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:
29,000 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 242006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles


2 years into my ownership, my car began having failures, my egr valve had to be replaced 3 times, the "brain" in the car was replaced, the battery was replaced, the fog lights started going on and staying on, the car broke down on the highway and overheated, thermostat had to be replaced, pipe carrying circulating coolant rusted completely out, O ring was replaced, manual transmission began being difficult to shift, fluid leaks, low fluid, plug is recommended to be replaced.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #3

May 302002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Hello, I would like to make a complaint aginist optima batteries. I worked for optima batteries as a maintenance tech from 11/00 to 1/04 optima has a contract with Chrysler to build batteries for the pt curisers. The problem is that some of the batteries that went in the cars leaked. The batteries fit some were in the passenger aera of the car it would let out acid fumes inside the car.I have seen the batteries sent down production line if they failed the leak test machine.during April of 2002 I called chrylser Corp and spoke to stacy johnson 248-944-0608 and told her about the bad batteries and that they were not at QS5000. After that I still seen the leakers go to chrylser Corp. If you need more info please call me at 303-650-9341 I can help out more because I no longer work for optima thank you george hecker.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #2

Mar 012004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
Purchased 7/00. Experienced 3 separate issues w/ electrical system. 1st year of ownership 1)parking lights remained on when lights were off, resulting in tow, and replaced battery. 3rd year of ownership: 2)door ajar light on, bell dinging, interior light remains on and all doors are securely shut. Resulted in tow and battery replacement. Dealership said battery defective. 6mos later, same dinging problem occuring. Warranty expired. Prev dealer bankrupt, new dealer stating same defective battery.

- Doraville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER: The battery light keeps coming on. I've taken to dealer four time now for that problem. Had the battery replaced twice. Had the regulator in the computer replaced. I am still having problems. The transmission had to be replaced. It is a manual transmission. Had the clutch replaced. All of this due to faulty parts! the vehicle keeps pulling to the right. Had it fixed once and it still pulls. The date entered is when everything started.

- Whiteland, IN, USA

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