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:
37,900 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 142008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. Whenever the contact approaches a stop or begins to decelerate, the vehicle shuts off completely. Prior to the failure, he noticed that the vehicle idled roughly while at a stop. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the timing belt tensioner was manufactured incorrectly. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 134,000. Updated 07/31/08. The consumer also stated the power steering failed. Updated 08/05/08

- Gray, TN, USA

problem #7

Mar 312008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,700 miles
I got a power steering leak in my 2001 PT CRUISER. It was the power steering fluid cooler. But I was told my the Chrysler dealer that there was an upgrade, that I couldn't get the oe cooler, I had to get a new cooler, hose, and resorvoir. To be purchased by me and the labor to install them to be paid by me. I said I didn't want an upgrade, I just wanted the oe cooler. Once again I was told that I had to get the upgrade. I said that I would pay for the cooler and labor to install it, I thought that Chrysler should pay for any additional parts and labor. I was told that Chrysler would not do this. I feel that they should either replace the part that is defective and charge me, or do any additional work at their expense. They wouldn't do it.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 282006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,500 miles
: the contact stated a puddle of fluid was noticed under the front end of the vehicle. Also, while reversing out of the garage, the power steering pump was not working properly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who determined the power steering fluid reservoir had a pin-sized hole. The reservoir was replaced.

- Claremont, NH, USA

problem #5

Jun 042003

PT Cruiser 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The clutch cable assemblies, the bushings that are suppose to be around the cable were never put on vehicle. The vehicle was not able to put into gear. Took the vehicle to the mechanic and was told both cables had to be replaced because all bushings were missing. The part the mechanic received from Chrysler had the bushings on it. The problem started last year, but she did not know the bushings were missing until the vehicle would not shift in the beginning of June. At that time, the sensor light for the engine check came on. That was because the power steering sensor had to be replaced.

- Lake City, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 182004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
During routine inspection dealership informed the consumer that power steering fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The problem was not resolved. Evoq filed by:ted earl 44 brairwood drive, glastonbury, ct 06033, 860-657-9497.

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 062003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
While applying brakes steering failed without warning, causing vehicle to roll into traffic.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 072001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Power steering hose, no protection under car.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 012002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on the highway the steering column has a noise coming from underneath the vehicle. The dealership is aware of the problem. Nlmthe fluid line underneath the vehicle is mounted low which hits curbs and speed bumps unless driving 5 to 10 mph.

- Apex, NC, USA

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