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#190 of 211 Re: Oil consumption [dcgnlmg]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:22 pm)
What you describe is not so much an engine problem as a dealer service problem! After pulling the engine three times someone has to be doing something wrong! It stands to reason two engines is more that bad luck! If Chrysler was making that many bad engines there would be a report to NITSFA. I believe the Dealers service had to be messing up bad...REAL BAD!!!!!
We have a 2007 Pacifica Touring AWD with 102,000 miles and the engine has been flawless! The oil gets changed between 4,000 and 5,500 miles. The most oil it has ever used is 1 quart when it went 6,200 miles before we could get the oil changed. If your Pacifica was purchased new by you then the Lifetime Power Train Warranty would take care of it. Our PAC was bought 8- 31- 07 new. We have put a lot of miles on the PAC going to the VA Hospital and home. Sometimes as many as 15 trips a month. Each trip is 230 miles round trip.
We have had 15 new Chrysler made vehicles in our 42 years of marriage. We have had two that had problems. A 1996 Dodge Caravan, and a 2005 Jeep Liberty Diesel. Both of these vehicles Chrysler contacted us and asked us if we wanted Chrysler to buy them back, replace them with the same vehicle or buy something else Chrysler made. The 1996 Caravan we elected an exact replacement. On the Jeep Liberty we chose a 207 Jeep Compass. The Compass was too small so we traded it in for the Pacifica with the Lifetime Power Train Warranty. So we are very pleased with how we have been treated, and the vehicles we have had.
The fact is if you are happy you might tell four people. If you are unhappy you will tell 20 people.
I am sorry you two have had such problems, but I would blame the service dep. at the dealer for messing things up.
#191 of 211 Re: Seems I'm in the same boat as too many others [vendor_neutral]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:40 pm)
vendor neuteal: Who ever informed you that using a quart of oil every 800 miles is seriously in error. Chrysler allows the dealer to preform a sealed oil filler tube, and sealed empty bolt test. If the seal is tampered with in anyway the test is invalid. The service manager has great amount of authority when it comes to making the call to analyze, diaignose, disassemble, remove damaged parts, and replace with new or rebuilt parts and reassemble the engine. There still has to be the ok from the authoritise that may be in the Chrysler warranty chain of command.
I assume this all to late for your situation, but perhaps others who read this might gain some insight.
#192 of 211 Re: Oil consumption [wcneubert]
Jun 22, 2011 (12:56 pm)
I've had the same problem with my 2004 Crysler Pacifica...total piece of crap!! My oil pump went out in Feburary and my car has been at the dealship since then. Crysler is the worst car manufacturer ever! As long as I live I will never buy another product made by that company. I'm typically not the type to wish harm on anyone but that company should have went under along time ago in my opinion! Why do we have to pay for their mistakes...they need to step up to the plate and do what is right and fair for the consumer. I am a middle class class hard working Mom that needs good transpertation and felt like I was making a good choice when I bought the car.....worst mistake I've ever made!
#193 of 211 Re: Oil consumption [farout]
Jun 23, 2011 (8:46 pm)
I appreciate that you have had great luck with Chrysler. I have had problems with both my 1995 LeBaron (purchased new) and the 2005 Pacifica (purchased new). There were four dealers involved. One in Virginia with the LeBaron. Two dealers in the San Diego area (one of which rebulit the engine) and one in Las Vegas (who replaced the engine while we completed our trip to Yellowstone in a Town and Country).
I believe that the problem is considerably more associated with the 2005 AWD version from the past 6 years of data collection.
As I stated, I have had zero problems with Nissan and all of my experiences with the dealer (Mossy has all the local Nissan dealerships) have been fantastic. My Frontier feels like new every-time I drive away with the routine maintenance, my Z is the best, my beater NX is fun (274,000 miles and purring) and my wife loves her Pathfinder. Although my wife and I have been married only 12 years, I look forward to owning my Z and Frontier for the next 30 years. I am sure my wife will probably have a few new vehicles over that time.
#194 of 211 Re: Oil consumption [dcgnlmg]
Jun 24, 2011 (11:03 am)
Good to hear you ar pleased with what you have. Vehcile problems are such a pain. My wife calls vehciles "a necessary evil". Every time its time for a major repair it always comes at a time we are least able to afford it. Most generally all the vehcile makers make 10% super great cars, and 80% good cars and 10% that are not quite as good. It's just a pick of the draw sometimes. Thanks for you input.
#195 of 211 Re: Oil consumption [alkat]
Jul 18, 2011 (9:14 am)
I have 2008 Chysler Town & Country with exactly same problem and Chrysler gives same anser "within tollerance". Well, not within my tollerance. I now have 80,000 km and problem has been there since 50,000. Warranty runs out in 20,000 km. Dealer wants to negotiate to a extended warranty. We will see but i had to threaten to get rid of both my Chryslers to get the point across. Looks like a Honda on the horizon. Has anyone been told what the problem is? Our local mechanic says it is probably in the oil rings. Have tried additives to unstick but to no avail. Worse in summer than winter.
#196 of 211 Check engine light
Jul 20, 2011 (1:39 pm)
I have an 06 Pacifia. My check engine light has been on for about a month. I had it checked at Autozone and they said the code was most likely related to a bad fuel cap. So I replaced the fuel cap. Drove it for about 2 weeks and the check engine light is still on. So I took it to the local Chrysler dealership and they told me it's a large evap leak and it needs a new fuel pump.
I've read about all the issues other Pacifica owners are having, but I haven't had any stalling or starting issues. Idles just fine, no stalling, stuttering, nothing! Just the check engine light consistantly on. And the ABS light, but that's the least of my worries at the moment. I've had no other problems with the car except this. Any suggestions as to what else this can be??? I really don't think it's the fuel pump! And I refuse to drop $700 if this is not truly the problem!
#197 of 211 Re: Check engine light [crickels]
Jul 24, 2011 (5:33 pm)
Go back to Autozone and ask to have the pacifica computer reset, once reseted the engine light should come off, if it comes back on again, do the same thing again, have autozone reset the computer. IT SHOULD BE FREE TO DO THIS! If it comes on a third and fourth time then you have a serious problem. Do NOT REFER to the FIRST ENGINE LIGHT as a problem which might be just be a minor thing as your gas cover not clicking shut correctly which happen to me and I had Sears reset the computer and the engine light never came back on. But reset it 3 to 4 times before doing anything serious, and get 2 to 3 other opinion from different garage's before you really get the right answer to the problem. I recommend Sears but don't go for the extras.
#198 of 211 Re: Check engine light [gruger]
Aug 01, 2011 (10:26 am)
Yep tried that. I've had the light reset 2x's already with no avail. I also removed the air cleaner box and replaced the hoses (found that answer on here as well). That was done yesterday and i had the light reset again. so now I'm just waiting to see if that fixed it or if I have to go to the next step.
I've been told by a chrysler mechanic in Texas that if the light comes back with the same code (low evap leak), I need to have a 'smoke test' done to see if there is a leak elsewhere in the fuel line. The 'gas cap' indicator never went off (where the mileage shows) in all of this. Brand new cap and it's been tightened by 2 different men, so I know it's pretty secure.
Just so over the lack of answers and problems with this car. Oh yeah, add to the list that it sucks oil like nobody's business. I have to add a quart or 2 between regularly scheduled oil changes. But I stay on top of that so it shouldn't be a problem in the future (hopefully!!)
I'm so over this car and the problems!!
#199 of 211 Re: Oil consumption [madmama30]
Aug 16, 2011 (6:15 pm)
I have been having this problem since I had this vehicle. Everytime I get my oil changed I am back at the mechanic asking why is the oil running out. He said it is a problem with this vehicle. They tried to make me purchase high mileage oil. My car has low mileage so why do I need high mileage oil? This makes no sense. I then always had the check engine problem and had to have the catalytic converter replaced. Now my problem is the abs light illuminating every so often.