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:
37,667 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 212006

PT Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 60 mph, the fog lights would not turn off. The next day, the vehicle was driven and the fog lights worked fine. On the following day the vehicle was driven in early morning with the fog lights on however they would not turn off again. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined some wires in the wiring harness were melting and needed to be replaced. Due to the extensive cost of the repairs the vehicle has not been repaired.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 142005

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fog lights wouldn't turn off unless battery was disconnected. Engine light was on. Car indicated overheating. Smoke coming from hazard button. After removing multi-function switch, found that wiring harness connector on left side was melted. Battery was dead, bought new battery. After starting car with multi-function switch disconnected, no overheating, no smoke. Dealership indicated $3000 to repair the wiring harness and bought new multi-function switch for $80. Found over 100 similar problems on different websites. Part should be recalled. Websites: postings: 191,288,725,862,465,589,824,878,1042,1068,1302,1278,1238,1212. postings: 249,250,241,229,232,233,234,235,237,219,220,222,225,227,228,210,211,213,218,202,206,191,198 complaint: 10130928,10130890,10131743,8018628,10106442,10127101.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 172004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
While driving battery light came on. Seconds later, traction and ABS light came on. When this occurred, vehicle lost brake power, went into neutral, and coasted. Dealership indicated that the wiring harness rubbed against the right axle boot, and after a period of time, it rubbed away the wiring installation and shorted it out. Consumer questioned the mechanic, as a reply it said that the wiring was not tampered but the location where the wire was installed was at factory setting.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

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