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#59 of 211 2005 PACIFICA 'LEMON' Touring
Dec 12, 2007 (9:00 am)
I bought a 2005 Pacifica two years ago and I've had nothing but problems. In the past 4.5 months its been in the shop 3 times = 4months. It has been a nightmare. I've called every number I can find connected to Chrysler to get help. I got the run around where one department sent me to the other. The cars engine was burning too much oil but I didn't know it. I live alone (female) and I am not a mechanic. The dealership replaced many parts (including the rings) costing several thousand dollars. Fortunately I bought a full warranty on top of the warranty that came with the car. Again it began having problems - back to the dealership we go - oil was pouring out of the engine. I took it in and they replace the cam shaft and tried to tell me it was an entirely separte problem. Again it begain having problems- back to the dealership we go - It is now in the shop and the motor has to be replaced. During this ridiculous amount of time the warranty provides for 5 days rental.
I WARN anyone buying a car to stay away from Chrysler - RUN FOR YOUR LIFE !!!! Odessa TX
Problems: engine sluggish
car jerks when changes gears
engine light comes on frequently
makes rattling noise from engine - sounds like flapping
steering is loose
steering pulls to the right
will jump into over drive for no reason - nearly hit other cars
oil pouring from engine
rattling noise has grown worse with every visit to dealership
stalling over and over
problems starting - make several attempts
cruise control works off and on, loses speed and kicks in over drive
for no reason - dealership continues to claim there is no problem.
NOTE: Recent problems, car is at dealership - Just to TRYING and get HELP
1. MAKES THE SAME RATTLING NOISE AS THE 1ST TIME I BROUGHT
IT IN FOR REPAIRS
2. KICKS INTO OVER DRIVE WHEN USING CRUISE CONTROL
3. KICKS INTO OVER DRIVE WHEN NOT USING CRUISE CONTROL
4. KICKS INTO OVER DRIVE WHEN SLOWING WITH BRAKES
a. HAVE TO SLAM ON BREAKS SEVERAL TIMES
5. USING EXCESSIVE GAS
6. JERKS WHEN CHANGING GEARS
I WAS SLOWING AT AN INTERSECTION WITH A CAR IN FRONT OF ME. AS I NEARED THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME MY CAR KICKED INTO OVER DRIVE AND I NEARLY RAN INTO IT. I HAD TO SLAM ON MY BREAKS 2 TIMES TO MAKE IT STOP.
I am not blaming the dealership - I blame Chrysler who acts as though it is MY PROBLEM....
#60 of 211 CHRYSLER PACIFICA 'LEMON' Touring
Dec 12, 2007 (9:06 am)
Does anyone know of a class action lawsuit?
please email me at msnelsonmabyahoo.com
#61 of 211 Re: CHRYSLER PACIFICA 'LEMON' Touring [nelsonla]
Dec 12, 2007 (9:49 am)
why not just talk to a lawyer about the lemon law in your state??
#62 of 211 Re: CHRYSLER PACIFICA 'LEMON' Touring [qbrozen]
Dec 20, 2007 (7:50 pm)
A car should not burn oil.....NOT EVER! if they do, you have a problem with the rings. The rings wrap around the pistons and keep the oil where the oil is supposed to stay. Burning oil is bad in many ways, not to mention the fact that you will ruin the O2 sensors, cats, and fill the combustion chamber with carbon. Burning oil means bad motor. No ethical mechanic would ever say what some of you people have been saying.
I have a 500 hp Mustang......it never burns oil. I have had cars with 100k miles...that never burn oil.
Get a lawyer and and utilize the lemon law. If your car has been into the shop more then 30 days in a year, you qualify, or have returned more then 4 times for the same problem.
I used the lemon law on a Chrysler back in 1992. I had the car for two years and got all my money back plus interest.
I have been driving Chryslers ever since actually, because my company uses them as company cars. The list includes, Intrepids, Caravans, and Magnums. Never had problems with any of them except they go through brakes too fast which I blame on the cheap brakes Firestone uses that my employer insists on installing.
BTW, I also own a 2007 Pacifica. The 2007's come with a lifetime Power Train warranty and the car has the much better 4.0L motor. I sure hope I have better luck then you folks have had on the '05's.
#63 of 211 Found a problem for the Oil Consumption!
Jan 25, 2008 (9:31 am)
After a year of battling, we found the problem! The piston rings were bad. There are two rings on each piston that have notches in them. Those notches are supposed to be offset from one another, but mine were lined up which allowed the oil to come through. The rings were also compressed which made it worse. They dealership had to take my engine apart and replace the rings, which is a hard and long process. But when they got into it, they found a lot of carbon, an oil by-product, which was a great confirmation of the problem! Good luck!
#64 of 211 2004 Model also using oil at unusual rate
Feb 24, 2008 (5:01 pm)
I've read all the previous posts and notice that most of you have 2005 models. I have a 2004 with 57,000 miles and have this same problem. Last 2 oil changes they have remarked that the oil is low and asked if I had noticed leaking (No!) However, I did call about a very loud knocking (not ticking) noise I got one cold morning when trying to start the car. They found the oil problem this last time ... a faulty pcv that was blowing the oil back into my air filter (thus no leaks on my garage floor). OK, so $105 later (pcv, filter & labor) and now I'm going in every 500 miles to have them check the oil level. At 1500 miles (of 3000 oil change schedule), I am 1/2 qt low. I questioned this (daughter of mechanic) and was told that "1 qt. per 1000 miles is normal." I have further questioned this with almost every mechanic I know who claim it's BS. I did buy the platinum extended warranty so will look to see if new O rings are covered. For those who have had the repair, has it solved the problem? Like many of you, we love this car and since it's paid for, the thought of putting out more $$ for something else is not what we want to do ... yet. I'm not sure what the dealer will say when I bring this up to them. Unfortunately, we live in a small midwest town with only one Chrylser dealership. On the flip side, I'm very glad that all of my car maintenance has been done at the dealer and thus, there is record of it.
#65 of 211 Re: 2004 Model also using oil at unusual rate [msmeares]
Feb 24, 2008 (5:57 pm)
Yes I DID have a 2004 Pacifica, Loved it except did not like the insecurity that I would run out of oil at any time , nor did not like having to check it so often....I too could barely go 500 miles w/ out having to add .... Also had a huge puddle of water on my passenger side floor one morning during the rain, I assume a leak from the front window... so that was it for us.... we traded and bought a more dependable foreign made Honda Pilot.... good luck w/ your oil issues....
#66 of 211 Re: 2004 Model also using oil at unusual rate [msmeares]
Feb 25, 2008 (1:07 am)
Yes, when they replaced my o-rings about 8,000 miles ago I have not had any problems since then. I just checked it again about two weeks ago and it is still full. Please stay after your dealer and make sure they do an oil consumption test and document the findings. I am sure a recall will eventually happen, but in the meantime you have fight for something that is so crazy........for a dealership to stay is ok for a car to burn 1 quart of oil every 1,000 is absurd..............Good luck
Feb 25, 2008 (6:50 am)
Thanks for the feedback. I expect some resistance while trying to resolve the issue but will take all advice to "stay the course" before throwing in the towel on this car that I really like. Thanks again.
#68 of 211 Solution to your Oil Consumption Problems.
Mar 29, 2008 (5:11 pm)
The Concept is simple "Wear and Tear". The more you drive your car, the more carbon you will have build up in the engine, the more your pistons will wear at the same time.
You all are thowing 1000's of dollars at what a $1 product can do. I sound like a oxymoron to you right now, but YOU WILL THANK ME LATER. I had the same problem of oil consumption in my PAC '05. Saw the same oil build up.
1) Change your Oil !!!
2) Buy any additive oil "lubricator" product and add it to your motor oil when its WARM!!!.
The product I added is "Howes Lubricator Miracle Master" ENGINE BLOCK SEALER & CONDITIONER. It's a 12 oz bottle for 89 cents. But like I said ANY lubricator product can do. And you DO NOT have to do this at every oil change. I have done it twice and have since seen a tremendous difference in engine performance and oil consumption. Can be used on Gas or Diesel Engines.
Thank me later