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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Concerned about fire issue should i buy 2018

After holding back in 2017 and 2018 in hopes of a full electric large people mover, we were prepared to buy a pacifica this year as it appears the Portal and others may still take a while.

Looked around and have a good deal on a 2018 limited hybrid new 43500 after tax and title. In researching in preparation to buy saw the issues with the fires and photo of the burnt car. Also, learned that this vehicle had the U73 and U94 recalls - fixed in 2018. Now getting hesitant- anyone with 2018 pacifica hybrid with fixed U73 and U94 have advice. Given recent events, would guys still buy a pacifica hybrid?

It also appears chyrsler consumer service has done a poor job in handling and investigating fire cases that could have had potential lethal complications. Are you guys concerned about this as well.

Look forward to seeing your replies and advice
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 11:32 PM
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We don't really need yet another fire thread without any new data to discuss. Are you planning to keep the car for a long time? A 2018 has been sitting on the lot for a year or so, the traction battery was likely fully charged or fully discharged- both undesirable for a long term storage. It is hard to tell if the price is good without knowing the sticker and the price before tax and title. Does your van has the Advanced Safety Package?
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Still buy it? Unequivocal yes.

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If you worry about the fire, just think about Tesla.

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Thanks for the input. Yes sitting on lot for a year. The sticker was 48300 with rebates 37500 something- dealer tint, theft, paint coat- 40k + tax
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If fire is truly a concern maybe pass on the hybrid version. Our gas only version gets really good milage especially on long trips, and has been problem free (not counting recalls).

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After holding back in 2017 and 2018 in hopes of a full electric large people mover, we were prepared to buy a pacifica this year as it appears the Portal and others may still take a while.

Looked around and have a good deal on a 2018 limited hybrid new 43500 after tax and title. In researching in preparation to buy saw the issues with the fires and photo of the burnt car. Also, learned that this vehicle had the U73 and U94 recalls - fixed in 2018. Now getting hesitant- anyone with 2018 pacifica hybrid with fixed U73 and U94 have advice. Given recent events, would guys still buy a pacifica hybrid?

It also appears chyrsler consumer service has done a poor job in handling and investigating fire cases that could have had potential lethal complications. Are you guys concerned about this as well.

Look forward to seeing your replies and advice
Think of it this way. If you had just read a couple of newspaper articles about wood frame houses catching fire recently would that prevent you from buying a wood frame house? If your house burnt to the ground would you say, “I’m never gonna live in a wood frame house again.”?

Is it possible that some have signed up to this forum simply because they’ve had a bad experience and want to air their grievances? When you see a user name with “fire” as part of the name that’s most likely what has happened. Ask yourself how many PacHy drivers out there are going merrily about their way without a care in the world and they’ve never even heard about these forums. My guess is that a disproportionate number of people with axes to grind have signed up to these forums to tell us their stories. And that’s ok. I don’t mind hearing about these sorts of things. Just keep in mind that the information you’re seeing here is unfortunately not indicative of what the average owner is experiencing.

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If fire is truly a concern maybe pass on the hybrid version. Our gas only version gets really good milage especially on long trips, and has been problem free (not counting recalls).
I couldn't disagree more.

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I’d be leery of buying a 2018 due to the battery being unmaintained for a year or more. That’s not a fire issue, but a battery longevity issue.

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