Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Chrysler has taken the boring small car frame of the Neon, grafted a 1930s-era roadster body on top and named it the PT Cruiser. While the new look may appeal to some, the vehicle has unfortunately also inherited many of the same problems as the Neon.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,900 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. Multifuction switch replaced (1 reports)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 132013

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Had the multifuction switch replaced for $246.00 and it worked for about 3 months and now it does the very same thing, really needs to be a recall on this, the first time the fog light switch starting smoking, waste of money.

- , Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #4

May 012012

PT Cruiser Limited 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,500 miles

I see I'm not alone, however I don't see the solution. If there is a part that is known to be problematic it will save me a fortune of trying to have someone figure it out. I cannot pass inspection without a horn.

- , Boston, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012009

PT Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • 69,000 miles

This problem really sucks, thank goodness for sites like these, I thought i was one of the few (not many other members of the chrysler club in FL have this problem)... Now i see its more common than not.. I hope Chrysler does something to accommodate loyal owners; this could easily be a serious issue I have to babysit this issue by pressing down / banging on the steering wheel (& column) until the LED comes back up (that way I at least know the horn will work when needed).

- , Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 152008

PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

My LED display on the radio comes and goes - when it is off, the horn will not work. If I bump the horn button, the display will come back on (sometimes). Anybody know how to fix this? Honestly, other than this, the car has been the most trouble-free car I have ever owned.

- , Kershaw, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 262007

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

This problem puts me out of compliance with the law as a horn is legally required. When the LED radio light is off, the horn does not honk and they go on and off intermittantly! I have had it looked at by 3 different shops including 2x by a dealership and they cannot fix it. Not only is it illegal not to have a horn but it is unsafe! I am extremely frustrated!

- , Portland, OR, USA

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