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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (54%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (7%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (2%)

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (26%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 27 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

73000 mi

US $160
Check engine light. Rear O2 sensor replaced. Front sensor OK. PCM problem so took to dealer. Multiple problems found. PCM replace 13 months ago. Dealer said out of warranty. Short in steering column probable cause & not repaired then. 

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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. 
112700 mi

US $1000
Replaced both oxygen sensors. 
120300 mi

US $1800
Replaced engine computer with new unit. Rebuilt ECU kept giving erroneous O2 sensor codes as did the original OEM ECU. Replacing ECU solved the problem. 

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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 mi

US $45
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 mi

US $500
Fuel line leak at quick disconnect on line from fuel rail to metal line at firewall 
98000 mi

US $1500
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

96000 mi

US $200
Upper and lower engine mounts 
100000 mi Head gasket leak caused by head bolts stretching. Also had the timing belt and water pump done as preventive maintenance, and a new battery as the last one was weak during the winter. 
82000 mi

US $2500
Timing belt broke while driving about 40 MPH. Car stopped, tried repeatedly to restart it which caused $2500 in engine damage. Had to junk the car. 
111000 mi

US $320
Check engine light indicating failed Ox sensor 
126000 mi

US $188
Engine overheating and loss of AC. Electric Cooling fan replaced - $188 with tax 
148000 mi

US $850
Tips and cps. To fix a surging issue 
156000 mi

US $180
replaced ECU 
166000 mi

US $420
Fuel pump stopped working. Had to be replaced 
178000 mi

US $305
Lower engine mount 
129000 mi

US $60
Over heating. Replaced thermostat in back yard 
98000 mi

US $20
Crankshaft position sensor replaced. 
107000 mi

US $1100
Leaking valve cover gasket Replaced fuel pump Replaced spark plugs 
63000 mi

US $250
Camshaft sensor failed. 
73300 mi

US $100
Car would stall and shut off with AC on. Replaced the radiator fan assembly because fan was not turing on when AC was turned on causing rough idle and stalling. 
91300 mi

US $15
Oil pressure light coming on randomly at low speeds. Replaced oil pressure switch and problem is fixed. 
88000 mi

US $7
Car was making "bubbling" noise, would steam and overheat. Replaced Radiator cap 
111000 mi

US $3400
Spark plug came out of socket ($300) Timing Belt broke on the freeway, bending the valves, replaced motor mounts at same time ($3100) 
124000 mi

US $398
Camshaft & Oil pressure sensors 
41020 mi

US $100
Replaced Water pump. Repaired under 7yr/70k warranty 
58000 mi

US $981
camshaft position sensor replaced One of two fans were replaced. (Also, spark plugs had never been replaced. Replaced with platinum plugs.) 
52000 mi oil pressure sensor was replaced 
74000 mi

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 mi

US $250
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 mi Same sensor issue as before. Aftermarket sensor was replaced under warranty by shop with OEM part. Car has been running fine ever since. 
48300 mi

US $350
two of the sensors prevented the car from going over 30mph. After taking it to our usual mechanic, a local dealer, we drive to a dealer about 45 minutes away. It took them nearly a month to diagnose and fix the problem. 
90000 mi

US $1065
Replace cam sensor, timing belt 

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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. 
100000 mi Engine light come on, car started shaking, then car would cut off - happened repeatedly including one time on the freeway at 70 mph. 
68820 mi

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 mi

US $300
Plugs, & adjustments 
123000 mi

US $120
We had to replace the Cam Sensor. A mechanic friend ordered part and replaced it for me. 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Engine Problems

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