definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,948 miles

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the fog lights activate by themselves and cause her to jump start her battery often. She believes that the cause of failure is the switch control device. The manufacturer advised her to take her vehicle to an authorized dealer and have them diagnose the failure. The contact has not yet gone to the dealer, however, she called them and they told her to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The powertrain and dealer information were unknown. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 78,000.

- Menfee, CA, USA

problem #4

May 292007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my 2003 PT CRUISER turbo GT in August 2005. In January 2006, August 2006 and May 2007 I have been stranded due to the battery failing. Mechanics are befuttled because charging/starting system checks out okay on diagnostic.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 302006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
PT CRUISER 2003 fog lights come on without warning, battery runs dead, defective parts etc. $75.75 new battery, labor $110.05 $76.14 new switch, and $129.98 a second time labor for the same problem. Chrysler mechanics are aware of this issue and clearly are enjoying the profits. In a one (1) week period.

- Roc Hester, NH, USA

problem #2

Oct 212005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,712 miles
My 2003 Chrysler PT CRUISER, GT model, has had problems since I have had it. First, the engine light came on and they replaced a hose, then it came on again, and they said they didn't know what was wrong with, and they would have to wait until it went completely out. It did, at 28,000 miles, it was the turbo charger. Secondly, the airbag malfunctioned, they had to replace the seat, took three times to get the right seat. Third, now, I would put the car in drive or reverse, and it just sit there, then jerks into gear. Sometimes if you give it gas it would just rev up. They said it was the pump in the transmission, they took 4 plus days to replace it. When I picked it up I heard a noise and smell something burning. When I took it out there they didn't hear or smell anything so I was sent on my way. Then it started doing the same thing it did when you put it in reverse or drive. I took it in, he said it needed a battery. I put a diehard battery in it, but sears said that was not the problem. Then the check the engine light came on, they said it was the evac pump. They fixed that. They claimed that was not covered under the warranty I had when I brought it in two weeks before. Now, I hear a grinding when I start the car up, someone said it sounds like the flywheel and they didn't assemble the transmission correctly, and that was probably where the burning smell was coming from. I am taking it in to the shop today for this.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 172004

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
"check engine light" came on regularly, prompting visits to the dealer. Was told I wasn't "clicking" the gas cap enough times upon closing it. Number of times to be clicked started out at 3 and eventually moved up to 7, increasing with each return visit until I screamed in the middle of the service area and they actually fixed the problem by replacing the leak detection pump and the natural vacuum detector. Sunroof motor wouldn't run continuously, the switch would have to be pushed repeatedly to get the roof to close, moving a fraction of an inch at a time. This happened on three separate occasions. Parts replaced included the switch, the motor, and eventually the entire sunroof motor assembly. The big problem: Car wouldn't start, even after being jumped. This happened on five separate occasions during the first 16 months I owned the car. Parts replaced include the battery (replaced twice) the starter, the starter relay, and finally the powertrain control module. The car was deemed a lemon under the Florida lemon law and I was refunded my money from Chrysler under a "byback" program not arbitrated by the state.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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