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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,807 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Dec 182014

PT Cruiser

  • 180,000 miles


I filed a claim with Chrysler about the rusted out engine cradle and they refused to replace it.

- Carnegie, PA, USA

problem #52

Aug 312013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 59,700 miles
I was making a right hand turn from a main road onto a side street. While the car was turning, I heard a clunk and the steering wheel was jerked from my hands. The car pulled hard to the right and crashed into the curb. The car was towed to the repair shop and the service tech showed me the engine cradle was completely rusted out and the K frame was cracked all the way thru. It's to rusted to be welded and I was told this is a common problem with the cruiser and Dodge neon, since they use the same frame. The tech also told me I was lucky that I wasn't moving at high speed or the results could have been fatal. He also told me that Chrysler is aware of this problem, they are completely out of replacement parts, and they basically ignore any complaints.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #51

Mar 162011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I was not initially going to file a complaint until I seen others with the same problem. The dash cracked into many pieces. I originally thought that my wife had done something to crack the dash, and she thought that I had. The part remained basically intact until the service department at the local Chrysler dealer had to remove the dash for other repairs. At that time we had to pay for another dash because it fell completely apart and could not be re-assembled. I am not sure if this is exactly a highway traffic safety concern, but only because there was not an accident, nor an incident.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #50

Nov 232012

PT Cruiser

  • 92,000 miles


The top of dash has cracked and broken in multiple pieces.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #49

May 302012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
Dash board has 2 split/cracks from windshield to radio.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

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problem #48

Feb 092010

PT Cruiser

  • 185,000 miles
The dashboard has been cracking from the center defrost vent towards the drivers side area. The crack is approximately 8 inches in length. The crack continues to grow due to the fact that when the vehicle is being driven, road vibrations cause the cracks to open and widen. I am concerned because the cracks could cause the dash to cave in which could have an effect on the air bag or wiring, which could be a safety issue. I contacted Chrysler's assistance hotline and was told that nothing could be done since there was no recall on the vehicle and the vehicle was out of warranty.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #47

Jul 222010

PT Cruiser

  • 55,480 miles


Front cradle found to be rotten on a car with low mileage.

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #46

Aug 012004

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2001 PT CRUISER the dash is cracked.

- Mulberry, FL, USA

problem #45

Aug 192008

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles
Outside door handle chrome (on all four doors) flaking off and causing a deep cut on the hand upon entry. This has happened at least once to my young daughter, my wife, myself, and several others on this same vehicle.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #44

May 202009

PT Cruiser

  • 94,000 miles
Dashboard cracked in half in 2001 PT CRUISER. The dashboard is no longer stable near the windshield and pieces are starting to break off from the cracked area. If this continues it could potentially expose wiring and electrical connections. This could also pose additional dangers in the event of a collision with or without airbag deployment.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #43

Jan 012009

PT Cruiser

  • 58,000 miles


My 2001 PT CRUISER's dash has failed, there is a crack from the windshield almost all through to the front. I've read it can cause problems when it finishes breaking, which from appearances it will soon do.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 052008

PT Cruiser

  • 100,000 miles
2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER: Dashboard has cracked in several locations - cracks radiating out form defroster vent. Defroster vent grill has completely disintegrated into small pieces.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #41

Oct 102008

PT Cruiser

  • 38,460 miles
The dashboard of my PT CRUISER is suffering from multiple cracks that seem to continually grow and increase in numbers. The cracks have sharp edges and seem to present the potential of an eventual dashboard failure of this padded surface. The crack also present sharp edges. The protective aspect of this dashboard in the event of a crash is suspect.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #40

Aug 142008

PT Cruiser

  • miles
My 2001 PT CRUISER have 3 huge cracks on the dashboard. Have always used protection against the sun and still got them. I fear that if ever have an impact the pieces of the dashboard will be dangerous debris if airbags open (if they do open and doesn't get stuck).

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #39

Jul 152008

PT Cruiser

  • 65,000 miles
2001 PT CRUISER: Multiple cracks in the dashboard from the windshield to the front console running through the center vent.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #38

Aug 202008

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Dash crack down the middle of the dash. Entire dash will have to be replaced.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #37

Nov 012007

PT Cruiser

  • 70,000 miles
Cracked dashboard on 2001 PT CRUISER.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #36

Oct 012007

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The dashboard on my 2001 PT CRUISER is cracked and sinking in.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #35

Jun 132005

PT Cruiser

  • miles
I have a 2001 PT CRUISER and the dashboard is cracking like a potato chip.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #34

Jan 012008

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles
Dashboard is cracking all over. It is very weak in the center.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

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