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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,918 miles

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #17

Mar 032016

PT Cruiser

  • 17,340 miles


My 2007 PT CRUISER with 17,340 miles (yes, that's correct), started leaking a good amount of oil. Researched and found this to be a common problem with some folks getting stranded on highway when car dropped all of its oil, brought to dealer. The invoice states the following: "customer states vehicle is leaking oil. Verified the concern. Found oil leaking from cam and crank seals. Disassembled engine to replace seals, and found excessive crank shaft end play, causing the crankshaft seal to push out. Inspected motor, found broken thrust washers and damage to the crankshaft. Replace the engine and recheck, no more oil leaks." And that's what they cost, including tax was $6,055. This was not an easy decision. Checking online, I found it to be a common problem. Based on what I read, I asked dealer to replace with a short block. Said they are no longer made. Car is only worth about 6K but there's no way I could afford a new car. This way I do have a 3 yr warranty on the new engine.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #16

Feb 022016

PT Cruiser

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle failed to stop without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the accelerator pedal became stuck and the engine revved. The vehicle was restarted but the failure continued. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000. The VIN was not available.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 102015

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving at 10 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed; however, the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Albrightsville, PA, USA

problem #14

Jul 132015

PT Cruiser

  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 20 mph, the steering column started to lock up as the vehicle approached a stop sign. The steering column seized and the engine shut down. The contact stated that smoke appeared underneath the hood and the vehicle caught fire. The fire department was notified and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed to a collision yard. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Los Angelos, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 082014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
I drive a 2007 T cruiser and have on and off again issues with my center dashboard lights coming on and gauges going up and down. Engine almost stalls in heavy traffic. This has happened several times and the mechanics cannot find any issues with wiring, grounding, battery, alternator, switches, etc. Happens at any time. Will be fine for a short period of time and then it will start to do it again. This takes place sitting still and in heavy traffic. Chrysler better take note and figure this out or they will have a huge lawsuit like what is going on with GM. Many people with the same complaints; how is it no one is concerned? scared to drive my vehicle.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #12

Jan 142015

PT Cruiser

  • 57,000 miles
I noticed a sudden oil leak. I immediately had it checked to be told it was the front crank shaft and front seal needed to be replaced. My research showed it to be so common a problem in the PT CRUISER. Repair cost up to $1300. And problem would likely re-occur. Has not been repaired.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 252014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,212 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 35 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated and the engine stalled. The vehicle failed to restart after multiple attempts. In addition, all of the windows would not roll up or down and the rear driver side door lock would not lock. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the cam shaft position sensor, lower arm bushings, sway bar link, and window motors needed to be replaced. The engine and windows were repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 32,212. Updated 09/15/14 the consumer sstated the camsensor and motor stalled. The bushings were worn out at only 3200 miles. The windows went out in 2011 and the back door and locks weren't working. Updated 1/8/2015

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #10

Mar 052013

PT Cruiser

  • 127,000 miles
This car kept over heating and after having the thermostat water pump and the entire fan unit replaced. Failing to find the source the head gasket blew.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 012014

PT Cruiser

  • 75,000 miles
I am frequently experiencing the following problem which includes the check engine light coming on, the car not wanted to accelerate, feeling like the car is going to stall while driving down the road. One time it did stall in traffic however, it started right back up. The check engine light does go out. I have taken it to several car places and no one has been able to diagnose the problem. This is a serious problem as I am afraid to drive the car. It has happened at varying speeds and weather conditions, from 20 - 60 miles per hour, local road to highways, warm days, cool days and everything in between. It is hard to predict when this will happen but is an issue that should be addressed before something serious happens and people are injured.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 212014

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Cpsc: I1430176A. 2007 PT CRUISER. Consumer stated the engine turns itself off during driving, then restarts. The consumer stated while driving, the dash lights would light up, flicker, and bounce around. Within seconds to a minute, the engine would shut down. The consumer stated it would happen randomly without warning.

- Carrboro, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Front crank case seal failed due to thrust bearing for crank shaft.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #6

May 312012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2007 PT CRUISER has had a vibration for two years in the engine. It is ok in park, but when in drive and idle the car vibrates horribly. It is worse with the A/C running and I live in AZ. No one can fix it. I've replaced the motor mounts in 2011and had everythig adjusted. I have replaced the main motor mount again in 2012 as it was crushed again, but the vibration continues. I spent $1500 to replace the last motor mount inaddition to the previous years cost of replacement. I've done tune ups, replaced belts, fluid flushes, oil changes all following the guidelines. I've been told repeatedly that the PT CRUISER just has this vibration and no one can fix it. It's the car. All the mechanics hate this car. I have spent thousands of dollars on this car since I bought it and due to income, I can no longer afford to do the repair work for a problem that never gets fixed. This car is a piece of crap and I will never buy a Chrysler product again. They couldn't pay me to get one.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #5

May 312011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
I have had my 2007 PT CRUISER to the dealer for a vibration in the engine. They of course heard nothing and recommended a tune up which I had had done the previous month. I took it somewhere else and had to have the motor mounts and transmission mount replaced. I had the timing belt replaced as they had to remove the engine at this time and tried to save money. The mechanic adjusted everything to the correct specifications and the vibration continues to this day.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 82,310 miles
A/C not cooling. Fan needed to be replaced.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 022010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 41,660 miles
The check engine light went on and code PO456 was on. I had to replace the gas cap as there was a leak. I have had to replace the gas cap two times because of leaks.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 272008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 35,592 miles
At idle my 2007 PT CRUISER had a chirping noise. The serpentine and alternator drive belts had to be replaced. As well as the power steering pump.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 102011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the crankshaft front oil seal was blowing and spilling oil while driving 10 mph. The oil warning light started to illuminate. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder and the contact had to add more oil to the vehicle. A year prior to the failure, the seal was found to be fractured and the vehicle was taken to a mechanic who replaced the crankshaft front oil seal. The manufacturer was notified who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 68,000. Updated 10/15/12 the consumer stated the vehicle was taken to a shop for the third time. The crankshaft exhaust bearing failed which caused the crankshaft to move forward destroying the oil pump. The oil pump then knocked out the crank seal dumping all the engine oil in minutes. The oil covered windshield of drivers behind the consumer, as well as the rear windshield of the consumer. Updated 10/23/2012

- Page , AZ, USA

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