hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,674 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser accessories - exterior problems

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032011

PT Cruiser

  • 42,000 miles


The electronic door locks on my 2002 PT CRUISER limited started operating by themselves two years ago. I have had this car since it was new and had the multifunction turn signal switch replaced about 3 years ago. The door lock problem sometimes occurs when you are driving the car at low speed but it will also occur when the car is setting in the garage with the key out of the ignition. The doors will lock and unlock several times on their own while driving or without anyone being in the car or touching the remote keyless entry system. This can present problems if the car is locked and in a public parking lot. The care sometimes will unlock on its own. You can also be locked out of the car if you don't take your keys with you when exiting the car. This seems to happen more during hot summer weather than during cooler winter months. I have also noted that the external temperature gauge and compass mounted above the front window will also go out during hot weather. When the car cools down with the air conditioner on, the external temperature gauge will start operating again. I have taken the car to the dealer three times to be fixed. The first time they charged to diagnose the problem and said nothing was wrong, the second time they said the battery cable was corroded and need replaced at $300 and it needed a new battery. After this work, I drove it around the block and the door locks started going wild again. So I went back to the service manager and he said they would have to have the car for several days and they would get the district service manager on the phone to see if he might be able to help them. At that point we went into winter and it was ok. It is doing it again this spring so I will try again.

- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 092011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 153,349 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the instrument cluster does not eliminate like other cars cluster supposed to eluminate. It, when the contact turns on the headlights the instrument cluster lights turn on but really U can hardly see the speedometer or the gauges which is dangerous. On 6/09/11 while driving home the instrument cluster lights when out I could see anything, my headlights and backlights stop working and also my power door locks are not working either all this happen on my way home around 7:30pm and I had to slow down to make it safe home..when I got home my power locks were not working when I went to lock the vehicle.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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