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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. install new fan assembly (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace engine block (1 reports)
  4. replace radiator and fan assy (1 reports)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 122009

PT Cruiser 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


The NEW fan from Chrysler (Dodge) should have lasted much LONGER!!!

- , Branson, MO, USA

problem #3

Oct 152008

PT Cruiser 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Fan was frozen and would not turn. Radiator overheated badly. Mechanic suggested at Dodge we should change it out too. All parts from Chrysler! We had to pay for all of it.

- , Branson, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 012015

PT Cruiser Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

When I went to have the problem with the coolant (leaking?) fixed to stop it overheating. I got the car back from the shop with no a/c anymore, just heat. If I idle too long, the car still overheats sometimes. A small crack in the engine block might be the source of this problem, but that would be insane to fix on such a poorly made vehicle!

- , Jingo, USA

problem #1

May 112011

PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

fan cut out overheated, cracked the engine block

have the cruiser since new. always had problems with the cooling system. fan always cut in and out, so we replaced it. brand new fan worked good for a couple months. then stopped working. didnt notice it. kept running and running. then finally boom, overheated and cracked and warped the cylinders and the head. had to have block replaced for 2500 dollars. had to take out an emergency loan with the army. plus the thing leaks oil now like its its day job. never buying a chrysler product ever again.

- , Carthage, NY, USA

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