2022 Chrysler Pacifica Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine and powertrain issues are among the top issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Minivans might not be as popular these days, but the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica still has quite the following. The automaker claims it will help to “command some attention.” Sadly, the only thing commanding attention is the defective engine and a malfunctioning powertrain.

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Problems with the Engine

The engine is arguably the most important component in the minivan. When the engine fails, as it does in the Pacifica, families have trouble getting anywhere.

One NHTSA complaint says, “The car stalled while driving. I was driving down a city street and the engine cut off and a message on the dash read ‘Put Vehicle in P to start.’ I pulled over and it took several minutes to get the car to restart. This happened several times on the way back to the dealership (we had only just bought the car the day before). Our safety and that of others on the road was put at risk because we were stopped in the middle of traffic and were unable to move. Pulling over across traffic once the car had stalled was also dangerous because I could not propel the car forward. I did manage to steer the car to the side of the road. After this happened several times in the course of a few blocks, I called for roadside assistance to tow the car back to the dealership. After the incident happened, the ‘check engine’ light came on. The car is currently at the dealership awaiting repair.”

This isn’t the first time Chrysler has dealt with engine issues. In previous models, there were lawsuits regarding the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 motor. There was a known internal defect that ruined the ECM, valve train components, lifters and rocker arms. Basically, the engines failed prematurely, which doesn’t look much different than what’s happening right now. In no time, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica might be added to these lawsuits. That’s sure to “command some attention,” just from the wrong people.

Problems with the Powertrain

The transmission works in conjunction with the engine to transmit the power to the wheels. Unfortunately, this part of the Pacifica isn’t working correctly either.

One Edmunds review states, “There are some common issues with the Pacificas that Chrysler doesn’t seem to want to fix. The transmissions are absolutely horrible. Hard shifts, jerking, failure to shift gears when needed, etc… These are known issues that Chrysler doesn’t seem to be able to fix. A brand new 2022 Chrysler Pacifica rides like a log truck sometimes. The engines appear to be very fragile. There are numerous reports of head gasket issues, camshaft issues, cylinder issues, etc… All of these are MAJOR issues that cost big money. Typically these issues start showing up around 50,000-70,000 miles. I have heard of way too many engine replacements on these vans and unfortunately many of them are out of warranty.”

The complaint goes on to say: “The worst part about the Pacificas though has to be the Chrysler dealerships. They don’t seem to be equipped to work on these vans at all. I am not sure where the breakdown is, but these vans are sitting for weeks and weeks at a time why the dealership tries to figure out what is going on. I don’t think Chrysler has properly trained their technicians on how to diagnose and repair these vehicles. Bottom line, I would avoid these vans. While they look nice and could be an amazing product, right now they are just lipstick on a pig.”

There are no manufacturer communications about this problem. For now, Chrysler doesn’t want to talk about the issues because then customers might know how terrible the minivan actually is. However, the word is getting out and Chrysler won’t be able to cover up the defects for too much longer. These issues are sure to “command some attention,” but for the wrong reasons.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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