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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,824 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 242015

PT Cruiser

  • 155,621 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the service engine warning light flickered and suddenly remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the underbody prematurely rusted and could fracture at any moment. The vehicle was also taken to an independent repair who diagnosed that the casing for the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that power steering fluid had to be constantly added to the vehicle. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V268000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,621.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 202014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
While driving the down the highway, the entire rear quarter window on the passenger side including the frame and the glass separated from the body of my vehicle and went into the roadway. This is already a recall issue for the 2005 and 2006 models of the PT CRUISER, but since it is not an existing recall issue with the 2001 models Chrysler refused to replace the window that fell out or the remaining rear quarter window on the drivers side, which could potentially do the same thing at some point. Fortunately, the window that fell off my car didn't injure anyone, but it certainly seems like a pretty serious road hazard.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 102006

PT Cruiser

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that when the vehicle was transported from the manufacturer to the dealer, adhesive tape was affixed to the rear bumper to secure the covering during delivery and then removed. However, over a period of time the tape residue caused the paint color to fade. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure who were unable to provide any assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.

- Eustis , FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 152007

PT Cruiser

  • 112,500 miles
My 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER has discolorations (white stripes) on the dark gray front and back bumpers because the auto maker put plastic and tape on them to protect them in delivery. The adhesive in the tape has destroyed the finish on the gray plastic. This started to show up after 6 years of owning it when it sat in the sun. Most of the time I have owned this vehicle it was parked in a garage. For the past year it has been parked outside. This was when the stripes started to show up. Chrysler is aware of the problem and says they have a "tsb" on it but says they are not willing to fix it and that I (the consumer) have to go buy products to fix it myself, which I don't understand how you can make sun bleaching and fading go away, it's permanently damaged. They stated that under no circumstance will this be covered under warranty. I have driven around to see if other pt's are having the same problem and every PT CRUISER I have seen with a gray plastic bumper has the same defect. I have taken photos of 5 different ones just today. This is irresponsible for Chrysler to deny they are at fault when clearly they caused the problem by putting tape on our bumpers. If my car had been in to a repair shop and they had placed tape on the bumpers they would be responsible and liable for their actions. I am frustrated that they won't do anything to fix this problem. These discolorations are a permanent problem and are sun bleached, they won't just go away. I would like my bumpers either replaced or painted to match the rest of the car. I am also spreading the word to other PT CRUISER owners, in hopes that Chrysler will see that this is a big problem and is not going to go away on its own. This will cause a financial hardship on my family to repair this ourselves.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #1

Mar 032000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
These grab bars are made of a hard compound. These grab bars protrude on the interior of the cabin. Driver and all passengers can easily receive head injuries unless they are short.

- Little Chute, WI, USA

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