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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Base AWD
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Neena
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2005 Chrysler Pacifica AWD 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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So I have been car shopping for some time. My 2003 Honda Odyssey finally took its last breaths (oh how I loved my Honda) . So while driving by a Used Nissan I was interested in I laid my eyes on her! The Pacifica, I test drove , got my hubby and FIL to come check it out. Everything looked great, interior was nice and polished looking. The engine and tranny sounded strong. I went home and started to do research. I was appalled by the many negative reviews. I looked at all the negative, positive and most helpful reviews. We took a look under the car and there was no rust. I ran a car fax and just knew this was no lemon. Well maintained and cared for by 2 main owners. Then sat for a while. I decided that for the price (1800) it was a steal plus it only had 157k miles. I have had it a week almost. So far we have enjoyed the car. It needs an oil change , lower driver side control arm , a engine dip stick and hood opener. So far I have put in about 400$. Which is till great 👍. Not too bad. Most people tend to forget these are older cars and not all will sound and run new. They had some hiccups in the beginning that seem to have been handled. I see so many Pacifica’s with over 200k miles and going! I’m happy with my purchase and will update. So we got rid of the 05 due to bad k frame and got a 2008 Pacifica and am still in love. Nice modern features for an 08. Rear parking assist still works like a dream. Solid 1 owner car! 140k and we put in 728 and runs like a dream ❤️.


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2005 chrysler pacifica
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By corvairbob
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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Limited AWD 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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gave it these marks because i have not driven it but it was for my girl and she likes it . but for for reliability i had to lower the rating as at 100k it turns out to have a [non-permissible content removed] of issues that did not turn up in the test drive. and for the new sale price you would think chrysler would have made this car a bit better. it uses oil like a submarine. and the company claims it is normal but i have other cars newer and older that use zero oil between changes. so the company is just blowing smoke up our xxx fill that in. the car overall is a nice car but from what i have read online, these are now having all kinds of issues around the 100k mark. unfortunately i fails to read up on the car before i got it for the girl and now i have to deal with all the issues. good thing i know how to fix them. but if you do not know how or you don't have friends that could help you out i would try my best to keep looking. they have egr issues evap issues burn oil from poor rings the trans is not the best although i have not had that yet. tpms is a normal issue but the dvr for the nav fails and they start having electrical issues. if yours start to get a ton of iemt failing look under the battery on the frame for broken grounds. they also have the engine cradle that like to rust so watch out for that and if your is starting spray the area with undercoating to at least slow it down.


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Blue Bell
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Holly Himes
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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I've had my beautiful blue bell for 8yrs and its a wonderful ride. I've had to replace motor mounts about 4 x's, but was also pulling a trailer or had heavy equipment to transport. My car has been maintained. It's been a great experience with my Pasifica. I loved it.


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Family Truckster Update
38 of 38 people found this review helpful
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By Andrew
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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought new in 2005. We now have over 165,000 miles on the vehicle - and it is going strong. I must admit I was VERY nervous to buy this vehicle. The engine and transmission have been flawless on this vehicle. The one weakspot was motor mounts - replace 4 times! (but its a cheap fix).
At 100K I replaced timing belt, struts, cv joints, and alternator (due to squeaky pully). We had to get a whole new exhaust at 130K. The car has been with us through kids elementary/middle/high school, and has been good to move the kids in/out of college. We even did a paper route with this car for 2 years. I'd say we got our money out of this car.
We replaced control arms as a preventative measure this year, and the other remaining issue is the the engine subframe rust issue on these cars. In our case, I have been applying coatings to the affected areas - and keeping my eye on the rust progress.
My take on this ownership experience is that with proper maintenance you can even keep a Chrysler (any car) going for a very long time.

Update 09/28/2016: The Pacifica is still running strong with over 183,000 miles on the odometer. At around 165,000 miles we decided to replace the o-rings between the engine timing cover and the cast iron block due to a small coolant leak from the water pump passages. Since this work involved much disassembly, we decided to replace spark plugs, fuel injectors, water pump, timing belt, intake manifold gaskets, valve cover gaskets, all hoses, and the radiator. Since this work was DIY, labor cost wasn't a factor, and the cost of the parts was only around $800. We also needed to replace a rusty front subframe this year in order to pass Pennsylvania's safety inspection. We were able to buy a rust free subframe from salvage in GA. Total cost for replacement including our mechanic installation of 4 hrs was right around $1000. With replacement vehicles of similar size and feature costing over $30,000, we believe these repairs were well worth the money spent, and hope to enjoy another few years of ownership.

Update 9/28/2017:
Just went over 200k ... And still rolling with the original engine and transmission. The car is running great, but I do expect some upcoming maintenance on CV axles and possibly front bearings. Something is making noise ... And it doesn't seem to be the tires. Nothing is holding us back... Still taking long trips... But keeping a way eye on these maintenance items.


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Good family vehicle
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Sasha D
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2005 Chrysler Pacifica Fwd 4dr Wagon (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased this car used at around 130,xxx miles and have driven it for 10 months, I had to replace alternator at around 148,xxx miles but I haven't had any major problems other than that. Car is safe and reliable.


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