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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 158 repairs.
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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 61 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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 
169000 mi

US $400
Cooling fan replaced. 
171000 mi

US $125
Raditor hose broke. 
181000 mi

US $625
Driveshaft position sensor failed. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

105000 mi

US $200
Replace accessory belt tensioner 
106000 mi

US $140
pwr strg idle speed sensor replaced 
109000 mi

US $500
Lost power steering, It was the drive pulley side of crank damper working its way off. This caused the accessory belt to misalign and come off. Replaced damper, also replaced the belt tensioner. Found a lateral engine mount that was bad and replaced it. 
102000 mi

US $300
Engine would intermittently not rev past 2500rpm, regardless of still or on highway, load or coasting. 
103000 mi Over-heating intermittently. Mechanics at dealer say the vehicle is not really over-heating. Indicating it may be the temp sensor, or the temp module. Didn't know for sure. Thankfully, they did not charge me the $70 diagnostic fee. 
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. 
215000 mi

US $500
Failure of cooling fans, failure of radiator. Replaced fans and radiator. 
244300 mi

US $45
pcv valve 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

161000 mi

US $600
My timing belt broke and had to be replaced. The water pump was also replaced at the same time. Upon inspection, all three of my motor mounts were cracked and had to be replaced. Power steering/Air con belt replaced. 
42500 mi

US $430
Replaced fan module 
45000 mi

US $200
Engine misfiring; replaced coil and ignition wires 
58000 mi

US $30
Engine overheating, intermittently. Once at the repair garage, it would act normal. Turning on High heater made temp fall into normal zone. Finally was able get to garage during a malfunction and replaced radiator and thermostat cap. 
58500 mi

US $324
Replace serpentine belt and tensioner. 
66000 mi

US $135
Broken engine mount 
80700 mi

US $580
replaced timing belt 
133000 mi

US $40
Motor Mount had to be replaced. Feels like its one thing after another. :( 
17511 mi

US $750
replace water pump 
118000 mi

US $450
Car overheated, electric fan went out. 
118000 mi

US $450
replaced motor mounts 
140700 mi

US $65
hose from PCV valve to manifold cover has rotted/softened. Chrysler of course, has custom made hoses that are a different diameter on each end. 
135000 mi Timing chain broke & bent the valves, took out the water pump too. 
76000 mi

US $675
Noticed considerable decline in gas mileage, but no change in engine performance. Dealer said that both oxygen sensors weren't working effectively. They replaced oxygen sensors and PVC valve and hose. 
66000 mi

US $80
Spark plugs replaced / Throttle body cleaned 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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 
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. 
100000 mi

US $1005
Car overheated, rendered undriveable. Let cool and drove two blocks to shop. Fan wasn't starting, motor assembly had to be replaced. Ignition coil failed, causing engine misfire at cylinder 1, also all 4 spark plugs were replaced, as well as broken transmission torque mount, motor mount, and power steering pressure switch. 
52000 mi

US $996
Told Solenoid was leaking and needed replacement - skipped for the time being. 
125000 mi

US $500
New radiator. 
127000 mi

US $500
Four trips to patch cooling system. 
127000 mi It was finally determined that the water pump was gone and the timing belt needed to be replaced at the same time, estimated cost $1100 at which point I got rid of the PT. 
43000 mi

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

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

115940 mi

C $1995
Water cooler replaced, at same time did timing belt and other sundry front-of-engine parts while the car was apart. 
119000 mi

C $205
Radiator blew and would not hold fluid; removed, replaced, issue solved. Price listed for repair includes new radiator and new rad fluid and distilled water. 

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