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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,914 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.

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension problems

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2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #8

May 142010

PT Cruiser

  • 28,000 miles


Have replaced control arm bushings three times, starting at 28,000. Car has 74,000 now. I have the extended warranty because of this well known problem. Breaks have to be changed every year. I have also experienced a broken axle. I have owned many cars and never broke an axle!! this car is too heavy for it's mediocre and unsafe suspension.

- Evans City, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 202010

PT Cruiser

  • 72,000 miles
My 2004 PT CRUISER needs the front hub assembly replaced again after approximately 40,000 miles. The bearings are shot and you have to buy a whole assembly rather than an individual bearing. I've spoken to numerous owners and they too have this problem is there a chance of a recall??

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #6

Oct 192009

PT Cruiser

  • miles
04' PT CRUISER - bought new and I am now having the front bearing and hubs replaced for the 4th time. Less than 38,000 miles on the car. Bought new tires yesterday to then be told that the bearing S are bad. Rather ticked off as this is causing me to take time from work and to arrange a ride to pick up the car once repaired.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #5

Sep 192009

PT Cruiser

  • miles


2004 Chrysler PT CRUISER - this is the 3rd repair to control arms in 5 years. I learned of the latest issue through a state car inspection. The control arms collapsed and now the mechanism is using the car frame for support.

- South Boston, MA, USA

problem #4

May 242009

PT Cruiser

  • 65,269 miles
Have had to replace rt frt wheel bearing 3 times, starting @ approx 35K miles & now only 65K miles. Wheel bearings should last much longer. It has only been 3 mo & 10K since last time replaced.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #3

Jul 072008

PT Cruiser

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle only had 40K miles and both front wheel bearings are bad. These vehicles are notorious for front wheel bearing failure. This could result in diminished or no steering control. Safety or defect recall should be considered by Chrysler.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

May 062007

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,437 miles
Starting in the fall of 2006 when making a left turn it made a grinding, squealing noise. It was very loud. Thought it needed brakes, and had it checked. They were fine. Then, it felt like the tire was bad on the passenger's front. Took the car to dealer in mid March 2007 to have the tire checked and it was a loose axle instead. That stopped the squealing for the time being. Just recently we thought the rotors needed turned because the vibrations and noises had started again. On 5-06-07 my son was killed when he went off the right side of the road and supposedly overcorrected and rolled several times. After further investigation into the crash it was discovered that half of the front passenger rotor broke off with a bubble defect in the metal. There appeared to be an old crack across the rotor along with the brake that severed it. Not sure what was going on, but there' was obviously a problem with the front ends and if it saved a life it was worth checking into.

- Nowata, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 052006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,604 miles
My 2004 PT CRUISER not steering correctly and front end noises not normal. Dealer on second test replaced both front hubs and bearings because of worn out bearing seats mileage 15,468.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

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