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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,164 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Sep 262014

PT Cruiser

  • 120,000 miles


Fog lights came on by themselves while parked with no key in ignition (while at work). Common issue found all over the internet. Cause is a defective multi-function switch. Smelled a burning smell. Repair shop was unable to find any problems through diagnostics which was before the car had been seen during the day with it's running lights on. That drained the battery and required a jump start. Happened several times. Due to overwhelming number of complaints listed throughout the internet for this same issue we feel a recall should be issued as this is a fire hazard. The 15 amp fuse (number 8 on interior fuse panel) never blew but was discolored from heat.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #43

Jan 152014

PT Cruiser

  • 8,900 miles
I got the in January 2014 and I only had it for two weeks and shad to go in the shop and I told them that I was diagnosis with lung cancer and I have to get back and forward to my treatments and I need a reliable car and while I was driving it the tire rod went the first time then the other side of the tire rod went now it's the electricity system is acting it and since I had this car it been in the shop every month and it don't make sens that I have to pay a car note and pay to fits it too I have miss a lots of treatments will all please help me because I hear everybody talk about helping cancer survivors but only thing that I see is I am been hurt first it's my car now the city is trying to take my house that my mother left me please help me also you can contact me at (414) 510-3687.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #42

Jun 202013

PT Cruiser

  • 91,954 miles
Heated seats come on by them selfs and overheat can not turn them off unless you turn off car it gets so hot it can burn you.

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #41

May 292014

PT Cruiser

  • 98,000 miles


Fog lights won't turn off, stayed on long enough to run down battery. Not good for single elderly woman volunteer stuck in a parking lot across town. Understand the problem has been reported in many, many vehicles for at least 10 years. Did I miss a recall" I'm the original owner. Where in the world will I find a multifunction switch and someone to install it? will the company cover the cost? are they on a fixed income"

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #40

Mar 262014

PT Cruiser

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the battery continuously lost power without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 170,000 and the current mileage was 170,583.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #39

Mar 032014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 128,500 miles
My wife's car has had issues since we got the car. I have had the battery replaced and it is still not holding a charge. I found that while jump starting the car, you get sparks as you attach the cables. This is evidence of a short somewhere in the vehicle. The issues that I have found are nonfunctional interior lights, mirror controls, door locks, and radio. I have found recall information on vehicles with this same year, make, and model. Upon calling daimler Chrysler I was informed that this vehicle was not involved in this recall. I MA having the same issues as vehicles in this recall.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #38

Mar 032010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


The ignition key does not stay in when the engine is running. The mechanic who worked on the car in October said he has replaced several ignition switches in this model car. Could it have been manufactured by the same company as those involved in the GM recall? this problem has existed for several years.

- Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #37

Jul 172013

PT Cruiser

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, the turn signal controls caught on fire. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #36

Jun 032011

PT Cruiser

  • 42,000 miles
The electronic door locks on my 2002 PT CRUISER limited started operating by themselves two years ago. I have had this car since it was new and had the multifunction turn signal switch replaced about 3 years ago. The door lock problem sometimes occurs when you are driving the car at low speed but it will also occur when the car is setting in the garage with the key out of the ignition. The doors will lock and unlock several times on their own while driving or without anyone being in the car or touching the remote keyless entry system. This can present problems if the car is locked and in a public parking lot. The care sometimes will unlock on its own. You can also be locked out of the car if you don't take your keys with you when exiting the car. This seems to happen more during hot summer weather than during cooler winter months. I have also noted that the external temperature gauge and compass mounted above the front window will also go out during hot weather. When the car cools down with the air conditioner on, the external temperature gauge will start operating again. I have taken the car to the dealer three times to be fixed. The first time they charged to diagnose the problem and said nothing was wrong, the second time they said the battery cable was corroded and need replaced at $300 and it needed a new battery. After this work, I drove it around the block and the door locks started going wild again. So I went back to the service manager and he said they would have to have the car for several days and they would get the district service manager on the phone to see if he might be able to help them. At that point we went into winter and it was ok. It is doing it again this spring so I will try again.

- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

problem #35

Aug 102012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl Diesel

  • 112,000 miles
The problem I am having started about 2 months ago, my battery was suddenly drained and I had no idea why. I had to buy a new battery for about $125. When my fog light indicator began to flicker on and off on its own. I'd just press the end of turn signal arm inward towards the steering column and the indicator light went off. Gradually, the pressing process did not work anymore and I discovered that shutting off the car with the left hand turn signal pressed down, at least temporarily solved the problem (so I could do some research on its solution). Not knowing what to do, I brought it into the dealer and for $65 they diagnosed it at a need to replace the multifunction switch which they said required the pulling of steering wheel and over $600 more to fix. I opted out on that, since car has 112,000 miles on it. Then, with a week of very hot 90 degree temperatures, , I found that brand new battery totally drained and began reading the internet posts of the possibility of pulling the fuse. Of course being a usa car, the manual didn't identify the fuse for the fog lamps in the "under the hood" fuse box. It seems that the heat allows the fog lamps to still turn on when the left hand signal arm is pressed downwards. Going further, I found that fuse #8 in the interior dashboard fuse box could be pulled and should solve the problem without further repair. I find it very interesting that Chrysler does not even show you a sketch of the interior fuse box in their owners manual.this approach does mean that the manufacturer of the vehicle is not allowing the buyer (me) to fully enjoy all the features of the vehicle! seems to me that Chrysler corporation has not recalled the defective cars on purpose and needs to have a debacle like Toyota had before they will do the right thing and fix a bad design..

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #34

Feb 072012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 185,000 miles


I unlocked my car doors with remote, and drove to the store, it was dark out so I had my head lights on. When I came out of the store and tried to unlock my car, it would not work. So I manually unlocked the doors with my key. It was very cold weather at that time and my heater would not work as well then I turned on my car to go home, and my lights would not come on. And so I was towed home. The next day I took it in to a Chrysler repair shop and they did a quick check on it and said that it might be the electrical and they would have to go through the entire electrical to find the problem. They checked everything out without tearing the entire car apart and said that they could not find a problem with it. There went $100 of my money to find out that they could not find the problem. I don't know what else to do to get the car repaired with out having to spend $1,000 plus.... which is a quote by the Chrysler repair. I have not been able to drive my car at night, due to no lights and now that we have hot 90 to 101 degree weather, I can not drive my car during this period of time due to not being able to use the air conditioner or to roll my windows down. I have spent over $3,000 in repairs for my car and I have only had it for just two years. There is one thing after another with my car, the problems are having to replace parts and sometimes having to replace those same parts a year later when they have just ran out of the warranties. I have service records for all of these problems and it is almost 2 inches thick. I am on disability and it took me over a year to save the enough money to buy this car and I have no more money to fix it again... and I have to take it through deq here in Oregon and it will not pass their test due to exhaustion problems with the emissions leaking as well.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #33

May 162011

PT Cruiser

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact was driving 25 mph when the interior instrument panel lights failed. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection or repair. The referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 01V288000 (electrical system:wiring:interior/under dash) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Saint Stephens, SC, USA

problem #32

Oct 162011

PT Cruiser

  • 90,000 miles
10-18-2011 I just bought my car last month (09-26-2011) and my control arms and bushing have already went bad. Now 2 nights ago (10-16-2011) my headlights stopped working. I took it into the dealership to have everything checked and was told that the wiring under the dash is messed up. I see that there are a lot of recalls for that happening to the 2002 PT CRUISER and now the dealer I bought the car from will not fix it (even though I'm still within my 30 day warranty) I do not understand why I should have to come out of pocket to fix this problem. Also, the dealer I bought it from would not give me a carfax on the vehicle. Also, sold me the car with a recall already on it that was issued way back in 2004. (power steering pressure hose) that I was told could cause a fire under the hood.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #31

Feb 062011

PT Cruiser

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The interior wiring on the instrument panel failed; therefore, the warning lights overheated and became inoperable. The dealer stated there NHTSA recall campaign number: 01V288000, electrical system: Wiring: Interior/under dash was related to the failure; yet, his VIN was not included. The manufacturer also stated his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Rhododendron, OR, USA

problem #30

Jun 152011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 28,550 miles
Parked 2002 PT CRUISER in shopping center. Upon return vehicle was completely dead. Pushed to adjacent Goodyear dealer (remained 3 days) said it needed a new battery, starter & #11 fuse. All replaced and when backing out of Goodyear, vehicle died & #11 fuse again blew. Owner had old starter examined elsewhere and found it to be in perfect working order. Goodyear replaced old starter plus repaired battery ground cable. Drove 45 miles to doctor and vehicle died when stopping in lot. Tarzana Goodyear came, replaced #11 fuse and drove to their garage. Unable to detect any problem. Owner drove vehicle home with no problem. Wife drove vehicle to dentist & when pulling out of lot and in with flow of traffic, vehicle died. #11 fuse replaced and drove home. Later took vehicle to crown Chrysler in ventura, ca & signed contract for $100 bench fee for them to locate problem. Vehicle remained there "sixteen days" until crown refused to check any further until owner would sign contract to pay $500 for further diagnosis. Crown said that it might need $700 power train control module. Crown advised that once installed, if that was not the problem, they would not remove it & owner would incur $700 plus installation charge. Vehicle was then brought to owner's residence where it remains garaged. Please assist in this matter.......................thank you.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 092011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 153,349 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the instrument cluster does not eliminate like other cars cluster supposed to eluminate. It, when the contact turns on the headlights the instrument cluster lights turn on but really U can hardly see the speedometer or the gauges which is dangerous. On 6/09/11 while driving home the instrument cluster lights when out I could see anything, my headlights and backlights stop working and also my power door locks are not working either all this happen on my way home around 7:30pm and I had to slow down to make it safe home..when I got home my power locks were not working when I went to lock the vehicle.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #28

Jun 092011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 153,349 miles
Today 06/09/11. Driving home around 7:30 pm my cluster went out couldn't see the speed or RPM or any other gauges, and my headlights and backlights stop working together with my power doorlocks. I had to slow down or stop and take my time going home.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #27

Mar 172011

PT Cruiser

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated the vehicle keyless entry system, fog light indicator, and the interior light failed. The contact did not disable the fog light switch in order to keep them from illuminating, and if the fog light was disabled it would cause the instrumental panel to fail. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Perrysburg , OH, USA

problem #26

Aug 132010

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that when the check engine light came on, the vehicle began to malfunction. The vehicle was also burning oil and leaking fuel excessively. The speedometer displayed that the speed was 70 mph while the vehicle was in the park position. When the contact tried to shift gears from reverse into the park position, she had to put the vehicle in drive and then reverse. The dealer stated that the input/output speed sensor, third gear ratio and the fuel pump mounting flange on the vehicle malfunctioned. The dealer also stated that NHTSA recall campaign number 02V215000, fuel system and recall campaign number 01V288000 for the electrical system; did not apply to her VIN. The failure mileage was 85000 and the current mileage was 98100.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #25

Jan 012003

PT Cruiser

  • 1,000 miles
2002 PT CRUISER sport model. Car would not start, when sitting far a few days, had been driving car all day and turned car off to do an errand and car would not start. Car has left me stranded where I had to have it towed several times. Bought car new and have had this problem for 7 years. Kept bringing back to the dealer and couldn't find any problems every time. Finally found a dealer service manager that knew the problem. Insufficient quality parts were being used when Chrysler was about to go bankrupt. The battery wires from the battery to the alternator were not supplying enough voltage to maintain enough to recharge the battery. Upgraded the wires to a higher voltage and have not had the problem for about 10 months. It took 7 years to find the problem which caused problems of me using the car. Chrysler used low grade parts through out the car and people are getting rid of them and then someone else buys it and it continues. I will never buy a Chrysler made car again, very unsatisfied customer considering how much I paid for it. Was way over priced at the time I bought it. I could buy a much better car and higher end model for what I paid for my car.

- Scott, LA, USA

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