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:
37,380 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 042009

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle at various speeds, she would hear a clunking sound coming from the front end. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the lower control arms and the bushings needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 59,000. Updated 08/28/09. The radiator needed to be replaced. The fog light would come on with no warning. A neew multi-function switch was needed. Updated 09/02/09.

- Parkville, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 152005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Over approximately the past year I have been dealing with thelen auto group in bay city, Michigan regarding defective rims on my 2001 PT CRUISER. I am constantly replacing air in fairly new tires due to this. After speaking to thelen several times chrylser was called in December of 2005 (date below is approximate). After the dealer scraped and sprayed the rims to stop the peeling a couple of times thelen's mechanic (pat) stated that this just wouldn't work. Pat also went on to add (in the presence of my father) that he never saw such a thing. This was on a June 2006 visit to replace my radiator. After several phone calls Chrysler now states that the dealer told them it was just salt erosion and they would not replace the rims. Chrysler also states that this info was given to them from mike thelen and his mechanic. Mr. Thelen states he did not says this. When asked if he would replace the rims from his dealer no matter what Chrysler said; he refused. Obviously someone is lying and I am at a stalemate. Chrysler won't change it's mind-because of their phone calls with mike thelen-the owner- and his mechanic. On 07-17-06 I was told by daphney (phone for Chrysler headquarters 248-576-5741) that once a decision was made it would not be changed. She also refused to let me speak to a supervisor or give additional info for the presidents headquarters-she stated her office has no idea how to contact them.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 062005

PT Cruiser 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving and the front part of the car broke down I couldn't keep on the shift couldn't move to park, drive or reverse. I had to call a tow truck the part an axel. I paid a mecanic. But the bushings are also messed up they are too expensive here in puerto rico it costs me more thatn 1,000 dollars to fix it and I've been driving like that since the day I bought the car. The dealer told that the it didn't have garanteen. Know another problem there is in febreuary I took my car to the mecanic because the cargot hot they change the water bomb, and it continue to rise the temperature, then the temostat and they even flushed the radiator, and they put a computer if it can ditect where is the problem.they just don't know what is the problem and they are one of the best radiator mecanics in bayamon puerto rico. Whe N I drive around theres no problem as long I I am not in a traffic jam for more than half an hour and when I go visit my parents to the countryside going up the hills that after ten minutes on the hill the temperarure starts to rise both times that I have visited my parents for the past five months ago I can't go. The mecanics can't figure out the problem. Can you give me any suggetions E-mail me back and I can give it to the mecanics. About the bushings I've asked a person on the streets that have a 2003 PT CRUISER and she said that these cars have that problem.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #2

Jan 152004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,900 miles
Complete replacement of the cooling system in my car. At the time I only had 39000 miles on it. I just want to know if you think my manufacturer warranty from Chrysler should have covered this repair. My warranty had expired at 36000 miles, even though I had only owned the car for 2 1/2 years. I have never had a radiator replacement on a car with so few miles. I am asking this question because I have had several very expensive and unusual parts replacement recently on this car., ie the main engine wiring harness and the power control module. I had already had the powersteering unit replaced and the fuel pump replaced as part of a dealer recall. This seems like a lot of expensive major repairs for a car with less that is less than 5 years old.

- Mission Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282004

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
While driving vehicle lost power brakes, power steering, and stalled. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, technician determined that radiator hose broke, and coolant fell off.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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