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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,800 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 022005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,400 miles


(1) normal driving on the freeway. (2) timing belt failure at 89,400 miles where schedule "B" maintenance schedule lists the part to be replaced at 120,000 miles and early failure is not covered under warranty. Leaving my wife and stepson stranded on the freeway with no shoulder to safely remove the vehicle from the flow of traffic. (3) defective part is to be replaced.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 062003

PT Cruiser

  • 66,000 miles
The timing belt failed, which caused the engine to stall.

- Vinemont, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 072001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Engine drive belt assembly failed. Dealer had car over 15 days to repair. Now, engine light comes on. Not reliable for travel. Chrysler unresponsive to concerns.

- Vidalia, LA, USA

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