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:
27,006 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 192006

PT Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving at night the headlights intermittently illuminated on and off without warning. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who could not duplicate the problem.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 022005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Consumer owned three 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Each of the vehicles had problems with the fog lights and turn signal light switch, which was replaced free of charge when one vehicle was out of warranty and the fog lights and headlights stayed on and would not go off. The second and third cruisers fog lights would not go off, consume R removed the fuse. There was a flaw in the design of the PT CRUISER headlight switch, which would run down the battery. The switch should be replaced at no charge to the consumer. Also, there should a be a redesigned switch, and a full recall/replacement after the switch was redesigned. In order to have two PT CRUISER pass va state inspection consumer removed fog lights bulbs, socket and wiring.

- Oak Hill, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 192004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,036 miles
I was driving home at 11:00 pm and just about to get on I 75, and my headlights went out. I had tail lights and I could use my flashers. I took it to the dealers next day and they found nothing wrong with it. I told them to put a new battery in it no matter what. I haven't driven it at night since. I'm afraid to drive it at night.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 142001

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles


Low beam headlights-from the Chrysler manual- "the headlamp low beam pattern has a distinct horizontal cutoff line which is used to visually align the headlamps." This means that there is only part of a beam from each light shining on the road. The rest I

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 122001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Low beam headlights fail to activate or go out. Activiating high beams restors low beams. Happened twice so far upon initial turn on. Have heard of them going out while driving. Concerned!

- Endwell, NY, USA

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problem #1

Jun 142000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
1. steering wheel became loose on shaft while traveling at 68-70 mph; 2. headlights would flicker from bright to dim, and 3. front weels out of alignment. Most problem was corrected by dealer. >> please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Glaflyn, CA, USA

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