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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (31%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 157 repairs.
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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (26%)

Chart based on 135 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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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Chrysler PT Cruiser in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2011 - Jul 2014
Mar 2011

105000 mi

US $758
Coolant thermostat was not working correctly, valve was stuck, and engine was overheating.  
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

101000 mi

US $188
Needs new motor mounts. Cost to repair about $1,015.00 because 2 of 3 are dealer part item and they have to take apart part of the A frame to effect repairs. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Oregon, United States
Aug 2016 - Apr 2017
Jan 2017

178000 mi

US $100
Replaced timing belt, water pump, radiator, Thermostat. Some seals & gaskets. Engine overheats and will not retain antifreeze or coolant. After replacing all the above parts. engine still overheats. Suspect bad head gasket. Parts on order for complete head gasket and seal replacement. New head gasket set including all upper gaskets & seals including intake & exhgause gaskets. Replace all engine fluids. 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Dec 2014 - Jul 2016
Dec 2015

204000 mi

US $1389
Cv axle came apart @ mid-shaft where clip hold two halves together. Axle reinstalled properly. Replaced all 4 motor/transmission mounts 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2010 - May 2011
Sep 2010

55180 mi

C $800
Had to replace a wheel (which meant all four wheels) as Chrysler's chrome clad aluminum alloy wheels will corrode from the inside and leak air. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Saskatchewan, Canada
Jun 2012 - Oct 2013
Jul 2012

79440 mi

C $350
Replaced left wheel bearing 
Dec 2012

84940 mi

C $300
oil sensor acting up, giving low oil warning 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Nov 2007 - May 2008
Jan 2008

18000 mi

US $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 Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Oct 2017
Oct 2011

73360 mi

C $80
Sway bar end links replaced because of clunking noise. 
Apr 2015

80600 mi

C $115
Had to replace left steering column lever (lights, etc.) 
Sep 2015

80600 mi

C $25
The engine cooling system overheat light came on. Turns out the car was out of coolant. Replaced thermostat which had stuck closed. Presume that the system boiled over more than once until there was not enough coolant left. 
Feb 2017

102300 mi

C $140
Replaced battery 
Oct 2017

120900 mi

C $5
Replaced windshield washer nozzles (yet again). 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2015
May 2014

59000 mi

US $259
Replace front wheel bearings 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2012
Nov 2010

94000 mi

US $500
Bad alternator/battery power 3 times in last 4 months. 
Mar 2011

95000 mi

US $200
Heating sensor broke, also found out main computer was/is failing, but didn't repair. 
Jun 2011

98000 mi

US $400
Coolant hose had leak/hole. 
Oct 2011

100200 mi

US $500
Battery shorts early and cables erode quickly 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
- May 2008
May 2008

42000 mi
Detect Vaccume leak, Install New Thermostat and Gasket, Replace A/C tensioner Pully, install new Water pump. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in South Dakota, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2012
Mar 2012

87000 mi

US $250
Power steering supply line developed a leak. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

68000 mi

US $270
Engine light 340 error code. Replace Camshaft sensor with after market part. Did not work, threw a error code of 344 and the car bucked like crazy, replace the Camshaft sensor with OEM from Chrysler. Works now! 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

97000 mi

US $365
Timing belt stripped 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Sep 2017
Dec 2015

116000 mi

US $140
Power steering pump Radiator 
Jun 2016

122000 mi

US $500
Both front control arms, sway bar links and bushings. Upper and lower engine torsion struts. 
Nov 2016

125700 mi
Replaced battery. 
Feb 2017

129000 mi

US $300
New front struts new starter. New links and bushings. 
Sep 2017

130000 mi

US $60
Purge valve, vapor leak detection pump. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2016
May 2016

108000 mi

US $100
Incorrect check engine light/code & long crank on first start of day; software flash needed; software flash didn't resolve issue - dealer doestn' know what problem is now 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2011
May 2009

57000 mi

US $487
Head gasket 
Jul 2009

62000 mi

US $1200
Sway bar bushings replaced, also left wheel bearing (right was done several months ago) 
Oct 2011

90000 mi

US $129
Radiator drain plug had broken gasket 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Missouri, United States
Sep 2009 - Jan 2014
Jul 2011

45000 mi

US $107
Repaired right front fender, trim around right headlight, front bumper. (Wife scrapped fender & bumper cover on shelf in new garage. Insurance paid 90% 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Illinois, United States
Nov 2011 - Aug 2013
May 2012

46700 mi

US $200
replace right front wheel bearing. 
Feb 2013

53800 mi

US $90
Power steering pressure sensor replace. 
Jul 2013

58200 mi
A/C quit. Shop refilled with refrigerant and dye. Checked for but did not find leak. Replaced rear gate lifters, which worked, but barely. 
Aug 2013

59000 mi

US $8
Evaporative defect engine light. New gas cap. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2013
Jun 2013

44000 mi

US $675
Blockage in AC piping. Had to replace all AC piping and recharge system. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2008 - Jun 2009
Apr 2008

26040 mi
Leak around the upper valve cover gasket. 
May 2008

26040 mi
Same oil leak problem advised will have to remove time covered to further investigate. Appointment for June only. 
Aug 2008

29760 mi

C $100
Even vehicle has extended warranty was told by service advised a hose clamp is consider a wear and tear item hence a billable repair. I was charged for a replacement clamp, transmission oil top up and labour time. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Missouri, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

50000 mi

US $804
Replace passenger side lower control arm,replace both front stabilizer links, replace power steering lint from rack to radiator,power steering flush. four wheel alignment. Replace shifter assembly, shift interlock cable. R&R center console, steering column covers, cylinder in column. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Oct 2007 - Mar 2011
Jun 2007

57040 mi

C $600
I started getting weird diagnostic codes. I took it in for warranty. I have to take it to City Tire for Lubrico warranty. Computer Diags referred to sensor. Didnt fix. Took to dealers another computer diags and sensor.didnt fix. Flash computer & Good 
Oct 2008

76260 mi
Well the car dies driving it down the road. I had to get it towed to the dealer. The timing Belt broke and now apparently the ead is gone and everything else. Estimaed repair cost is $3500. I have a lubrico warranty so we will see 
Mar 2011

107880 mi

C $270
Turbo unit failed 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alabama, United States
Mar 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

58000 mi

US $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. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Jan 2011
Jun 2009

37200 mi

C $120
power steering sensor high pressure warning 
Jul 2010

37200 mi

C $600
power steering pump stopped working 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2008 - Oct 2012
Dec 2011

96720 mi

C $500
Leaking power steering line where it enters pump. Metal line had hairline crack, pump had to be removed to find. Could drive for a while adding fluid for slight leak, but eventually it would not hold fluid. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Feb 2006 - Apr 2008
Oct 2006

65360 mi

US $1105
Ticking noise resulted in new engine, at the same time I had to rebuild the power steering unit and replace the struts. 
Mar 2008

82000 mi

US $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 Arkansas, United States
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

92000 mi
Steering rack and pinion system leaking 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2007 - Jul 2013
Jan 2007

142000 mi

US $150
Replaced BOTH front wheel bearings within about a six month time span. This is a common PT Cruiser issue. I don't think it's possible to replace them without a hydraulic press, which I had access to. 
Apr 2007 Engine was missing badly. Replaced spark plug wires and plugs. These are know problem areas on Cruisers. Used Taylor wires and Champion double platinum plugs. Wires are still good, plugs have been replaced another time or two since. 
Mar 2010

US $95
Replaced Watts link - it was VERY loose and clunking when driving over bumps. 
Jul 2010

US $1000
Replaced both lower control arms. The rubber bushings were shot, which is common, but I also got new, greasable lower ball joints by installing Moog arms. 
Dec 2011

146000 mi

US $50
Replace tie rod end 
Jul 2012

161200 mi
Replaced plugs with Champion double platinum and plug wires with Crane Cams set. This is about the fourth set of plugs and second set of wires. 
Oct 2012

168800 mi

US $30
Car would not go into reverse and shifter felt like a spoon in a bowl of whipped cream. Ordered "Booger Bushings" to replace factory rubber ones. Replaced the two on the shifter end of the cables. Still need to to the transmission end. 
Feb 2013

178000 mi

US $90
Replaced the watts link that pivots on the rear axle beam for the second time. This time I bought a cheaper one from NAPA. Also replaced both watts link control arms. 
Apr 2013

179300 mi

US $140
Replaced a leaking radiator. Also replaced the lower radiator hose. Surprisingly, the raditor is not that difficult to change. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Ohio, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2017
Dec 2016

89000 mi
New spark plugs. Clean intake system. Replace oxygen sensor. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Arizona, United States
Mar 2010 - Apr 2013
May 2012

75100 mi

US $100
Checked to see if freon was leaking; did not seem to be able to find a leak. 
Nov 2012

78600 mi
Freon was leaking because hose was blown. Months later, found out that hose was blowing because of faulty fan in a/c system. 
Apr 2013

80000 mi
Faulty fan in a/c system. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Louisiana, United States
Jun 2009 - Jan 2010
Aug 2009

95000 mi
Fuel pump installed in April failed, replaced under part warranty. 
Jan 2010

96000 mi
Sensor went out, how to fix it to sell car. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Arizona, United States
Sep 2008 - Jul 2010
Jul 2009

80000 mi

US $2100
New AC cooling fans; dealer paid for AC hoses they broke. new motor mounts 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Michigan, United States
Dec 2009 - Jan 2012
May 2011

115400 mi
Replaced right and left lower control arms Rear window wiper slow/intermittent operation 
Jan 2012

111000 mi
Heater core had leak 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Utah, United States
Jan 2015 - Sep 2016
Mar 2015

97000 mi

US $68
Upper motor mount replaced. Total repair time approximately 1 hour. 
Aug 2015

101000 mi

US $38
This car produces engine error codes in the digital odometer display after flicking the ignition 3 times. Cam sensor bad. Initially, engine would not ramp past ~2,500 rpm only occasionally. After several weeks, car failed to start. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Saskatchewan, Canada
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Nov 2007

39060 mi
Replaced belt tensioner. Replaced power window switch. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

135000 mi

US $300
Wheel bearings replaced. 
Feb 2014

145000 mi

US $600
Idler arms replaced on both right and left sides. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2010
Jan 2009

65000 mi

US $200
Needed a new alternator. 
Jun 2010

82000 mi
no problem, just worn out suspension which was fixed, and changed transmission fluid and brake pads and replaced cracked windshield 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

162100 mi

US $180
Tie rod joints replaced -needed to fix wheel play for state inspection. replaced rear end Watts link which centers rear axel due to noise from too much play. 
May 2016

165000 mi

US $200
After much troubleshooting I replaced the PCM with a used one and engine got spark to the ignition coil again. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in North Carolina, United States
- Jul 2008
Apr 2008

50421 mi

US $326
Shim kit installed on rear wheels to aid in alignment, after experiencing a blowout. Replaced remaining OEM tires with Michelen Harmonys 
Jun 2008

52400 mi

US $476
Used an IGO to fix leaking transmission cooler lines, pan was dropped and new filter installed, but system was not completely flushed for some reason. Don't use this IGO anymore 
Jul 2008

52874 mi

US $100
Transmission would not engage after a long soak. Complete transmission rebuild under warranty by Chrysler dealership. Front pump cause of problems as noted in service advisory 02-020. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2016 - Sep 2017
Feb 2017

105000 mi

US $750
Break at tie rod end, replaced tie rod. Break was discovered during state yearly inspection, and oil change was requested (and performed) at the same inspection was requested. 
May 2017

107000 mi

US $590
Engine was overheating, no antifreeze. Monro flushed antifreeze and refilled. Following day engine over heated again. Monro replaced radiator. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in New York, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2017
Apr 2017

41000 mi

US $1500
Timing belt 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Maine, United States
Nov 2007 - Sep 2017
Apr 2008

64000 mi

US $84
Replaced multifunction switch. 
May 2008

65000 mi

US $430
Lower front control arm bushings (both sides) were cracked, and required replacement to pass safety inspection. 
May 2009

72000 mi

US $150
Both rear shocks replaced (one was leaking) to pass annual safety inspection. 
Sep 2011

80000 mi

US $328
Left & Right brake calipers seized, replaced. 
May 2016

85000 mi

US $168
Replaced right front wheel bearing. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Georgia, United States
Jun 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

55000 mi

US $180
Battery would be dead r/t apparent turning on of foglights because of a short in the headlight/foglight/turn signal control module on steering wheel. Replaced control module. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Connecticut, United States
- Nov 2006
Nov 2006

25519 mi

US $357
New spark plugs and wires, cleaned throttle body. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2007

33 mi
1st repair: Coolant leak caused belts to squeal. Replaced thermostat and two belts. Dealer paid for parts since it was a new sale / we paid for labor. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Sep 2012

143000 mi

US $800
Front right wheel bearing seized up 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Manitoba, Canada
May 2008 - Jan 2010
Sep 2008

31620 mi

C $489
Alternator was replaced. 
May 2009

32860 mi

C $300
Front Right Axle replaced 
Jan 2010

C $300
Bell crank. Not a problem I noticed but required so the car would pass "safety" and could be sold. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Jan 2012

US $94
Oil sending unit is supposedley cracked and leaking for the third time in 2 years 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

75640 mi

C $179
oil light was coming on when stopping and letting off gas.they did a pressure test and was fine so they checked the oil sending unit it was broke so that was changed and the light has not came on since. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Florida, United States
Dec 2010 - Aug 2012
Mar 2011

78000 mi

US $150
Timing Belt broke and replaced. 
Aug 2011

81000 mi

US $150
AC Evaporator had leak, sealer put in (8/15/11)still working after 2 weeks 
Feb 2012

89200 mi

US $240
Starter became intermittent and had to be tapped on to start. Headlight switch intermittent, lights stayed on sometimes after shutting off. 
Jun 2012

90000 mi

US $80
A/C System was recharged with Sealer 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Missouri, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2011
Jul 2011

120000 mi

US $1200
Thermostat installed; problem with overheating continued, unable to detect problem; referred to dealer 
Aug 2011

120000 mi
alternator went out, plus the overheating problem from prior problem; decided to trade-in for new vehicle 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2012
Sep 2010

38000 mi

US $2000
Struts needed replacing. 
May 2011

41000 mi

US $250
Engine mounts were replaced. 
Sep 2011

41000 mi

US $150
Battery connections failed, replaced, as was battery. 
Apr 2012

43000 mi

US $800
Compressor was replaced. Oxygen sensor replaced. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Texas, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

130000 mi

US $2800
replaced motor, replaced transmission at 130,000 miles 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2013
Jun 2012

56000 mi

US $900
Gaskets failed & steering fluid was leading. 
Jun 2013

66000 mi

US $360
Automatic door locks failed in both doors accessing rear seat. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Feb 2015
Jun 2013

112000 mi

US $100
Recharged AC 
Aug 2014

122900 mi

US $250
Dashboard lights. Have to remove dashboard. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Virginia, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

126000 mi

US $300
I Had to Change the bushings 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Oregon, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
Feb 2013

117200 mi

US $53
replaced axle half shaft 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Maine, United States
Apr 2009 - Jul 2013
May 2009

77000 mi

US $110
swaybar link missing, replaced, and swaybar bushings replaced, due to rattles and poor handling. 
Mar 2010

86000 mi

US $150
Watts link replaced for the 2nd time, first time was at 37000 miles. The watts link causes clunking under the rear of the car when it goes bad. Price of part increased to $95 from $75 last time. Another under engineered part that I have to pay for. Rear Watts Link replaced for the 2nd time in 3 years, car had about 40000 miles at 1st time. Watts link makes big clunking noise when going over bumps. It's a common problem for Pt's and the price for the dealer part is 95 now, was 75 last time. 
Apr 2010

88000 mi

US $590
Struts and Shocks, may be a normal wear item. The car still wanders around, I think something else may be worn in the steering. 
May 2010

89000 mi

US $400
Ball joint Replaced, and aligned. Car handles great again. rocker panels rusted out on both sides before the 5 year warranty ran out, but due to ice and mud on the car we did not notice until 2 months after it ran out. Dealer said too bad. I drove it another year and it won't pass inspection now. 
Sep 2010

96000 mi

US $200
Left front wheel bearing was making lots of noise and getting worse, wheel bearing replaced and it works like new again. 
Feb 2011

103000 mi

US $1100
front main oil seal leaking, also replaced timing belt, water pump, thermostat, serviced transmission, and spark plugs. 
Apr 2011

107000 mi

US $250
exhaust bracket welded 
Aug 2011

114000 mi

US $90
Oil plug damage, had to have dealer remove it. 
May 2012

128200 mi

US $220
Fuel line cracked near tank, fuel was leaking when pump was energized. Dealer replaced plastic fuel line. 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in New York, United States
Feb 2012 - Jan 2014
May 2012

141100 mi

US $250
Calipers froze up had them replaced with new calipers pads and rotors 
Jun 2012

143000 mi

US $190
replaced fan assembly and recharged A/C 
Sep 2013

150000 mi

US $30
power steering pressure hose leaking. replaced hose 
Oct 2013

150500 mi

US $150
replaced rear trailing arms and watts crank 
Chrysler PT Cruiser in Massachusetts, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2017
Jul 2014

61200 mi

US $500
Engine light has been a constant problem had ignition coil replaced light came back on. replaced knock sensor, got inspection sticker, light came back on the next day. 
Nov 2014

62300 mi

US $280
muffler exhaust system replaced 
Aug 2015

64000 mi

US $989
Computer system replaced 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Missouri, United States
Dec 2007 - Mar 2010
May 2008

96000 mi

US $400
Two new tie rods and one wheel bearing. 
Jun 2008

96000 mi

US $430
Fan runs all the time. Needed two front tie-rod ends. Needed new right front wheel bearing. 

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chrysler PT Cruiser in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

166000 mi

US $1200
HAD NEW CLUTCH INSTALLED 

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