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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,896 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Aug 252004

PT Cruiser 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Deterioration was found around and underneath the driver's wheels on all four tires. Driver's tire blew out due to the wheel corrosion. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic told consumer that this problem could not be duplicated. Consumer informed mechanic that this problem occurred more than once, and had not been resolved.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 162003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Chrome corroding and flaking off on original 16" tires. First noticed in 6/2003. Dealership offered to replace one rim for a co-pay of $100 due to the severity of damage. But will not help with one showing slighter damage.

- Melvindale, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 062002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The consumer hit a cement divider head on, on the drivers side. The steering and wheel traction had gone out, also the air bags did not deploy. Refer ODI #770588, 1006108 scc

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 262002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Chrome is flaking off wheel causing the wheel to lose air

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

May 012001

PT Cruiser

  • miles
After 1 1/2 years of front end pulling, unevenness and steering wheel wobble, dealer concluded faulty tires. Goodyear then concluded cause to be out-of-round oem Chrysler 16" chrome wheels. Goodyear did not replace the tires free of charge, I had to pay for the pro-ration. As of this writing, am awaiting to speak with Chrysler service zone rep about the problem. I have requested Chrysler reimburse for the two front tires, pay for rear tire replacements, and replace all four chrome wheels with new ones. Goodyear store manager confirmed many PT CRUISER have been in his shop, misdiagnosed by dealer to be faulty tires, only to discover the oem Chrysler chrome wheels are out-of-round. Also told me 1) either the oem wheels are defective in manufacture, or 2) the design of the PT CRUISER is causing only the chrome wheels to become out-of-round upon normal driving/usage. My Goodyear tires were/are 3/4 tread worn at just 22,500 miles. Normal tread life for these tires is between 45,000-50,000 miles.

- Fishkill, NY, USA

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