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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,884 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 092006

PT Cruiser

  • 21,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the left and right front tires caught fire due to intense heat in the wheels. The brake caliper also locked which caused the left wheel to lock and melt the brakes. The dealer stated that they corrected the failure in April of 2006. A different dealer confirmed that the brake line was never replaced or repaired which is why the failure has occurred. The failure mileage was 21,000 and the current mileage was 37,800.

- Livingston Manor, NY, USA

problem #9

Nov 102007

PT Cruiser

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving less than 50 mph, the contact heard noises coming from the vehicle. The dealer stated that the struts needed to be replaced and the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The repair would cost $539. The brakes and rotors were also replaced. The system would not accept the VIN provided by the contact. The failure mileage was 28,000 and current mileage was 49,000. Updated 8/10/09 updated 08/13/09.

- Alpena, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 232003

PT Cruiser

  • 3,001 miles
The contact stated the driver's side and passenger's side air bags deployed while driving down the highway. There was no prior warning. Also, the right front brake had a loud popping and squealing noise, this caused the steering wheel to vibrate. The right front brake overheated, it turned the rim red hot. He could smell the brake dust from the right front brake. He contacted the dealer, they have repeatedly replaced the brakes, brake pads, disc caliper, and rotors. He was still having the same problem with the vehicle. Updated 12/7/2005. The battery had to be replaced at 14972 miles.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 132005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,996 miles

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

I was driving to my next client on icy pavement at 35 degrees below zero. I applied the brakes, but had a hard pedal, no ABS braking, nothing. Crashed into pick-up truck in front of me who was able to stop at light. His truck was 1996 and did not have ABS. Is there a problem with brake fluid at this extreme temperature?

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #6

Jun 222004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The consumer stated that since the vehicle was purchased, the brakes were defective and performed poorly when applied. The consumer suspects that the dealership did not work on the brakes at all. There was a screeching noise and the brakes would sometimes go almost to the bottom of the floor. The driver's seat belt did not always lock, the brakes would rub and hesitate to stop, the A/C did not get cold on high settings, the entire dashboard electronic system was off, the fuel, mph and the RPM lights had come on, at the inside top of all four doors, the lining was buldging in and out, the driver's side seat belt needed several attempts before locking, the right signal had to be manually stopped, and the left signal light did not hold. There was also an issue with the odometer reading. (the consumer felt that it did not display the proper mileage)

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #5

Jul 052002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have excessive rear brake noise. It sounds almost like there is grinding metal to metal. This noise happens more in the cold weather but still happens all year around. I have taken it in to the shop numbers of times and every time I'm told that there is no problem with the breaks and that "some" noise is normal.

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 022003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles

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

The front brakes started squeaking as I come to a stop. The vehicle only had 14,500 miles.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The consumer stated the vehicle's brakes failed at 24000 miles. The dealer was notified. The dealer did not cover the total cost.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,348 miles
Premature, unexplained wear, requiring replacement of front discs and calipers, brakes.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 272002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Consumer states, that the ABS system on the vehicle is not working properly, that when applying the brakes, will squealing and moaning. Dealer has been notified.

- Opa Locka, FL, USA

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