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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,630 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 192010

PT Cruiser

  • 130,000 miles


My car just shuts off leaving me no control to stop, turn, or get out of the way of traffic behind me..... @ 55mph to nothing is asking to be hit from behind. Or if turning across a divided highway, to be left stuck with 2 lanes of semi coming for me and my kids. Now it sometimes wont even do anything when I crank over the ignition (like there is no battery) or if it cranks and starts it will shut off right away. It wants to idle down at stops and stall. I have had it in the shop more than I like N spent more money to have to be told they can't find anything. I read of so many other owners with the same problems who end up junking these cuz they just stop starting....sad, we need our cars to run. Chrysler knows they R riddled with serious issues including the lights and transmissions.....these are a bad combination on the road. Someone needs to look @ some stats! thanks.

- Jjeromesville, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 202013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 111,145 miles
The contact owns 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the vehicle independently accelerated without warning after starting the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to be diagnosis. The dealer stated that the power brake booster hose was not connected to the engine. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer also stated that there was never a clamp holding the power brake in place. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 111,145. The current mileage was 112,416.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #7

Dec 032013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 70 mph independently and without warning. The contact also mentioned that the parking brake had to be engaged in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 100,000...updated 12-30-13

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 212011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 134,221 miles


Car stalls on turns particularly to the left, upon key insertion hard crank or starts and idles roughly then shuts off with out warning. While idling at stop lights the rpms may or may not (rev, ) after so many mins of driving acceleration becomes more difficult at intervals & stalling usually while turning at intersections. Or going over bumps or up hills. This happens some what sporadically so I never can tell when I'm safe to go. Definitely not something U want to think about w min coverage either way.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 272007

PT Cruiser

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact purchased the vehicle in November of 2007 and the wiring harness was replaced due to electrical failures. In April of 2008, while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they replaced the brake pads and calipers. Recently, the engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer's diagnostic indicated that the transmission solenoid switch needed to be replaced, along with the power steering pump. The dealer stated that the warranty does not cover the parts. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls that applied to her VIN. The failure mileage was 68,000 and current mileage was 75,551.

- Wisconsindells, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 012008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The vehicle speed control was previously disconnected. While driving 25 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the steering column. The dealer stated that the failure was electrical and related to the vehicle speed control. The high and low beam switch was also burned. The manufacturer stated that there was no existing recall. The contact allowed the vehicle to cool down and was able to drive home. A mechanic will repair the vehicle since the manufacturer stated that they were unable to offer any assistance. She is unable to drive the vehicle due to the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 65,100.

- Neeah, WI, USA

problem #3

May 272006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,300 miles


: the contact stated the shifter felt sluggish and while depressing the accelerator pedal and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was pushed off the road where a temporary repair was made by the contact. The vehicle was driven home and the repairs were made by the contact. The dealer has not been alerted.

- Northampton, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
During the first 2 minutes of operation, the engine hesitates or misfires on acceleration. This occurs during hot or cold weather. When shifting into 4th gear, and accelerating under full throttle, the engine / front end shakes. These symptoms have been confirmed by a technician, but nothing shows up on theri electronic diagnostic system. As a result Chrysler refuses to try and remedy the problem.

- Monona, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 112002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine racing when starting, and at time when stopping. Also, transmission was slipping and brakes squeaked. Mechanic refused to do anything about the brakes. Vehicle has been in shop about 6-8 times in less than a year.

- Berthoud, CO, USA

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