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:
31,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

May 052005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign 04V268000 concerning the steering hydraulic power assist hoses, piping, and connections. This vehicle experienced the same symptoms as indicated in the recall, but this affected the brake fluid lines as well. She repaired the vehicle at her own expense prior to receiving the recall letter.

- Storrs Mansfield, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 052005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Dt the brake lines collasped and has not allowed the brake fluid to go through. Has to grip steering wheel and pull over in order to get the vehicle to stop shaking. Standing next to the brakes consumer can feel the heat coming off the brakes. This happened in Mar 2005. Tuffy fixed it, they said had other PT CRUISER's in for the same defect. The second time this happened it almost caused an accident when hitting the brakes it shook badly. It was uncontrolable at that point.

- Lockborne, OH, USA

problem #3

May 302005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
Dt the brake lines collapsed and were not allowing the fluid to go through, causing the vehicle to shake tremdously when hitting the brakes, had to stop the vehicle in order to get the vehicle to quit shaking. Had the brake lines replaced at brake shop. They saw S this many times with the PT CRUISER. Had new brakes and rotors put on. If consumer would stand beside the brakes she could feel the heat coming out of them. This was ongoing a couple years, and mostly recently happened on May 30,2005.

- Lockbourne , OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 202004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,602 miles
My 01 Chrysler PT CRUISER, 25,602 miles, had a stiff brake pedal. Car felt as if I was driving w/foot on brake. Chrysler towed car to dealer. They said I had contaminated brake fluid, repairs not covered by regular or ext. Warranty. My bill for repair was $2643.48. They replaced all brake system components.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #1

Jul 062002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Fuel line routed alonside metal A/C tube. Fuel line frayed by rubbing against A/C line.

- Orange, CA, USA

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