Mike, I am a Chrysler Service director by trade so my opinions are certainly biased. The Pacifica has been a very good product for us. Very few product issues, and most of those were early 2004 models issues. As a whole the owners love them. Much has been written about Chrysler transmissions in the past, but thatís where the issue is, in the past. The current product is very reliable. The Pacifica does use the same basic design trans as all other FWD based Chrysler vehicles. The FWD setup is good for most weather, AWD is always better when it gets really bad. Mileage is about 17-18 city.
From the other side of the fence, my wifeís everyday car is a Pacifica, and she loves it. She commutes 34 miles each way (about 75 minutes) and is very happy with her choice.
Feel free to pm me if you have any questions about any Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge product. I will also be happy to send you my phone # if you would like to talk.
NW Metro Chicago
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