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:
72,053 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser lights problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 202009

PT Cruiser

  • 59,106 miles


The turn signal/headlight control switch on my 01 PT CRUISER has failed in that my right hand turn signal to the front does not come on. I have investigated this and been told by Chrysler personnel that the probable cause is turn signal/headlight control switch on the steering column. This part is in backorder to the tune of approx 4600 parts and an after market company that I contacted said they are also in approx 30days backorder status trying to fill the need for replacements. In checking with on-line forums I've also found out that other problems with this particular switch involve headlight failure to operate and lights (fog lights) coming on without operator action. I believe this is a critical component failure and needs to be brought to someone's attention that there is a high probability of switch failing "un-announced" and causing serious injury not only to the operator of the PT CRUISER but to other vehicle operators as well.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 242006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles
2 years into my ownership, my car began having failures, my egr valve had to be replaced 3 times, the "brain" in the car was replaced, the battery was replaced, the fog lights started going on and staying on, the car broke down on the highway and overheated, thermostat had to be replaced, pipe carrying circulating coolant rusted completely out, O ring was replaced, manual transmission began being difficult to shift, fluid leaks, low fluid, plug is recommended to be replaced.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

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