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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace torque converter, transmission pump (2 reports)
  2. replaced transmission (1 reports)
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 222010

PT Cruiser Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,500 miles


Chrysler, it is a shame that your transmission fails with 60000+ on a vehicle. That is a poor design of your transmission. What happened to the days of durable American products. Chrysler, you ought to reimburse ever person that has had to replace their transmission.

- , Abilene, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 092009

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles

While driving down the freeway the car just cut off. I managed to pull over to the side of the road, then the car wouldn't start, so I called a towing service and the car was diagnosed at three shops. They all said it was the transmission; no warning lights came on the dashboard at all, just driving as normal.

- , Richmond, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 192006

PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Torque converter failed at 52,000 miles, taking the transmission pump with it. Chrysler Customer Care denied assistance.

- , West Bloomfield, MI, USA

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