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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 821 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

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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

like the car but the value of it is a joke

By on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,223

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive really cute vehicle"

Cons: "no resell value"

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

"I love my Pacifica but the blue book value of my car is absurd! $2, 000 fpr a car I only bought a week ago & was just curious of the value! Dealerships are messing people over on this vehicle if its trult only worth $2, 000!"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Runs great - well maintained.

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Runs great. Well maintained. Drive it everyday. New brakes and routers. Inspected. 1 small dent. Leather seats are cracked. Neats a good cleaning. 21 mpg everyday."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Definitely the best vehicle I ever had!!

By on Friday, January 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, fun to drive, great gas mileage"

Cons: "Bad quality speakers"

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

Nice Ride!!!

"I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!! This is my first time having a 2000 or higher vehicle, and I am still learning new features everyday about this truck. It has a automatic truck opener with the tap of a button which blew me away the first time I saw it. Of course I have a sunroof, and a DVD player, in which I have never had in any of the previous 8 cars I owned before, and I am only 30. There is not anything that I dislike about this truck, except the car speakers are not BOSE. I love my music loud, so I may have blown the two back speakers. Not a problem because I will eventually get a car audio system installed. This truck comes with a tape player which is kind of odd since tapes are not made anymore. I hook up my MP3 thru the tape deck cord. However, I would like to upgrade to a newer model in the future. Also, as far as the drive, it's immaculate. You feel as if you are floating while on the highway due to the smooth ride. You do not hear the engine after the car is started, so you may forget the car is started if you get out and come back inside it. Overall, I would recommend this truck for anyone who needs a 3 row seat car, needs a reliable car, and doesn't want to pay a lot for gas every month."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Nice Ride!!!

This was the best car I ever bought 10 years ago

By on Thursday, December 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Great SUV

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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