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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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,838 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 102006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The engine restarted after multiple attempts and an extended amount of time. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the power control module of the power train needed to be replaced. After the replacements, the problem persisted. Additionally, all four tires slowly deflated without warning. The dealer inspected the vehicle and determined the wheel rims needed the chrome plate ground and oil applied. This was done however, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 10/25/2006 - the rims are aluminum chrome plated.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 282005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,633 miles
2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER, original owner, 36,633 miles. Driving in heavy traffic on hwy 280 East in birmingham, al April 28, 2005 when transmission froze up. Was able to move to shoulder to avoid accident. Had vehicle towed to shop. Transmission control module had gone out - vehicle was one year and 633 miles out of warranty. Repair costs - $575. Chrysler corporation refused to provide any warranty assistance. Driving on hwy 280 East in birmingham, al on September 14, 2005 when transmission went out again. Mileage at this occurrance 40,827. Had vehicle towed to shop. Transmission control module had gone out - again. Part was replaced at no charge but had to pay labor charges plus cost of rental vehicle for 1 week. Total cost this round - $500 including rental car.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Jun 222005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,230 miles
I was travelling East on the 91 freeway in los angeles at about 5:10pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2005. I was in very heavy traffic travelling at about 35 miles per hour when the (automatic) transmission disengaged. There was no unusual noise preceding the disengagement except that the engine revved, of course. Fortunately, I was in the right-hand lane approaching the bellflower offramp. The car rolled to a stop near the end of the offramp in the middle of traffic. I had to have the car towed to donavee Chrysler in placentia, ca. We took delivery of the car on May 27, 2001 and it only has 37,230 miles on it. The service department told me that the car was out of warranty and that it would cost $850 just to remove the transmission before they could even begin to determine what went wrong - parts and repairs will be extra.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 082002

PT Cruiser

  • miles

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

Engine died without any warning - power control module failed killing engine - on major hwy without a shoulder - put on flashers but still rear ended by another driver after fully stopped who was passing on right.

- Hazlet, NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 082002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on turnpike power control module failed, causing vehicle to stall. Consumer coasted into right lane, and another vehicle collided into the rear. Consumer sustained injuries.

- Hazlet, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 242000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Faulty power train computer module.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 242000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Faulty power train computer module.

- Newark, OH, USA

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