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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,698 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser fuel system problems

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 232006

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,689 miles


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 #5

Sep 152004

PT Cruiser

  • 46,000 miles
While driving consumer smelled gas fumes. Consumer pulled over, and saw fuel leaking from the vehicle. Had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 122004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
2002 PT CRUISER fire.

- Turnersville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 022004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles


While driving in reverse at approximately 3 mph, the driver was warned by pedestrians that the vehicle was on fire. The driver exited the vehicle and a strong smell of gasoline could be detected. The driver opened the hood and there was a rush of flames, which died down after a second. The fire appeared to originate at the low center of the fire wall at the fuel line, which is located near the catalytic converter. Orlando fire department report stated the fire was due to a fuel leak.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 202004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,500 miles
When first cranking ca rit will rev itself up, the speedometer goes to 120mph rpms tachs out, and then drops below 1/2 RPM, sputters and backfire soff. Had in Chrysler dealership 3 times for this and unable to find a problem. Told me that a sensor could be going bad. Now while my mother was driving out of neighborhood the car went dead as does with me at times at stop sign and refused to crank again. Called roadside had it for a charge of $75 and was told I had bad gas and wanted another $510 to fix. Was told not covered under reg. Warranty or the $1300 extended bumper to bumper we purchased.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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problem #1

May 202002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
I have owned my 2002 PT CRUISER since may of 2002. Since the beginning, I have had trouble fueling up the tank. After about 3-5 gallons of gasoline has filled the tank, the hose shuts off. Begin again and it shuts off. This happens an average of 8-10 times during the fueling. The dealership tells me that it's because the opening to the tank has been made smaller to avoid splashbacks outside of the car. It is a royal pain everytime I gas up. Is there no solution?

- Wynantskill, NY, USA

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