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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,730 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 252015

PT Cruiser

  • miles


After regular road driveing for a month had front tires wear down to steel belt, purchased tires at walmart so took car back in to have tires looked at was told it was an alignment issue. I know this is not the case because car had just been serviced and alignment checked the same day tire were put on car. The wear out is on the insides of both front tires, and minor wear on the insides of the rear tires as well as majority of the tread is worn off as well on all 4 tires. This wear down caused me to go into ditch in snowy conditions, while driveing at safe speeds.

- Pine River, MN, USA

problem #12

Dec 012011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
All 4 Michelin hydroedge tires on the vehicle began separating tread from sidewall after less than 2 years and 14000 miles use. Photo documentation is available. The retailer and manufacturer have refused to honor any warranty, consumer has replaced tires due to safety hazard.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #11

Feb 262010

PT Cruiser

  • 130,600 miles
Michelin hydroedge P205/55R16 installed perhaps 3--5 years ago went flat during a ~20 mile drive, but might have been underinflated (cold weather) beforehand. I was unable to find an operating tire pump for ~10 miles. When I applied air the tire wouldn't hold pressure. Replacing it with the spare enabled me to see that on the inside the tread had split over a large circumference.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 282008

PT Cruiser

  • 42,367 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving 45 mph, the front passenger side tire deflated. As a result, the tire detached from the rim. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that all four rims needed to be replaced. The contact did not notice any differences beforehand. The current and failure mileages were 42,367.

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #9

Nov 022004

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The consumer states the air continues to seeps out of the front tires. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide additional information.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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problem #8

Jan 242004

PT Cruiser

  • 68,000 miles
The front brakes and tires exhibit extreme wear and tear. Front tires replaced approx. 40,000 miles, real ok at 68,000. Front brakes replaced twice so far, with rotors and calipers needing replacements. The front suspension system appears to be overly stressed due to vehicle design.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #7

Jul 302001

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


You can dial Goodyear at 1-800.321.2136 press 1 then, press 3. ask about Goodyear case # 559-496. It involves my PT CRUISER, its original sets of tires and continued problems. I was worried about having future blow-outs. ItS a matter of safety. Goodyear reasonably, adjusted three tires for me after I explained my blow outs situation. I followed up again with Goodyear, and toyo (file # 035253), explained the 16 inch wheel saga. How I spent a year going from dealership to dealership complaining about the 16 inch wheels and the tire blow-outs. They never recorded my rim complaints no matter which DC 5 star dealership I went too. They would record the cruisers mileage, and any warranted items they could bill DC for, but never a wheel or tire complaint. I questioned the service managers and the mechanics and they all repeated. No one (we know of) is complaining about low mileage uneven tire wear, difficulty balancing or pulling tires, rims out of round, bent, corroded, peeling or rusted rims. And no one is reporting tire blow-outs on the PT CRUISER. DC has no technical service bulletins about these issues. I reported to Goodyear and toyo costumer service department as a follow-up. I reviewed the findings from pritz DC S 5 star dealership. As it goes, its not the tires--itS the rims. These alloy wheels are out of round, bent, corroded, soft, rusted on the street face of the wheels with rust and peeling chrome around lips rim which seals to the tire on the inside which you cannot see. Other pt owners are also having similar problems with these 16 in wheels which theyve also reported to Goodyear. They deserve to be notified. The paint and body damage on our PT CRUISER is from riding blown-out tires off the side of the road. Thank god we are still alive.

- Mt. Carmel, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 292003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Consumer states when hitting any type of bump in the road tires blowout. All four rims have pitted cracks in them which causes the blowouts.

- Mount Carmel, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 202001

PT Cruiser

  • 7,525 miles
Car pulls to the right and vibration. Dealer has switched tires from front to back, side to side, and have replaced 4 original tires and 7 additional tires. Dealer still claims it is a tire problem instead of something is wrong with vehicle. Vehicle still has a pull and vibration. Steering column squeaks. Steering column replace, lubed and still have a squeak. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763033

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 252002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Tires can not be balanced to eliminate wheel shimmy. Wheels and tires from another PT CRUISER eliminated the problem.

- Bowling Green, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 262002

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver's side tires tires size P205/55R16 became flat for no reason. When taking tires to be repaired consumer was told that the tires looked as if she had hit something. But consumer knew that this was incorrect since tire on passenger's side has done the same thing, and nothing had been hit.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 082001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Was traveling on the highway about 55mph and noticed that steering wheel and vehicle started shaking. Consumer stated that ridge inside of road inflated two rear tires, causing vehicle to go into a spin/vehicle flipped, and went into a enbankment. Airbags didn't go off, and the driver's side seatbelt didn't hold. The vehicle was totaled.

- Rochester, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 232000

PT Cruiser

  • miles
I have a intermittent cyclic vibration at speeds from 65mph and above. The first time I took the car back to the dealer, they replaced 3 of the tires because they were not round. This helped the problem, but didn't cure it. I have taken it back twice more and although the service manager, after taking a test drive with me, agrees that the vibration is still there, they say they have checked everything and can't find a problem. He says he tested another PT CRUISER and it has the same feel. I have talked this over with the owners son and I am now told that I must just live with it. I feel that this is a potential safety problem. (tiresize: P205/55R16)( dot number: Tire size: P205/55R16 )

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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