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Hi Everyone.

On January 19, 2022 I created a post entitled "Let's talk about those few engine failures in Pacificas." On October 26, 2022 I edited the title of the post to remove the word "few."

What follows is a list of users on just this forum who have reported failed head gaskets leading to loss of coolant and, in some cases, the necessary replacement of engines. As of this original posting, the count is 57 65. There are similar horror stories in different groups on Facebook. Most failures occurred after the 5-year/60,000 Chrysler powertrain warranty expired, often just after the warranty expired.
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If you happen to come across this post and see your user name on the above list, please file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) if you have not already done so by clicking here. An engine that overheats and becomes inoperable is indeed a safety defect, especially in a vehicle advertised for families with kids.

Hopefully your report, along with the numerous reports of others, will induce the agency to investigate this issue thoroughly and put their pressure on Chrysler to issue a recall or provide an extended warranty to make fixes for free with no deductible or diagnostic fees, and provide reimbursement to all who have had to pay out of pocket for repairs.

@ChryslerCares, feel free to pass this to upper management with the note, "It appears this issue is getting worse by the day and is not going to go away unless we do something meaningful."

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Time for a Class Action?
You do realize that class action lawsuits can take years and years for remedy , too funny . Composing a list of a handful of names is lacklustre at best. Two million engines produced with a .001% rate of failure isn’t merit for a judge to certify , there’s specifics criteria that must be met or proven for this . Erroneous thread at best, just saying .
 

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You do realize that class action lawsuits can take years and years for remedy , too funny . Composing a list of a handful of names is lacklustre at best. Two million engines produced with a .001% rate of failure isn’t merit for a judge to certify , there’s specifics criteria that must be met or proven for this . Erroneous thread at best, just saying .
It's a known issue since the Pentastar engine was first released and it's never been fixed. Something needs to be done. What do you suggest?
 

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OP here. To all who are experiencing this issue, if your user name is not on the list above and you would like it to be, feel free to PM me or post a reply at the bottom of this thread and I will add it. Thanks!
 

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OP here. To all who are experiencing this issue, if your user name is not on the list above and you would like it to be, feel free to PM me or post a reply at the bottom of this thread and I will add it. Thanks!
Can people also post their model year? I am curious if any 2019s have been reported yet. Also would like to know if anyone with the towing package has the issue since that has a beefier radiator and may help.

@CANADAHYBRIDGUY you have constantly been negative about this whole thing. Yes this forum represents a fraction of owners but a sizeable percentage of this fraction are having the same issue. Something needs to be done.
 

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As a follow up to my earlier post it looks like Chrysler is starting to realize there is a problem. I just got this email today - pretty strange to list oil change, transmission check (known recall) and spark plugs.

I’ve never had a car manufacturer tell me that they need to check plugs - that’s a big deal on this vehicle with the removal of the whole intake manifold to check 2,4,6. My guess is they are going to start scoping for damage since many of these vehicles will run for a while with the issue already happening - my vehicle was running when those pictures were taken.
 

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As a follow up to my earlier post it looks like Chrysler is starting to realize there is a problem. I just got this email today - pretty strange to list oil change, transmission check (known recall) and spark plugs.

I’ve never had a car manufacturer tell me that they need to check plugs - that’s a big deal on this vehicle with the removal of the whole intake manifold to check 2,4,6. My guess is they are going to start scoping for damage since many of these vehicles will run for a while with the issue already happening - my vehicle was running when those pictures were taken.
Looks very routine. Wouldn't read anything into this.
 

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Looks very routine. Wouldn't read anything into this.
Looks routine by design, but it’s not routine. According to my maintenance manual there is never mention of transmission inspection at any mileage. And the spark plugs are to be replaced at 160,000 mi only - to be close to that with a 2017 I would need 32,000 miles per year. How many people are putting that kind of mileage on their Pacifica? No need for any inspection nor any yearly requirement. The trans and spark plugs are basically non-maintenance parts in most modern vehicles. Chrysler is definitely trying to assess the scope of the issue.
 

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Looks routine by design, but it’s not routine. According to my maintenance manual there is never mention of transmission inspection at any mileage. And the spark plugs are to be replaced at 160,000 mi only - to be close to that with a 2017 I would need 32,000 miles per year. How many people are putting that kind of mileage on their Pacifica? No need for any inspection nor any yearly requirement. The trans and spark plugs are basically non-maintenance parts in most modern vehicles. Chrysler is definitely trying to assess the scope of the issue.
To clarify, the 160,000 number mentioned above is actually kilometers, which translates to 100,000 miles per the Recommended Maintenance Intervals in the Chrysler Pacifica Owner's Manual.
 
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I had a number three cylinder misfire and they replaced a spark plug and coil at 60,000 miles ….. light came on again about 3,000 miles later. They replaced some of the lifters and the light has remained off for 6,000 miles sweating bullets because the warranty expires in 2000 miles …… I have had so many things wrong with this van.
 

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As a follow up to my earlier post it looks like Chrysler is starting to realize there is a problem. I just got this email today - pretty strange to list oil change, transmission check (known recall) and spark plugs.

I’ve never had a car manufacturer tell me that they need to check plugs - that’s a big deal on this vehicle with the removal of the whole intake manifold to check 2,4,6. My guess is they are going to start scoping for damage since many of these vehicles will run for a while with the issue already happening - my vehicle was running when those pictures were taken.
Are you at 100k miles?
 
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