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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,272 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

Apr 252007

PT Cruiser

  • 51,000 miles

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

Dashboard cracking on 2002 PT CRUISER. Watching crack work it's way along dash.....today heard a loud crack sound and now dash is cracked in half. I do not see any recall info from Chrysler. I was told I would need to pay for a replacement dash. This car is garaged except when working during the day. Probably not a major problem...but could be a safety issue.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #25

Mar 022008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cracking dashboard and the cooling fan assembly has failed.

- Edgewater, FL, USA

problem #24

Apr 082008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER that I have had since it was new. It has always been garaged. A couple of months ago, I noticed the dashboard had two cracks running from each side of the center vent to the windshield. Now there is a large crack running from the center of that vent to the front of the dash. The dash in this car is just a cover, a piece of plastic. The crack is not like the cracks you used to get in a dash that was foam covered metal. These cracks are where the plastic has completely broken through. In a web search, I found where this is happening on a lot of these vehicles.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #23

Jan 102008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Dashboard cracked straight down the middle (North to South).

- Mendenhall, MS, USA

problem #22

Jun 302007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dashboard on my 2002 PT CRUISER has literally crack straight down the middle. I am sure this could be a safety issue if it gets any larger.

- Peachtree, GA, USA

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problem #21

Jun 042007

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,157 miles
My 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER received a crack on the dashboard. The crack slowly grew around the vent and started to collapse. I am concerned that the pieces will fall into the wiring under the dash. Carmax (where I bought the car) and chrylser would not pay for the repair because it is out of warranty. The car is only 5 1/2 years old. For my safety, I will have to pay for the repair myself.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #20

Jan 022007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

I own a 2002 P/T cruiser and the dash oard cracked right down the middle from the windshield to the top of the control console, about a foot long or 15 inches long crack. There was no vehicle accident causing this, or any other trauma to the dashboard. It simply cracked in the 5 years we owned the car.

- Miami Lakes, FL, USA

problem #19

May 132006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. I was aware Chrysler only offered a 3 year warranty on my car when purchased, so I opted and paid extra for an extended warranty to cover an additional 2 years. Basically last May 2006, I noticed a crack appeared on the top dashboard next to the windshield and the grill on the top dash also had a crack. I called the local Chrysler dealer and explained the situation and they said there was not a recall and there was nothing they could do to assist me. I explained I purchased an extended warranty and they then said that this was considered more of a cosmetic issue not anything that is covered under the extended warranty policy. We then called the main Chrysler headquarters office they claimed the same thing. So to this day I still have the crack on the top part of dashboard which now is cracked all the way across vertically (dash is split in half) because no one at Chrysler considered this a defect issue for some odd reason and lack the customer service all companies need to run a successful business. I vowed since then to never purchase another Chrysler.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #18

Nov 222006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact noticed a crack in the dashboard. As years went by, the crack grew larger. The vehicle has not been taken to the mechanic. The VIN, engine size, and # of cylinders were unknown. The current mileage is 35,000 and failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 08/07/07.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 012007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,100 miles
2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Cracked dash.

- Port Orange , FL, USA

problem #16

Mar 152007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The dashboard of the 2002 P.T. cruiser had cracked in two (2) places, and I felt that Chrysler should be responsible for this defect, as a new dashboard cost approximately $220 - please advise.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 102004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dashboard falling apart.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 152006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Dashboard cracking in 2002 PT CRUISER.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #13

Dec 012006

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2002 PT CRUISER, dashboard has cracks.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Aug 012006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Dashboard has cracked.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #11

Feb 052005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER has dash board that is severely cracked

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #10

May 052007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PT CRUISER dashboard is cracking and growing longer. When I took the car to be serviced at Chrysler and showed them the crack they said they have never seen or heard of this happening to any other cars then gave a quote for me to pay and fix it. However the local news has been investigating and this is a widespread problem with the PT CRUISER and a Dodge truck.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 122007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,500 miles
I noticed the crack in the dashboard. At the end of the evening the crack went from the vent on the dashboard to the windshield. Another crack opened about 3 inches to the left and continued cracking until it was completely cracked in half. Now, there was a third fissure starting. The pieces of the vent were falling inside of it.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 072006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Large crack in dashboard, from window to bottom of dashboard through air vent. Another crack was starting near passenger side.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 122007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dashboard started cracking last month on the PT CRUISER and appeared to be getting worse. I was concerned that this will make driving the car dangerous. Some of the cracked vent was already falling into the inside of the car. Here is a picture of the dashboard at www.pbase.com/rod_ostoski/image/78561344. according to the local tv news 6 problem solvers at orlando, Florida this was a wide spread issue. We felt this was a defect of the car that should be fixed by the manufacturer.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

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