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Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (3%)

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Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 185 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

19500 mi

US $20
Heater motor and Door lock motor were replaced under warranty. Also did an oil and filter. 
30000 mi Dealer performed diagnostic and got low battery code. Dealer replaced battery under warranty. 

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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

53000 mi Passenger seat air bag sensor faulty 
38000 mi

US $120
Two tire pressure sensors replaced. Make sure to keep the valve caps tightly screwed in place! Water corroded the sensors. 
56500 mi

US $100
The electrical problem that shut the dashboard down relates to the position of the electric powered seat. The seat is run way up close then the problem happens. We solved it by putting a pillow behind my wife when she drives. 
65000 mi

US $500
Replaced dashboard cluster to end false trouble messages. 
37000 mi

US $200
TPM sensor failed due to corrosion. Am told others will fail in the future. 
48980 mi intermittent wipers stop for no reason-have to get out and manually start cannot duplicate problem when you want to 
62000 mi The air conditioner quit working. 
131000 mi

US $250
Horn and horn switch failed. 
131000 mi

US $1300
Rear wiper Cooling not working AC Damper Selector knob not turning Airbag light on Tire pressure monitoring light blinks indicating a problem with the system when it is cold outside. 
24000 mi Car would not start and would not take a jump either. Had it towed in and service dept said one cell of battery was not charging. Replaced it under warranty in about 30 minutes. No problems since 
9900 mi Air bag causing the horn to stick, replaced airbag under warranty. 

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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

57000 mi

US $100
air conditioner has lost its fluid and yet the system isn't showing any leaks ... hmm ... first work done under my lifetime service contract -- i pay the deductible only. 
70000 mi

US $100
back to the shop for my AC not working. the dye job from last time showed a leak in the AC discharge line. the total bill would have been $485, my warranty wrap was just a $100 deductible. fixed. for now. again. 
111000 mi

US $100
New battery. 

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

61000 mi

US $150
A/C hose replaced 

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

50000 mi

US $40
Replaced radiator fan relays. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

134000 mi

US $125
Freon 
114000 mi

US $1000
A/C not cold. Six cooling fan (electrical) replaced. 2nd replacement of this fan.  

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

35000 mi

US $1000
Instrument cluster replacement. Gauges would go up and down and warning lights would flash. 
70000 mi

US $500
AC hose developed a leak. Replaced 
77000 mi Battery kept dieing....all systems checked out ok. No parasitic draws or electrical system failure. Unexplained 
79000 mi The PT would simply be dead, randomly and increasing in frequency. Origin undetermined but suspected alternater may have been the issue but more likely a fault in wiring harness somewhere. Needed to stop the bleeding. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

72000 mi

US $2600
Replaced dryer / condenser and and cleaned system. Replace radiator fan and recharged system.  
90300 mi

US $855
Flasher inoperable on right side when car lights on. Fast flash indicated light not working. Bulb replacement didn't work. Replaced engine controller to fix. No separate relay in electrical system, apparently. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

126000 mi

US $900
Had wiring issue with left low beam, computer issue of some sort also. Dash lights would start blinking and gauges would go beserk occasionally. Decided to bail on car and cut my losses. 
14240 mi

$100
Replacement of A/C pressure switch. 
37000 mi

US $150
Check battery light keep coming on. Had to replace battery cables. 
37000 mi Battery light was intermittent, when came on. Has to stop car, shut off & restart. Dealer did a software reload. 
87000 mi

US $1000
Replacement of Totally Integrated Power Module, unit send incorrect voltage to AC compressor. The module was expected to fail to control other electronic functions, so it was replaced. Module is VIN specific. 
99000 mi

US $1600
Replace compressor, one pressure hose and cooling fans. 
41000 mi

US $878
Heard a chime sound & stopped at red light near a service station & decided to pull over to check it out. While parking the chime sounded very fast repeatedly. There was smoke coming from hood. Let engine cool & tested for problem. Replaced AC compressor  
50840 mi

C $800
seized alternater and broken belt 
50840 mi

C $460
had to have tsb done and had to put a set of plugs in it. 
16000 mi Instrument panel dimmer rheostat failed. Replaced instrument panel dimmer rheostat 
95000 mi

US $906
AC was not blowing cold air only warm air no matter what speed the car was traveling, including while idling. Was told PCM would need to be replaced from the precious mechanic and only Chrysler could flash PCM. Took it dealership replaced and AC still not blowing col air, still blowing warm air - repair was unsuccessful. 
87000 mi

US $650
Engine cooling fan was inoperable 
91300 mi

US $275
Short under dash, which had killed 2 batteries before it was discovered. Fixed short. 
205300 mi

US $600
security system failed 
97000 mi Alternator died, and killed one battery before I sold it. IT WAS NOT REPAIRED, as I didn't have the money for repair and trade in. AC clutch would make a loud "clunk" when engaging. 
87000 mi

US $100
AC would go warm and cause RPM to drop during idle. Problem caused by filter in line with the AC system. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

2-cylinder automatic 2WD

69000 mi

US $75
replaced wiper component on steering column 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

135000 mi

US $90
Flasher/Turn signals do not work outside the car, but I can visibly see flashers on inside of car working-flashing real fast! The turn signal switch was changed, but there is still no turn signal/flasher activity! What's the problem now? 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

33200 mi

US $1100
Passenger turn light not working, bulb good, driver turn light not working, bulb good. Replacing TIPM 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

75000 mi

US $100
Lost A/C. Found a/c hose leaking at fitting. Replaced hose assembly under extended warranty. Recharged system. 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

76200 mi A/C not working at time of purchase.Dealer agreed to repair prior to delivery.  

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

74700 mi

US $100
Fuel gauge sending unit, malfunction. had to replace 
79000 mi

US $635
Alternator that was replaced last year was defective, replaced with new mopar unit, and new positive battery cable 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 230hp 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

22700 mi Left and right rear window regulators and motors replaced under warranty because of sluggish action. 
86000 mi

US $325
Erratic connection in multifunction steering wheel lever. Caused battery failure as fog lights came on at random, even when parked. This is a documented problem, reported by other owners. 

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

61000 mi

US $85
Recharged air conditioner 

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 220hp 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

48000 mi

US $700
Also had A/C issue, not cooling. Couldn't find leak, recharged A/C, still working 3 weeks later. 
48000 mi

US $1394
After previous repair, A/C worked for approximately 1 month. Took to dealer who found a cracked fitting on the suction hose. Had to wait 3 days for parts. ~$120 parts, ~$600 labor to fix. 

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

40000 mi BCM module failure...shorted out instrument cluster. awaiting parts to complete repair 

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

272300 mi

US $185
Compressor replacement 
307000 mi

US $60
Replaced starter 
76000 mi

US $250
Oil sending unit was erratic (oil light flickered when stopping, though correct amount of oil was in car). Was replaced and no further troubles. Was advised that my motor mounts are bad :( 
95000 mi

US $300
Hose broke and all coolant lost 
80000 mi

US $3000
My car is back in the shop for the 4th time for the same problem which was we needed a new air compresser now they are saying we need a new hose for another $175 and they cracked the radiator putting in the compressor. 
125000 mi Need a new altenator 
149700 mi

US $9
Original left headlight went out. Took me less than one hour to replace headlight. 
60000 mi

US $92
A/C h.p. switch leaking, lost all refrigerant. New switch and recharge of system required. 
69000 mi

US $600
Radiator fan module replaced to repair problem with AC.  

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

84940 mi

C $300
oil sensor acting up, giving low oil warning 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

44000 mi

US $675
Blockage in AC piping. Had to replace all AC piping and recharge system. 
80600 mi

C $115
Had to replace left steering column lever (lights, etc.) 
58500 mi

US $130
A/C quit. Shop refilled with refrigerant and dye. Checked for but did not find leak. 
94000 mi

US $500
Bad alternator/battery power 3 times in last 4 months. 
100300 mi

US $500
Battery shorts early and cables erode quickly 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

39060 mi Replaced power window switch. 
80000 mi

US $2100
New AC cooling fans; dealer paid for AC hoses they broke. 
76000 mi

US $100
Checked to see if freon was leaking; did not seem to be able to find a leak. 
78700 mi Freon was leaking because hose was blown. Months later, found out that hose was blowing because of faulty fan in a/c system. 
80000 mi Faulty fan in a/c system. 
114000 mi Rear window wiper slow/intermittent operation 
65000 mi

US $200
Needed a new alternator. 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

55000 mi

US $180
Battery would be dead r/t apparent turning on of foglights because of a short in the headlight/foglight/turn signal control module on steering wheel. Replaced control module. 
41000 mi

US $150
Battery connections failed, replaced, as was battery. 
43000 mi

US $800
Compressor was replaced. 
31620 mi

C $489
Alternator was replaced. 
97300 mi

US $94
Oil sending unit is supposedley cracked and leaking for the third time in 2 years 
120000 mi alternator went out, plus the overheating problem from prior problem; decided to trade-in for new vehicle 
81000 mi

US $150
AC Evaporator had leak, sealer put in (8/15/11)still working after 2 weeks 
89500 mi

US $240
Starter became intermittent and had to be tapped on to start. Headlight switch intermittent, lights stayed on sometimes after shutting off. 
94000 mi

US $80
A/C System was recharged with Sealer 
75640 mi

C $179
oil light was coming on when stopping and letting off gas.they did a pressure test and was fine so they checked the oil sending unit it was broke so that was changed and the light has not came on since. 
66000 mi

US $360
Automatic door locks failed in both doors accessing rear seat. 
143000 mi

US $190
replaced fan assembly and recharged A/C 
112000 mi

US $100
Recharged AC 
124000 mi

US $250
Dashboard lights. Have to remove dashboard. 
64000 mi

US $84
Replaced multifunction switch. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

67580 mi

C $300
servo for cruise control 
78120 mi lower control arm bushing, reprogramed flash memory 
69444 mi

US $203
Horn was not working. Replaced horn. 
71722 mi

US $88
Recharged A/C. 
79139 mi

US $89
A/C not blowing cold. No freon. Shop charged with freon, with dye. Will take it back later to locate leak. 
92000 mi

US $170
Horn replaced for the second time. Recharged AC. Included dye to identify leak. 
93000 mi

US $400
A/C hose assembly leaking, replaced. Part fairly expensive because only OEM available. 
94000 mi

US $85
A/C not working again. Compressor not coming on. Found corroded limit switch and cleaned it. Also recharged freon. 
58500 mi

US $139
Ac wasnt cooling well. Freon level down to .2 pounds. Added dye, recharged, and will recheck. 
61700 mi

US $1623
Leaking AC coolant. Found leak under dashboard. Too expensive to fix. Will recharge as needed, instead. 
63300 mi My prob is a broken window switch. Haven't gotten around to popping it out to fix or replace. I hope to do it myself with help of you tube. 
118000 mi

US $1100
air conditioning compressor had to be replaced  
148300 mi

US $229
left rear window motor required replacement. 
92000 mi Faulty Starter. I would have paid to have it replaced but the dealer (my father) fixed it for me and did not charge me anything. 
60000 mi

US $325
replace starter. 
51460 mi

C $60
Front electric windows intermittently not working; replaced with part from junkyard. 
200 mi Faulty A/C fixed. Apparently an "O" ring was installed wrong which let the refrigerant escape. 
1700 mi Approximate date and mileage. Instrument cluster replaced while trying to determine source of electrical drain that kills battery. The battery was replaced around the same time. 
2200 mi

US $100
Approximate date and mileage. Factory cruise control was added by the dealer. Required computer update. Install and performance are as if the car came with it from the factory. 
2400 mi Approximate date and mileage. Rear left window regulator replaced due to squeeling sound while window is being lowered in warm weather. Other users reported that both rear windows do this, but the dealer wouldn't replace both because the right window was 
30000 mi Checking in. Six years of ownership. Need to take car in for multiple warranty repairs. A/C hasn't worked for years. Strange exterior rattle from right rear wheel. Some indications of rust under paint, not that this can be fixed. (Road salt is rare in thi 
36000 mi

US $100
Bad "O" ring on high pressure inlet. Used dye in system to locate leak after two weeks of running A/C. Right rear window regulator replaced due to squeaking and creaking sounds. Still makes same noises. 
83000 mi

US $200
Took car in for engine noise, A/C problems, and stuttering. Mechanic found over $4000 of damage, including a cracked engine mount, bad wheel bearings, and more. Ended up trading in car. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

116540 mi

C $289
Car would not crank; battery fine, electrical fine, no cranking whatsoever. Tested different components, tested starter, starter bad. Replaced. Solved. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

100000 mi

US $300
Horn kept honking without driver action, had to replace airbag assembly to fix horn. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

289000 mi

US $280
HVAC blower motor stopped working after being noisy for a few weeks. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

105500 mi

US $1150
Driver power window non-functional for about a year, then front passenger side started acting up. Replaced window switch, but driver side only occasionally would lower. Shop suggested replacing motor, but after 2 months, window works fine. 
114000 mi Replaced dead 2.5 year old battery. 
83000 mi

US $25
replaced the windshield washer pump. 
51000 mi

US $60
Replace multi-function switch on turn signal side of steering wheel to correct faulty fog lamps, coming on with car off and running battery down. Plig # 5083442AA connected to multi-function switch had incurred damage, possibly by removal & re-installation numurous times. Chryslerjeepparts.com has them for $45.77. Dealer is much closer to $100.00 
77000 mi

US $80
Multifunction switch failed causing fog lights to come on and off randomly. Caused battery to run down. Temporary fix was pulling the fuse until part arrived. Failed once before while under warranty. 
80000 mi Multifunction switch failed again, replaced under part warranty. 
186300 mi

US $75
Ac not blowing cold. Recharged ac and added leak detection dye. Told to return when ac stopped working again. 
196000 mi

US $1200
Replaced a/c compressor, condenser, accumulator, orifice tube, and pressure switch. Recharged system. 
155000 mi

US $65
replaced multi-function switch (3rd time!) and wiring connector for switch. royal pain in the butt 
140000 mi

US $350
A/C compressor had to be replaced - replaced compressor, high pressure switch, and belt 
90000 mi

US $30
Replaced power steering pressure switch 
135000 mi Nothing. Car not worth the cost. It died and would not start--put in new battery and made sure fuel was good. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

102000 mi

US $1
HVAC blower failed. Found shortcircuit, patched, replaced blown fuse and returned to service. 

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