Long-Term Update: 2004 Chrysler Pacifica
"Chrysler has finally made interiors a priority."
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|
|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|
|0-60 mph, sec||9.6|
|EPA mpg||17 city/22 highway|
|Average test mpg||15.7|
|Maintenance cost||$170 for 6000- and 12,000-mile services|
|Normal wear cost||$2/1 qt oil|