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8.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
72,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. Replace head gasket (1 reports)
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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 022014

PT Cruiser 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Bought this car a short time ago with engine light on. generally not a problem BUT this is the first time i've run up against an ongoing problem since the car started to be manufactured with out any fix. DON'T YOU JUST LOVE HOW THE CAR MANUFACTURERS TAKE CARE OF US, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE BAIL OUT. THEY NOT ONLY PUT OUT INFERIOR JUNK AND EXPECT US TO ACCEPT IT, BUT THEY KILL PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSION (LIKE MURDER OR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES) AS IN THE CASE OF THE GM IGNITION SWITCH FAILURE and some of the PT Cruiser Problems. ENOUGHT RANTING. My problem is also a question. The PT Cruiser has had a history of #3 cylinder failure. I've read the complaints and the solutions, but never heard whether the problem was cracked head, blown head gasket, spark plug, bad valve or what ever. Does this problem usually require a new head? Is it a problem with the compression leaking into the water jacket. Does anyone have an answer to this issue? Is the fix only by taking it to the dealer or can a shade tree mechanic do the job? Any input is much appreciated.

- , Phoenix, OR, USA

problem #3

Apr 022014

PT Cruiser 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Bought this car a short time ago with engine light on. generally not a problem BUT this is the first time i've run up against an ongoing problem since the car started to be manufactured with out any fix. DON'T YOU JUST LOVE HOW THE CAR MANUFACTURERS TAKE CARE OF US, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE BAIL OUT. THEY NOT ONLY PUT OUT INFERIOR JUNK AND EXPECT US TO ACCEPT IT, BUT THEY KILL PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSION (LIKE MURDER OR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES) AS IN THE CASE OF THE GM IGNITION SWITCH FAILURE and some of the PT Cruiser Problems. ENOUGHT RANTING. My problem is also a question. The PT Cruiser has had a history of #3 cylinder failure. I've read the complaints and the solutions, but never heard whether the problem was cracked head, blown head gasket, spark plug, bad valve or what ever. Does this problem usually require a new head? Is it a problem with the compression leaking into the water jacket. Does anyone have an answer to this issue? Is the fix only by taking it to the dealer or can a shade tree mechanic do the job? Any input is much appreciated.

- , Phoenix, OR, USA

problem #2

Apr 092012

PT Cruiser LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

I had a check engine light which was diagnosed as P0303 - misfire on the 3rd cylinder. I changed the spark plugs, spark plug wires, oxygen sensors. The light was still on. Took it into Chrysler and found out that I need a new head gasket. Before I reminded them I had the lifetime powertrain owner, I was told it would be over $2,000. I asked how this happens at just 70K miles and was told that "sometimes parts just go bad." %$%^$#!!! Thank goodness I had the warranty!

- , Alpharetta, ga, USA

problem #1

Jun 012010

PT Cruiser

  • 73,000 miles

The check engine light is on, there's low compression and slow engine studdering. this is the worse car i have had in the last 10 years

- , Carson, CA, USA

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