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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Problems and Repair Histories

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (26%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 153 repairs.

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 87 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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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Washington, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

69000 mi

US $2500
Misfire on cyl 3. Turned out to be burnt exhaust valve. Had timing belt, water pump, etc, replaced as well 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2009 - Oct 2010
Jan 2010

169000 mi

US $400
Cooling fan replaced. 
Feb 2010

171000 mi

US $125
Raditor hose broke. 
Jul 2010

181000 mi

US $625
Driveshaft position sensor failed. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Colorado, United States
Feb 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

120000 mi

US $35
power steering sensor was faulty, threw check engine light. no noticeable difference in performance. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2016
Jan 2010

70000 mi
Belt and/or Bearing noise. Diagnosed as timing belt. Timing belt, tensioner, idler, and water pump were ordered and repair will be accomplished within 2 weeks. 
Feb 2010

70000 mi

US $1
Ball joints had to be replaced. Also upgraded all of the front suspension bushings and replaced the struts. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Illinois, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2016
Jul 2009

100000 mi

US $200
Took car in to do brakes. Found Shift cables worn (standard trans) Replaced shift cables.  
Apr 2010

105000 mi

US $200
Replace accessory belt tensioner 
Aug 2010

106000 mi

US $140
pwr strg idle speed sensor replaced 
Aug 2011

109000 mi

US $500
Lost power steering, It was the drive pulley side of crank damper working its way off. This caused the accessory belt to misalign and come off. Replaced damper, also replaced the belt tensioner. Found a lateral engine mount that was bad and replaced it. 
Apr 2015

119500 mi

US $300
Master cylinder replaced. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
May 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

215000 mi

US $500
Failure of cooling fans, failure of radiator. Replaced fans and radiator. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2011
Aug 2011

102000 mi

US $300
Engine would intermittently not rev past 2500rpm, regardless of still or on highway, load or coasting. 
Sep 2011

103000 mi
Over-heating intermittently. Mechanics at dealer say the vehicle is not really over-heating. Indicating it may be the temp sensor, or the temp module. Didn't know for sure. Thankfully, they did not charge me the $70 diagnostic fee. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Aug 2011
Mar 2011

42500 mi

US $430
Replaced fan module 
May 2011

45000 mi

US $200
Engine misfiring; replaced coil and ignition wires 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Apr 2012

140700 mi

US $65
hose from PCV valve to manifold cover has rotted/softened. Chrysler of course, has custom made hoses that are a different diameter on each end. 
Jan 2014

156000 mi

US $1800
Front bushings, lower ball joints, front struts. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2012 - May 2012
Mar 2012

161000 mi

US $600
My timing belt broke and had to be replaced. The water pump was also replaced at the same time. Upon inspection, all three of my motor mounts were cracked and had to be replaced. Power steering/Air con belt replaced. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Feb 2008 - Sep 2014
Jun 2011

72000 mi

US $270
Steady grinding noise coming from drivers side front wheel. Wheel bearings needed to be replaced. Front rotors showed wear and pads were thin. As preventive measure besides the bearings, I replaced the front rotors and brake pads. 
Oct 2011

74300 mi

US $200
Replaced rear rotors and pads. Pads had worn out unevenly. Right rear pad was totally worn and had cut the rotor. Not really upset since these were original rotors and had been machined once before. 
Jan 2014

80300 mi

US $170
Replaced faulty power steering pressure switch.  Found loose tie rod end. Tie rod end not repaired in this trip 
Feb 2014

80700 mi

US $580
replaced timing belt 
Sep 2014

82000 mi

US $335
Replaced lower control arms on both sides, new bushings for stabilizer bar. Can't complain, these were all original parts. Replaced rack and pinion. Right front wheel had a bad vibrations. Over 2" of play once it was on the rack. Can't complain, this was an original part. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2009 - Oct 2012
Mar 2012

84000 mi
We had to replace suspension bushings in the front to quiet rattles and will also need to do the same with the "A" arms and the rear, soon. 
Oct 2012

88000 mi

US $270
Replaced tie-rod bearing; four-wheel alignment. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Illinois, United States
Feb 2016 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

124000 mi

US $700
Transmission leaking, repaired. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

60000 mi

US $325
replace starter. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Maryland, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2014

58000 mi

US $30
Major clouding of headlight lenses Engine overheating, intermittently. Once at the repair garage, it would act normal. Turning on High heater made temp fall into normal zone. Finally was able get to garage during a malfunction and replaced radiator and thermostat cap. 
Nov 2014

58500 mi

US $463
Replace serpentine belt and tensioner. Ac wasnt cooling well. Freon level down to .2 pounds. Added dye, recharged, and will recheck. 
Apr 2015

61700 mi

US $1623
Front calipers seized. Cost $580 for caliper, pads, rotors install. Replace lower control arms sway bar link kit 4-wheel align $770. Replace rear shcoks. $222. Leaking AC coolant. Found leak under dashboard. Too expensive to fix. Will recharge as needed, instead. 
Jul 2015

63300 mi
My prob is a broken window switch. Haven't gotten around to popping it out to fix or replace. I hope to do it myself with help of you tube. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Aug 2014
Jun 2014

97000 mi
The paint is failing. Clear coat is coming off, and looks terrible. granted it is now 12 years old, but it is a garaged car, and my jeep is almost 20 years old with original paint that looks fine. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alabama, United States
Jul 2010 - Aug 2012
Aug 2010

97000 mi

US $3000
Computer was getting too hot and before catching fire, it would shut down the whole vehicle until computer cooled off. Then you were able to drive it again. This happened a week after purchasing this car, my very first vehicle. 
Jun 2012

127000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt snapped but did no other damage, thank God! Took forever to get fixed but runs better than ever! Happened on Apr 30th, my 20th bday, causing me to be late for my college finals. Sold my engagement ring to have PT repaired. 
Aug 2012

133000 mi

US $40
Motor Mount had to be replaced. Feels like its one thing after another. :( 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2011 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

131000 mi
Timing chain broke & bent the valves, took out the water pump too. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

113000 mi

US $500
timing belt,water pump,first time been replace ,way pass recomented milage ! 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2014
Dec 2010

17511 mi

US $750
replace water pump 
Feb 2011

118000 mi

US $450
Car overheated, electric fan went out. 
Mar 2011

118000 mi

US $450
replaced motor mounts 
Jun 2011

118000 mi

US $1100
air conditioning compressor had to be replaced  
Oct 2013

148300 mi

US $229
left rear window motor required replacement. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2008 - Oct 2013
Mar 2009

92000 mi
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. 
Apr 2009

94000 mi

US $325
Radiator Started to gush coolant after a slow leak was detected and not further identified. 
Jun 2011

109000 mi
EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part ordered will report price once fixed 
Jul 2011

109229 mi

US $285
EGR solenoid control circuit malfunction, Part replaced. 
Oct 2011

110000 mi

US $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.  
Sep 2012

130000 mi

US $127
Exhaust Manifold disconnected from the muffler. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alaska, United States
Mar 2002 - Apr 2010
Jul 2002

200 mi
Faulty A/C fixed. Apparently an "O" ring was installed wrong which let the refrigerant escape. 
Aug 2002

300 mi
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). 
Nov 2002

600 mi
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. 
Dec 2003

1700 mi
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. 
May 2004

2200 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2004

2400 mi
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 
May 2008

30000 mi
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 
Apr 2009

36000 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2009

36000 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2010

42000 mi

US $65
Replaced MAP sensor. Original sensor had been failing, causing engine to surge when warm. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Jan 2016
Mar 2009

43400 mi

C $250
Front wheel bearing 
Oct 2010

67580 mi

C $300
servo for cruise control 
Oct 2011

78120 mi
lower control arm bushing, reprogramed flash memory 
Feb 2013

97340 mi

C $300
replaced both front sway bar links 
Jul 2013

106200 mi
growling noise from wheel bearing 
May 2014

117800 mi

C $700
car would vibrate at 85 km/h to 100km/h, tire balancing and rotation did not stop problem, worn right axle CV joint found - solved the problem 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Jul 2010
Jan 2009

147000 mi
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. 
Aug 2009

167000 mi

US $300
cooling fan had to be replaced. $150 labor plus parts 
Sep 2009

173000 mi

US $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 Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2009
Nov 2008

62000 mi

US $178
Lower right ball joint worn. 
Dec 2008

63000 mi

US $200
Right front sway bar bushings replaced and right front wheel bearing(s) replaced. 
Feb 2009

66000 mi

US $80
Spark plugs replaced / Throttle body cleaned 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Jul 2008

51460 mi

C $60
Front electric windows intermittently not working; replaced with part from junkyard. 
Jan 2009

57660 mi

C $700
Clunk from front suspension; 1 lower ball joint plus front shocks replaced. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alabama, United States
Feb 2008 - Apr 2015
Mar 2008

88000 mi

US $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. 
May 2010

120000 mi

US $535
TCM was defective and replaced. Dealer had to do it since it had to be programmed for the vehicle. 
Aug 2010

132000 mi

US $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. 
Jan 2011

139000 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2011

146300 mi

US $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. 
Sep 2011

147000 mi

US $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. 
Jan 2013

165300 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2013

168000 mi

US $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. 
Nov 2013

170000 mi

US $80
Tensioner Pulley seized up and the serpentine belt broke because of it. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Maryland, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2013
Jul 2009

52000 mi

US $996
Rack-n-Pinion Replaced Told Solenoid was leaking and needed replacement - skipped for the time being. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

90520 mi

C $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. 
Nov 2008

97340 mi

C $5300
Transmission completely blown, got it rebuilt from scratch. Engine mount replaced and sepertine belt Front control arm bushings replaced. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2010 - Oct 2012
Sep 2010

27900 mi

C $370
The chronically bad chrome plated wheels were taken to a wheel shop to have the chrome machined off the tire mating surfaces to cure the corroded surfaces. Dealer admits the had crappy wheels but too far from warranty. Cost 370.00 Can. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Michigan, United States
Feb 2006 - Sep 2011
Sep 2006

52237 mi

US $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. 
Oct 2006

53186 mi

US $1690
Torque converter fails, taking the transmission pump with it. 
Sep 2007

61427 mi

US $585
Front calipers (because pads very unevenly worn).  Front control arm bushings. 
Mar 2008

69000 mi
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. 
May 2008

71000 mi

US $290
Replaced radiator cap because seal not working, and coolant low. Right front wheel bearing replaced. 
Jun 2008

71722 mi

US $88
Recharged A/C. 
Oct 2008

75000 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2009

79139 mi

US $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. 
Sep 2009

84000 mi

US $450
Pads and rotors, all four wheels. 
Feb 2010

88821 mi

US $125
One front stabilizer bar link broken, other one badly bent. Replaced links on both sides. 
Jun 2010

92000 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2010

93000 mi

US $400
A/C hose assembly leaking, replaced. Part fairly expensive because only OEM available. 
Nov 2010

93000 mi

US $85
A/C not working again. Compressor not coming on. Found corroded limit switch and cleaned it. Also recharged freon. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Aug 2010

75000 mi

US $675
Noticed considerable decline in gas mileage, but no change in engine performance. Dealer said that both oxygen sensors weren't working effectively. They replaced oxygen sensors and PVC valve and hose. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2011
Aug 2010

100000 mi

US $1005
Car overheated, rendered undriveable. Let cool and drove two blocks to shop. Fan wasn't starting, motor assembly had to be replaced. Ignition coil failed, causing engine misfire at cylinder 1, also all 4 spark plugs were replaced, as well as broken transmission torque mount, motor mount, and power steering pressure switch. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2010
Apr 2010

125000 mi

US $500
New radiator. 
May 2010

127000 mi

US $500
Four trips to patch cooling system. 
Jun 2010

127000 mi
It was finally determined that the water pump was gone and the timing belt needed to be replaced at the same time, estimated cost $1100 at which point I got rid of the PT. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2015

115940 mi

C $1995
Water cooler replaced, at same time did timing belt and other sundry front-of-engine parts while the car was apart. 
Apr 2015

116540 mi

C $289
Car would not crank; battery fine, electrical fine, no cranking whatsoever. Tested different components, tested starter, starter bad. Replaced. Solved. 
Aug 2015

119000 mi

C $205
Radiator blew and would not hold fluid; removed, replaced, issue solved. Price listed for repair includes new radiator and new rad fluid and distilled water. 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Great Britain
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Feb 2009

74000 mi

£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 
Jun 2009

78000 mi

£155
Both rear shock absorbers had failed, leaking fluid badly and offered no resistance to shocks at all. Replaced with new gas ones 
Oct 2010

89000 mi

£50
Ball joint on the front suspension wishbone had failed, replaced with a new one 

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Georgia, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2011
Feb 2011

88000 mi

US $130
transmission fluid leaking. had system flushed and was told that x-mission solenoid connection was leaking. Can't afford replacement at this time. 

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