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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Engine Problems and Repair Histories

68 TrueDelta members own a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 19 of these members (27.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 33 engine repairs to 2005 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2005 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 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

61% of the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 2% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 11% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 54 repairs.

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 5% between $500 and $999, 21% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 19 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.

2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

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

Chrysler PT Cruiser in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 67000    
75000 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 1000 Replaced both oxygen sensors. 

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 76000    
76500 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. 
79000 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 500 Fuel line leak at quick disconnect on line from fuel rail to metal line at firewall 
98000 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

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 87000    
87000 1065 Replace cam sensor, timing belt 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 45000    
52000 0 oil pressure sensor was replaced 
74000 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 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 0 Same sensor issue as before. Aftermarket sensor was replaced under warranty by shop with OEM part. Car has been running fine ever since. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Hawaii, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 40000    
40000 100 Replaced Water pump. Repaired under 7yr/70k warranty 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 57000    
58000 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

Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 32000    
32000 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

Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 97000    
98000 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. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 67580    
68820 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

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 68000    
90800 2214 Replace & flash computer remove & machine head 
113000  

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