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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems and Repair Histories

78 TrueDelta members own a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 29 of these members (37.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 68 repairs to 2001 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 0.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2001 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 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

40% of the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 28% to the suspension, 15% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 1% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 68 repairs.

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser repair cost distribution

Of the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 24% cost less than $100, 47% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 45 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.

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

Chrysler in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 95000    
100000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 74400    
75640 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 221000    
243000 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. 
260000 140 Radiator cooling fan motor replaced along with antifreeze because of removal of radiator and fuse for the motor 
289000 280 HVAC blower motor stopped working after being noisy for a few weeks. 
306000 180 Right Tie Rod End was worn out causing extreme vibration. Had both tie rod ends replaced. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 66000    
71000 60 The original front suspension bushings were shot and I replaced them with aftermarket Polyurethane bushings. The results were great! 
94000 65 Replaced rear shocks. 
107300 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. 
107700 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. 
109000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 62000    
64000 125 Needed pads and front rotors. 
66000 100 Had to replace the solenoid pack on the transmission. 
69000 35 Replaced steering high pressure switch. Got a 0551 code 
75000 150 replaced shocks (preventive) and control arm bushings (worn) 
83000 25 replaced the windshield washer pump. 
106000  

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Chrysler in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 144000    
146000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 124000    
129000 589 Broken exhaust flex coupling.  Leaking cam cover gasket and oil pan gasket. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 74400    
75020 400 Transmission Control Module failes. Total front end rebuild. 
77500 1967 Waterpump leaked. Replaced waterpump, timing belt, and pulleys. Small red leak, Thermosat housing leak. 
89280 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 97000    
98000 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; 
102000 1 HVAC blower failed. Found shortcircuit, patched, replaced blown fuse and returned to service. 
 

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