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:
86,843 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced shift cable for 2nd time in 2 years, no reverse (1 reports)
  3. sold it as is for $500. yes that's right $500 (1 reports)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 112016

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,130 miles


At this point, this car is such a piece of garbage that I didn't even want to trade it in at first. I literally woke up to go to work, and my transmission completely went out. There were no signals to transmission problems before hand, it just died. for the love of god DO NOT BUY THIS CAR

- , Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #2

Apr 302010

PT Cruiser Limited 204

  • Manual transmission
  • 83,400 miles

Replaced Shift cable in PT Cruiser for 2nd time in 2 years, after replacing cable car still will not go into reverse.

- , Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #1

Apr 092009

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

I waited after ordering for six months with excitement to be the first in our area to get one of the newest PT Cruisers. The first sigh of a problem was when the steering wheel thing after another......and I learned to live with the vibrating steering. This car was treated with TLC.......and I'll just go to the end of the story......after new wheels and tires.....after a failed power steering pump.......I sold my "baby" yesterday for $500. Yes, that is right $500 for PT Cruiser .......without a transmission.

- , Glendale, KY, USA

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