Review: Last Call: Chrysler Pacifica | The Truth About Cars

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Chrysler Pacifica

Review: Last Call: Pacifica

In the autumn of 2003, DaimlerChrysler their first co-developed a “segment buster” called the Pacifica. According to the official the Pacifica married a minivan#8217;s with an SUV#8217;s machismo. In the Pacifica was a six-seat station on stilts, closest in concept to slow-selling Allroad Quattro.

the Allroad pulled a Hasselhoff popular in Germany than its market), the Pacifica was born a bad sign, raised with expectations and expired stateside fanfare or corporate hand-wringing. RIP or good riddance to bad rubbish?

In ways, the Pacifica was neither nor foul, starting with the It was taller than a car but lower most SUVs. It had an exceptionally body and stretched nearly as as Chrysler’s Town and Country

But is still looked like it was: a big-assed station

Chrysler designers used styling tricks to hide its For example, the body sported crease marks, near the line, and again near the panel. Like vertical on clothing, the lines make the design seem longer and From the rear end, the quarter panels taper inward from the rear thereby creating a thinner

And the use of black molding on the roof the vehicle the appearance of a sleek The result was extremely color dressed in white, you expected to see Ahab pinned to the roof.

In keeping with Motown the first Pacificas hit dealer fully-loaded: all wheel-drive, load-leveling leather upholstery, heated and second-row seats, sunroof, liftgate, navigation (beautifully directly in front of the driver), zone climate control, DVD system and Sirius satellite While the car#8217;s upscale were obvious from the potential customers couldn#8217;t see the point.

Initial Pacificas north of $35K. Even the CUV#8217;s build quality match the model#8217;s #8220;near aspirations. In-dash rattles, panels that fell unpainted gas caps#8212;the Pacifica with the new Crossfire Sports was ground zero for dreams of quality combined with style.

Speaking of which, the Pacifica#8217;s packaging sucked. The first two were spacious enough for occupants, but the third row was suitable for small, nimble, unloved When deployed, row three left very little for cargo, although it did fold when not in use. The Chrysler posed the same question the CUV genre still asks what IS the point?

While CUVs answer with styling, the Pacifica looked what it was: an expensive, station wagon.

Early featured a mediocre engine V6) and gear-challenged (four speed) in a price bracket known for and refined powertrains. Thanks to the vehicle#8217;s heft and the ancient the Pacifica was both slow AND The EPA rated its fuel economy at a than desirable 15/20

DaimlerChrysler had a real dog on hands. Not only did the vehicle to sell well, the company money on every one. The sat on a modified minivan platform, but it share any interior furnishings any other Chrysler, Dodge or product.

The window switches, power controls (a nod to Daimler), audio and entertainment options, seats, console and the instrument panel interchangeable with any other

Adding insult to injury, the quickly developed a reputation for reliability. Straight out of the box, models suffered from problems, transmission woes and the quality control issues. the analysis paralysis and cultural bedeviling Auburn Hills, failed to handle the Pacifica#8217;s with speed or decisiveness.

some of early problems eventually ironed-out, electrical plagued the Pacifica throughout its production cycle.

In sum, the was one of the worst new car introductions in Chrysler#8217;s with little or no advanced hardly any pre-production publicity, and little dealer training.

Since the Pacifica#8217;s introduction, the CUV has exploded. Buyers looking for can choose from a wide of vehicles that look SUVs, burn gas like won#8217;t go off-road or tow like and can#8217;t carry more five adults in comfort. But of them#8212;not one#8212;looks like a station wagon. There are new 2008 Pacificas sitting on dealers#8217; lots.

Which you just about everything you to know about the late, Chrysler Pacifica.

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