Notes: Chrysler has taken the boring small car frame of the Neon, grafted a 1930s-era roadster body on top and named it the PT Cruiser. While the new look may appeal to some, the vehicle has unfortunately also inherited many of the same problems as the Neon.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,500 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving 60 mph, the doors attempted to automatically re-lock in intervals of 20 seconds. The failure occurred on four occasions. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they concluded that the failure was unrecognizable and disconnected the automatic locking system. He stated that manually locking the doors worked for a month, however, the doors failed to lock once the vehicle was started. When the engine was shut off, the doors failed to unlock. The vehicle was taken to another dealer and they stated that the computer security system prevented them from accessing the computer. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 62,000.

- Winthrop, MN, USA

problem #2

Apr 092007

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The fog lamps on the 2001 PT CRUISER come on and stayed on their own Accord. This caused a dead battery 3 times. When I opened the door the alarm went off. Sometimes the instrument panel worked correctly, sometimes it did not. Sometimes the keyless entry worked and sometimes it did not. When it did work, I could not get the door to unlock with the key, it relocked by itself, leaving me locked out of my own car and stranded on several occasions. I could not lock the door on driver's side with electronic door lock. Must individually lock all doors. Smoke came from the top of the steering column, through hazard light switch on two occasions. Dealer suggested $200. Replacement of multi function switch - but research showed thiswas not a remedy to the problem. I live in a remote, rural area, and do not feel safe or secure with this vehicle.

- Cass Lake, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 092005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles
(1) normal driving conditions. (2) electric locks began locking and unlocking themselves. Next morning came out and car had unlocked itself. Cannot trust the car to remain locked. (3) had an independent auto mechanic look at the problem. Was able to trace the problem to a $100 part that Chrysler will not give to independent auto mechanics. Went to Chrysler dealer, said it would cost thousands of dollars to replace the part.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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