fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,010 miles

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser electrical problems

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

May 132005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles


The multi-function light switch on both the PT CRUISER and srt-4 has been known to melt and/or catch fire. Dcx has known this has been a problem since the pt came out and now the srt-4 is suffering this same problem. I am now afraid to use my fog lights on my srt-4.

- Silverton, OR, USA

problem #2

Feb 072005

PT Cruiser 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle caught on fire while driving. Driver was able to pull over, and called the fire department to extinguish the fire. No injuries reported. Vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company.

- Cicero, NY, 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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