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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (21%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (1%)

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (27%)

Chart based on 37 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Engine not specified

114000 mi

US $1000
A/C not cold. Six cooling fan (electrical) replaced. 2nd replacement of this fan.  
140000 mi

US $125
Freon 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 230hp 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

35000 mi

US $1000
Instrument cluster replacement. Gauges would go up and down and warning lights would flash. 
70000 mi

US $500
AC hose developed a leak. Replaced 
77000 mi Battery kept dieing....all systems checked out ok. No parasitic draws or electrical system failure. Unexplained 
77000 mi The PT would simply be dead, randomly and increasing in frequency. Origin undetermined but suspected alternater may have been the issue but more likely a fault in wiring harness somewhere. Needed to stop the bleeding. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

108000 mi A/c recharge 
108000 mi

US $220
Replaced both rear red tail lights because they exploded due to getting flooded in an automatic car wash. (The yellow turn signal/flasher lights were undamaged so not touched.) Replaced the three bulbs in the center brake light. They had been out for YEARS. Got headlights refurbished! They had gotten so foggy I was driving with my high beams on and my lights still seemed too dim to be safe. Now they're crystal clear and good as new! 
72000 mi

US $2600
Replaced dryer / condenser and and cleaned system. Replace radiator fan and recharged system.  
89700 mi

US $855
Flasher inoperable on right side when car lights on. Fast flash indicated light not working. Bulb replacement didn't work. Replaced engine controller to fix. No separate relay in electrical system, apparently. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wagon

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

93000 mi Alternator died, and killed one battery before I sold it. IT WAS NOT REPAIRED, as I didn't have the money for repair and trade in. AC clutch would make a loud "clunk" when engaging. 
80000 mi

US $600
Rewired alternator. 
90000 mi

US $275
Short under dash, which had killed 2 batteries before it was discovered. Fixed short. 
87000 mi

US $650
Engine cooling fan was inoperable 
87000 mi

US $100
AC would go warm and cause RPM to drop during idle. Problem caused by filter in line with the AC system. 
94600 mi

US $500
Had to replace wireless communication box. Car would not recognize key 
95000 mi

US $800
AC was not blowing cold air only warm air no matter what speed the car was traveling, including while idling. Was told PCM would need to be replaced from the precious mechanic and only Chrysler could flash PCM. Took it dealership replaced and AC still not blowing col air, still blowing warm air - repair was unsuccessful. 
16000 mi Instrument panel dimmer rheostat failed. Replaced instrument panel dimmer rheostat 
13940 mi

$100
Replacement of A/C pressure switch. 
118000 mi

US $50
Car A/C stopped working after problems with motor fan. 
136000 mi

US $80
AC system is broken, recharging doesn't fix it and I have brought it into Chrysler dealerships for repairs 3 previous times. I refuse to spend more money on this car. It is currently used as a tool storage shed. 
50840 mi

C $460
had to have tsb done and had to put a set of plugs in it. 
83500 mi

US $121
Headlight 'multi-function' switch -- the arm on the left side of the steering wheel -- had a short and needed to be replaced. Bought new switch arm and installed myself in one hour. 
189300 mi

US $600
security system failed 
87000 mi

US $1000
Replacement of Totally Integrated Power Module, unit send incorrect voltage to AC compressor. The module was expected to fail to control other electronic functions, so it was replaced. Module is VIN specific. 
99000 mi

US $1600
Replace compressor, one pressure hose and cooling fans. 
50840 mi

C $800
seized alternater and broken belt 
41000 mi

US $878
Heard a chime sound & stopped at red light near a service station & decided to pull over to check it out. While parking the chime sounded very fast repeatedly. There was smoke coming from hood. Let engine cool & tested for problem. Replaced AC compressor  
37000 mi

US $150
Check battery light keep coming on. Had to replace battery cables. 
38400 mi Battery light was intermittent, when came on. Has to stop car, shut off & restart. Dealer did a software reload. 
139000 mi

US $650
car would not start on occasion; once time, lost power and stopped. 
126000 mi

US $900
Had wiring issue with left low beam, computer issue of some sort also. Dash lights would start blinking and gauges would go beserk occasionally. Decided to bail on car and cut my losses. 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door

2-cylinder automatic 2WD

69000 mi

US $75
replaced wiper component on steering column 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 180hp 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

78000 mi

US $250
A/C, not sure of details at this time 
135000 mi

US $90
Flasher/Turn signals do not work outside the car, but I can visibly see flashers on inside of car working-flashing real fast! The turn signal switch was changed, but there is still no turn signal/flasher activity! What's the problem now? 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2dr Convertible

150-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

33000 mi

US $1100
Passenger turn light not working, bulb good, driver turn light not working, bulb good. Replacing TIPM 

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Electrical Problems

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