Power Train Problems of Chrysler Pacifica - part 1

Chrysler Pacifica owners have reported 222 problems related to power train (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Pacifica based on all problems reported for the Pacifica.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica 1
Failure Date: 04/20/2018

The car randomly shifts to what sounds like neutral and has the rpms skyrocket while driving around 10-15 mph. After 2-5 seconds of loss of momentum the transmission engages and jerks the car forward like it was rear ended. This happens 3-4 times a day. The dealer states "nothing is wrong, we cant replicate the problem". This car is not safe to drive, but its our family vehicle and is needed on a daily basis.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica 2
Failure Date: 04/06/2018

While driving at low speed or accelerating from being previously idle, the oil pressure warning light and the traction control indicator will simultaneously light up. Upon doing so, the engine will lose all power and shut off. This requires the driver to put the car into neutral or park to start the vehicle again. This problem occurring while driving has the potential to cause an accident at no fault of the driver from this loss of control.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 3
Failure Date: 03/30/2018

Van stalled at low speed while slightly turning to the right in a parking lot,then came back on on its own. The engine was not running for a few seconds. My van has already had all recalls completed.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 4
Failure Date: 03/30/2018

Vehicle was recalled due to Pacifica's stalling creating dangerous situations, van was take to dealership and software updated. Our van had been having many transmission issues, mainly hard shifts that shifted so hard it felt like the vehicle was rear ended. After the software update, our family was on an on ramp to the highway and the vehicle suddenly just stalled and stopped. The vehicle finally began moving again after what seemed like a long time but was most likely 5 - 10 seconds. Had a vehicle been following us it would have resulted in an accident without question. The van made it home and has been parked in our garage as we feel it is unsafe to drive. Chrysler has been contacted and is looking into it. We bought a new vehicle and this one because of the many safety features, unfortunately we are left with a vehicle that puts my wife and three kids in danger.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 5
Failure Date: 03/13/2018

My vehicle has a recall notice u01 from Chrysler and a letter was delivered that it was completed after the recall was issued on January 11th 2018. The car has never been to any dealers and the letter claims that this was completed 2/18/18. I believe that they are sending false notices about recalls being completed without them actually being completed. As a matter of fact, we did experience this complete stall as described in the recall.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 6
Failure Date: 03/03/2018

Van stalls intermittently while driving without warning. This van has had the Chrysler recall for this issue performed on it in late 2017 and its still stalling about every 500 to 1200 miles of operation. Van is very dangerous to drive it can quit on a moments notice without warning at any speed. The obd2 system records no system faults when this has happened as per dealer service that has looked at the vans data logs. Chrysler claims the van has been repaired via download update for egr valve that also included the stalling fix but it has not fixed the issue.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica 7
Failure Date: 02/15/2018

I had just purchased this car and was driving away from the dealer. About a mile down the road I was slowing down and started to put on the brakes when I had an uncontrolled acceleration event. (it felt like someone had just stepped on the accelerator). I had to slam hard on the brakes and just avoided hitting the car in front of me. I know this was caused probably by the computer but I know it wasn't me. My foot was only on the brake. I know this feeling well since I used to have a 2004 prius where this happened to me many times.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica 8
Failure Date: 02/06/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Within less than 30 days of the contact owning the vehicle, the contact stated that the vehicle jerked and the transmission slowly shifted in and out of gear. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the sensors could be the cause of the failure. The vehicle was also taken back to the dealer it was purchased from and the alternator assembly was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was also taken to bergstrom used car super center of appleton (2925 n victory ln, appleton, WI 54913, (920) 749-3232) where it was diagnosed that the frame had extensive rust, holes, and corrosion that could affect the motor, rendering the vehicle unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica 9
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

Front sub-frame has rusted through rendering the vehicle unsafe to drive. This is the exact same failure as many other reports you have received on this vintage, make and model vehicle. Fca has refused to offer any assistance toward the repair and my local mechanic reported that new replacement sub-frames are not even available - leaving consumers with the choice of recycling the vehicle at a salvage yard, repairing it with what is obviously flawed oem components, or keep it as lawn decoration. I have taken the vehicle off the road and am thankful the problem was discovered prior to my wife or son experiencing a catastrophic failure while driving. It is only a matter of time before someone looses a life because of this defect. Be proactive and force fca to repair these failures - regardless of mileage - or this organization is part of the problem.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 10
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

Engine shut off while driving at approx. 25mph on a snow covered street in the dark. Lost all power and electrical systems and was stranded in middle of street with traffic all around. Engine restarted after a number of attempts. Vehicle had previously been updated with recall to address this issue in January of 2017 (u01/NHTSA 18v-049). Contacted Chrysler and was told they are aware of the issue and expect another software recall to be ready in April. They requested the vehicle be taken out of service and provided an rental car until update will be made available.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 11
Failure Date: 01/24/2018

I was driving in my residential neighborhood, I had slowed down at a corner to let a child on a bike pass me by. When the child passed me, I put my foot on the gas and the car moved and then stopped - everything shut off, the lights, the engine, everything. I am not sure what happened next- people behind me were honking like crazy and I it took me a few seconds to figure out what to do next. I put the car in park and pushed the start/stop button and car started again. There was an error message on the dashboard (the a with an arrow and exclamation point), I drove straight to the dealership and left the car with them.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 12
Failure Date: 01/22/2018

While waiting at a red light my auto stop/start system automatically activated as usual. However, this time when the light turned green the engine did not automatically start. Instead, the vehicle stalled. The car was in drive and my foot was on the brake pedal. A warning chime alerted me to the problem. Also, a message instructed me to turn the car off and the put it into park and restart it. After turning the car off and then on the car moved.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 13
Failure Date: 01/16/2018

2017 Chrysler Pacifica recall my car stalls upon slowing down or stopping. It also flutters, like it is trying not to stall while driving. The dealership claims they cannot duplicate the problem, however there is also an open recall for the same issue on my car and VIN # but they are telling me they do not have the remedy yet. If you do not have the remedy yet, the car should not be returned to me for clear unsafe reasons and a lender car should be given until the recall can be fixed. Corporate Chrysler has also yet to announce when the new software update will be readily available, causing my dealership town and country in levittown to not have any answers for me. I should not be given back a car that is unsafe, that can stall and cause an accident with my children in the car. It should be kept until fixed and answers should be given.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 14
Failure Date: 01/15/2018

The driver side rear sliding door on various occasions almost completes the closing process as it comes to lock it beeps and bounces back. The vehicle was stationary and no obstructions in the way. In other instances more recently the transmission had a rough shift on lower gears. The rear automatic cargo door starts opening and gets stuck at the midway point.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 15
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

Vehicle engine and electrical system shut down while driving 35 mph in traffic. Total looks of power steering also occurred. Our family with small children also were in the car. This could have been much worse if it occurred at highway speeds on a busier road. Once stopped the dash alerted us to shift to park to restart vehicle. We did but car would not start. No attempt to turn over at all. Put flashers on and parts of dash, uconnect screen and interior lights flashed also. Car has 10,000 miles only and has been relatively trouble free to this point. I see many like complaints on this website and in online forums. To date it seems reading feedback from others affected, even after multiple occurrences and trips to the dealership, Chrysler has not identified a root cause or been able to permanently resolve the issue. This is a huge safety issue and we will not drive this car again without a definite resolution.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 16
Failure Date: 01/02/2018

For the past year the car jerks forward and stalls while driving. Especially after going from a stop. Sometimes it is so bad, you violently jerk forward. Have broughten to dealer twice for this. Once they did a softward update, that did not help. Second time they said it was normal.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica 17
Failure Date: 12/30/2017

2018 touring l plus towed. Was driving along and started losing all power, systems started to shut down, van was limited in speed and function. By the end all warning systems had failed, power steering was gone, abs was gone, after the battery hit 8. 9 volts we lost control of the transmission, the "d" on the display started flashing and the van shut off 15 seconds later. Once the van was off I was unable to put it in park or apply the parking brake due to the loss of power.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 18
Failure Date: 12/27/2017

Transmission will lockout normal operation and blink "n" on both instrument cluster and gear shift knob. When failed, the vehicle will not operate in either reverse or drive and it appears to hold in park. Vehicle then needs to be shutoff and restarted, sometimes multiple times, before the vehicle can move again. My wife reported a very rough gear engagement that felt like she was rear ended but it appears to have been a violent gear change. I took car for a test drive and pulled out of my driveway in reverse, pulled into the street, stopped, changed to drive and experienced the lockout with a screen saying "service trans, press brake when stopped, key off engine to engage park". At this point I was stuck with my vehicle blocking the entire street and I could not use drive, reverse or put the car in neutral to push it. If felt like it was in park. I tried to shutdown and restart the vehicle to get it moving but it took about 4 attempts before I could get it into drive and out of the way. We took car to dealer and they rebuilt transmission valve body. A few months later the problem came back. I had to tow the vehicle to the dealer as I was afraid of getting stranded. They pulled 5 trouble codes and try again. I have picture of the dash and I have a brief video of the failure in my driveway.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 19
Failure Date: 12/06/2017

I was driving in a neighborhood area approaching my community service event at a boys and girls club. Searching for street parking, I was about to slow down releasing my accelerator pedal and suddenly the car stalls. I safely steer to the right and make a stop in attempt to move out of the way in a busy street. The screen on my car instructs me to put my gear back to park in order to continue, I shift it to park as it says on the screen and the screen instruction remains the same. The start button light is indicating that my car is still on so I shift my gear to drive and stepped on my accelerator pedal. The engine revs, but it does not move. I put my gear back to park and pushed the button to turn the engine off. Then I push the start button again to turn it back on. This time I shift it to drive and I am finally able to drive forward. I was stuck in the stalled position for a few minutes in a panic trying to figure out what was going on. Imagine if this happened on a freeway or a very busy major street. It would be very dangerous to me and my family as well as other drivers around. I demand a safety recall for the safety of my family and others.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 20
Failure Date: 12/04/2017

I was driving on the highway with congested traffic at around 10mph. Without any prior alert, the engine shut off by itself and the vehicle lost its power. I had to turn the transmission to p from d and restart the vehicle.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 21
Failure Date: 11/30/2017

(jl no dealer info) tl the contact owns a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. While reversing out of the driveway, the contact placed the vehicle in drive. The vehicle displayed as if it were in drive mode. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle drove backwards. The contact also stated that the vehicle jerked occasionally no matter the speed. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed, but the results were not yet available. The failure mileage was 19,555.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 22
Failure Date: 11/29/2017

Vehicle shuts off while driving and cannot be restarted until it comes to a complete stop. Vehicle has stopped running while slowing down for a light, it has stopped after getting off expressway and while driving through a parking lot. In the last two months it has stalled at least 10 times.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 23
Failure Date: 11/27/2017

Back in November 2017, my family and I were driving 70mph on the freeway and the car's dashboard light all turned on and started blinking. The car lost power forcing me to quickly pull over and avoided another car from colliding. The service lights turned on. I turned of the ignition and turned it back on. I took the car to the dealership the following day. They ran a diagnostic test but could not pull any codes of the incident. I saw the recall announced a couple of days ago. I contacted Chrysler and was informed that the fix for this recall will not be available until 2nd quarter of 2018. I do not feel safe driving this car, especially with my kids on board. We purchased this car for its safety rating, now we are driving a death trap.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 24
Failure Date: 11/20/2017

With only 7300 miles on the odometer, as of this writing 11-21-17, my Pacifica has failed to start on 4 separate occassions. With each event, all the warning lights on the main and radio dash lit up and flashed on and off. Also, the wiper blades came on and stayed on, not being able to shut off with the designated switch. As well, numerous "warning windows" popped up on the center dash info screen. . . Service electronic stability, park brake unavailable, blind spot alert unavailable service required, service tire pressure system, park sense unavailable, service air bag system, warning bells constantly chiming, entire dash goes completely dark and radio turns off and on by itself. The last attempt to start, 11-20-17, after numerous times in an hours time, the engine did start only to shut down almost immediately. The vehicle has been towed to my local Chrysler dealership twice now and is still there as of this writing. On the first event when towed in, I was told that a service writer also could not attempt to start the vehicle, but when the service tech tried, it did start. I was told to come pick up my vehicle that there were no error codes found and my vehicle was operating normally. I really dread the day when my Pacifica dies while driving, as that apparantly has happened to many dozens of other 2017 Pacificas already, placing the occupants in extreme danger. I just read an article in the new york times with regards to this dangerous issue and I near the point of demanding that Chrysler buy back my vehicle. I do have multiple videos taken on my cell phone but do not have the ability to upload them just yet.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 25
Failure Date: 11/13/2017

Vehicle lost motive power while attempting to excelerate from a stop on a city street. Vehicle was restarted but loud clunking noise and violent shaking came from engine compartment. Vehicle was towed and has been at the local dealer since with little communication about a prognosis or permanent fix.



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