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2007-2008 Chrysler Pacifica: A Very Brief Second Generation

    2007 Chrysler Pacifica

Read our 2007 Pacifica test drive
Original Chrysler Pacifica

An odd mix of interior de-contenting mixed with a new 4.0-liter V-6 engine and six-speed transmission for the rather brief return of Pacifica. The new powertrain had better gas mileage and acceleration, while the car itself had stability control and a lower price.

moviesNew Chrysler Pacifica standard safety features were all-row side curtain air bags, stability control, and throttle-by-wire (to help with stability and traction controls). A new option was a rear back up camera (most children who died then, and in 2013, in traffic accidents are the victims of “backovers”). The new Pacifica gained a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front- and side-impact, and four stars (the highest rating of vehicles tested in its class) for roll-over.

Luxury options included heated first- and second-row leather seats, dual-zone temperature controls, hands-free communication, and satellite radio.

Joe Dehner, Director – Exterior Design, said, “The 2007 Pacifica adds more contemporary exterior cues and attributes in line with the Chrysler brand, while keeping the first-class interior design features that our customers love.”

At the time, the typical Pacifica consumer was a married woman between thirty-five and fifty years old, with a college degree, an average annual household income of $85,000, and children over the age of 10.

rear of 2007 pacificaThe Chrysler Pacifica had easy step-across entry and exit and chair-height seats for a sense of security and a view of the road. Interior changes for 2007 included a two-tone instrument panel and two-tone door trim, revised gauge graphics, and five- or six-passenger seating.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica powertrain

The 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine had a long stroke for improved low rpm torque and responsiveness. The engine produced 255 hp @ 6000 rpm and 265 lb. ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm, both higher than the previous 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and noise and vibration were both reduced.

4.0 liter V6 chrysler engine 62TE automatic transmission

Chrysler Group engineers focused engine vibration at the mounts, radiated noise, crank shaft torsionals, induction snorkel noise, and sound quality. Some results were new main bearing diameters, lower reciprocating mass piston-and-rod assemblies, a better block and oil pan structure, reduced bearing clearance, low-rumble intake manifold, and an equal-length dual exhaust (which may have been dropped for the 2008 model year).

pacifica engine

Other changes included:

  • Modified powertrain mount cradle assembly including new powertrain mounts and mount tuning
  • New, larger halfshafts
  • New accessory drive package
  • New electronically controlled clutch on all-wheel-drive models
  • Modified engine cooling system
  • New front bearings
  • New power transfer unit mounting structure and input shaft
  • New powertrain system calibration
  • New dual exhaust system with two mufflers and resonators

inside the 2007 pacifica from chrysler

The new six-speed automatic transmission was standard on all Pacificas with 4.0-liter V-6 engines. It was essentially the existing four-speed automatic, with two new primary gear ratios and a secondary ratio for optimized passing performance at highway speeds.

All wheel drive: fast and sophisticated

Steve-577 wrote:

I asked BorgWarner if the new system sends torque to the rear wheels at a standing start before there is wheel spin at the front wheels, or after. What I find exciting about this system is that if you floor the gas at a stoplight, you'll get instant torque sent to the rear wheels BEFORE the front wheels spin or do the torque-steer dance we all dislike. And at highway speeds, the system disengages, allowing fuel mileage equal to FWD Pacificas.

The Borg-Warner rep wrote: “The AWD system on the 2007 Pacifica all wheel drive uses information from the steering wheel, throttle, and wheel speeds, to determine the optimal system response to match driver desired vehicle behavior. It will update this system response many times per second. At low speed, sudden changes in amount of throttle applied can facilitate prompt system activation - in amounts determined by all of the underlying parameters. The amount of torque transferred is continuously variable, is of no set value and, if needed, can go to the maximum allowable torque specified by Chrysler.”

Meeting the new Pacifica

Rooney and Pacifica

We met the Pacifica at a press event. Outside, the Pacifica clearly resembled the new Aspen and Sebring, with their ribbed hoods (those are speed grooves, in case you were wondering; six concave, one convex), rounded-trapezoid grille, chrome, and front-end lines. Inside, they could hardly be more different, with interiors that appeared to have been designed by three different companies with different cultures.

The Pacifica looks much as it did inside, with a large black driver pod and a two-tone passenger pod; there was light woodgrain on the wheel, with strips on the dash and door. Care was taken to provide an unobstructed 180 degree view from the driver, for a light, spacious feel. The Pacifica started at $25,000 and go on up to about $36,000, well priced in the field.

Chrysler's head of marketeing, Dave Rooney, noted that the 4 liter engine new to the Pacifica was designed to have more low-end torque and to provide a better off-the-line launch than most vehicles. This was borne out in our review.

Adjustments

valiant67 noted that those with the Mopar Keyless Entry Module (part number 04883257, known as EVS II) can change their own alarm settings (proceed at your own risk):

1) Unplug the harnesses from the EVS module.
2) Remove the 4 phillips screws from the bottom of the housing.
3) Carefully separate the halves of the housing so as not to disturb the circuit boards.

You should see 4 switches, Sw1 - Sw 4.
Chirping on - Sw 1 On
Chirping off - Sw 1 Off

Full automatic arming - Sw 2 On, Sw 3 On
Auto starter lockout only - Sw 32 Off, Sw 3 Off
manual arming only - Sw 2 On, Sw 3 Off

Instant trigger - Sw 4 On
Delayed (15 sec) trigger - Sw 4 Off

4) Once configured, reassemble the module and plug the harnesses in.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica model lineup

2007 Chrysler Pacifica Front-wheel-drive (FWD) Model

seats

Standard features on the 2007 Pacifica FWD model include a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 205 horsepower and 235 lb. ft. of torque, four-speed automatic transmission with Variable Line Pressure (VLP) and Auto Stick, 2+3 five-passenger seating, rear 65/35 split folding bench seat, YES Essentials stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static cloth seating, supplemental all-row side-curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), Brake Assist, ESP, traction control, four-wheel independent suspension equipped with premium five-link rear suspension, multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor System, driver-side inflatable knee blocker, sunscreen glass, rear window defroster, power heated fold-away mirrors, illuminated keyless entry with Sentry Key® engine immobilizer, air conditioning with manual dual zone temperature control, four-gauge instrument cluster with analog clock, rear window wiper/washer, power locks, power windows, one-touch up front door glass, power eight-way driver seat and four-way front passenger seat, tire pressure monitoring system, lower bodyside molding, speed control, AM/FM CD radio with Infinity® speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, 140 amp alternator, performance suspension, load leveling and height control, tilt steering column, BeltAlert, front seatback grocery bag hooks, 12-volt front and rear power outlets and 17-inch steel wheels.

Optional features on the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica FWD model include a Leather seating Value Group, power ten-way driver seat, ParkSense rear back-up system, an Entertainment Group that includes an in-dash CD/DVD with second-row eight-inch video screen and video remote control, AM/FM CD/DVD player that plays most DVDs and MP3s, six-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, Smoker’s Group and heated front seats.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica All-wheel-drive (AWD)

In addition to the standard features available on the Chrysler Pacifica FWD model, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica AWD model adds a 4.0-liter SOHC engine with 255 horsepower and 265 lb. ft. of torque, six-speed automatic transmission with VLP and Auto Stick, ETC, Electronically Controlled Clutch (ECC), 160 amp alternator, all-speed traction control and 17-inch machine-finished aluminum wheels.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica Touring FWD and AWD

In addition to the standard features available on the Chrysler Pacifica models, the Chrysler Pacifica Touring model adds 2+2+2 six-passenger seating, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, air conditioning, Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with dual zone control and air filtering, Vehicle Information Center, rear courtesy/reading lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HomeLink universal transceiver, power ten-way driver seat and four-way passenger seat and body color door handles.

In addition to the optional features available on the Chrysler Pacifica models, the Chrysler Pacifica Touring model is available with the following options: leather seats, heated first- and second-row seats, power adjustable pedals, Infinity Intermezzo surround sound with eight Infinity speakers with subwoofer, ParkView rear back up camera, in-dash navigation system with GPS, laminated door glass, entertainment group which includes six-disc, in-dash CD/DVD changer with second-row eight-inch video screen, wireless headphones and video remote control, power liftgate, power moonroof, fog lamps, rear view auto dim mirror, power heated fold away auto dim mirrors, radio/driver seat/mirrors memory, automatic headlamps, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, premium tire pressure monitoring system that includes self-learning capability and display of specific tire that is low or high, UConnect® hands-free communication with Bluetooth® technology, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica Limited FWD and AWD

In addition to the standard and optional features available on the Chrysler Pacifica Touring model, the Chrysler Pacifica Limited model adds the following standard equipment: ParkSense rear back-up system, luxury leather trimmed first- and second-row bucket seats, wood/leather wrapped shift knob, rear view auto dim mirror, power heated fold away auto dim mirrors, heated first- and second-row seats, radio/driver seat/mirrors memory, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, body color fascias and body side body color molding, 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, power adjustable pedals with memory, power liftgate, six-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, AM/FM/CD/DVD video/DVD audio/MP3 radio, power moonroof and premium tire pressure monitoring system that includes self-learning capability and display of specific tire that is low or high.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica models are available in the following colors: Modern Blue Pearl Coat, Marine Blue Pearl Coat, Magnesium Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Stone White Clear Coat, Cognac Crystal Pearl Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Linen Gold Metallic Pearl Coat

Where they made the Pacifica

The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica was assembled among the minivans at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter engines were made in Trenton, Michigan. The six-speed automatic transmission was made in Kokomo, Indiana.

Pacifica features and specifications, in-depth

Base engine, base model: 3.8 liter, 200 bhp (152 kW) @ 5,000 rpm (56.6 bhp/L), 235 lb. ft. (318 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm, regular gas, EPA estimated 18/25 mpg. Coupled to variable line pressure four-speed automatic, gear ratios 2.84, 1.57, 1.00, 0.69; reverse, 2.21; final drive ratio: 3.89; overall top gear ratio: 2.68

Other engine: 4.0 liter, three-Plenum intake manifold operated with electronically controlled manifold tuning, valve and short-runner valves, SOHC, 24 valves, hydraulic, center-pivot roller rocker arms, sand-cast aluminum block with cast in iron liners and cast-aluminum heads, 10.2:1 compression ratio!, 255 bhp (190 kW) @ 6,000 rpm (63.75 bhp/L), 265 lb. ft. (359 N•m) @ 4,200 rpm, redline 6,200 rpm, 89 octane, gas mileage TBD. Max trailer tow, 3,500 lb. Coupled to six-speed automatic.

Gear ratios: 4.12, 2.84, 2.28, 1.45, 1.00, 0.69. Reverse: 3.31. Final Drive Ratio (transfer and differential): 3.26. Overall Top Gear: 2.24.

All wheel drive: Electronically activated center differential; torque split, F/R, Variable: 0–90 percent; open rear differential (the electronically activated differential replaces a viscous coupling used in the prior generation, which itself replaced a mechanical system used in past Chrysler AWD systems.) Thanks to Steve and Bob Sheaves for clearing this up. (AskDrZ.com brought a confirmation of the press release that both electronic activation and a viscous coupling were used, which turned out to be wrong.)

Alternator: 140 amp (base model), 160 amp (other models); 500 CCA, Group 34 battery.

All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted. The information shown here is preliminary and based on data available at the time of publication.

Dimensions and Capacities

Wheelbase

116.3 (2954)

Track, Front

66.0 (1676)

Track, Rear

66.0 (1676)

Overall Length

198.5 (5052)

Overall Width

79.3 (2013)

Overall Height

68.3 (1735)

Cargo Floor Height

28.6 (726)

Ground Clearance

5.9 (149)

Curb Weight

4,337 lbs. (1967 kg)—Pacifica FWD
4,511 lbs. (2046 kg)—Pacifica AWD
4,388 lbs. (1990 kg)—Pacifica Touring FWD
4,593 lbs. (2083 kg)—Pacifica Touring AWD
4,549 lbs. (2064 kg)—Pacifica Limited FWD
4,720 lbs. (2141 kg)—Pacifica Limited AWD

Weight Distribution, % F/R

55/45—FWD and AWD Pacifica

Frontal Area

30.82 sq. ft. (2.87 sq. m)

Drag Coefficient

0.352

Fuel Tank Capacity

23 gallon (87L)

Accommodations – Base Model

Seating Capacity, F/I

2/3

Head room
(without moon roof)

39.2 (996) / 40.5 (1029) / 39.5 (1002)

Leg room

40.9 (1040) / 40.4 (1025)

Shoulder room

60.8 (1545) / 60.4 (1534)

Hip room

55.1 (1401) / 56.2 (1427)

Seat travel

8.2 (208) (front only)

Volume index

56.5 cu. ft. (1.60 cu. m) front / 57.2 cu. ft. (1.62 cu. m) rear

Second row knee clearance

4.3 (109)

Total Volume Index

113.7 cu. ft. (3.22 cu. m) rear

Cargo volume, all seats folded

92.7 cu. ft. (2.62 cu. m)

Accommodations – other models  

Seating Capacity, F/I/R  

2/2/2

Head room (without moon roof)

39.2 (996) front  /
40.0 (1014.7) middle / 35.4 (900) rear

Leg room

40.9 (1040) / 39.9 (991.1) / 29.9 (760)

Shoulder room

60.8 (1545) / 60.5 (1538) / 58.0 (1472)

Hip room

55.1 (1401) / 56.3 (1430) / 41.9 (1063)

Seat travel

8.2 (208) / 3.9 (99) middle / none

Volume index

56.2 cu. ft. (1.59 cu. m) front /
55.0 cu. ft. (1.56 cu. m) middle  /
32.7 cu. ft. (0.91 cu. m) rear

Rear Knee clearance

Middle: 2.9 (75) / rear: –3.5/–0.1 (75)

Total Volume Index

143.9 cu. ft. (4.06 cu. m)

Cargo Volume Indexes

43.6 cu. ft. (1.23 cu. m) aft of second row
13.0 cu. ft. (0.37 cu. m) aft of third row
79.5 cu. ft. (2.25 cu. m) (all seats folded)

Body construction: Unitized steel body with rubber-isolated front and rear suspension cradles, manual liftgate with temperature compensated gas props—standard; power liftgate—optional

Front suspension: Iso struts with integral gas-charged shock absorbers, coil springs, asymmetrical lower control arms, link-type stabilizer bar and urethane jounce bumpers

Rear suspension: Five-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar and gas-charged, self-leveling shock absorbers

Steering:

Type

Rack and pinion, variable-assist droop-flow power

Overall ratio

17.8:1

Turning diameter (curb-to-curb)

39.8 ft. (12.1 m)

Steering turns (lock-to-lock)

3.18

Tires: Goodrich Traction T/A P235/65R17, 721 revs/mile on standard and Touring; Michelin Pilot HXMXM4 P235/55H19 on Limited (optional on touring), 719 revs/mile.

Wheels: base model FWD, steel; base model AWD and Touring (optional on base FWD, aluminum; optional on touring, chrome-clad aluminum (all 17 x 7.5); optional on touring and stan dard on Limimted, chrome-clad aluminum 19 x 7.5.

Front brakes: 12.5 x 1.1 (318 x 28) vented disc with 1.88 (48) diameter two-piston sliding caliper; 260 square inch swept area. Rear brakes: 12.25 x 0.55 (312 x 14) disc with 1.65 (42) diameter single-piston caliper; 189 square inch swept area. Power assist: Tandem diaphragm vacuum.

Dual tailpipes appear to have been dropped after the 2007 model year.

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