I have a 2006 Pacifica with 77,500 miles on it. The check engine light just came on and my local Chrysler dealer said the it needs both the catalytic converter and the oxygen sensor replaced. Cost of $900+ !!!I'm generally happy with the car - - just don't budget for repair expenses at this level. Is it worth fixing? What else typically will need repairing in the next year for a Pacifica with this mileage? Thanks!DBL
Country: United StatesMake: ChryslerModel: PacificaYear: 2006
It's going to be close, but you may still qualify for a catalytic converter under the Extended Federal Emission Warranty. Hi, DBL, my name is Ed. Welcome to JustAnswer!.
I'd expect the dealer to have checked this, but somethings stuff happens. If your Pacifica went into service less than eight years ago, the cat converter will be covered 100% unless some exclusion in your warranty coverage occurred. I could even check this for you if you don't mind sending me the last 8 digits of the VIN.
As for future failures... I hate to get put in this spot! Occasional evaporative system leak codes, tire pressure sensors and broken motor mounts come to mind, but nothing major happens on a consistent basis. Front end parts (tie rod ends, steering rack) may loosen and leak a bit and struts will begin weakening at this point, giving you a bit "bouncier" ride than new.
If we don't luck out with the free replacement catalyst, aftermarket sources have improved over the last few years in my opinion. Maremount offers a pretty affordable 3-way cat that would have to be installed by a muffler shop, but will undercut the factory price by several hundred dollars and is warranted for at least two years. My personal experience with the Maremount line has been very favorable when I need to send a vehicle out for repair and I even went that route with my own vehicle.
It looks like I may have missed you for chat, so I'll step out for now and roll this thread over to conventional Question and Answer, which looks and works a lot like regular email. I'll get a notification when you write next and we'll continue from there.
Talk in a bit,Ed
30-year Dodge/ Chrysler exp., ASE Master with L1 certification. Driveability/ combustion specialist
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Thanks for the great info! Lovin' that possible 'free' option on replacement. Here are the last 8 digits of the VIN: 16R90821. The car was Chysler "Certified Pre-Owned" when I bought it. I have now moved out of the dealership area where I bought it, but could take it back there if needed.
The computer didn't like those numbers, Diane. Could you recheck 'em for me?Many thanks!Ed
Looks like I missed a digit. Try this: 16R908211 That is 9 digits and will hopefully give you what you need.
Yup, that's the one I need! Be right back...
Have a seat, Diane. You're a winner!The database shows your magnesium pearl coat 06 Pacifica to be in coverage for another 2500 miles or until January 29, 2015. 2015? It went into service late for a 2006 model year vehicle! Warranty coverage expires at 80,000 miles or 8 years.The only thing you will need when you make an appointment with your local Chrysler/ Dodge/ Jeep dealer is that a P0420 code needs to be present in your engine controller's memory. If the MIL is illuminated, chances are good that it's there now.If you can verify that you have a P0420 (catalyst efficiency failure) trouble code stored, mention that to the person taking your appointment. There aren't many things that can set an erroneous P0420, so they may be willing to order parts so the only thing missing is... you. They may also do a warranty eligibility check over the phone, so have your VIN handy for them as well.Congratulations!Ed
THANKS! WOW! Feel like I hit the jackpot tonight!!! WHEEEE!!
I'll call my local dealer tomorrow and make the appointment - -with my VIN number handy!
This was a brand new experience for me and I'd certainly do it again! I REALLY appreciate your expertise and help in getting me a reply so fast!
You're welcome, Diane!Happy trails,Ed