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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,833 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 172008

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The front wheel bearings are squealing and need replaced. The dealer said that it was normal... they expect to replace them all at about 50,000 miles. They quoted $550 per axle, the bearings are $60 if not from the dealer!!! should be no reason for wheel bearings to be "typical replacement" items! 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER, 55,000 miles, garage stored.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #2

May 142007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The front hubs and bearings on the 2001 PT CRUISER needed to be replaced at 54000 miles. I was told by the dealer this was a potentially dangerous condition. After some research online I discovered that many pt owners had the same problem, sometimes repeatedly. This may be related to a design defect and should be investigated.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 282003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,500 miles
Premature failure of front wheel bearings and lower control arm bushings. Dealer states he has seen this in other PT CRUISER.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

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