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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,631 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 232006

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,689 miles

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

I had a very alarming incident on January 23, 2006. After filling the fuel tank and traveling approximately 20 miles I smelled a strong gasoline odor. I stopped the vehicle and looked to be sure the fuel cap was in place. It was so I attempted to re-start the engine. After several attempts the engine started but ran quite roughly. I again stopped the engine to check the source of the gasoline odor. When I looked at the rear of the vehicle gasoline was running over the edge of the fuel tank shield. I decided that the vehicle should not be started again because of the risk of fire or explosion. I had to have the vehicle towed to the dealers service center. I was told the fuel line was broken. I asked that the fuel line be saved for me. I have it and it is broken on the end.

- Swansea, SC, USA

problem #6

Dec 152005

PT Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
My 2002 PT CRUISER has been maintained properly, including oil changes, for the entire time that I have owned it. In spite of this, it has developed engine problems that appear to be related to the forming of sludge in the engine. The oil consumption on the car has been approximately a quart per 1000 miles ever since the 36000 mile service. I feel that there is some inherent design problem that has led to the premature wearing out of the engine and the loss of power in this automobile. I think that this is unacceptable, regardless of the mileage, in the space of 4 years time.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 302002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,730 miles
On sep30, 2002 and Jan 31,2003, the bottom motor mount broke on our 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. On Oct 9, 2003, the bottom and upper motor mounts failed causing major damage to the engine compartment.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 012001

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, vehicle was stuck on rail road tracks, when consumer was able to move vehicle from tracks, there was undercarriage damage and right front tire damage, vehicle shut off and both air bags deployed, consumer sustained severe damage to face and chest and was knocked unconscious and is receiving physical therapy, prior to purchase of vehicle, consumer informed dealer that plastic from the airbag was partially sticking out of the steering wheel, but dealer assured consumer this was ok, consumer is also concerned there may be a recall on vehicle.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 012001

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle was stuck on rail road tracks, when consumer was able to move vehicle from tracks, there was undercarriage damage and right front tire damage, vehicle shut off and both air bags deployed, consumer sustained severe damage to face and chest and was knocked unconscious and is receiving physical therapy, prior to purchase of vehicle, consumer informed dealer that plastic from the airbag was partially sticking out of the steering wheel, but dealer assured consumer this was ok, consumer is also concerned there may be a recall on vehicle.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 022001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
On three occasions while traveling at highway speed of 55 to 80 mph a bell alarm would go off, and within 5 minutes or less vehicle would shutdown. Vehicle been towed to dealer shop and repairs were made. But the, problem was still occurring. Feel free to provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 102001

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 60 mph ABS brake and traction control system lights came on, and then vehicle stalled. Vehicle has not been taken to dealer.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

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