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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 827 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

Slice of garbage

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Zero"

Cons: "Almost everything"

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

"Where do I start? Bought this 2008 Pacifica a couple years ago, I have spent at least $3k fixing this pile. Starter, transmission fluid way too early, brakes are noisy no matter how many times I have had them adjusted/replaced, motor mounts shot, side windows make noise when driving, sometimes it will not shift out of 1st, randomly will not start with new starter AND battery, replaced radiator and now has ANOTHER coolant leak, maintenance mileage counter will not reset. My wife has had to call a tow truck several times due to random failings of this thing. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT make the mistake I did and buy this vehicle. If I could rate it lower I would! Even the dealership where I bought this pile was zero help, they would not even return a single email or phone call yet still sends me garbage in the mail. Thank you for failing a long time customer, you will never ever get my business again."

great overal,brakes aside

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice style, comfortable,handles well, good pickup"

Cons: "breaks cannot handle extreme descent,mpg poor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"we bought new. love style, size and handling. gas milage could be better. only big complaint,, car ,make that brakes, did not like mountain drives. long stretch downhill the brakes could not handle the job. Car would vibrate from the work car was doing, trying to slow down, along enough descent, brakes would overheat. This was true,from time of purchase,120 miles. Dealer checked severa; ocassions. Found nothing.Great car, but, if you own ine or buy one, DO NOT take any roads with steep hiils .!!!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

only bad is hydralic motor mounts

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "roomy ,comfortable,powerful, and fun to drive"

Cons: "motor mounts"

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

"only problems ever involved very poor motor mounts that engineer should be fired. over all car is awsome roomy and comfortable and an over the top amount of power."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Decent Crossover BAD Design

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice ride/good space for larger family"

Cons: "Unreliable gas usage/gauge"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Overall the actual vehicle and ride is fine. The largest problem is in the "saddle tank". The gas tank is a saddle shape and has 2 fuel pumps. One relays from the area of the tank closest to the gas cap to the other side of the saddle...great thought in theory I guess. FLAWED execution! Number one, WHEN the fuel drops to less than a quarter of a tank and you try to refill the tank the gas pump reads the back wash of the fuel from the first pump as a full tank so every 2.5 seconds the pump stops and the hand held part just clicks and clicks...it WILL take about 20 minutes to fill your tank from start to finish. Please note that above I said "WHEN" after number one. This leads us into number two: I do not say "IF" you allow the tank to drop to less than a quarter because you have ZERO choice in that matter. You will be driving along with what appears to be about a half tank, sometimes a little more, others a little less...then suddenly you hear DING....that is your gas gauge telling you that your tank is empty! Oh yes, sir that sucker is empty and it doesn't matter if you just passed the last gas station for 50 more miles on the highway 15 miles ago...you are now in deep trouble! But wait, it could be number 3: This would be the "two seconds ago I had a half tank, now I am on empty, but wait 4 minutes later it says I am back up to nearly a half tank" What do I believe?!?!?! Yeah, had this looked at and there is literally no fix to this problem even if you put on a new tank with new pumps there is no guarantee that the new one won't also do the same since this is just a flaw in the design! Years prior to and after the '08 do not have this problem...I am not sure what year it started or what year they figured out the problem and stopped making the Pacifica saddle tanks but don't say I did not warn you! PS- The strategy of gauging your fuel usage/level by knowing gallons of the tank and mpg and tracking your miles is unreliable. The computer will say you have 320 miles to empty but I have never gotten more than 160 miles on a full tank and never less than 100 miles...fuel usage varies too much to accurately gauge (yep we tried that too!) We fill the tank 4-5 times per pay period (2 weeks). And work is only 8 miles away!"

Great family car, but heavy and sluggish.

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I love this car. It has given me zero trouble and I am the original owner and have happily driven it for 8.5 years. The drawbacks are the awful fuel economy and it is sluggish because it is so heavy and big."

Comfortable & luxurious- loaded with options

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value! love the options!"

Cons: "Drives a tad loud-due to tires."

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

"I bought this car hoping it would last a few years. Never owned a Chrysler product and was hesitant. This car has been great. I have always felt safe driving my four kids everywhere in it. The DVD player has remote and two wireless earphones. After market Bluetooth was installed along with a back-up sensor which only works from time to time. It's ok because the rear visibility is great! The tires are expensive and I replaced them at 113,000 miles, along with a new tire sensor-totaling $1,100! Free tire rotation at any NTB. Passed check in Summit county in 2015 so it won't be needed until 2017. This car drives like a tank in the winter. It has power everything! I almost installed remote start a few years ago. I'm only selling because I gave this to my daughter for college and she purchased another car last week. I don't want to insure two cars. Let me know if you're interested in Glenda! I'm submitting this from my kids iPad! I have tons of photos from my cell & Craigslist. Can send them to anyone interested. Price is somewhat firm so low ballers won't be considered."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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