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Power Train Problems of Chrysler Pacifica - part 1

Chrysler Pacifica owners have reported 212 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: 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 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 2
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.

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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 4
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.

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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 6
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 7
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Failure Date: 11/12/2017

While stopped at a traffic light, the ess feature of the vehicle typically stops the engine to reduce co2 emissions and supposedly save on gas. As soon as I release the brakes, the engine re-starts and off I go. However, in this instance, after I let go of the brakes, the vehicle began rolling backwards, which caused me to step on the brakes right away or I would have hit the car behind me. I let go of the brakes again, then the engine restarted as usual. This is very concerning and a potential safety issue.

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Failure Date: 11/10/2017

After sitting at a red light I attempted to drive forward when the light changed and the car would not move and I got a message on the drivers console that said "shift to p to drive" I attempted to shift but the knob wouldn't turn and so I had to turn the car off,shift to park then turn the car back on and then shift back into drive to move forward. This has happened twice now within the span of 3 days. The car has roughly 4. 5k miles on it.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica 18
Failure Date: 11/08/2017

Wgen I put the gas pedal no runing like aspec and tge crudle is rust.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica 19
Failure Date: 11/08/2017

The cradle break and rust and tbe power train. No work properry.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica 20
Failure Date: 11/02/2017

The gearshift sticks in park position and does not release. Upon investigation there is a small plastic lever with a spring attached to it that has become broken. Upon review this has occurred the number of times with the Chrysler vehicle.

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Failure Date: 10/27/2017

My wife was driving home from work and slowing down to approach a red light. As she was slowing, the vehicle experienced total systems failure. The touch screen display became scrambled, steering was unresponsive and the vehicle slowed to a stop. My wife was unable to accelerate, shift gears or turn the vehicle off. Three police officers pushed the van into a nearby parking lot. During this time no one was able to turn the vehicle off or shift gears. Finally, the car essentially rebooted itself and all systems seemed to return to normal. The car was towed to the dealership on 10-27-17, 12 days after purchase with approximately 400 miles. The car has been at the dealership for 6 days now and no problems have been found. They have not been able to recreate the problem and no error codes were found. This means the car has now been in the shop for 1/3 of the time that has passed since we first drove off the lot. This failure is disturbingly similar to numerous other complaints that have been filed. Thank goodness my wife was slowing down when this happened or it could have caused a serious accident and even death. I refuse to allow my wife or children back in this vehicle with something so catastrophic happening after so few miles. I have opened a case with Chrysler and waiting for them to get back to me. I hope a formal investigation is started soon and Chrysler acknowledges the issue to protect the safety of everyone.

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Failure Date: 10/23/2017

While driving, the engine stops and the dashboard and shifter lights start blinking. The message "vehicle must be in park to shift gears" displays on the dashboard. This is incredibly dangerous and has happened 3 times now. Our family was almost struck by oncoming traffic.

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Failure Date: 10/21/2017

We purchased the vehicle at a local dealership in July 2017. In August, vehicle lost power steering communication unexpectedly. Dealership was able to restore power steering, however, they were not entirely sure of the cause. In October, the vehicle lost electrical communication and was stuck on a busy highway off-ramp after stopping at a stop light. We were unable to move the car for 30 minutes. Dealership unable to determine the cause and advised us that the car company said they needed to give us the car back. The car has been in the shop for a total 22 of days and nothing was fixed the second time to prevent this from happening again.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica 24
Failure Date: 10/03/2017

Engine cradle is corroded through.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica 25
Failure Date: 10/03/2017

Bought my 2004 Pacifica from a dealership used on June 5 2017 at that time I had the oil changed at the dealership the next day. Nothing said about the cradle almost rusted off on right side. Took Pacifica to get tires cause I planned a 1500 mile trip in a few days and wanted good tires. Needless to say besides $400 in tires I had to put $1800 into parts and labor for struts, tie rods, arms, brake pads, rotors and valve stems. Was shown the rusted cradle that was 3/4 rusted through and told it should get changed but the vehicle was safe to take on my trip. While driving when going 25-35mph with my foot on the gas pedal it chugs like its not getting gas and have also noticed it now when going 55 and taking my foot off the gas pedal it doing the same thing. There's been 4 or so times the fuel indicator has gone down to empty and back up again once while idling in a construction zone and almost died twice. Needless to say brought the vehicle to the dealership for an oil change October 3, they changed oil and did an inspection- my vehicle is no longer safe and need to talk to the dealer who sold me the vehicle. Right side of cradle totally rusted off. So why did they even sell the car when they knew it was unsafe or even sell me part because it was unsafe? dealerships and tire dealerships taking advantage of older people and women! I will be going into both these places and needless to say still paying on the repair with their credit card. I cannot drive an unsafe vehicle and put a few more thousand dollars into it. I also had a new battery put in cause not even a week after purchasing it it wouldn't start and needed an interstate battery! I cannot believe Chrysler is being so negligent about putting a recall on these vehicles. I've only owned Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles the 44years I been driving.

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