fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
54,600 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced radiator and reservoir (1 reports)
  3. replaced water pump and timing belt (1 reports)
  4. sick of Chrysler, bought another car (1 reports)
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 232010

PT Cruiser GT 2.4 Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Like other people, I also heard a loud belt noise, and in my case the mechanic chalked it up to "loud turbo." Not true. Apparently it was coolant leaking on the belt. One day while I was out, I noticed a good bit of coolant leaking out of my car in the parking lot. Upon further inspection, it was leaking from the radiator.

I took it to a radiator specialist and based upon their observation, it was leaking from reservoir and because of the cost to get to the part, it was better off spending an extra $75 to get the radiator replaced along with the reservoirs. No problems since.

- , Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 082007

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

From 20,000 miles I constantly had to add anti freeze to my cooling system. Chrysler told me everything was working fine. Smithhaven Chrysler in LI, NY is the worst. This car over heated constantly and after the timing belt went it was down hill from there. I experienced a mild shake in my steering that got progressively worse @ 76,000 which I was told was a bearing in the back tire. By about 86,000 I was told the whole entire suspension is shot. The mechanic told me he has never seen a car that had never been in an accident in the condition this vehicle is in. Arms actually broke off and were embedded in the engine and the engine actually shifted as a brace is shot. Mind you, I went to the mechanic for a radiator leak AGAIN, not to get this news. Needless to say my vehicle is basically totaled in comparison to the BLUE BOOK value and the cost of repairs. Chrysler is doing nothing for me because after all my warranty is expired. This car is a nightmare and Chrysler's customer service is horrendous. I voluntarily let them take back the car and now I am being harassed with phone calls from their finance company. I went and brought a new car with a 100,000 mile warranty. Never again.

- , Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 062007

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

2003 PT Cruiser is dumping coolant. I've taken it to the dealer who can't find a leak anywhere and to another mechanic who says it's the head gasket. This is ridiculous! This car is 4 years old and already having massive problems. I will never buy another Chrysler again. I am having to put coolant in it about every week to week and a half which is getting time consuming and expensive.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 022007

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

This car was great up until the 4 year anniversary. Then coolant system was leaking and the shop couldn't find the leak until finally they saw the water pump was cracked. That's ridiculous for such a new car - only 4 years old. Conveniently enough, the warranty had just run out a few months before. After they replaced the timing belt - which was making loud noises due to the leak draining on it - and the water pump, it worked fine for 1.5 months. (by the way - one reason why it was so bloody expensive ($1,017) is because they had to take out so much stuff to get to the water pump. The mechanic told me the guts are all crammed on top of each other and hard to get to without taking so much stuff out. I guess this is because the shape of the hood is so short/small. This also led to them having to take my AC unit to another place to be recharged since that had to be taken out to get to the water pump.) Anyway, so after 1.5 months, I heard the loud noise again that I had heard coming from the timing belt with my initial problem. I looked and saw that the coolant level was completely dry again. The mechanics could not find a hole in the tank, so I had to drive around for a week with dye in the water tank to see where it was draining from. I took it back and they had to replace the thermostat gauge which was much cheaper and quicker. It ran great for almost a week, then suddenly, the coolant level is really low again. I haven't taken it back in yet for another look, but this is ridiculous. A coolant system should not be going downhill after 4 to 4.5 years. The time and money I'm putting into this is so aggravating, it makes me want to curse Chrysler for making a car that just lasts long enough until the warranty wears out. Ever heard of Quality, people?

- , Charlottesville, VA, US

problem #1

Nov 012007

PT Cruiser

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

I had to take my car in AGAIN for the same problem 1.5 months after the shop already replaced the water pump and timing belt. They found another leak at the thermostat and had to replace the thermostat gauge. It seemed to work for almost a week, then I noticed the coolant level was way down again. There's no reason such a young car (only 4.5 years old) that I've taken great care of should have this reoccurring problem. It really pisses me off.

- , Charlottesville, VA, US

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