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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,535 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 drivetrain problems

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 242014

PT Cruiser

  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the clutch did not disengage when the clutch pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V076000 (power train). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 112014

PT Cruiser

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while attempting to start the vehicle, it independently accelerated. The contact took the key out of the ignition and then attempted to restart the vehicle however, the vehicle failed to shift out into any gear. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic for diagnosis, who stated that the dual mass fly wheel would need replacing. The dealer and manufacturer werealerted of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 142010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Car is manual trans, my wife drives it and has complained for quite a while of car jumping I told her it was her, the car never did it for me during test drives. In January switched cars with her it took 2 weeks for it to happen. Coming to a stop clutch would not disengage. Has also tried to engage on its own at lights. Went to dealer they said no recalls are open on car and recall for same problem was already done so you are on your own. Seems like newer of the same part was installed. Car is off the road and I have said my sorries to my wife. Please advise. Thank you.

- Branford, CT, USA

problem #3

Nov 272009

PT Cruiser

  • 55,000 miles


I saw a story on abc news concerning deceleration on BMW vehicles and I had a similar experience in a Chrysler PT CRUISER. I was traveling at interstate speed and experienced a sudden deceleration of my vehicle. If someone was behind me I would have been hit. I had the vehicle towed to a Chrysler dealership and was told it was a sensor in the transmission.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 202008

PT Cruiser

  • 32,208 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact heard a loud humming noise coming from her vehicle. She took the vehicle to a dealer and they stated that the power steering pump failed. Power steering fluid leaked out and caused the air conditioner to fail. The unit was replaced at the cost of $1,583. The technician stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V268000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections); therefore, they would not assume financial responsibility for the repair. Several weeks after the repair, the air conditioning unit failed again. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer on numerous occasions, in which she had to replace the water pump, the throttle body, the radiator, and various components in the powertrain and steering unit. The repairs cost $4,000. Typically, the failures immediately recur after the repairs are made. The manufacturer gave her a small reimbursement of $878. The failure mileage was 32,208 and current mileage was 66,500.

- Coopersville, PA, USA

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problem #1

Dec 132007

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • 45,000 miles
2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER with defected control arm bushings. Consumer stated that the bushings are wearing prematurely. The consumer stated he has had problems with the transmission, steering column, front bearing and water pump.

- Canada, DC, USA

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