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:
38,500 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 032004

PT Cruiser

  • 77,000 miles


While driving consumer lost power steering. Consumer pulled over and had the vehicle towed. Dealer informed the consumer that the problem pertained to power steering pump fluid leakage. The problem was not resolved.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 272002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Prior to receiving a recall notice on the power steering hose. On 2 separate occasions I had my oil changed the mechanic said he topped off my power steering fliud it was a little low. When I received the recall notice I arranged to have the hose repaired (serra crysler, Jeep etc). I was told by the mechanic that the hose was damaged and must be replaced. The check engine light came on after diagonistic checking I was told that the power steering switch was bad and needed replacing. This cost $68. My question is if the powering steering assist hose, piping & connections are bad, did that contribute to the power steering switch going bad? the manager jay jordon said that one had nothing to do with the other. So I paid for the switch & labor. Could someone let me know if this is a contributing factor so others will be prepared to pay the extra cost.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

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