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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Chart based on 102 repairs.

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser repair cost distribution

Chart based on 54 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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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

Chrysler in New York, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

100000 mi

US $300
Lost ground to fan assembly due to factory defective part. Horn kept honking without driver action, had to replace airbag assembly to fix horn. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

75640 mi

C $600
Timing belt broke. Towed to Chrysler. The Cons as Chrysler tried to charge me $1600 after waiting 5 days for diagnosis (?). Towed to Fountain Tire. Job done in 1 day for $600. Sold Vehicle. Tired of dealing with Chrysler and their high repair bills. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Indiana, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2011
Jan 2009

243000 mi

US $1900
Sway bar mountings were broken and all front suspension bushings were shot. Shocks & struts were replaced at the same time and amounted to $600 of the repair cost. The exhaust flex coupling broke. Since the coupling is part of the catalytic converter, it was rather expensive. 
Jun 2009

260000 mi

US $140
Radiator cooling fan motor replaced along with antifreeze because of removal of radiator and fuse for the motor 
Feb 2010

289000 mi

US $280
HVAC blower motor stopped working after being noisy for a few weeks. 
Oct 2010

306000 mi

US $180
Right Tie Rod End was worn out causing extreme vibration. Had both tie rod ends replaced. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Missouri, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2015
Aug 2008

71000 mi

US $60
The original front suspension bushings were shot and I replaced them with aftermarket Polyurethane bushings. The results were great! 
Apr 2010

94000 mi

US $65
Replaced rear shocks. 
Jul 2012

107300 mi

US $125
I replaced the crank & cam sensors due to a problem with the engine just shutting off electrically. I replaced the Watts link & rear suspension links due to age-related wear. 
Aug 2012

107700 mi

US $1150
I had a failure of a retaining ring on my water pump. This caused the timing belt to ride back on the engine, rub a hole in the oil pump, necessitating replacement of timing belt, water pump, oil pump. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Virginia, United States
May 2008 - Jan 2015
Oct 2008

64000 mi

US $125
Needed pads and front rotors. 
Feb 2009

66000 mi

US $100
Had to replace the solenoid pack on the transmission. 
Aug 2009

69000 mi

US $35
Replaced steering high pressure switch. Got a 0551 code 
Jul 2010

75000 mi

US $150
replaced shocks (preventive) and control arm bushings (worn) 
May 2011

83000 mi

US $25
replaced the windshield washer pump. 
Jan 2015

145000 mi

US $300
cooling system leak 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Chrysler in Michigan, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

146000 mi

US $125
Water pump leak then inop. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
Feb 2009

129000 mi

US $589
Broken exhaust flex coupling.  Leaking cam cover gasket and oil pan gasket. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2008 - Nov 2009
Sep 2008

75020 mi

C $400
Transmission Control Module failes. Total front end rebuild. 
Jan 2009

77500 mi

C $1967
Waterpump leaked. Replaced waterpump, timing belt, and pulleys. Small red leak, Thermosat housing leak. 
Nov 2009

89280 mi
Lower head gasket/thermostat housing leak, approx cost of repair $1,000.00 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2009

98000 mi

US $98
Rad Fan Inop: result was high oper temp. Repair Man'l= ck fluid, belts, relay/fuse & try direct pwr from Batt. Result= elec mtr (2spd)seized obstructing fan op AND rotation (air dam effect)worsening temp prob. Sol: replace Fan Assembly Intermittent trans leak; source undetermined; monitoring level and rechecking for sources; 
Dec 2009

102000 mi

US $1
HVAC blower failed. Found shortcircuit, patched, replaced blown fuse and returned to service. 

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Repair Histories

82 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 34 of these members (41.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 102 repairs to 2001 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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