• Feb 28th 2006 at 9:30AM
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened its dreaded book on Chrysler's Pacifica.

After investigating the Nissan Murano for gas tanks punctured from road detritus (which resulted in a recall of more than 200,000 examples), NHTSA turned its gaze to similar vehicles, including 217,000 2004-2005 Pacificas. 18 complaints of punctures from customers to NHTSA, along with 120 similar 'field reports' has triggered a deeper investigation, though there is no word yet on a recall.

In other news, NHTSA will revisit an existing 2002-2003 Nissan Altima recall regarding faulty engine sensors. The agency plans to review new complaints which could result in a renewed, larger recall.

[Source: MSNBC]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      ^How stupid. The engine was NOT designed to self destruct at 70K. Know what you're talking about before you post. Granted, the butterfly screw WAS a problem up to 2004 but has since been resolved in '05+. It also could occur at anytime, not strictly at 70K.

      Bottom line: it's still a better car than the domestics.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You've got to feel for the manufacturers when multi- million dollar recalls are triggered by issues affecting 18 and 29 owners, respectively.

      I'll bet if you asked the owners of the Pacificas and Muranos where they drove them, most would admit they went a little too far into the stumps in their crossovers. Get a Jeep, for crying out loud!

      On the 29 Altima sensor recalls, had Nissan dealers worked with people on this relatively easy repair instead of trying to gouge them, this wouldn't have become a recall at all. My mother's 2003 idles too high, occasionally stalls, and the light comes on intermittently. The dealers want between $100 - $900 to fix a problem that was on a service bulletin for years. I have a feeling that 29 will become 2,900 very quickly!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's not hard to figure out what happened here. Chrysler stonewalled the 18 owners who approached them looking for the gas tank to be replaced under warranty or as a goodwill adjustment. The pissed-off owners approached the government.

      Now Chrysler will spend millions on legal fees trying to avoid a recall, and perhaps tens of millions of dollars more on the actual recall instead of the few thousand dollars it would have cost to satisfy the original complainants. Further, the negative publicity will deter thousands from buying a Chrysler product.

      All in all not a bad day's work. They never learn!
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