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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
67,529 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 022011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Premature water pump and timing chain failure 2002 PT CRUISER.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #6

May 012010

PT Cruiser

  • 66,000 miles
Every time I unplug my battery it takes some hours of driving before the fan comes back on and that causes overheating by the time the car's fan start working again. When it over heat it boils the coolant and I would have to put the heater on full blast in order to suppress the overheating. And the power steering hose is on part of the radiator that makes it melt when the coolant gets too hot.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252009

PT Cruiser

  • 123,000 miles
I was driving my 2002 PT CRUISER, I was stopped and noticed flames coming from under the hood. I got out and within a minute the car was fully engulfed. The car was completely destroyed. I have pictures of the car after the damage.

- Stafford, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 012008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 102,700 miles


Can was due for inspection the check engine light was on the car failed for emissions but the code that was given was for a power steering sector shortly after that on my way to work the car just stopped running as I was driving down the road I pulled over try a few times to start it but it would not start had the car towed to a garage I told that it was the timing belt which I had replaced 2 weeks later drove car for about 30 or 35 mins when I shut the car off I heard the water in the engine boiling there was not warning lights or anything to show that the car was over heated I had to have the car towed again and have not been able to drive it and will not drive it until I cae see about having it repaired again this it getting to be very expensive and is costing me time at work because im a one car owner living in a rural area with not many transportation options.

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 162006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles
PT CRUISER overheating at idle. No repairs help.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

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problem #2

Sep 052007

PT Cruiser

  • miles
My car overheats just when going slow changed radiator cap thermostat cleaned radiator still overheats.

- Tonopah, AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 152006

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
- the contact has a 2002 PT CRUISER. The contact's PT CRUISER stalled while driving 45 miles an hour. There were no indicator or service lights. The contact checked the vehicle for leaks and the hoses for damage. She did not smell any fluids and no visible damage was apparent. The dealer informed the contact today that the fuel pump is in the transmission and it was damaged. The mileage at the time of the incident is 40,000. The contact is not the original owner of the vehicle.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

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