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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,000 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

Mar 212005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


Consumer bought car that had not been thoroughly inspected. After two weeks a noise in both the back and front of the car was heard. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealership, placed a support because brake pads were gone, metal on metal. The motor mount broke, needed rotors/spark plugs, and tune up along with a pvc valve. Needed to be fixed, but dealer refused to fix anything.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 192004

PT Cruiser

  • 10,000 miles
The brake pads failed at 10,000 miles. The brake light illuminated approximately 200 miles later after having them checked there was a loud moaning noise. Found that the pads had cut into the rotors, and the rotor dished was bent very badly. Now at 15000 miles the vehicle needed new brake pads and rotors.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 252004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Brakes: Noticed squealing and lots of brake dust (6/04). Had to replace pads and rotors. After repair, passenger front brake still squeeled. Took back, rotor replaced again. My front right break still squeels and both front brakes are shooting off much break dust. This is very frustrating. I would think after a month the semi-metalic breaks would have been broken in by now.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 192003

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front brake pads crystalize requiring rotor replacement every 30000 miles. Brake shop says every pt comes in this way. Rear brakes do not adjust out and the front brakes stay partially engaged. This over heats the brakes causing many components to fail. In addition to the expense of replaceing theese parts, I am worried that I could have a brake system failure leading to a crash.

- Roanoke, TX, USA

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