hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser suspension problems

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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 102011

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


I own a 2002 PT CRUISER. It recently almost caused a severe accident due to the sub-frame that holds the front suspension together. The garage that it is being worked on said that it was completely rusted out and he has never seen such a thing. Also, when it broke, it also broke the tie rod, the steering rack and the A-arm. I was only going about 40 mph at the time when it happened, had I been going any faster I would have been in a severe accident. I googled this problem and found other complaints from owners with the same problem. I feel that this should be looked into.

- York, ME, USA

problem #5

Jun 132011

PT Cruiser

  • 114,000 miles
I have a 2002 pt. Cruiser I have had to replace the right side front control arm bushings and wheel bearings and now I am having to replace the left side control arm bushing and wheel bearing with in a month of each other. This is for the second time in 3 years I also think this is to often for them to be replaced and the manufacture should do something about this before someone get hurt.

- Flat Gap, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 012003

PT Cruiser

  • 1,000 miles
2002 PT CRUISER sport model. Car would not start, when sitting far a few days, had been driving car all day and turned car off to do an errand and car would not start. Car has left me stranded where I had to have it towed several times. Bought car new and have had this problem for 7 years. Kept bringing back to the dealer and couldn't find any problems every time. Finally found a dealer service manager that knew the problem. Insufficient quality parts were being used when Chrysler was about to go bankrupt. The battery wires from the battery to the alternator were not supplying enough voltage to maintain enough to recharge the battery. Upgraded the wires to a higher voltage and have not had the problem for about 10 months. It took 7 years to find the problem which caused problems of me using the car. Chrysler used low grade parts through out the car and people are getting rid of them and then someone else buys it and it continues. I will never buy a Chrysler made car again, very unsatisfied customer considering how much I paid for it. Was way over priced at the time I bought it. I could buy a much better car and higher end model for what I paid for my car.

- Scott, LA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022009

PT Cruiser

  • 45,000 miles


I own a 02 and 03 PT CRUISER. Both cars have had to have control arms replaced as well as idler arms. Were considered dangerous at less then 50,000 miles. Chrysler is aware of this situation-all over the net, refuses to do anything, says it's normal wear.

- Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 312006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,000 miles
2002 PT CRUISER, at 59000 miles both lower control arm bushings were replaced under extended warranty. A year later at 75000 miles both lower control arm bushings are gone again and both front wheel bearings are now worn due to this failure, dealer refuses to cover any of the failures.

- Standich, ME, USA

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problem #1

Jan 272006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles
I have a 2002 PT CRUISER and took it in for an oil change and they said: Bushings (both lower-front) remove & replace control arm shaft and bushings, lower both control arm. Bearing & seals. From what I am reading it seems to be a common problem with PT CRUISER.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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