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:
44,355 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 052008

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles


Dashboard started cracking and continued to crack from windshield area all the way down to bottom, then another crack started and did the same.these dashboards arent made properly and both cracks are on the passenger afraid the airbag will deploy wife has a Chrysler 300M 1999 and she has the same problem with her dashboard.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 222015

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I slowed downed for a rail road crossing and after I crossed it the front end dropped down. I lost control of the car. The car veered right. I got stopped before I got to the ditch. We couldn't move the car. Had it towed to a garage. After inspection they told me the frame that holds the suspension together rusted through and broke in half. It pushed the suspension up and against the engine. If I would have been going any faster could have veered left to a head on crash or hit the ditch and flipped the car. Definitely think this is design flaw, when your frame fails and you loose control of your vehicle. A pot hole could at 55 mph could have done the same thing only with more tragic consequences.

- Montpelier, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 052008

PT Cruiser

  • 84,839 miles
I have a faulty part in my 2001 PT CRUISER it is called a fog light switch it goes bad in 2001 and 2002 cruisers. I have a website you can go on and see over 300 more people like me who are having the same problems. Google search word for word trouble with multifunction control switch for PT CRUISER headlights. Please help along with hundreds of other people who almost lost there lives due to there lights going out.

- Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 222008

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles


While cleaning dashboard on a 2001 PT CRUISER, the dash cracked down the middle near the vent in the dashboard. While it is primarily cosmetic, this is not something that should be breaking in a 7 year old (8 model years) car. I do have some concerns about further failures in the dash while driving and a piece potentially getting lodged by the gas or brake pedal, the shifter, or steering wheel.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 192003

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The consumer received two safety recalls that could not be corrected due to parts not being available in which the dealer stated that they'll call when they were.

- Galveston, TX, USA

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problem #3

Feb 252003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Consumer received a recall letter from the manufacturer, however the dealer refused to honor the recall letter, because the vehicle was manufacturered in Canada.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #2

Jan 032002

(reported on)

PT Cruiser

  • miles
When vehicle is driven between 25-55 mph engine completely shuts down without warning. Also, when engine shuts down oil light illuminates. Dealer replaced wiring harness which did not correct the problem.

- Wapakoeta, OH, 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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