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.


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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser steering problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 132001

PT Cruiser

  • miles


I have had my PT CRUISER in 4 different times in the passed 11/2 years. There is a serious wobble in the steering, and each time the dealer looks at my complaint. They rotate and balance the tires. I have told them on each consecutive visit that the problem has not been resolved. At one point a dealer told me that they had used the wrong "kind" of wheel weights and they were loosening up. Another visit warranted a new steering column. The problem persists I have looked for recalls, and service bulletins but none are in affect for this particular problem. It has been quite frustrasting to not see the problem solved. I am looking for help, and am considering filing the Minnesota lemon law. Thinking that I should start here.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 142000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
1. steering wheel became loose on shaft while traveling at 68-70 mph; 2. headlights would flicker from bright to dim, and 3. front weels out of alignment. Most problem was corrected by dealer. >> please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Glaflyn, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
A popping, or cracking sound occurs in the steering column when I turn sharply to the left, I.e. turning into a parking space or a driveway, which is always at low speeds. The dealership checked it, said they didn't think it was a problem, wouldn't know what to do to fix it, and hadn't gotten any tsbs on it. I have talked to several other pt owners with the problem, but only one actually had the steering column replaced.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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