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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,672 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

May 102005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


Brakes failed. Was stopping at stop light and the brake pedal went to floor, car did not stop. There was a crash. Vehicle hit a SUV. There were injuries. The car is not drivable due to the brakes and crash. No inquires about recalls, but would like to search for recalls after complaint.

- San Pedro , CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 252005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,870 miles
While on cruise control and going up hill I have to step on the brakes and they would not release. I had to step on the brake pedal several times with increasing force until the cruise control disengauged. I have done thistime on my drive home from work and it requires much more force going uphill then on level ground. The first time this happened there was almost an accident but I had the additional time to step on the brakes several time to get the cruise control to turn-off.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 202004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,819 miles
Reported on 11/18/2003 to service advisor 15 timothy M coy sr of nick abraham Chrysler that parking brake will not hold vehicle from moving. They adjusted brake.ife parked subject vehicle on 4 grade parking lot or slight grade. She set parking brake and left car parked, she returned to find that the vehicle had rolled 100 ft. Down the hill and was sitting against parking lot guard rail. Car was locked and parking brake lever was in same position as she had left it. After looking at car's damage I tried parking brake and I found that it would not hold as well, in same lever position

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 162004

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving a noise was heard coming from the rear. Vehicle was taken to the dealership, and mechanic determined that rear brake was leaking. Mechanic replaced new cylinder and cleaned the surface of the brake pads. One month later, consumer experienced the same problem.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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