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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems and Repair Histories

76 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser. 32 of these members (42.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 129 repairs to 2002 Chrysler PT Cruisers--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Don't infer 2002 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 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

40% of the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 29% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 129 repairs.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 11% cost less than $100, 58% between $100 and $499, 16% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 74 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.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 41540    
43400 250 Front wheel bearing 
67580 300 servo for cruise control 
79320 0 lower control arm bushing, reprogramed flash memory 
98420 300 replaced both front sway bar links 
106200 0 growling noise from wheel bearing 
114080  
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 83000    
92000 0 Faulty Starter. I would have paid to have it replaced but the dealer (my father) fixed it for me and did not charge me anything. 
94000 325 Radiator Started to gush coolant after a slow leak was detected and not further identified. 
109000 0 EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part ordered will report price once fixed 
109300 285 EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part replaced. 
110000 1760 Timing belt broke while on the highway. Car was un-drivable. Timing belt kit was installed. Also sway bar links, front brake pads and rotors.  
130000 127 Exhaust Manifold disconnected from the muffler. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Faulty A/C fixed. Apparently an "O" ring was installed wrong which let the refrigerant escape. 
0 Unknown component of steering system replaced. Car was gradually pulling more and more to the right. Dealer claimed there was a defective part. Car was at dealership for approximately one week (mostly waiting for parts). 
0 Windshield replaced. Weather strip around glass would curl away from car when below freezing. This allowed gravel(!) to collect. Dealer asked if rear window was leaking at the time, which it was not. 
0 Approximate date and mileage. Instrument cluster replaced while trying to determine source of electrical drain that kills battery. The battery was replaced around the same time. 
100 Approximate date and mileage. Factory cruise control was added by the dealer. Required computer update. Install and performance are as if the car came with it from the factory. 
0 Approximate date and mileage. Rear left window regulator replaced due to squeeling sound while window is being lowered in warm weather. Other users reported that both rear windows do this, but the dealer wouldn't replace both because the right window was 
29000 0 Checking in. Six years of ownership. Need to take car in for multiple warranty repairs. A/C hasn't worked for years. Strange exterior rattle from right rear wheel. Some indications of rust under paint, not that this can be fixed. (Road salt is rare in thi 
36000 100 Bad "O" ring on high pressure inlet. Used dye in system to locate leak after two weeks of running A/C. Right rear window regulator replaced due to squeaking and creaking sounds. Still makes same noises. Rear shocks rattling like cans in a bag. Replaced and noise is mostly corrected. 
36000 130 What was thought to be rattling shocks during previous warranty repair turned out to be rattling rear brake pads. Replaced pads and cheap, warped rotors. Finally smooth stopping and no rattling. Did the repair myself...out of warranty. 
42000 65 Replaced MAP sensor. Original sensor had been failing, causing engine to surge when warm. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 146000    
147000 0 Electric fan motor not working -- checked and is burned out. Also had to have plug reattached under car. Connector is broken -- original connector, 6 years old. 
167000 300 cooling fan had to be replaced. $150 labor plus parts 
173000 55 new cooling fan failed and had to be replaced. Fan was covered under the LLR warranty from Advance Auto Parts, but had to get replacement from NAPA in DFW area. Labor may have been covered, but too complicated to file for it. 
 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 40920    
51460 60 Front electric windows intermittently not working; replaced with part from junkyard. 
57660 700 Clunk from front suspension; 1 lower ball joint plus front shocks replaced. 
 
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. 
 
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 Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 54000    
62000 178 Lower right ball joint worn. 
63000 200 Right front sway bar bushings replaced and right front wheel bearing(s) replaced. 
66000 80 Spark plugs replaced / Throttle body cleaned 
 
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. 
 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 63000    
74000 250 Track rod end on the steering rack badly worn Bushes on the front suspension wishbones badly worn and were "knocking" Have replaced all the bushes on the car with polyurethane upgrades 
78000 155 Both rear shock absorbers had failed, leaking fluid badly and offered no resistance to shocks at all. Replaced with new gas ones 
89000 50 Ball joint on the front suspension wishbone had failed, replaced with a new one 
 

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