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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Engine Problems and Repair Histories

76 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 25 of these members (32.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 50 engine repairs to 2002 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

40% of the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 29% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 126 repairs.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 47% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 55 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 67000    
69000 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

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 69000    
70000 0 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. 
83000  

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 47000    
52000 996 Told Solenoid was leaking and needed replacement - skipped for the time being. 
73000  
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 28000    
42000 65 Replaced MAP sensor. Original sensor had been failing, causing engine to surge when warm. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 83000    
94000 325 Radiator Started to gush coolant after a slow leak was detected and not further identified. 
109000 0 EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part ordered will report price once fixed 
109300 285 EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part replaced. 
110000 1760 Timing belt broke while on the highway. Car was un-drivable. Timing belt kit was installed. 
130000 127 Exhaust Manifold disconnected from the muffler. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 54000    
66000 80 Spark plugs replaced / Throttle body cleaned 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 86000    
88000 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 535 TCM was defective and replaced. Dealer had to do it since it had to be programmed for the vehicle. 
132000 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 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 200 Also noticed that both upper and lower motor mounts were broken again. 
168000 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 80 Tensioner Pulley seized up and the serpentine belt broke because of it. 
171000  
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 68000    
71000 55 Replaced radiator cap because seal not working, and coolant low. 
75000 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. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 146000    
147000 0 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 300 cooling fan had to be replaced. $150 labor plus parts 
173000 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. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 89280    
90520 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 5300 Engine mount replaced and sepertine belt 
 

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