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2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,870 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 052016

PT Cruiser

  • 95,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Repeated wheel failures causing tire seals to leak air. Multiple tire replacements (5), multiple seal failures resulting in air replacement. I am forced to check my tire pressure every time I use my vehicle since I cannot trust that the seals have held or failed at any given time. Every auto repair and tire specialist I have spoken with is well aware of this issue. So far I have spoken to 3 different auto repair specialists and 4 tire specialists. The "when did this happen" option below only affords me 1 entry, but, this has been happening since I purchased the vehicle in 2013.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #4

Jun 012009

PT Cruiser

  • 33,000 miles
2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER factory chrome rims 17" corroding and flake off causing the air pressure to drop overnight. Causing an unsafe condition resulting in lose of control and unusual tire wear.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 292009

PT Cruiser

  • 153,000 miles
Oem 17" chrome wheels on 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER GT corrode, flake off, and tires lose pressure overnight. Low tire pressure can cause the vehicle to go out of control or skid. The consumer is forced to check tire pressure twice a day. Forgetting to do this, even once, can lead to an unsafe driving condition.

- Brevard , NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 012004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The wheels are cast aluminum with a metal chrome plate put on it, allowing air leakage around the rims. There was corrosion between the wheels and axle. A mechanic told the consumer that he had seen other similar vehicles with the same problem. There was a high chance that the wheel and axle will separate. The problem first started on December of 2004. There have been no accidents as of yet. Updated 12/07/05.

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 102004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER with chrome plated wheels. I had a flat tire and brought the vehicle to a tire store for repair. They said there was nothing wrong with the tire but the wheels were corroded to the point that the air leaked out around the valve stem. I took the vehicle to the local Chrysler dealer and they ordered new wheels and said they would be replaced under warranty. When the wheels came in they called me and I setup an appointment to have them installed. I took the car there and they said they would call me when it was done. They called three hours later and said they could not replace the wheels under warranty because Chrysler recently changed their policy. They said the corrosion was due to enviornmental reasons due to the area I live. Southwestern New York. The car has only been through one winter and part of another. These wheels were standard equipment on the model I purchased. I feel this is a tremendous safety hazzard as you can not tell the air has leaked out unless you look at the tire. It has been down to five lbs. Of air and you can't tell while driving down the road. I would think the tire could come off the wheel and cause loss of control and serious injury.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

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