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5.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,700 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 022016

PT Cruiser

  • 83,500 miles

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

Engine starts and runs, but as soon as I put it into any gear but park, the car immediately dies. It will restart, but again dies when placed in a gear. The check engine light came on so I had my mechanic look at it. He checked for codes and this is the code that came up (P0601). It has 83500 miles. He says it need a new computer. This initially started backing into traffic, the car just quit. I started it back up and went to put it in drive and it again quit. This happens over and over, until someone pushed me out of the street. Car is now parked until it is repaired.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Dec 012004

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle stopped accelerating. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the transmission was replaced. The failure recurred approximately seven years later. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was advised to replace the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 222002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Have a 2002 PT CRUISER with excessive oil burn. Replacement of 1 qt. Oil every 750 miles. Bought car new in 02. Have had this problem since inception. Addressed problem to dealer in salem, or. They contended it was normal. I have 58K on engine now and problems still current.

- Moses Lake,, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032005

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Crack in windshield down underneath the rubber the crack grew and grew. The gear shift broke, and the rear passenger tire went flat.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

May 102002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Speedometer is in a cavern & when going toward the sun it is almost impossible to the speed

- Cheyenne, WA, USA

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