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:
115,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace and recalibrate (1 reports)
  2. replace belt (1 reports)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012012

PT Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • 131,000 miles


Have seen that the timing belt was a common issue for this model surprised there arent any complaints yet

- , Ithaca, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 022009

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,999 miles

Actually the real issue here is that because the engine compartment is so narrow that there is no hand room. So when the timing chain broke the only way to get to it to replace it was to lift motor almost out of car at angle so you could get to everything . And because of this it is best/wise to just replace water pump and belts in that general area so you do not have to lift the engine out again to have the room to replace things. Having to replace the other things is what jacked up the extra time & cost of repairs.

- , Eureka, KS, USA

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