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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,812 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 052011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,100 miles


2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER, manual trans, naturally aspirated - Arizona stop light, dash indicator, engine overheated, ac high pressure relief valve releases R134A refrigerant. Ac shop says defective PCM, ac system failure. Shop says only Chrysler dealership have PCM fix.

- Sun City West, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 262010

PT Cruiser

  • 134,335 miles
I own a 2005 PT CRUISER; I have 134,000 miles on the car, and keep it serviced regularly. I have had numerous issues with safety factors concerning this vehicle since October 2009. December 2009 my timing belt went out on interstate. I lost control of the vehicle as the vehicle was traveling 70 mph. I had it repaired by a certified mechanic, which included a new water pump. I continued to have overheating issues, and continued to have diagnostics and nothing could be identified as the problem. February 2010: I had to have valves seals repaired due to them leaking oil onto the engine which was a potential fire hazard. This was done by a certified mechanic. April 2010: I continued to have overheating issues. I was also now having electrical issues where my taillights were continuously blowing the bulbs completely out, to where the bulbs would be broken and I would have no lights at all on the back of my vehicle, there were times this would occur at night which was a serious safety issue. May 2010: I brought my vehicle back to Chrysler dealer; again nothing could be resolved. June 2010: Brought the car back for diagnostics. The dealer kept the vehicle all day. The dealer concluded that the cooler sensor and sensor plug needed replaced, and tail light receptors were changed out. June 2010: Alternator went out and it was replaced, and also installed a new battery. When traveling I set my cruise control on 55. The cruise control took over my acceleration and in no my vehicle accelerated to 115+ mph, I could not turn off the cruise control, the brakes failed to work, the key would not turn off. I finally pulled the E-brake to slow the car, and had to put the car into neutral, then into park. It was not until I managed to get the car into park that the vehicle stopped accelerating by itself. I turned off the vehicle. I feel these issues need to be addressed. These safety issues are of a serious nature. Your time in looking into this.

- Rogersville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 232008

PT Cruiser

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle's temperature gauge dial would rise above the halfway mark. The fan had to be activated in order for the dial to return to its normal position. The dealer stated that the fan and thermostat failed and needed to be replaced. There was no recall regarding this failure. The current mileage was 69,029 and failure mileage was 64,000.

- Tacoma , WA, USA

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