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Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems and Repair Histories

567 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Chrysler PT Cruiser. 238 of these members (42%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 580 repairs to Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

Don't infer 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 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

42% of the Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 27% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 580 repairs.

Chrysler PT Cruiser repair cost distribution

Of the Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 350 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.

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 57000    
58000 500 PT had a loud hum coming from right side, previously safety inspected & repairs performed. I took car to dealer to check out problem & they charged me $40.00 to tell me my tires were noisey!! This is why domestic vehicles are on the downside.$$$ oriented. 
 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 18000    
18000 595 Check engine light as a result of two sensors gone bad. Oil sensor defective. Emissions sensor defective. Cost way too much to replace two defective sensors on vehicle with only 18,000 miles. 
 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
1105 Ticking noise resulted in new engine, at the same time I had to rebuild the power steering unit and replace the struts. 
82000 342 Multi CEL codes. The thing still came up with one code for the anti-knock sensor (P0325), the rest disappeared when I fixed the cam position sensor (P0340). Leaky power steering pump. Replaced cam position sensor. 
 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 37820    
39060 0 Replaced belt tensioner. Replaced power window switch. 
 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 62000    
64000 84 Replaced multifunction switch. 
65000 430 Lower front control arm bushings (both sides) were cracked, and required replacement to pass safety inspection. 
72000 150 Both rear shocks replaced (one was leaking) to pass annual safety inspection. 
80000 328 Left & Right brake calipers seized, replaced. 
82000  

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2002 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
509 Replaced all four chrome alloy wheels because corrosion around the valve stems caused them to lose 5-7 PSI per day. Chrysler picked up half of the tab. 
1690 Torque converter fails, taking the transmission pump with it. 
585 Front calipers (because pads very unevenly worn).  Front control arm bushings. 
68000 0 Front left wheel bearing replaced. Horn was not working. Replaced horn. Transmission solenoid pack was leaking fluid, had to be replaced. After returning from the previous repair trip, the suspension was making a loud popping noise around turns, which continued to get worse. Shop found loose bolt in suspenion, supposedly unrelated to wheel bearing repair. 
68000 290 Replaced radiator cap because seal not working, and coolant low. Right front wheel bearing replaced. 
88 Recharged A/C. 
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. 
79700 89 Replaced both outer tie-rod ends. A/C not blowing cold. No freon. Shop charged with freon, with dye. Will take it back later to locate leak. 
84000 450 Pads and rotors, all four wheels. 
89000 125 One front stabilizer bar link broken, other one badly bent. Replaced links on both sides. 
92000 170 Horn replaced for the second time. Recharged AC. Included dye to identify leak. Wheels replaced three years ago have corroded like those before them. Shop cleaned up corrosion, which slowed but did not stop air leaks around the tire bead. 
93000 400 A/C hose assembly leaking, replaced. Part fairly expensive because only OEM available. 
93000 85 A/C not working again. Compressor not coming on. Found corroded limit switch and cleaned it. Also recharged freon. 
 
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. 
146300 100 Power steering high pressure line o-ring failed. Owner also found a stabalizer bar bushing had failed and was also replaced. The work was done at a local shop. 
147000 100 Scrubbing sound coming from rear driver side wheel. The self adjuster for the drum brake broke and the spring was scraping the drum. New self adjuster kit was installed by a local shop. 
165300 200 Shift cable broke, the sleeve closest to the cable. Moisture might have gotten in and caused it to rust or gunk up. Increasingly hard to shift, then stuck. 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 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 Transmission completely blown, got it rebuilt from scratch. Engine mount replaced and sepertine belt Front control arm bushings replaced. 
 

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