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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,935 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 292012

PT Cruiser

  • 50,000 miles


The front wheel bearings are shot and dangerous. Several thousand others are having the same problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 282009

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Consumer wants to know if there are any recalls for the front wheel bearing on their 2005 PT CRUISER. While driving recently, the consumer and his wife felt a vibration in the floor. The consumer inspected the vehicle and discovered the front wheel bearing was defective.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #9

Mar 062008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Front wheel bearings are shot with just 56,000 miles.

- Arlington, WA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,600 miles


Wheel vibration and loose steering then grinding noise; found both front wheel bearing bad on 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER - mileage is 15, 600; waiting for repair at dealer - estimate of $500 - $600 to repair plus alignment costs.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 162008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I have had problems with this car more than any other new vehicle I've owned. I had ac compressor problems still under warranty... I replaced the alternator and battery at 36700 miles. Now, both front wheel hub and bearing assemblies are shot, and will be replaced at 43,000 miles. I bought this car new, and it is my 3rd and last Chrysler product. I had an 2002 pt, this 2005 cruiser, and I've got an 2006 cruiser that is starting to show signs of wheel bearing issues.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

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problem #6

Feb 132008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 35,535 miles
After only 35.5K miles the dealership mechanic informed me that both front hubs and bearings need replacement. An online search revealed many many owners with the same complaint. Unsat!

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


PT CRUISER 2005. Hearing thumping noises from right front. Sep. 2006 dealer replaces bearing, (20118 miles) July 07 more noise dealer finds axle spacers missing (28009 miles) Jan. 08 more noise dealer finds bad bearings again, this time out of warranty ($630 31406 miles).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Feb 012008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Right front wheel bearing is bad after only 20,000 miles on my PT CRUISER. I have just read 65 complaints for the same problem on how many people have to have the problem before a recall is done on this. This is crazy!

- Lexing, KY, USA

problem #3

Jan 022008

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Car only has appx 55,000 miles - brought car in for oil change and to fix slow leak in tire, was advised that front wheel bearing has to be replaced. This is a part that supposedly should get at least 85K worth of use before replacement and is part of a completely sealed system in the pt, so this is a rather dangerous and expensive ($400) repair for such a "young" car.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 232007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My 2005 PT CRUISER started making noticeable noises from the front right side. The dealer has now told us that the right and left front wheel bearings have to be replaced. I don't know the actual mileage, but I believe that it is less than 60,000 miles. There is a previous complaint on the NHTSA database for the same model year, for the same front bearing issue, but I did not check other years. While researching online to see if others have had similar problems, I found the following link which contains many incidences of PT CRUISER front bearing failures with relatively low mileage:

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #1

Oct 042007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 27,150 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While performing an oil change, the mechanic discovered that the front wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 27,150.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

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