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.


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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


We recently took our 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER in the shop for a state inspection for renewal of our license plates. In the process, the vehicle kept blowing 40 amp fuses. After 3 hours of searching. The "electrical short" was located "on both sides" of the front headlights". when the "high beams" were used it would blow a fuse. This sounds strange"? one side maybe?? but both headlights?? this should be a "factory recall". you can not use your "high beams" when driving?" could cost a loss of life. The shop charged me $225. It should have been fixed by the factory!!

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 222002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Upon starting vehicle air bag light illuminated/ radio did not work, and tail lights malfunctioned. Also, speedometer raced without the vehicle even being on. Took vehicle to dealer.

- Leesburg, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 302000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
While driving on a dark road electrical system disappeared without warning. Sometimes it was hard for headlights to come on. Did go out one time on their own. Had not been to dealer.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
During a rain storm and while driving on the center lane of a three lane highway I turned on my signals and my wipers and the fuse blew because both are on the same circuit. This does not give a driver the opportunity to signal to others while trying to pull off the road because he can dot see due to the rain. I think the signals should be shared with the radio circuit. That way when the fuse blows and you no longer hear your radio that means you no longer have signal lights either. Or put each important device on its own fused circuit.

- Little Chute, WI, USA

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