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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,356 miles

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


Contact stated the air bag warning light came on intermittently. Also, it made noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealership on numerous occasions. They were unable to duplicate the problem. The air bag module was replaced. Updated 01/11/06.

- Philidelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 212005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,712 miles
My 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER, GT model, has had problems since I have had it. First, the engine light came on and they replaced a hose, then it came on again, and they said they didn't know what was wrong with, and they would have to wait until it went completely out. It did, at 28,000 miles, it was the turbo charger. Secondly, the airbag malfunctioned, they had to replace the seat, took three times to get the right seat. Third, now, I would put the car in drive or reverse, and it just sit there, then jerks into gear. Sometimes if you give it gas it would just rev up. They said it was the pump in the transmission, they took 4 plus days to replace it. When I picked it up I heard a noise and smell something burning. When I took it out there they didn't hear or smell anything so I was sent on my way. Then it started doing the same thing it did when you put it in reverse or drive. I took it in, he said it needed a battery. I put a diehard battery in it, but sears said that was not the problem. Then the check the engine light came on, they said it was the evac pump. They fixed that. They claimed that was not covered under the warranty I had when I brought it in two weeks before. Now, I hear a grinding when I start the car up, someone said it sounds like the flywheel and they didn't assemble the transmission correctly, and that was probably where the burning smell was coming from. I am taking it in to the shop today for this.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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