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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.

4.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,908 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Dec 122007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

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

The original chrome wheels on my Chrysler 2001 PT CRUISER have continually lost air for at least the past two years. I have to add air every several days. Both the mechanic at the tire shop and my own mechanic said there was nothing wrong with the tires, but the pitting of the wheels was causing air to leak out. This is a problem that should not happen on a six year old car with 80,000 miles. I was unable to return to the dealer because ownership has changed several times since I bought the car and it is out of warranty. I believe this is a manufacturing defect that may cause a loss of air at high speed and lead to a crash. This is a known problem that has been documented on several websites, but has not been addressed by Chrysler.

- Foxboro, MA, USA

problem #34

Jun 062007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Re: 2001 PT CRUISER tire pressure loss from chrome plating failing on the rims allowing air loss I wish to document my extreme dissatisfaction concerning my experience with Chrysler concerning what I have come to learn is without question, a serious manufacturer┐'s defect with the wheels of my car. The wheels have not provided anywhere near a reasonable service life and whose problem had been misdiagnosed until the basis of failure had degraded until its cause was without question, apparent. I have also learned that problem is also recognized by Chrysler service dealerships as a routine problem, is abundantly documented and widespread on focused websites related to this vehicle and is problem familiar to each tire shop I have gone to. Without question this problem poses an extreme danger to drivers of the vehicle who unknowingly will drive on a potentially extremely under-inflated tire. Their position in my opinion to merely ┐┐not recognize it as a problem┐Ł and not warn the owners of your vehicle to alert them to this common problem is unconscionable, callous and constitutes an extreme hazard to the driving public.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 122007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving down the road and my wheel split. It was the original rim on the 2001 PT CRUISER. I had to replace all four rims, and went with non original because I was told that Chrysler had problems with them.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #32

Apr 192001

PT Cruiser

  • miles

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

Tires going flat not holding air pressure. All four rims started flaking and coming apart, had to have them resealed at least 4 times a year. Went out and bought four new rims.

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #31

Apr 222003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
I own a 2001 PT CRUISER. I tried to have a flat tire fixed on this car, the tire service person informed me that the rim had a crack that was more then an inch long and they would not allow a new tire to be mounted on the rim. I had to get a friend to pick me and my children up and go without my car until I was able to locate a replacement rim used from a rim dealer in dayton Ohio. All the original rims belonging to this car are pitted, peeling, some won't hold air or are split. The rims I'm told are the cause of tire failure and premature wear and frequent flats. I find these issues to create unsafe driving conditions.

- Wellington, OH, USA

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problem #30

Mar 142007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles
- the contact noticed that 3 out of his 4 tires were leaking. He took the 2001 PT CRUISER to a tire shop and at the tire shop they stated that the Bridgestone Fusion tires were fine, the failure was on the metal inside the rims that was coming apart. The contact can provide pictures if needed. The failure mileage was 114000 and the current mileage was 118000.

- Lighthouse Point, FL, USA

problem #29

Feb 112007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Tires are going flat. Have repeatedly taken to tire dealer to fix tires. Yesterday was told the problem is the wheels and not the tires.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #28

Oct 272006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,400 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds the vehicle was hard to steer and a bumping noise was heard. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined the air pressure was low in tires and all four rims needed to be replaced.

- West Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #27

Oct 312006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,680 miles
The contact stated while parked in the driveway the driver front tire was flat. The tire was inflated and the vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined all the rims were cracked and needed to be replaced.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #26

Oct 102006

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2001 PT CRUISER with 16 inch chrome wheels. Chrome is flaking on the bead edge of the wheels causing the tires to loose pressure. Mine have been slow leaks, but leaks could be fast. Tires go down unexpectedly, can cause accidents. Tire repair shop said common failure. Sees it regularly.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #25

Jun 012006

PT Cruiser

  • miles

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

2001 PT CRUISER - chrome is peeling from rims which causes air to leak from tires. Second set of tires is now installed but rims had to be re-sealed after about 10K miles. Rims were resealed once before. Chrysler was contacted with no resolution. They refused to acknowledge a problem on their part.

- Independence, OH, USA

problem #24

Oct 102006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
: 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 #23

Sep 192006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the contact stated the tires lost air without incident. Air needed to be added every couple of days. An independent repair shop determined the wheel was flaking off and was not properly sealed. The dealership was notified. The rims were flaking around the valve outlet. Updated 10/04/06.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #22

Aug 012006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
I currently own a 2001 PT CRUISER with 50,000 miles on it. To date, I have had three different mechanics tell me that the wheels/rims are deteriorating/peeling and should be replaced under warranty. As a result, I am also constantly putting air in some of the tires. My greatest worry, is having a "tire blow out" while traveling at higher speeds. I have also noticed that many other PT CRUISER owners are experiencing the same problem. If the manufacturer of this vehicle is not willing to compensate me for the replacement of all four wheels, I have no other choice but to turn this over to the attorney general's office and/or media. This is clearly a safety issue and should be addressed accordingly.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #21

Dec 152005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Over approximately the past year I have been dealing with thelen auto group in bay city, Michigan regarding defective rims on my 2001 PT CRUISER. I am constantly replacing air in fairly new tires due to this. After speaking to thelen several times chrylser was called in December of 2005 (date below is approximate). After the dealer scraped and sprayed the rims to stop the peeling a couple of times thelen's mechanic (pat) stated that this just wouldn't work. Pat also went on to add (in the presence of my father) that he never saw such a thing. This was on a June 2006 visit to replace my radiator. After several phone calls Chrysler now states that the dealer told them it was just salt erosion and they would not replace the rims. Chrysler also states that this info was given to them from mike thelen and his mechanic. Mr. Thelen states he did not says this. When asked if he would replace the rims from his dealer no matter what Chrysler said; he refused. Obviously someone is lying and I am at a stalemate. Chrysler won't change it's mind-because of their phone calls with mike thelen-the owner- and his mechanic. On 07-17-06 I was told by daphney (phone for Chrysler headquarters 248-576-5741) that once a decision was made it would not be changed. She also refused to let me speak to a supervisor or give additional info for the presidents headquarters-she stated her office has no idea how to contact them.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #20

Apr 272006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have had two blow outs within the last year and I wake up to flat tires in the morning on a regular basis. I have had to check the tire pressure in my car at least twice weekly (and most times at least one tire will have shockingly low pressure). I have had all of my tires replaced within the last year or so with no relief to my problem. I thought that maybe it was me until I read all the other complaints and realized that this was a product problem. This is total safety hazard for anyone driving a PT CRUISER with these rims. Does someone have to die for someone to listen and recall these (potentially) deadly rims?

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #19

Jan 012006

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle shook and became hard to control. Upon inspection the contact observed a loss of pressure to the rear passenger tire caused by corrosion on the wheel rim. This vehicle is driven in an area that typically uses road salt. The vehicle has not been taken to a repair shop.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #18

Nov 072005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
2001 PT CRUISER, 69000 miles. Original owner and rims. Rims, according to dealer are rusted inside and will no longer hold air. Chrysler doesn't seem to think this is abnormal for a 4 year old car and would do nothing for me. I think they are defective and should be recalled as I have heard/read on the web about other PT CRUISER having the same exact problem.

- Wading River, NY, USA

problem #17

Sep 302005

PT Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 PT CRUISER with chrome rims and less than 60,000 miles on it. These came on the car when I purchased it. The rims are peeling which is leading to air being lost in the tires. My tire dealer tells me this is common with these rims and many Chrysler dealers are replacing the rims at no cost to the consumer. Chrysler knows this is happening and it is a hazard. It is unreasonable of Chrysler to expect the consumer to have to replace rims on a car that was well taken care of.

- New Paltz, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 132005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,176 miles
On Saturday Aug 13, 2005 my wife and I had a flat on our 2001 PT CRUISER on the right front. On Monday Aug 15, 2005 I took the tire and had it fixed. The problem was that the chrome on the inside of the rim was peeling and the tire was not adhering to the rim. On Tuesday Aug 16th I took the car into the Chrysler dealer and had them look at the problem. They confirmed what the tire dealer said. I talked with the garage advisor and he stated that I was not the first person with this problem. The solution was to buy new rims. I called the Chrysler hot line number 1-800-992-1997 and spoke with customer service reps crystal and carol and finally carol said that the 3 year warranty was up. My problem with this is that the rims are starting to peel on the early additions of the make of car and that it has taken 5 years or so for this to be noticed. My flat tire came on I-465 in indianapolis at 60 mph. There was no accident, but if this has happened on more than one car in indianapolis, what about the nation. I have a problem with a rim that doesn't last for more than 5 years and its impossible to detect until it happens. I asked carol, at Chrysler, on what it took to start a recall or have someone look into it and all she said was that she would put it on file. Mike, at my dealers, said that all my rims were starting to do this. There is something wrong with these rims. My car has 42,000 miles on it. Most of these type of cars are owned by older people and they might not be able to handled a blow out.

- Speedway, IN, USA

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