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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
109,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace head gasket, resurface the head (1 reports)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 202012

PT Cruiser 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


TWO head gaskets? WE NEVER let our car overheat!! But still these Chrysler 4 cylinder engines DO over heat. Turn on Heater and defroster and roll down the windows to get home after it cools down so one can add water back up to full. NOTE the car must be NOSE up on a grade to do all of this. Self bleeds water if the engine is cool and you can refill it by making the engine turn about 2000 to 2500 RPM with the rad cap off. Has to be cooled down. Bring a magazine to read!!!

- , Branson, MO, USA

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