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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,869 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser fuel system problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 242006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,400 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the contact stated after recharging the battery, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop who determined there was a seam failure in the fuel tank and the fuel module. The failed parts were replaced. The service dealer and manufacturer were notified. Updated 09/05/06.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 232004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
Consumer stated that the engine light came on, when the consumer went to have an oil change, the light went off. A week later the engine light came back on and stayed on. The consumer then called the mechanic/dealer and was told to bring the vehicle in. After the was examined, the consumer was told that the leak detector pump needed to be replaced. The consumer stated that last year there was a recall on the fuel pump and she thinks that this problem could be related. She said she was told by Chrysler that they would not help with the repairs. The engine light had come on again. The service dealer suggested that the light would go off then the problem would correct itself. Recall# 0345436

- Oneida, WI, USA

problem #14

Mar 172003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
2001 PT CRUISER...failure of daimler Chrysler and medved Chrysler in castle rock co. To timely and properly advise us of the nature of the defect and make the necessary repairs in a timely manner. I sent a detailed letter on 3/18/03 to nhsta, ODI with the exact sequence of events. Please provide an email address and I will be glad to email it to you.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #13

Sep 032002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The dealer was unable to honor recall 02V-215 for the pump module mounting flange, the dealer stated that no parts were available, the dealer is bales Chrysler in jeffersonville, in. Phone# 812/282-4356.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #12

Aug 152002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dealer was unable to honor recall 02V-215 for the pump module mounting flange, the dealer stated that no parts were available, the dealer is bales Chrysler in jeffersonville, in. Phone# 812/282-4356..

- Louisville, KY, USA

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problem #11

Aug 082002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
On August 8,2002 at approximately 9:33 a.M. in the town of. No safety defect mentioned.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jul 082002

PT Cruiser

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I came to a stop after a long freeway trip and noticed a very strong gas smell. I looked under hood and could smell and see gasoline had sprayed all over the engine compartment. Later, I found a link to a pt club website problem area, where someone had posted about the same problem just a few weeks earlier. Her milage was at the same point as mine (around 40,000  45,000 miles) (I remember conversing with her when she and I were waiting for our cars to arrive in Aug 2000  so our cars were made around the same time). Other posts reflected that others were having the same problem in their ptS  the fuel line is getting worn on a spot on the underside (not visible) where it rubbed against a part of the airconditioning line. Comparing notes, it seems some pt's had come out of the factory with the fuel line tied away from the airconditioner, some didnt. Chrysler recognizes this because they have put a tsb out for the problem. Our own observation is that cars made a few months earlier are configured differently and don't have the problem. I dont know how much later after mine was built they began tying the hose away as a regular practice. My car was built Aug 2, 2000. When getting the fuel line replaced at the dealership the week of 7/12 - I pointed out that this was an obvious, and known safety defect and asked them to fix it with no charge. The service manager said that because there was no recall, and because it was out of warranty, I would have to pay for it. So I paid $312.66 to replace the hose. On a car event a week after my car was repaired, we looked at the hoses on about 10 other pt's - those that werent tied back all showed wear in the same area. One with about 35,000 miles had significant wear such that the line should probably be replaced and not just tied back to prevent further damage. I suspect there are alot of pt's out there that were made around the same time that are facing an unexpected fuel leak.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 202002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Fuel line inside engine compartment had rubbed against plastic cap for A/C recharge nipple. This eventually caused a small puncture in the fuel line and allowed a fine mist of gasoline to be sprayed in the vicinity of the exaust manifold. No fire resulted from this incident.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Original fuel line location caused friction and wearing on the braided fuel line. This wore a hole clear through the line spewing gasoline all over a very hot engine! I was the one who originally brought this to the attention of the internet 'pt community'. please stress a recall on this issue. Very concerned for those who have no 'net access!! they have to be notified somehow! some folks who didn't bother to check.. because they have a 'later model' 2001. And we've already established that this is not relevant. They need to check! -thank you!

- Eastlake, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 062002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Fuel line rests against air conditioner line and is wearing.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 082002

PT Cruiser

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine compartment, fuel line rubs against A/C line, causing fuel line to fail.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 062002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Fuel line on PT CRUISER rubs against the refrigerant line, causing wear on the fuel line. I was notified of this problem thruough ptcruiser club membership. I caught mine before it was worn completely through, and prevented a high-pressure fuel leak that has occurred on other ptcruisers. This not an issue that can wait for other occurances to surface. I will be taking mine to the dealer for remedy.

- Manor, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 022002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Fuel line rubbing thru by the air conditioner fitting, (incorrectly routed from factory) causing fuel to be sprayed all over the top of the engine and exhaust manifold.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 082002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
After researching internet found a fuel problem with PT CRUISER. Confirmed information with dealer, however, vehicle is not being recalled.

- Lake Elsinor, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Fuel line rubbing against the ac lines in the engine compartment. Causing wear on the line and possible break, leaking the fuel on to the engine. Dealer medved 11201 w. I-70 frontage rd. N. wheat ridge co, 80033 offered not to fix the fraid line, because there were no recalls from Chrysler about this problem, but decided to tie the line back so it woudl not rub anything in the engine compartment.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

problem #1

May 252002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer smelled fuel while driving. Dealer discovered air conditioner hose had rubbed fuel line, causing the leak.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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