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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,336 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 142016

PT Cruiser

  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving out of the driveway at approximately 10 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and heard a cracking sound. The brake pedal immediately stuck to the floorboard on top of the accelerator pedal, which caused the vehicle to accelerate out of control. The contact managed to slow down the vehicle and crashed into two tree trunks. The failure occurred without warning. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. The vehicle sustained front end damage and was towed to a local dealer. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. The manufacturer stated that the failure would be investigated. The failure mileage was approximately 58,000.

- Sylva, SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 192010

PT Cruiser

  • 130,000 miles
My car just shuts off leaving me no control to stop, turn, or get out of the way of traffic behind me..... @ 55mph to nothing is asking to be hit from behind. Or if turning across a divided highway, to be left stuck with 2 lanes of semi coming for me and my kids. Now it sometimes wont even do anything when I crank over the ignition (like there is no battery) or if it cranks and starts it will shut off right away. It wants to idle down at stops and stall. I have had it in the shop more than I like N spent more money to have to be told they can't find anything. I read of so many other owners with the same problems who end up junking these cuz they just stop starting....sad, we need our cars to run. Chrysler knows they R riddled with serious issues including the lights and transmissions.....these are a bad combination on the road. Someone needs to look @ some stats! thanks.

- Jjeromesville, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 202013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 111,145 miles
The contact owns 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the vehicle independently accelerated without warning after starting the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to be diagnosis. The dealer stated that the power brake booster hose was not connected to the engine. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer also stated that there was never a clamp holding the power brake in place. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 111,145. The current mileage was 112,416.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #1

Oct 132012

PT Cruiser

  • 46,200 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated while traveling 50 mph he smelled something burning. The contact merged to the side of the road to assess the situation. Upon inspection it was found that the driver front brakes were smoking. The vehicle was able to be driven to the contact's residence. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnose that the brake tube had failed and needed to be replaced. The contact was made aware that there was a recall that might be related to the failure similar to NHTSA campaign id number 04V481000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 46,200.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

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