I have had the Pacifica for almost 4 years now. I'll break it down: 1. I didn't want this car because it looked a little too much like a 'mom' car to me. Previously, I drove a Navigator (ick!) and a Jeep Cherokee Limited. My husband talked me into giving this a try and after test driving some others, this one surprised me! 2. We live in suburban Chicago and with the snowy winters, 4WD is a MUST. This handles beautifully. 3. The one I found had all the bells and whistles: sunroof, DVD system, 3rd row, seat heaters, memory seating...stuff I wasn't even looking for but now cannot live without! 4. We have taken 2 loooong roadtrips with this car: 20 hrs to Tampa and 10 hrs to Niagara Falls. Both trips were comfortable, smooth, easy on the kids with movies, plug in games, etc. and with the 3rd row down, we had plenty of room for our luggage, coolers, and other travel needs. The Pacifica performed beautifully through mountains, oceanside, bridges, EVERYWHERE! 5. Day to day driving is a breeze, and gas mileage is pretty good. Now the downside: Even after regular maintenance, the transmission blew in only 2 years. I had to have the whole thing rebuilt. I've never had to do that with any of the other cars I drove and I'm still thinking that it's a little bit strange. Maybe I got a lemon. But after talking with other Chrysler owners, I guess this is a common occurrence. So that's where my title of this review comes in....I really DO want it to be 5 stars. But an $1800 repair bill makes me hold back. Well, that and it's pretty annoying seeing hundreds of my car on the road every single day. I never even heard of Pacifica before I bought it and the minute I drove off the lot, it was all over the roads.
This vehicle is good value for the money. The mileage is excellent for a car of it's size. The car drives and rides like a much more expensive vehicle. All wheel drive is good when on a twisting steep road. Superior audio system in this car, with steering wheel controls. The car is very comfortable, with power heated leather seats for driver and passenger. This car can be driven long distances without great fatigue.
This is a fabulous vehicle it is an excellent choice for the money. The vehicle I purchased had every option you could think of ( navigation,tv/dvd, dual ac, side airbags, heated seats etc..) the appearance was excellent a very very small leather repair on a rear door other than that looks brand new - drives very well smooth luxury ride. I drive approximately 150 miles round trip per day for work it is very comfortable drive and suprisingly very good on gas mileage