubles, but it will take a class action to pursue this and with Chrysler's financial problems, you may have trouble finding a good lawyer to pursue this.
i owned the exact model you do - I got rid of it two years ago at 45K miles with 1 qt of Mobil 1 synthetic oil running through it every 1000 miles! That's daft!
So I sold it back to the dealer in trade of a T&C minivan, which uses an older technology 3.8L pushrod engine. It hasn't been trouble yet in 33K miles of use, so I took a discommedation for the value of the Pacifica and got out! Cost me about $15K for three years of use, so in line with expectations.
I would Love to be a part of any class action suit over the oil troubles as these are clearly Chryslers faults and omissions.
But I feel a bit like the veritable Dutch boy putting my fingers in a dike!
#136 of 211 what have i gotten myself into
Feb 17, 2010 (9:57 pm)
I have a 07 4.0 Pacifica and just had to replace the engine. I have only had it for a year and half. I hav an extended warranty on it but was not honered because they said it was due to running with low oil. I have properly maintained my vehicle so i was shocked by this and had it towed to a garage where i new the owner for trust reasons. But what was weird about the garages diagnostic was they didnt even look at the engine. and now i know why. A car burning this much oil is not right. Ive diven old and new and never had a problem unless there was an oil leak. Even the mechanic that replaced my engine said it was wrong. I personally am gonna try to fight this battle and will keep u all updated but first i have a question for u all. Did any of ur oil lights come on to notify u that the oil was low? mine never came on and i would consider that a defect. well wish me gl and gl to u all.
#137 of 211 Re: what have i gotten myself into [leshess]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:49 am)
You are definitely correct. Although I haven't had the engine replaced, I too have under-gone arguments with Chrysler technicians and such and am still going with it for electrical problems(lights flickering ) but the oil light has NEVER came on. I have been careful to check each fill but this is not even a sure thing because if we drive over 300 miles one way, when we get there THERE WILL BE NO OIL IN THE CAR! Smart of Chrysler to design this issue and then not be willing to do anything about it when over 100 folks start complaining. I will never buy another Chrysler product. Trying to unload this one, but as you may expect, we're under with the loan. Go figure. It ain't worth the money you spend to purchase it. Good luck and keep me posted.
#138 of 211 Re: what have i gotten myself into [leshess]
Feb 21, 2010 (2:35 pm)
Our oil light never went on. The "check engine" light flashed a couple times over the course of a month or so but never stayed on. When the mechanic ran the diagnostic, they were not able to pull any "codes". So they continued to drive the car over the course of a few days trying to identify the issue. I am going to start making a few calls to lawyers on 2/22 to determine whether or not a class action suit is appropriate or not.
#139 of 211 Re: what have i gotten myself into [mnjeff]
Feb 21, 2010 (3:25 pm)
I have an 04. Since day one it has gone through a quart between oil changes which I do every 3 to 5k. The ngine has a rap that sounds like a tired engine with 300k. I have inquired about this problem with my local chryler hacks. I have been told that this is normal. For the record. I bought it used in 07 with only 10k on it. I have replaced both tie rods, Both headlamp bulbs twice. The powerhead froze up, so the heater controls do work. It just leaking tranty fluid. Chrysler ought to be ashamed of themselves for selling this piece of junk to us.And to think We had to bale them out ! What a joke. I am now a Ford man.
#140 of 211 Re: what have i gotten myself into [mnjeff]
Feb 21, 2010 (3:47 pm)
This too is true of my '05 PAC. The oil light has 'never' came on and we are currently just 'driving it' until it dies. We still suffer with the intermittant flashing of all interior and exterior lights and the occassional 'bell' when the ABS light flashes. The oil consumption is still the same and we have found that as long as we drive it in the city( I drive 20 minutes to and from work each day round trip and the occassional trip to the grocerers or mall) we have no problem with the oil, but the minute we drive 300 miles(from our garage to the Tennessee border) we are completely out of oil. They have changed everything they could think of and are basically stuck. Let me know about that class action suit. I'm alllll in!!!
#141 of 211 Re: oil problem [mnjeff]
Mar 13, 2010 (8:31 pm)
I am going to court next month to argue against Chrysler. When I turned in my leased Chrysler for which I had to replace engine at 47,000 miles, I told them to subtract my cost to purchase new engine out of what they believed they were due.
They are suing me and I'm countersuing. Wish me luck...
#142 of 211 2006 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Oil Problems
Mar 22, 2010 (3:52 pm)
Am lucky I check my engine oil...found I need to add a quart of oil every 1000 miles. My Pacifica has only logged 60k miles...would assume the engine seals are shot and engine is burning oil. I have always been good at getting my oil changed and have not had any problems until the last 6 months. Does it get worse?