really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,707 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


My car has decided to "sometimes" not start at the end of the day. It runs just fine in the morning, but then on my return trip home, you turn the key and nothing. The lights go on, but no ignition, no sound of the engine turning over. Three battery replacements, and that is not the problem. Called Chrysler personally as directed by a website that sited hundreds of complaints over this exact same problem, but they denied knowledge of any such complaint. Complaints date back to 2002. Tried having our trusted mechanic look at it, but since he can't recreate the problem, he is at a loss. Car has 100K miles and ran fine up until the start of summer.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 272002

PT Cruiser

  • 121 miles
You can remove the key from the ignition switch in any of the positions. Also, you can move the gear shift and the car will move. There is no incident date. It's been that way since I bought it new.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062002

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
While backing out of the garage and without prior warning, the vehicle caught on fire, which originated from the ignition wiring. Consumer cut the vehicle off and evacuated. The vehicle was consumed by the fire before the fire dept. Arrived.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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