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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had suspension replaced (2 reports)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 282011

PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Both tie rod ends replaced one year and ball joints went bad. Ball joints are built into control arm. Making excessive labor and more cost then needed.

- , Lev, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 002008

PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Had to have the tie rods, trailing links, bushings, etc. all replaced at 40,000 miles! From the shop that did the repair these parts with normal driving should last up to 100,000 miles. Went to and found that Chrysler dealerships around the country were replacing the front suspension on these vehicles at the rate of 20 per day. The dealer wanted $1800.00 for the work, my local, very dependable, very honest, repair shop did the work for a little over $600.00! No problems since!

The dealer would do nothing for me as the car was out of warranty, so I wrote a letter to Chrysler. They did reply but was told exactly what the dealer told me, the car was out of warranty!

- , Brownstown Twp., MI, USA

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