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2008 Chrysler Pacifica

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for V8 power or the tall ceiling and overall interior space of a SUV or minivan, you best look elsewhere.

What's Significant About This Car?

The base model is renamed the LX and 19-inch chrome wheels are now available on Touring models.

Driving the Pacifica

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.

Navigation Screen
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.

Heated Second-Row
Second-row captain's chairs are available with optional heating and are separated by a powered center console.

2008 Chrysler Pacifica Details
Interior

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
2008 Chrysler Pacifica photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.8-liter V6
200 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

4.0-liter V6
253 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (FWD), 14/22 (AWD)

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 801 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Absolutely loved this vehicle!

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Deployed...

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable and great to drive."

Cons: "Gas is kinda a factor, but not bad for engine size"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I absolutely loved this car when I owned one. Unfortunately I was deployed for two years and decided to sell it instead of putting it in storage. It sold almost instantly and even after I sold it I had countless calls asking if I still had it. I've been trying to find one since I've gotten back and have no luck so far. The best vehicle I've ever owned and hate to see chrysler stopped making them after 2008. Can't wait and wont rest till I get me another one."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Monday, August 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "smooth ride and stylish"

Cons: "gas hog"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I LOVE this car. I bought this after I owned a mini van. I needed something that had power to tow and yet stylish. I almost bought a Ford Focus but I did not like the dash. I looked at this and fell in love instantly. Other than it tends to gulp a bunch of gas I have no real bad things to say about this vehicle. I wish Chrysler still made these. But for a used/new to me vehicle I have had no complaints."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great vehicle and fun to drive

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I want this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"My daughter owns a pacifica and she loves it. She also has an audi 6. But the pacifica is by far the favorite. Very efficient in gas."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best Crossover Value at the time

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Party bus fits 6 FULL SIZE adults with ease."

Cons: "Suspension needs improvement"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I had a few other choices including the GM Acadia (and it's Saturn copy), the hugely expensive Acura MDX or a Ford thing (forgot the name). I have never thought I made a wrong choice. I drove it hard the first 2 years and have since driven it only 5-7K miles per year (we have multiple cars and I work from home for the last 4 years). The breaks need work next month as I live at the top of a large hill but other than an oil change every 5-6K miles I have not had a lick of work done on her. I have the AWD Touring version with 19" tires and love it. Very comfortable, lots of power, love catching and passing speeding arseholes on the highways. Fold-down rear-row works for my dogs to have a sleepy place when traveling. Mileage is @ 20mpg avg since purchase 7 years ago. Great vehicle from Chrysler."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Nice car for travel or in town

By on Sunday, July 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "safe, dependable, comfortable ride"

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a great car for safety and ride and reliability. The leather seats are heated which is nice for cold winters. The 3.8 engine is powerful enough to handle this car with ease."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent in my opinion !!

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: wanted something newer

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had my suv for 3 years, my wife and i wanted something newer, never had a problem or got stuck with this suv, VERY reliable truck in the snow and ice !!"

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