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Chrysler PT Cruiser Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2017. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Wagon turbocharged 220hp 2.4L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
HAD THE CAR 4 YEARS NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. full 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2004 4dr Wagon turbocharged 220hp 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
HAS NOT FAILED SINCE PURCHASED... 2 YEARS AGO NOW full 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2004 4dr Wagon 150-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Over 104,000 miles on my 04 with no problems. the lifetime warranty on the 07 takes care of any major powertrain issues. full 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2003 4dr Wagon 150-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Runs well, starts quickly, and required only routine oil and oil filter changes. full 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2001 4dr Wagon 150-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Mine is almost 10 years old. Even though is low mileage Mother Nature is relentless. Tires, wheels and brakes all replace not for wear but for weather and moisture. Otherwise, fairly bullet proof. full 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
Chrysler PT Cruiser Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 2dr Convertible turbocharged 230hp 2.4L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car was a picture of reliability until 100,000. Can't really ask for much more than that, I suppose. The 43,000 miles since then has been one thing after another, with a few mystery issues that remain unsolved. The A/C, Transmission, and the Electrical system have all been frought with issues since then. full 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Everything. What a piece of junk. The longer you own one the quicker you learn just how many corners they cut. A plastic bolt on the clutch pedal? Chrome Wheels corrode, fuel pump went, window motor went, and many more issues. full 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 215hp 2.4L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It is not reliable, like all Chrysler products these are also know to have wiring problems full 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser review
2002 4dr Wagon 150-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Multiple visits to the dealership for the A/C, suspension, etc. full 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser review