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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Engine Problems

71 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 18 of these members (25.4%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 37 engine repairs to 2005 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Chart based on 67 repairs.

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 22 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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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

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

75000 mi US $100 Water pump replaced, just beginning to leak. Also had timing belt changed at the same time as it made sense to do it while the water pump was being replaced. 
112000   Replaced both oxygen sensors. 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

76500 mi US $35 engine light came on. got code #340, camshaft position sensor. bought part that night, replaced next day, reset computer, problem appears to be fixed. 
78500   Replaced camshaft position sensor, AGAIN! Previous replacement started coming up with error code PO344 after just 6 weeks. Confirmed by running diagnostics. No problems with this latest part, so far 
94300   Fuel line leak at quick disconnect on line from fuel rail to metal line at firewall 
98000   Blown head gasket. Also replaced timing chain. 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

90000 mi US $1065 Replace cam sensor, timing belt 
52000   oil pressure sensor was replaced 
74000 US $250 Check engine light would not come back on for shop. History code was for cam shaft balance sensor, part was replaced but light returned on the drive home. Took it back to shop, light wouldn't come on again. Going to take to dealer. 
74700   After researching the problem, I learned that two sensors if not replaced at the same time will usually cause the problem to continue. This time the second sensor was replaced with OEM part. Vehicle has been running perfectly since. 
77000   Same sensor issue as before. Aftermarket sensor was replaced under warranty by shop with OEM part. Car has been running fine ever since. 
41020 US $100 Replaced Water pump. Repaired under 7yr/70k warranty 
58000 US $981 camshaft position sensor replaced One of two fans were replaced. (Also, spark plugs had never been replaced. Replaced with platinum plugs.) 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

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

32000 mi US $1200 Blown head gasket Replaced water pump  Replaced radiator. 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

98000 mi US $60 Check engine light comes on and car stops - on streets, on freeway, anywhere. Electrical mechanic told me the computer is bad. This has been occuring since I purchased the car in 2005. 
68820 C $300 Engine light on, 3 codes; Knock Sensor, Cam Sensor and Vacuum Leak. Cam Sensor replaced, dealer assumed all 3 codes would clear. Vacuum leak returned, need software update to clear, no actual leak. It was assumed on trip 1 that replacing cam sensor would correct all codes (knock, cam, vacuum leak). Only correct knock and cam. Vacuum was corrected by software update as there was no actual leak 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

90800 mi US $2214 Replace & flash computer remove & machine head 
121000   Plugs, & adjustments 

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