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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,020 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.

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 162009

PT Cruiser

  • miles


Wheels peel and corrode. Makes tires flat constantly. Tires will not keep air. Makes tires wear out often and they have to be replace.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 262007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Riding in car and smelled something bad (like hot brakes or burning rubber or plastic). Grandson cried out from his car seat that something burned him. Stopped car immediately and removed grandson, rear passenger side inside of door was extremely hot and had begun to pucker up (like melted plastic). Electric window now does not work. Took it to dealership 12-28-07 and they say because we do not have an extended warranty, we must pay in full, estimate is >500.00. Inside of door panel burned completely. Also should the car not have blown a fuse or something to keep this fire from spreading and continuing but no fuses blew. We are thankful that we are safe but we are very unhappy with PT CRUISER at this time. Also, I doubt the dealership will do anything about the horrible burn smell.

- Sandy Ridge, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 272005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has problems viewing the dashboard gauges on 2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER due to lack of bright lighting. The design of the instrument panel block out daylight which results in the driver straining to see the reading of the speedometer, tachometer, etc.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Almost hit another vehicle/ almost went through a traffic light. I have complained mutliple times about my brake. I have had my car in to the dealer 3 times for the brakes, and every time am told brakes are fine. They did adjust the brakes once but the brakes squeal & grind all the time. Was told it was just the new style brakes/ brake rotor is rusting badly and chipping away around the top but was told this is a normal event due to the elements. Also my dashboard is coming away from my window and this has not been corrected or looked at. My tires never seem to stay inflated and was told this is due to the weather even though I have never had this type of problem with any other vehicle I have owned. My car has power surges and they say they could not find anything wrong that this is normal. Belt noise/ squealing they say this is normal wear. I have owned this car since Nov 2004. I also have nicks in my windshield and they said they filled them, after having another glass company look at my windshield they said they windshield had not being filled with any type of filler, so no it was not repaired.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 182004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Sun light reflects off the glossy, silver painted airbag cover on the dashboard blinding the driver.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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