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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,963 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser transmission problems

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 242006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles


2 years into my ownership, my car began having failures, my egr valve had to be replaced 3 times, the "brain" in the car was replaced, the battery was replaced, the fog lights started going on and staying on, the car broke down on the highway and overheated, thermostat had to be replaced, pipe carrying circulating coolant rusted completely out, O ring was replaced, manual transmission began being difficult to shift, fluid leaks, low fluid, plug is recommended to be replaced.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 302003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER: The battery light keeps coming on. I've taken to dealer four time now for that problem. Had the battery replaced twice. Had the regulator in the computer replaced. I am still having problems. The transmission had to be replaced. It is a manual transmission. Had the clutch replaced. All of this due to faulty parts! the vehicle keeps pulling to the right. Had it fixed once and it still pulls. The date entered is when everything started.

- Whiteland, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 072004

PT Cruiser

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle was parked in the 1st gear and turned off, it rolled, and crashed into another vehicle.

- Mendota Heights, MN, USA

problem #4

Sep 172003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,500 miles


2001 PT CRUISER, 5 speed manual transmission, 60,000 miles engine surges when car is moving, most noticeable when the car is not in gear. When coasting the engine RPM will vary between 1,200 and 2,000 RPM every 3-4 seconds until the car comes to a stop and then the engine RPM falls to 800. When the car is in gear, the car will accelerate without stepping on the gas pedal. The dealer reprogrammed the powertrain control module, but that only fixed the problem for one day. The car engine can surge when coasting and about to move into a parking spot or garage. I believe this is a serious safety issue.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 182003

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,243 miles
The transmission went out on my car a 2001 P.T. cruiser with only 44243 miles on it, the vehicle is only 17 months old.

- California City, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
No summary.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 242002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The vehicle made excessive noise in the motor area or front axle. The dealer indicated the noise was caused by tires which needed rotating, however the noise continued after the tires were rotated. Next, the dealer replaced the transfer gear set and put in 24 new shims.

- Pine, AZ, USA

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