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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,057 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 142005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,228 miles


On March 14, 2005 my vehicle was stalling and actually hopping. I was unable to drive the car and had it towed to a service facility that I have used over the past 10 years. The mechanic determined the wiring harness in my 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER was defective at 56000 miles. He notified me that the wires inside the harness were frayed and several bare wires were actually touching, creating a severe safecty hazard, I instructed him to replace the defective part. I did not know that the wiring harness was a warranty covered part because the manual supplied me from daimler Chrysler does not contain information about the wiring harness. I subsequently found out it was a warranty covered item under the California emissions warranty. Chrylser has refused to reimburse me for a part that was defective because I had it replaced at an a.S.E. certified facility by a master technician. I have contacted Chrysler regarding this as a safety issue and they have refused to address this issue with me. The repair facility that I took my car to has kept the wiring harness because they believe the part was defective. I want to know if you have had other complaints about the wiring harnesses in PT CRUISER. The wiring harness is not a moving part and without any outside influences such as moisture or excessive engine movement, which I did not have, the wiring harness should never have frayed and bare electrical wires. Please provide me with any information that I can use to convince the manufacturer of my car that a defective and potentially dangerous part was sold to me.

- Mission Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 032002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
When vehicle is driven between 25-55 mph engine completely shuts down without warning. Also, when engine shuts down oil light illuminates. Dealer replaced wiring harness which did not correct the problem.

- Wapakoeta, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 122001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Little Chute, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Defective installation of wiring harness caused open in crank sensor wire. Harness was not properly secured which allowed chaffing on cv boot. Result was complete loss of power in high speed lane of san diego freeway, placing the driver in extreme danger of collision from rear as car was coasted to safe shoulder.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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