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:
55,627 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser steering problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Oct 102007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,388 miles
The clockspring in my steering column broke. I noticed a rubbing noise and the steering wheel would stick when I turn the wheel to the right. The right turn signal when activated would not turn off when the steering wheel is turned in the opposite direction. I took it to the dealer and had the clockspring replaced at my expense. The dealer told me that the airbag would not deploy until the clockspring is replaced. For a item to fail on a vehicle that involves safety equipment and not be replaced at the manufactures expense is quite irresponsible and careless for the publics safety.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,493 miles
Clock spring broke in steering column while making a right hand turn

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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