Right before the second service interval (12,000 miles), the SRS warning light came on again, something we'd taken care of at the 6000-mile service. So now we're two for two: two service visits, two airbag clock springs. The second visit included a replacement cabin air filter (about $90), plus the usual oil and filter change and visual inspections (about $40). With the Pacifica's rear DVD entertainment system proving to be a hit, several editors have taken this minivan on family trips. "Chrysler has finally made interiors a priority," noted an editor. This van is attractively laid out, crafted of quality materials, and offers good ergonomics." Another interior item that generated multiple comments: "Chrysler's steering-wheel-mounted button controls, which are on the front and back surfaces of the wheel and allow for lots of hands-on system control."

2004 Chrysler Pacifica
Base price $32,980
Price as tested $38,515
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD, 4-door, 6-pass minivan
Engine 3.5L V-6, SOHC, 4 valves/cyl
SAE net hp @ rpm 250 @ 6400
SAE torque @ rpm 250 @ 3950
Transmission 4-speed automatic
0-60 mph, sec 9.6
EPA mpg 17 city/22 highway
Total mileage 14,501
Average test mpg 15.7
Problem areas None
Maintenance cost $170 for 6000- and 12,000-mile services
Normal wear cost $2/1 qt oil