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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,873 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 #10

Nov 122014

PT Cruiser

  • 130,000 miles


I purchased 4 new douglas extra-trak II tires at walmart and within only a few months was having major "alignment" type issues. I thought maybe the tires needed to be balanced and rotated and have the pressure checked. Walmart tech had one of my tires that was a few lbs low and it blew out after he put it back up to appropriate levels. Blow out was out the side and not visible from the outside of the tire. Other side bulges were found on the other tires. Since the tires had been driven, walmart only gave me a "discount" on replacing the one that blew out - the others were my problem according to them. These tires are obviously defective and not safe.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #9

Dec 292008

PT Cruiser

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The vehicle has cooper tires, size AT205/55/R16 (na). While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle vibrated moderately and the front driver's side tire blew out. The vehicle was towed to a local rest stop and the tire was replaced. The manufacturer stated that the dot number was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 08T029000 (tires:tread/belt). The cause of the failure has not yet been determined. The failure and current mileages were 20,000.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 202007

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Was driving along and the transmission went out at about $35,598 miles. The brakes make a god awful noise I have had them checked they say nothing is wrong but I don't believe them the brain box went out the same time as the tranmission. The dashboard on top has cracked for no reason the car is garage kept it pulls to the right for no reason they say and it has started making rattling noises from the passenger side the trunk lid shocks are given out and the car just turned to $40,000 miles I think they make them to break at a certain tine and no one will do anything about theses problems I think my next car might be a Toyota at least they don't fall apart so easy because I baby this car like its the only one I will ever own if Chrysler wanted to do the right thing they would take this lemon back and give me a new one free of charge and I would do the Chrysler adversement all over it for them as long as it looks good. Because I have no money for another new automobile have a family to take care of and im not allowed to work anymore this would be a great thin tanks for listening.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #7

May 032006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Filling tires with air every other day. Tire service dealer said he has seen several other PT CRUISER with same problem. What can be done. I have bought 2 1/2 sets of new tires since 5/2/06.

- Saylorsburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 102007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,429 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. He noticed the left front tire pressure was low due to a split in the middle of the tire. The current and failure mileages were 8,429.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

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problem #5

Nov 032006

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Goodyear tire model P205/50R17 Eagle rsa. Tire kept going flat and when examined there was a circular crack around the tread, almost like a retread would separate, car would not pass inspection until tires replaced. Tires came with car as an option.

- Falconer, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 222006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,299 miles


: the contact stated while driving the vehicle there is a chemical smell which gave contact headaches and an occasional sore throat. The dealership inspected the vehicle and determined there was not a defect in the vehicle. The front end of the vehicle was out of alignment. There was excessive wind noise when the windows were rolled up. The speakers made a loud noise. The rear seat backing was replaced. Updated 07/25/06.

- Desert Shores, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Mar 262003

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • 8,000 miles
Tire vibration before and after multiple repairs.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 162003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving at any speed and without warning all four tires are worn and it is causing the vehicle to vibrate and it will be hard for the consumer to control vehicle. Dealer notified. Please provide the size and the dot number.

- Independence, MO, USA

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