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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,971 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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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 012009

PT Cruiser

  • 71,144 miles


2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER 71144 mile blew crankshaft oil seal, but needs engine replaced. This is defective product premature defect on all 2.4 engines a recurring problem.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 102009

PT Cruiser

  • 30,000 miles
The headgaskets on the engine are leaking. The car has approximately 30,000 miles on it. It is being repaired.

- Englewood, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 122006

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER engine caught fire. The vehicle was serviced two days before the fire occurred. A passerby extinguished the small fire.

- Oregon, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 252005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 681 miles


I purchased new,2005 PT CRUISER in el paso, tx. Returned car for service at 3 weeks with engine problems- missing, misfire. Dealer said nothing wrong & reset computer. Returned car following week- engine used 1/2 qt oil in one week. Could smell gas while driving car. Dealer said nothing wrong. I spoke with sales manager and tried to return car. They said no, this was normal. They said cars could use oil in first month of usage. They said this would never happen again. I was being transferred to dallas following week, they said no problem, if anything was wrong go to dealer in dallas. Sept- car used 1/2 qt oil again, gas/oil smell getting stronger while driving- effecting my asthma. Returned car to dealer for service- service said oil usage normal for up to one year. Service said that Chrysler would not do anything about issue until car was using 1 qt oil every 500 miles. Service did oil change. Service started oil usage report on car and said to bring car in every 500 miles for check. I drove car 500 miles and checked oil. Service has overfilled oil level and is 1/4 inch over the fill line. Returned to service and they refused to check oil and said that I needed appointment and would need to leave car again. Car to go to service for fourth time on Monday, Oct 10.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 162005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Car bought with 180 miles on it. At a stop, while in idle, the car shutters and shakes. Now the car has 1700 miles on it and it still shutters in idle. Engine seems to be consistantly misfiring.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 172005

PT Cruiser

  • miles
My son, who lives the orlando area, was slowly turning right at an intersection in his 2004 PT CRUISER when he sustained catastrophic damage to the vehicle without having an accident. According to the service advisor at the dealership, this is what happened. The air intake for the engine is located behind the right front wheel. He slowly went through a puddle of water only a couple of inches deep while having the wheel turned to the right. A few drops of water off of the wheel got into the air intake, causing the engine to immediately seize. $5000 repair job.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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