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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Chart based on 150 repairs.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 59 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

69000 mi

US $2500
Misfire on cyl 3. Turned out to be burnt exhaust valve. Had timing belt, water pump, etc, replaced as well 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

70000 mi Belt and/or Bearing noise. Diagnosed as timing belt. Timing belt, tensioner, idler, and water pump were ordered and repair will be accomplished within 2 weeks. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

52000 mi

US $996
Told Solenoid was leaking and needed replacement - skipped for the time being. 
43000 mi

US $65
Replaced MAP sensor. Original sensor had been failing, causing engine to surge when warm. 
94000 mi

US $325
Radiator Started to gush coolant after a slow leak was detected and not further identified. 
109000 mi EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part ordered will report price once fixed 
109229 mi

US $285
EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part replaced. 
110000 mi

US $1760
Timing belt broke while on the highway. Car was un-drivable. Timing belt kit was installed. 
130000 mi

US $127
Exhaust Manifold disconnected from the muffler. 
66000 mi

US $80
Spark plugs replaced / Throttle body cleaned 
88000 mi

US $1200
Timing belt broke while exiting the interstate. No other damage was reported. Timing belt, idler pully, tensioner, and tensioner arm were replaced. The idler pully, tensioner and tensioner arm were replaced as routine maintenance. 
120000 mi

US $535
TCM was defective and replaced. Dealer had to do it since it had to be programmed for the vehicle. 
132000 mi

US $100
Replaced radiator fan. Bought the housing and fan assembly. The high speed part of the fan quit working causing the car to overheat when sitting idle. Problem was resolved by replacing the radiator fan. 
139000 mi

US $250
Upper torque strut was completely broken. The owner ordered a new one and replaced it. Believe that this also caused the exhaust manifold to crack. It was also replaced. 
165300 mi

US $200
Also noticed that both upper and lower motor mounts were broken again. 
168000 mi

US $1050
The PCM went out. Car died while driving it, and it would not start. I thought the timing belt had broken, but it was fine. The computer was around $700 and the labor to program and install the computer was around $300. 
170000 mi

US $80
Tensioner Pulley seized up and the serpentine belt broke because of it. 
71000 mi

US $55
Replaced radiator cap because seal not working, and coolant low. 
75000 mi

US $250
Warning light came on again, indicating coolant was sometimes low. Shop found small crack in thermostat housing, replaced housing and (as preventative maintenance) the thermostat. The thermostat is difficult to access; most of the cost was for labor. 
147000 mi Electric fan motor not working -- checked and is burned out. Also had to have plug reattached under car. Connector is broken -- original connector, 6 years old. 
167000 mi

US $300
cooling fan had to be replaced. $150 labor plus parts 
173000 mi

US $55
new cooling fan failed and had to be replaced. Fan was covered under the LLR warranty from Advance Auto Parts, but had to get replacement from NAPA in DFW area. Labor may have been covered, but too complicated to file for it. 
90520 mi

C $1100
Dealer diagnosed catalytic converter failure. Would not cover under emmissions warranty (over milage) Dealer price was way too high, so I took it to an independent mechanic. Replaced the catalytic converter and had a performance cat-back exhaust system installed for the same price the Dealer wanted to replace just the catalytic converter. 
97340 mi

C $5300
Engine mount replaced and sepertine belt 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Engine Problems

84 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 26 of these members (31%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 57 engine repairs to 2002 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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