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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.

3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,811 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 092004

PT Cruiser

  • 40,000 miles

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

Rear suspension bushings wore out at 40,000 mi and now again at 75,000 causing the rear end to bounce and sway uncontrollable at high speeds (45-65 mph). Indication of worn bushings: Loud clunking noise in rear end.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #8

Nov 232007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 116,280 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving between 10-20 mph, the contact heard a rattling noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The dealer replaced the rear lower control arms. When the contact left the dealer, she heard a noise coming from the front end when the vehicle came to a stop. The dealer stated that the motor mount needed to be replaced. There were no warning indicators. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 116,280. Updated 12/13/07

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 302006

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2001 PT CRUISER with under 40,000 miles. Dealer checked rattling noise in rear and reports rear axle is shot. Repair costs about $2,000. Chrysler offered to provide parts. Dealer labor is about $600.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 022005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,057 miles

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

Bell crank connecting watts links. Bushing wears out before 40K miles creating loud clunking noises at rear suspension. And this suspension is highlighted on Chrysler web site as a feature, not a failure. Repair is $315.05, part available. Should at least be under warranty. Many failures noted on owner forums. Also own second pt at 30K miles and it is showing (hearing) symptoms.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #5

Mar 252005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,962 miles
While driving at 45 mph rear suspension failed, causing the vehicle to sway unexpectedly. Consumer managed to stop vehicle.

- Bath, ME, USA

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problem #4

Jan 012005

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The rear bushing on both sides were separated where the rubber bushing were torn apart completely causing the steering to drift side to side.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

May 012004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

Rear suspension made up of many links with grommets inside them that wear out prematurely and make a loud clanging banging noise. I thought it was my spare tire w/O air and did not get to the dealer before the 36,000 mile warranty expired (plus this dealer does not really repair things). Local mechanic got ahold of local dealer who is very familiar with this very frequent problem. Either it is a poor design or the supplier blew it but it is goddawful and I am fearful of failure.

- Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 092004

PT Cruiser

  • miles
When driving at an undetermined speed consumer heard a knocking noise from the rear of the vehicle. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that rear bearings failed". consumer had the rear bearings replaced.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 202003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Rear suspension part broke. Bell crank broke causing a loud knocking noise. Dealer said that futher driving could have resulted in back suspension falling of of car in a catastophic failure.

- Westborough, MA, USA

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