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On paper, the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica seems like a good idea, but even though it has been credited with starting the crossover utility vehicle segment, it has not become the sales leader for which the company had hoped. Perhaps the Pacifica's combination of a low interior ceiling and high sticker price has failed to lure customers away from more traditional family vehicles such as the minivan and the SUV. While the Pacifica's long list of standard features and optional all-wheel drive (a feature no longer available on Chrysler minivans) are attractive, those who don't require a third-row seat need only look to the Dodge Magnum, which offers the same roomy wagon-like interior but delivers better performance and more eye-catching styling.
If you like the look of a sport wagon and prefer something more upscale than a minivan, you should investigate the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica. Individual captain's-chair seating is a blessing for siblings who don't like to sit next to each other, and the long list of optional accessories should be enough to please everyone in the family.
If you're looking for V8 power or the tall ceiling and overall interior space of a SUV or minivan, you best look elsewhere.
The base model is renamed the LX and 19-inch chrome wheels are now available on Touring models.
Driving Impressions Even when negotiating the tightest of turns, the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica remains composed and stable. Body roll is minimal, and the rear end can seem as if it's stitched to...the pavement, refusing to break loose under all but the most aggressive maneuvers. The steering feel is light and responsive, with a good amount of positive feedback from the road and, even though the Pacifica rides on tall 17-inch tires, the turn-in is very quick, allowing you to perform emergency maneuvers with complete confidence. We think you'll find that the driving experience is impressive in the front-wheel-drive Pacifica and even better with all-wheel drive. The AutoStick manual function has been greatly improved, delivering much quicker response time when changing gears.
The Pacifica's speedometer-mounted navigation screen is much easier to read while driving than those that are placed elsewhere on the dash. The screen also serves as the rearview monitor display.
Second-row captain's chairs are available with optional heating and are separated by a powered center console.
The Pacifica's interior shows how good an interior can be with the right material and design. Plastic trim has been kept to a minimum, and what plastic there is has a rich, high-quality feel. The base model offers seating for five, while all other trim levels provide three rows of captain's-chair seating. Seating comfort is excellent in all three rows, and the front and middle rows are available with optional heated seats. Standard side-curtain airbags cover every row, and the optional navigation system has a screen in the center of the speedometer dial---which is great for the driver, but doesn't work so well for erstwhile, and frustrated, navigators in the co-pilot's seat.Exterior
The Pacifica's design is surprisingly reserved. There are no retro themes here. Instead, the styling is fresh and contemporary. The long side glass is deeply tinted for better privacy and provides excellent outward visibility for the driver. Big rear doors aid entry, as does the low step-in height. In 2007, the Pacifica received new sheetmetal around the hood, fenders, grille and headlamps, which carries over onto the 2008 model. Other exterior changes include new chrome wheels and dual chrome exhaust tips.
The Pacifica LX comes with front-wheel drive, dual-zone manual air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), three-row side-curtain airbags, five-passenger seating, remote keyless entry, power windows, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, eight-way power driver's seat, rear wiper/washer, AutoStick transmission, tilt-wheel with touch controls and cruise control. The Touring trim adds seating for six, automatic air conditioning, garage-door opener, 10-way power driver's seat and aluminum wheels. Limited models include a power liftgate, driver's seat and mirror memory, power moonroof, rear park assist, power adjustable pedals, six-disc in-dash DVD/MP3/CD changer, leather seats, leather and wood steering wheel and 19-inch chrome wheels.
Options include all-wheel drive, heated front and rear seats, navigation, power moonroof, HID headlamps, rear-seat DVD player, Infinity Intermezzo 385-watt sound system with 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, power rear liftgate and a ten-way power driver's seat.
The Pacifica offers two V6 engines, both strong enough to move the vehicle at a good clip. While the 3.8-liter engine remains a bit coarse for our taste, the new 4.0-liter V6 feels just fine. Strong power and a willingness to move when asked are this engine's best attributes, and it is even rated for slightly better fuel economy than the smaller, standard engine. The six-speed automatic works seamlessly and contributes to the good fuel economy.
200 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22
253 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (FWD), 14/22 (AWD)
By Ruth on Thursday, December 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks upscale, comes with all the bells/whistles"
Cons: "They stopped making them in 2008."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I hope I can make it to 300,000 miles in my Pacifica; I can't imagine the day when it finally dies! Leather electric movement seats with driver lumbar support had me at " hello". This car was my 9 th new car and it's been the one that spoiled me. I never have minded driving but this car has always provided me with pleasure when I drive. During the 10 + yeas I've had this car, my husband has had 5 cars, including 3 BMW x3's, and I always have preferred my Pacifica because it has EVERYTHING I like, not just some of the things I like. I always enjoyed trading in my cars every few years for a new one until I got this Pacifica; this is the first car ever that I'm still ad happy with 10 years later as I was the day I drove it off the lot (and drove my family from Phoenix to Lake Powell on the Utah border). The navigation system screen is right on dash above wheel so great for "eyes on the road" ease of usage. Another must have is the remote control rear hatch opener. 3 rows of seats with super comforter leather captains chairs. Back 2 rows fold flat; I've camped in AZ and MN sleeping comfortably in the back. Seats 6 comfortably. Easy to put down seats and bring up second or third row seats. I once bought a dining room table and 6 chairs at auction and carried it all home inside this crossover (with front seats moved incredibly close to the dash board). We bought this car new, "loaded" with DVDs player when my son was 11 and that made long trips between AZ and California a treat for him and his parents. One parent could sit in back and watch a movie with headphones while driver sat up front and listened to audio books on tape. Good design of console between front seats. BOTH front seats have armrests. I always hook my purse strap aground my armrest and put the purse in back seat on the little shelf right behind the console, so if I stop my purse doesn't go flying and spill the contents of my purse. The cup holders are substantial, not flimsy and are side by side in the middle instead of front to back and they're perfect. Very upscale look and feel, you feel elegant getting out of it; never feel apologetic when turning it over to a valet. Carpet and all interior surfaces have held up remarkably well and when I'd get it detailed, I was always impressed with how well it cleaned up (and I had an incredibly messy son!). Now when I get rental cars, it drives me crazy not to have the arm rests, and the ergo friendly navagation, and the automatic rear gate lift. Great sun roof that opens wide and also had a nifty rear ventilation button to you can vent it in horribly hot summers when you park and without any highway wind noise or wind drag when you drive it. USB fits in front electronic port (there's one in back too) and my iPhone can sit in the little drawer right under it. Comfortable automatic shifter and steering wheel feels substantial. A good, strong weight to the car with 18 mph city and 25 highway. Big gas tank. I would pay big bucks to eventually find a replacement vehicle with as many user friendly features as the Pacifica. Strong but graceful exterior appearance. Silver paint quality is STILL as good as new (garaged, but I've got over 205,000 miles of southwest US DRIVING SO THAT's a lot of sun exposure!). Mine is a 2004 and the last year they were made was 2008 so when I eventually have to part with my car, I'd consider buying a used 2008."
1 person out of 5 found this review helpful
By Mo on Monday, November 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Lots of room, smooth ride"
Cons: "Blind spots and gas mileage @ town could be better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"My only complaints are not great gas mileage around town and there are blind spots. Love the car and would buy another."
3 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Colonel on Thursday, November 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power, safety, security."
Cons: "They stopped making them."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this Pacifica used with over 90,000 miles on it and have driven it throught 2 winters. I thought there was too much torque to the rear wheels until I got a new set of tires and discovered how important it is to have matching front and rear tread patterns. All 6 seats are very comfortable. Lots of leg room. There's plenty of hauling space with various combinations of seat folding. I drove back from Florida with one passenger, 2 easy chairs, many boxes of books and miscellaneous impedimentia; and day after day through the mountains etc. got 24 mpg with cruise set at 75. Lots of power and secure handling and braking. AWD is great in the winter and rain. I added bluetooth for better infotainment."
11 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By Pete on Monday, November 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,800overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "is very smooth drive"
Cons: "third row seat is a little work to step in"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"2007 Pacifica limited V6 very well taken care of one driver has front and back heated seats power windos power back door unlock doors with key memory for 2 drivers on driver seat. has alert when backing up Am Fm seri plenty of room for 8 air vents on all 3 rows tinted windows you can handel your radio on steering wheel plenty of storage in both front and second row electric chairs 6 cup hoders all 4 tires less than 1 year old has cruise control very clean on inside has child safety locks"
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By gpeterson8741 on Friday, October 17, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Went to smaller vehicle
Pros: "Great Value, AWD is excellent, reliable"
Cons: "Blind Spots, no auxilary jack"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I had my heart set on a Jeep Grand Cherokee when I arrived at the dealership, unfortunately I couldn't get financing for a Grand Cherokee but they had a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Touring with only 40000 miles on it. I figured that I would drive the Pacifica for a year and trade it in for a Grand Cherokee, little did I know that this car would be the best thing to have happened to me. Before my first payment was even due someone backed into it (their hitch went through the front of the car.) That accident cost $4800 worth of damage, the dealer repaired the car like new. I loved the Pacifica, I found the car to have enough power and I felt that 20 MPG was acceptable. I hit very rough times after buying this vehicle, it rarely got oil changes and I drove it extremely hard. The AWD got me through some extremely bad conditions without an issue. I put over 120000 miles on it with very little problems. The 3.5 held up very well, and the 4 speed automatic that has such a horrible reputation never once failed me. At about 140000 miles the water pump went bad (on a 3.5 it is run by the timing belt)and I mistakenly drove the car with NO coolant in it. The only reason I knew there was a problem was the stream of coolant that came out of the car when I parked. The engine still ran fine and did not leave me stranded. Other than the water pump the car had no issues, at 161000 miles I decided to go to a smaller car. I regret that decision to this day, my new car with only 32000 miles on it has had many more problems compared to that pacifica. By the way the dealer sold it to someone else who is still driving it with over 200000 miles on it. I am looking for a low mileage Chrysler Pacifica to purchase right now."
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By roy on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I leased this car in 06 when it was new from dealership. liked it so much when the lease expired I bought the car. I ve been the only owner. it is time for a new car."
9 people out of 13 found this review helpful